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Shipochane House

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews

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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Shipochane house is a 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 6 to 8) situated in the charming village of Shipochane in the beautiful Rila mountains, south-west of Bulgaria and is part of the municipality of Samokov. The surrounding nature is great - beech and pine forests, many mountain ridge and pastures and has a magnificent views over the peaks of Musala and Malyovitsa.

Shipochane is only 5 minutes from the nearest local town of Samokov, 10 minutes from Lake Iskra and only 15 minutes from the main ski resort of Bovorets. An ideal location for both skiing holidays and summer activities such as hiking, walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lake Iskar 3 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Sofia 70 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The living area is open plan on two levels. The lounge is on the top level and comprises a very large corner sofa, coffee table, TV, DVD player, and various board games. The bottom level has a downstairs toilet, cloak room, kitchen and a dining room with a large oval table and 6 dining chairs. The dining room also has a corner snug with large cushions. French doors lead from the dining area onto the large outside terrace. The kitchen has all the basic amenities such as an electric cooker, fridge freezer, kettle and microwave. The impressive spiral staircase leads upstairs to the 3 bedrooms.

The master bedroom has a double bed, walk in wardrobe, french doors, a balcony and a full en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, bedside cabinets, storage rail and a balcony. Bedroom 3 has two single beds, bedside cabinet and a storage rail. A further 2 persons can sleep on the double pull out sofa bed in the living area. The villa also includes a cot and several pull out beds for extra guests.

Further details outdoors

The house has a large private south facing garden in a secluded spot on top of a hill above the village. There are french doors from the dining area leading onto a large outside terrace with built in BBQ facilities.

Further details

Shipochane house is managed by our trusted friend George. His responsibilities are to meet and greet guests, give a guided tour and demonstration of appliances of the house, be 'first call of contact' for emergency property repairs and to check the property on departure.

Upon your arrival George will be able to assist you with information regarding the local area, tourist attractions, skiing options, travel and 'things to do'.

Please note George maintains our family holiday home and is not a personal travel rep. Therefore, please try to contact George with emergency problems relating to the property only during your stay.

A deposit of £150 is required to secure the booking. This is returned following final inspection of the house by George.

The Sofia Region

Shipochane is just one hour from the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It is situated amongst beautiful pine forests on the northern slopes of the Rila mountains at the foot of the Musala Peak which rises to almost 3000m above sea level.

Bulgaria boasts some of the best mountain scenery in Europe, with many unspoiled areas in the Borovets Rila Mountain range. Borovets (15 mins from Shipochane house) is the oldest and most popular mountain resort in Bulgaria. It offers great conditions for winter sports and numerous hiking and rock climbing routes. If you are willing (and able!) you can also try to climb the Musala Peak, which is the highest peak on the Balkans.


Shipochane and Borovets are an ideal base for many winter and summer activities. The surrounding area features spectacular alpine scenery, river gorges and meadows. There are many marked trails, with mountain refuges for the adventurous. Some of the things you can do in and around Shipochane and Borovets are; skiing, snowboarding, skido's, hiking, seven Lakes, Rila monastery, horse-riding, mountain biking, and fishing.

One of the local attractions is the outdoor pool in the village of Belchin Bani, which is about 20 km away from Borovets. The pool is filled from the mineral springs which are famous for their healing qualities. The Rila and Samokov Hotels in Borovets also have large, clean indoor swimming pools, spas and gymnasiums at very cheap rates for non-guests.

In the local town of Samokov, there is a large new supermarket and Borovets has several mini-markets. Samokov also has an open air food market for local fresh produce, every day, as well as several banks, pharmacies and a post office. The food is excellent, very cheap and plentiful and there is a large selection of good Bulgarian wines, spirits and beers available at reasonable prices.

There is a modern well equipped English speaking 24 hour medical centre and dentist at Borovets.

There is an English speaking pharmacy in Borovets and several others in Samokov.

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Review 1-7 of 7

18 Jul 2014


"Another world"

It was like being transported back in time! Each morning we'd see the young boys heading off to work in the fields in their horse and cart, the goat-herd with his flock and an old lady spinning w… More

18 Sep 2012


"Ticked Every Box"

We enjoyed everything , the House was fantastic , the area around is amazing we were made very welcome by the local people The arrangements that were made on our behalf made our holiday relaxing and … More

15 Sep 2012


"Beautiful house!"

We had a lovely week at your house in Shipochane and are happy to give you some feedback. It was a lovely quiet tranquil retreat with a lovely view from the house in a traditional atmospheric village.… More

6 Apr 2010


"Amazing Location and Superb Views"

My family and I spent a delightful long weekend in Shipochane house near the tail end of March. It was an ideal holiday!!!To say it was all about the views and location would be a disservice to the bu… More

16 Mar 2010


"Shipochane House"

We spent the week skiing in Borovets and were very pleased to be staying in the house rather than the resort itself. Situated in a lovely village with great views over the mountains from the windows a… More

9 Jan 2010


"We had an amazing time!"

We stayed in the house over New Years Eve for a few days, and we definitely very highly recommend it to anyone who is considering staying in the mountains in Bulgaria. It is a very elegant and beautif… More

5 Jan 2010


"Beautiful villa with wonderful views of the Rila Mountains."

Shipochane House is brand new and is situated in a charming little village close to Samokov and Borovets. The house is on top of the hill at the end of the village. From the balconies you have a fanta… More

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Craig I.

  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:29 Jan 2015

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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