About the home
Chalet Zora was completed in 2006, by a reputable construction company from Sofia. The house is ideal for summer and winter sports holidays. The standard and scope of equipment is high, including an outdoor six person hot spa, heating to 40 deg.C., Finnish sauna and games room. The house is situated within a large walled garden in a street at the top of the hill village of Beli Iskar (alt. 1,200 m), on the edge of a long meadow. It has panoramic views of the mountains and hills, including the dramatic local landmark of Eagle Rock. There is a lawn area for sunbathing or outdoor games which is safe and secure for children. The village borders the Rila Mountain National Park, with its spectacular alpine scenery, deep forests and river gorges, and there is easy access to an endless number of valley and mountain trails. The lively, local administrative town of Samokov is 6 km away on a straight road. The town has three, large, modern supermarkets, selling all the food and household products that you would need. There is a daily fresh fruit and vegetable market also banks,cashpoints and a post office in Samokov. An English owned restaurant has been opened opposite the house and there are numerous restaurants in Borovets and Samokov.
For winter sports -the international ski resort of Borovets is 20 minutes by car, on a good quality road, near straight roads via Samokov. Parking is central, cheap and easy at Borovets. Borovets has a range of shops, restaurants, recreational facilities, a bank and a 24 hour medical centre.
For summer - Borovets is reached via the hill road (10 minutes) offering riding, swimming pools, gymnasiums, spa facilities and gondola access to Mount Musalla - 2,925 metres (July and August - selected dates). Walking and bicycle rides from the house.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Jacuzzi / Hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (6), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
The house is newly cladded with alpine insulation, so is cool in the summer and very cosy in the winter.
Single duvets and blankets, towels and dressing gowns are provided.
The log fire in the living room is of a traditional Bulgarian design and very efficient and atmospheric. Logs are supplied free of charge.
There is a games room equipped with a pool / snooker table, table tennis and table football, also there is a four person Badminton set, for the garden. Board games, playing cards and various puzzles are provided.
A comprehensive collection of DVDs, novels, guide books and maps are available.
The Finnish built sauna can accommodate four comfortably, six at a squeeze. It is fitted with thermometer, hygrometer and timer and can be pre-set to be ready and hot when you come in from a cold day.
There is satellite TV with 60 + channels. Many are in English - CNN is available. BBC is not available. There is a DVD, CD player/radio and speaker connection for mp3 player.
Further details outdoors:
There is an all seasons six person jacuzzi/hot tub(installed October 2009), permanently ready for use, with temperatures up to 40 deg C. It has a childproof, lockable cover and pool lighting.
Two of the twin bedrooms have doors out onto a south facing balcony.
Four well maintained adult mountain bikes are provided.
There is an underground, lockable garage, with daylight strip lighting. This could be used as another games area.
The terrace provides shade or full sun and deckchairs and loungers for the terrace are provided.
The garden is surrounded by a high, solid wall and has lockable garden and garage gates.
A child's toboggan can be used in the meadow near the house.
No smoking in the house please.
The Sofia/Rila Mountains region
The Rila mountain range boasts the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula (Mt Musala - 2,925 m) and the average height of the peaks are 2,700 m. The mountains are registered in the UN list of representative protected areas and is Bulgaria's largest national park - 81,000 hectares, two thirds of which is forested. The park contains over 100 peaks, with deep and dramatic river gorges, lakes and waterfalls. The national parks authority have marked many trails and built bridges and information boards and there are mountain chalets for hikers to shelter for the night. The snow usually covers the whole area from the end of November until April and still covers the peaks right into the middle of summer. The area is of special interest to botanists, with a large variety of flora, including some rare species.
The Borovets / Beli Iskar area
There are wonderful walks and bike trails within a short distance of the house. These include gentle strolls through woods, meadows and river gorges and graduate up to long mountain walks, such as, climbing to the top of Mt Musala, the "Seven Lakes" and Mt Malyovitsa. It is possible to walk to the Rila Monastery, on the southwestern side, but this would require serious planning and an overnight stop in the mountains.
Borovets offers all the expected facilities of a winter and summer holiday centre. As well as good skiing, it provides a good base for hiking, mountain biking and riding in the summer, where horses and equipment can be rented. The Yastrebets Gondola and a chairlift operate at the weekends and some weekdays and give quick access to the top ski stations, below Mt Musala. Bikes can be hooked onto the chair lift.
Rila and Samokov hotels, Borovets, have large indoor swimming pools and gyms, for which you can pay a small charge to use.
Rila monastery - a UNESCO World Heritage site - is an easy two hour drive. It is the most important religious building in the country and is set in a deep, wooded gorge, with jagged mountain peaks towering above - thoroughly recommended.
There are many interesting excursions to the Rhodope and Stara Planina mountains, and museum villages - Koprivshitsa (2.5 hour drive) being the best.
The house has a good stock of guide books and maps to give you the most enjoyment for your holiday.
How to get there
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- Fly to Sofia International Airport
- Chalet Zora is approx 60 km from the airport - detailed maps and instructions to the house are provided. (About one hour) on main roads.
-Daily flights from UK with British Airways, EasyJet, Whizz, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Bulgarian Airlines.
-Car Hire is easily arranged from the airport as a package with airfare or from Hertz , Europcar and selection of well known hire car companies. Wide selection of modern vehicles.
Activities near Borovets
Ski resort location
Rural / countryside retreats
08 Jan 2013
We were 6 friends and stayed in the house for 4 nights during New Years' holidays and we had an amazing time.
The house is very cozy and comfortable, nicely furnished and equipped more than... more
02 Jan 2012
We had a really nice stay in the house during the New Year's holidays. The house is very cosy and well furnished with everything one might need. The bedrooms are very comfortable and really... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
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|15 Nov 12||1 May 13||£ 270||£ 39||£ 39||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Price includes Linen, towels, dressing gowns, electricity, heating and logs for the fire.
The house will be cleaned and laundered linen etc will be provided at the beginning of each letting. Any additional laundering can be taken care, of using house equipment or by private arrangement with key holder.Enquire now
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