Our house is at the top of a hill on a cobbled street in the middle of the ancient town of Veliko Tarnovo. It was built by us in 2008 and the main reason for building in this spot, was for the fantastic view of Tsaravets Fortress, the evening light show and the old town clinging to the rocks alongside the Yantra River. We also wanted to be in the Old part of the town, with easy access to everything it has to offer. Eviane has four floors (so there are quite a few stairs). The basement has a double bedroom with ensuite, a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer and two storage rooms for suitcases etc. The next floor up has a double bedroom with ensuite, a single bedroom (with a pull out bed under the single bed if needed) however, it's a bit of a squeeze and better left as a single room. A separate toilet and a room for linen, towels and bedding. The next floor (street level) has a fabulous spacious kitchen with sofa and floor to ceiling concertina glass doors that open up to the amazing view. We also have an additional 'guest toilet' on this level. The top floor has a very large gorgeous lounge with the same floor to ceiling doors, and chairs to put out on the balcony to enjoy your morning cuppa or sundowner with the sun setting on the fortress in the soft evening light and the moon coming up behind. From here it feels as if you are standing at the top of the world and your heart truly beats a little faster.
Veliko Tarnovo is a wonderful town, with fantastic restaurants and cafes. To list a few of our favourites; Hadji Nikoli Inn, painstakingly and tastefully restored by an American business man, serves wonderful coffees and 'speciality coffees', with lunch in the beautiful courtyard and dinner in the romantic part of the restaurant or in the courtyard being serenaded by their in-house pianist. Shtastliveca (or Happy Man) of which there are now two in the town, is hugely popular, with cosy downstairs seating or outdoors on the balcony, with food and views to die for. Ego, another super restaurant (again, there are two in the town). All minutes away from our house on foot.
Take a stroll down Samavodska Charshia (craft street) to see the craftspeople at work and selling their unique items of silver jewellery, painted glass, paintings, the famous pottery and cleverly carved wooden animals made by a father and son. The Rose Shop is a must with Bulgaria supplying 80% of the world's rose oil, this is the place for rose skin products, pure rose oil and even rose drinking water.
A car is not needed in Veliko Tarnovo. Everything is accessible on foot. There is plenty of walks; around town, over to the art gallery, then up the wooded steps into the park. Taxi's are cheap and a visit to Arbanassi (about 8km) away, with its gorgeous dry stone walls and architecture, restaurants, cafes and ancient churches and a working Nunnery, is a must! However, there are really interesting places to visit if you want a day out of town.
As stated, we do have 4 flights of stairs at our house and it is situated at the top of a fairly steep hill. Parking is available for free in the square at the bottom of our hill, or you may be lucky and nab one of the 3 spaces available opposite us. Failing that, you can drive past our house further up the hill and you are likely to find a space there. Last year we discovered a fabulous brand new swimming pool in a beautiful natural setting ..within walking distance of our house! It is part of the Asenevtsi Hotel. ..400m on the Ruse Road from VT. We have left walking directions at the house for you. It also has a super outdoor restaurant, shaded with a heavy wooden roof but all sides open, which runs alongside the pool. Great for a relaxing/fun day out.