Semi-rustic setting, sleeps 8, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wood-fired heating, BBQ
Two twin rooms on the middle floor with wardrobes and bedside tables. One additionally has a dressing table. The open plan pine-clad loft offers four single beds, or two singles and a twin if preferred. There are two chests of drawers and two hanging racks.
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
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About Mike Laurence
We are two brothers who both live in the UK. We both like Eastern Europe and we both enjoy things which are slighty off the beaten track. While travelling in Bulgaria in 2005, we fell in love with the slightly quirky Borovets ski resort and the nearby rural village of Raduil, with its quaint houses, fertile, well tended vegetable and fruit gardens and its tank and fighter jet on display on the main road. Before this trip we had seen a TV programme about buying holiday properties in Bulgaria. We contacted an estate agent and had a fascinating two days seeing many properties and getting the chance to meet the people who lived in them. We enjoy walking, bird watching and sightseeing and the Raduil area and Bulgaria generally, offers plenty of that. One of us enjoys reading and quiet time, the other, photography and skiing. We've visited the house at different times of the year so we've been able to appreciate the different seasons and they all have something to offer.
Mike Laurence purchased this house in 2005
Why Mike Laurence chose Raduil
Upon seeing the house, we knew this was the place for us. We had the house restored and upgraded and this was completed by 2008. Raduil is surrounded by beautiful countryside - the foothills of the Rila mountains. We like Raduil because you get a real taste of Bulgaria. You are not far from Borovets but you can get away from things here and escape the higher prices of holiday resorts. That said, Borovets is reasonably priced compared with many other European ski resorts. Plenty of birds come into the garden or fly overhead so if bird watching is your thing, you can start around the house and easily walk into the surrounding hills. We've had plenty of good sightings. There are plenty of outdoor activities from skiing at Borovets, to golf at Dolna Banya or Ihtiman or horse riding, mountain biking, the list goes on... But when you want nightlife, Borovets and other options are not far away. If you have a hire car, Sofia is not hard to get to for a day trip, or perhaps Plovdiv or the wonderful Rila Monastery.
What makes this house unique
Mavrud Lodge is on a quiet track towards the top of the village, with a large garden and barns which we have restored and put to use. With easy access to the main road and local amenities, its the perfect place. There's a terrace to sit on by the front door in the summer, and a 'summer kitchen' which is a covered BBQ area and can be used all year round. A barn with two floors and an open-sided barn were fascinating to restore and add character to the place. The bespoke and slightly quirky but very practical spiral oak staircase adds character as do the oak beams in the kitchen. In winter, the log fires require a little effort to keep going but we always enjoy this aspect of our holidays here, as do our friends. We've even had friends getting competitive over who should tend the fire!
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