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Wild Thyme Organic Farm and Eco Retreat

Palamartsa, Turgovishte, Bulgaria
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Workshops, slow paced living and healthy food in rural Palamartsa. Sleeps up to 9 people! 3 nt min stay.

If you like delicious organic food and want to experience a traditional Bulgarian village, then you will enjoy a stay in Wild Thyme Eco Holiday Cottage. Described in the Guardian as Bulgaria's 'most ecologically committed and spiritually inspired' retreat and awarded the 2016 and 2015 No 1 TripAdvisor People's Choice Award in Bulgaria.

On their small organic mixed farm which includes pigs, goats and chicks, the owners, Claire and Chris, have created a homely eco holiday cottage finished in natural materials of mud plaster and limewash. Guests can help themselves to organic produce from the garden or order freshly baked bread and home made preserves for breakfast.

The house sleeps a total of 9 in 2 doubles (one with private bathroom), 1 twin and a single. Room for 2 more on the sofa bed. The accommodation is authentically eco featuring solar power, solar water and an external composting toilet (in addition to 2 flushing toilets). Guests have their own private garden with bbq area and relaxing undercover barn, living room, kitchen and dining area.

Guests can join any number of activities from making cheese to making and sampling cumberland sausages. The village is a traditional Bulgarian village off the beaten track and full of nostalgia for a way of life long forgotten in the west. Here you will find horses & carts, a village shepherd and lots of old villagers still growing their own produce and pickling and preserving for the winter months.

There is a rich cultural life in the area in summer months with lots of festivals.

The owners have created a number of archaeological tours in the area to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region, including 3 World Heritage sites. For that extra bit of relaxation, a reiki therapy is available.

The eco holiday cottage costs £90 (€100) per night. Bed and breakfast is also available at £22 (€25) per person per night. There is a 3 night minimum stay.

Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more

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