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Excellent 5/5 2 reviews

Open plan living dining area with open fire and access to balcony

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Our apartment in Villa Frontside is extremely spacious and well equipped. The apartment is modern yet comfortable with WIFI internet access, cable TV and a wood burning fire to create a cosy feel. (logs provided) Unlike most apartments in Bansko, our apartment also has a bath to relax in after a long day on the slopes. For added peace of mind our English and Bulgarian property managers live just next door and are available to help with any problems or needs which may arise making it an ideal choice for families.

The apartment provides accommodation for 4 people in two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin which all benefit from thick 15 tog duvets. Towels and bed linen are included. The large bathroom with bath and overhead shower is complimented by an additional WC off the hallway. The large SW facing living-kitchen area with terrace is spacious and light and looks out directly to the Pirin Mountains and the imposing Mount Vihren. The kitchen is well-equipped with fridge/freezer, hob and oven, toaster, kettle and coffee maker. A welcome pack of provisions; milk, butter, juice, bread, jam, cereal, eggs, tea & coffee are provided and can be topped up at the mini-market 100 metres down the road. It is easy to keep in touch with home and the office using our reliable wifi internet service and cable TV provides over 20 channels including a few English speaking ones.

Our property manager Tosh can arrange lift passes and airport transfers for you (please enquire for prices). Skis/snowboards can be rented locally but the apartment has its own secure ski locker if you choose to bring your own equipment. There is ample room for storing bikes too.

Bansko is primarily known as Bulgaria's premier ski resort but it is also developing as a summer resort. The resort has benefitted from major investment and now boasts very modern facilities with over 70km of runs which accommodate the intermediate and beginner skier particularly well. A well-established ski park also offers plenty of free-style opportunities with rails and jumps. The area around the Gondola station has developed into a busy area of shops, bars and restaurants with plenty of apres ski action whilst the Old Town continues to offer a more traditional, relaxed window into Bulgarian culture with local mehanas providing traditional food and music. During the summer months the Pirin mountains afford fabulous alpine style walking and numerous trails for mountain biking. Locally there are plenty of historic places and natural mineral baths to visit. Bansko is a mix of the very old and the modern. It is as easy to sample local food in traditional restaurants known as mehanas as it is revel in modern nightclubs with European DJ's. In short it appeals to every type of holidaymaker.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Sofia 160 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

Bedroom 1: double bed with 15 tog duvets. Linen and towels provided.

Bedroom 2: 2 single beds with 15 tog duvets. Linen and towels provided.

Bathroom: WC, bath with overhead shower, wash basin.

Additional WC with wash basin.

Cable TV with DVD player

Wifi internet access

Log burning fire. Supply of logs provided.

A secure ski/bike store is provided in the basement.

Welcome pack of foods provided.

Further details outdoors

Parking spaces are available outside the development

A corner shop is just 50 metres down the road.

Further details

Welcome pack with basic provisions provided on arrival

Bed linen and towels included

English speaking property managers on hand for help and advice

Ski/snowboard & boot hire. (please ask for details)

Lift passes arranged. (please ask for details)

Transfers to and from airport available (please ask for details)

Wifi and cable TV included

Open fire with logs included

The Pirin/Rhodope Mountains region

Situated some 160km south of Sofia, Bansko can be found in the south west corner of the country. To the west of Bansko lies the beautiful Pirin Mountain range, consisting of 45 peaks all over 2590m high, the highest of which is Mount Vihren at 2914 metres. The mountains are predominantly granite characterised by glacial cirques and 186 lakes. Though establised as a winter resort, Bansko is developing its summer activities as it can boast wonderful walking through beautiful mountain scenery rich in flora and fauna as well as mountain biking, fishing and white water rafting down the Struma and Mesta rivers.

Bansko itself was an important nineteenth century stop-off on the trade routes linking the Aegean port of Kavalla with the Balkan hinterland. Now designated a UNESCO world heritage site, Bansko's old quarters consist of a myriad of narrow cobbled streets flanked by timber-framed stone houses which are festooned with flowers during the summer months. Its centre is pedestrianised with a large central square lined with cafes and shops, the perfect place for enjoying a beer whilst watching the world go by.

Bansko

Skiers of all abilities are well catered for as Bansko has over 70km of marked ski runs easily accessed by an impressive Doppelmayer Gondola cable lift which in less than 20 minutes takes you to the ski centre above the town. The ski runs are all accessed by new chair lifts which all utilise SkiData chip-card ski passes to reduce waiting times and queues. In the Plato area, snowboarders can enjoy the funpark with its array of artificial bumps and jumps. Powder skiing, heli-skiing and para-gliding are also available locally. Bansko is packed with traditional restaurants or "mehanas" offering local and traditional Bugarian food and music. Several nightclubs including the Happy End at the Gondola base station , the Amnesia and the Buddha Bar add a modern flavour to the town and are often host to European DJ's.

The bowling alley at the Strazhite hotel and the ice rink provide good family entertainment . On a Sunday it is worth visiting the local market in the centre of town which sells everything from cowbells to clothes.

During the summer months Bansko becomes an ideal base for hiking and mountain biking in the Pirin Mountains and for sight seeing. The Rila monastery, the Bear Park, mineral springs and Melnik (a traditional Bulgarian hill village) are all easily accessible.

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11 Jan 2014

5/5

"Excellent holliday"

Everything was great. Tosh was perfect host and we really enjoyed the accommodation. The apartment is spacious perfect for a family or 4 adult persons and it is very modern, cozy and equipped with everything you need for self catered accommodation.

Many thanks for your kind comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Bansko and found our accommodation clean and comfortable. We are very fortunate to have a manager like Tosh who goes to great lengths to ensure everyone is well looked after. We look forward to welcoming you to Bansko again.

16 Oct 2013

5/5

"A brilliant apartment in a beautiful mountain setting - great for summer and winter holidays."

This is a great apartment and we will definitely be back! We had plenty of space and privacy and all the appliances and amenities we needed. The large entrance hall was an ideal place to store our walking gear and day sacks. The twin bedroom is spacious and comfortable and light. The double room has a large wardrobe and plenty of drawers; lovely and light with a great bed. It was great to have an additional toilet to the shower/bathroom. The kitchen/living room/diner is very well equipped with cooking utensils etc. Comfortable seating round the TV and a large dining table. We loved the balcony with fabulous views to Vihren. Glynnis and Nigel were on hand to welcome us and sort out any problems - tho there were none! There are maps and lots of really helpful local information including recommendations for excellent restaurants. We were able to eat out almost every night - a real treat for us as it was so reasonable. Parking is easy outside and we felt safe. The block is well maintained and there are a number of corner shops nearby that stock all we needed. It was a short walk into the old town - we especially enjoyed seeing the goats returning from the mountains, being met by their owners like parents at the school gates! We don't ski but we did some fantastic walking in the mountains, it was really very beautiful. It was very cheap to spend the day at local hotel pools when we wanted a rest day. The local people were reserved but friendly and we felt welcome. Overall we had a great holiday in Bansko and would love to return!

Many thanks for your kind words.I am so glad you enjoyed your holiday and found our apartment comfortable and well-equipped. Now you have experienced Bansko in the summer you must come back in the winter and give the skiing a go!

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