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)|
|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|
|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, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
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
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.
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.