We 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 the land healthy and 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 keep about 10 Rhode Island Reds. Kids love to help gather eggs in the morning.
Right now, we have 3 goats - our 7 year old Monnie; her daughter Barney; and her niece Immingham. They will have kids in spring. Once the kids are old enough, we make yoghurt and cheese from our excess milk.
Every year we get a piglet or two in spring and raise them through the summer and autumn.
We are very happy to be one of Bulgaria's accredited 'Zelena Kushta' or Green Lodges, supported by the Bulgarian Association of Alternative Tourism. This is an organisation which recognises accommodation for their green credentials and contribution to rural tourism.
'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 fresh juice; 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. (See below)
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 2018, we created our meditation/yoga space overlooking the garden.
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, artist 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 brought 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.