Exciting Day

We had an interesting day yesterday.  Firstly a group of 15-16 year olds came to visit with their teacher.  They are from one of the local schools in Popovo and are studying Village Tourism.  Yuliana from the Village cultural centre organised the trip.  Not sure what they thought of our set-up but they did enjoy sampling the homemade produce, especially the wine!  For us, it was fun to meet local young people.

Shortly afterwards, Galia from Nova TV arrived with her crew and we had a fun time talking to her with our neighbours from the village.  Needless to say, the wine and cheese sampling continued!!  

Watch here.

Thank you

Singing from the heart

The Bulgarian singing holiday was a wonderful experience.   Stela, our singing teacher and Mitko, our accordian player,  did an amazing job.  The students sang their hearts out for 3 days and amazed themselves by learning 5 songs. 

Yuliana and the village choir were delighted to host them for a final concert in the village bar.  They cooked up a storm of village food washed down with plenty of rakia, the local drink. It was heart warming to see the women of the choir listen to their own songs sung to them in foreign accents.  They loved it and joined in to support at every opportunity! Watch a clip here. 

Looking forward to our next one in 2018.  Click here for more info.

The perfect Bloody Mary

In early May, an email arrived asking if we had any horseradish.  ‘A few plants’.  ‘Wonderful, book us in.  We’re on a quest to find the ingredients for the perfect Bloody Mary!’.

So it was that in June we had a crazy week with Matt and Ruben tracking down some horseradish in the village. 

Our neighbours, Anna, Simeonka and Colio and our shepherd Yomeer were all stars of the show.  Colio even had a makeshift cocktail bar pop up in his garden.  He took it all in his stride after a few shots of complimentary vodka! 

And then off Matt, Ruben and their crew went to source tomatoes in Italy and spices in Morroco!

Delighted to receive the videos:

Click here for Palamartsa. 

Click here for Italy, Morocco and Palamartsa!

A highlight for us was seeing Anna and Yomeer’s faces watching the final films in our living room on the laptop!

From the kitchen

Wild Thyme Farmstay

Delicious food all season from the garden – from our first fruit of the season (cherries) to pumpkins!  We’ve also included a photo of what we receive from our neighbours every start of November.

In this beautiful tradition, they spend all day lovingly preparing gifts of food to pass to all the neighbours, in memory of their ancestors.  There’s always a little candle included which we burn and remember ours too!


I’m in the garden

So much life and beauty in the garden.

Trip Advisor Award 2015

Award 2015

We are so pleased and amazed. We just heard that we were selected as the Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice no 1 bed and breakfast/guesthouse in Bulgaria. Thanks to all our amazing guests who took the time to write reviews for us. It’s wonderful that our little eco-retreat has been acknowledged like this! For full details, click here.