We have tried to create an authentic eco-experience for you. Learn more about the eco features you'll experience and about our organic small holding.
We are a small organic farm and grow a range of organic vegetables for ourselves and our guests. Our animals provide us with milk, eggs, manure and meat. We avoid chemicals and use crop rotation, compost, animal manure and green manures to keep our land fertile.
'We had a wonderful time and even more than that: Claire & Chris, their animals, the whole atmosphere made our trip something special...we got to know the Bulgarian rural life...Because of your hospitality and the insight into your daily life we will ...take many ideas and new inspiration with us. Thanks a lot.'
Nina & Benjamin, Germany
We usually have about 10 Rhode Island Reds. They lay delicious eggs which kids like to help gather. We replenish stocks every year from a man passing through the village, selling them from a cage on top of his car!
Right now, we have more goats than we bargained for! We have our 7 year old Monnie; her daughter Barney; her niece Immingham; their 5 kids and Snowy, an adopted kid. Once the kids are old enough, the mothers provide us with delicious milk, yoghurt and cheese.
Every year we get a piglet or two in spring and raise them through the year. In winter, they provide all that is needed for salamis, prosecco hams, bacon and lots more.
We are one of Bulgaria's accredited 'Zelena Kushta' or Green Lodges, recognised for our green credentials and contribution to rural tourism by the Bulgarian Association of Alternative Tourism.
This is how you reduce your environmental impact while holidaying with us.....
'A huge thanks to Chris and Claire who offered us a better way to think and live. I hope to continue the eco holidays in Paris. Long live tomatoes and home-made rakia!' Clemence, Paris
We use organic gardening and permaculture methods to maintain the garden. We grow in raised beds using manure and compost and our own liquid comfrey and nettle fertilizers.
The wonderful produce from the garden gets turned into jams, chutneys, tomato pastes, and sauces. As learned from the local women, we make it in a large pot over a fire in the garden.
Every autumn our grape harvest gets turned into red and white wine; the apples and pears into cider and perry; and we have been known to make a bottle or two of rakia.
Over the years, we've had lots of wonderful people come to share their gifts. These have included artists, yoga teachers, herbalists, film makers, and musicians. Learn more here.
In April 2017, British artist Danny Mooney visited as artist in residence. He created a selection of wonderful landscape watercolours; figure sketches of local characters and life on the farm; and wonderful IPAD paintings. See http://www.dannymooney.pictures and www.facebook.com/dannymooneypictures/.
In 2016, two volunteer yoga teachers, Ayesha and Maria, came and offered daily yoga classes to guests and friends from the village.
In 2012 British artist Zoe Cameron came and painted our first mural. When it got a little bit tired, Hannah Hannoot came and painted a replacement, incorporating some of Zoe's original.
From 2012-2015, we were part of the organising committee for the biannual Luna Dolina festival at a neighbouring village. The festival brings together young people from abroad and locally to play music together for a weekend in a festival setting.
In 2015, UK herbalist Frances Wright of Green Lane Herbs facilitated a Herbal course. Frances shared her deep knowledge with our guests and members of the community. Village women brought their skills about how to use local wild flowers.