17 Pine Lodge
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
STOP PRESS: Ryanair are now flying in to Plovdiv airport from London Stansted airport on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2nd November 2010 right through to 26th March 2011cutting the transfer time to our apartment and your skiing down considerably - www.ryanair.co.uk
UNAFFECTED BY THE CURRENT WEAK POUND, YOUR HOLIDAY HERE WILL BE LOW COST WITH THE BULGARIAN LEVA STILL USED! Don't waste any more time, book here for Winter Ski or Summer Leisure.
This is probably one of Bulgaria's best kept secrets so far, Great ionized healthy air, low cost skiing & in general a sensibly priced area to holiday:
For skiing & snow boarding in the winter right on the doorstep or outdoor persuits in the Summer, welcome to 17 Pine Lodge, a superb luxury apartment high up in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria set in the pine forests: Pine Lodge is a small complex of apartments totaling 28 in all & is located on the south side of the Snejanka peak and is a 500m walk to the No4 ski lift, benefitting from little or no queue's, and takes you right to the summit from where all your skiing and refreshment needs can be satisfied. At the end of the day, just ski back to Pine lodge (subject to ski run being open & snow levels) - yes, right to the doorstep.
.WHY NOT GO STRAIGHT TO OUR GUEST BOOK BELOW
17 Pine Lodge is a second floor modern apartment, fully furnished to a really comfortable level for relaxation after a day on the piste, fishing, walking, cycling, bird watching & much more all available in the area. It has it's own balcony with a view of the pine forests and a secure basemet ski locker. 17 Pine Lodge benefits from a superb local family run restaurant 100m away with some great traditional home cooked food & a great atmosphere where you can relax after a good day's skiing
Only 6 kilometres away is the Town of Smolyan where all your shopping needs can be met at sensible prices.
A similar distance away is the town of Pamporovo for all the more hectic night life if preferred.
5th - 9th March 2013
Just to let you know that we are now back home in the UK after having a delightful time in your lovely flat at Pine Lodge. Everything was just fine with the flat being clean and tidy, new bedding left for us and the heating on when we arrived. We found the flat was really well kitted out with everything we needed to hand. Ski hire available in the basement at sensible pricing really was handy.
So, in summary, we had a lovely time and thought the flat was really fine. I will be sure to go on to Trip Advisor and give you a very well-deserved, glowing write-up. We were most impressed with the booklet you have put together for your flat and learned quite a few things about the place we were unaware of previously.
Once again, many thanks for such good communications throughout the stay and I am sure that we will be in touch again the next time we go out to Bulgaria with John and Caroline.
Roger and Elizabeth
8th - 29th Sept 2012
Hi Pete & Greta
This is just to let you know we vacated 17 Pine Lodge this morning as we are taking in Batak and Bansko on route thru to Sofia in readiness for our flight on Saturday.
All the instructions have been followed and we will post our 2 back to you when we arrive back in th UK.
It was a pleasure staying at your apartment, we have taken the leaflet for your other one in Egypt, no leaflet for your home in Bedfordshire I see !! lol
Karen & Dave
26th Aug - 2nd Sept 2012
You're very welcome to use our comments. We had a great time at Pine Lodge and found your lovely apartment really comfortable and convenient. Good walks right on the doorstep and beautiful views in all directions. If we decide to re-visit the Rodope Mtns again we will certainly come back to 17 Pine Lodge.
great ski apartment in the mountains
The stay we had in Pinelodge was very relaxing, the apartment was very cosy and comfortable perfect place to come back to after a hard days walking/skiing.
It was within walking distance of one of the chair lifts which took you to the top of the mountain/ski domain. Good skiing with a decent choice of pistes, and some fantastic views at the top.
There is a restaurant next door and also one within the building with great food and friendly staff.
Within driving distance of the nearest town for shopping a car is handy although taxis are super cheap so car not essential.
All in all a great value stay in Bulgaria
22nd Aug 09
Dear Peter & Greta. Thanks for letting us stay at 17 Pine Lodge and for all the info & comfort etc you provided. All was well with the apartment, will email you with some pics.
Cheers, Brenda & Paul Smith.
17th June 09
Back again for more of this beautiful unspoilt part of the world, undiscovered by so many. We visited Momchill Fortress this time & what some spectacular vies we had of Bulgaria from there. Looking at returning maybe over Christmas. Thank you Greta once again.
Barbara & John.
12th June 09
To Pete & Greta
Thank you so much for such a wonderful and relaxing stay at Pine Lodge. It was everything you had said and more.......fantastic scenery, people and beautiful apartment, so homely and modern too and so clean. Bulgaria is a country with vast diversity and Cos and i can't wait to re visit in the winter months to sample the snow and picturesque scenery and have a go at skiing. If anyone reads this, we would thoroughly recommend a few night caps just up the road at the local Mexaha where you will meet Sonia & Emil - wonderful hospitable people.
Cos & Angie xx
Had a last minute week free & lucky Pete & Greta could accommodate us again. We never tire of this wonderful place. Log fires up the road enjoying time with Sonia & Emil, cold but bright winter days & lovely & warm in No 17 - so so comfortable. Walked up through the forestry in ever deepening snow to the top of the Snejanka - what a wonderful invigorating walk that was followed by a great Lunch in the "Eagles Nest" on top. The chair lift down revealed wonderful views of Pine Lodge in the distance. Many thanks once again.
Barbara & John.
4th July 2008
Last here December 07, lovely to see the different seasons in such a beautiful spot. Great place to be with the air so clean & healthy. The local Mexaha just 2 mins away served up great food (and cheap).
Had a great time again & hope to return soon
Barbara & John
Came here for a recce for the skiing & it couldn't be better. Didn't waste any time buying ski passes, no queue's. What a gem this apartment is. I reckon we'll buy one if all goes well?
Thanks Pete & Greta
Sarah & Dan
8th Feb 2008
Thank you, the apartment is lovely
8th Feb 2008
1st Feb 2008
Thanks, nice apartment
1st Feb 2008
We had a lovely stay, your welcome folder was very helpful
Thanks a million
First time here and what a wonderful place this is. Very cold outside with the Skiing excellent. Lovelly inside the apartment after a day on the Piste - no queue's for passes & ski hire just up the road - brilliant. We will be back hopefully one summer.
Barbara & John
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ormos Valtou (Greece) 85 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Plovdiv 60 km, Nearest railway: Plovdiv 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
We really can offer a beautifully finished luxury second floor, self catering apartment in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. Comprising 1 spacious double bedroom, lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom with shower and private balcony overlooking the pine forests and private garden.
Our apartment is fully furnished to a very high standard with central heating, Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, with the lounge doors opening out onto the balcony. A well equipped kitchen, with full oven & hob, fridge freezer, microwave, crockery, cutlery, pots, & pans. Sleeps max 4 persons, 2 in double bedroom with plenty of storage space and 2 on a comfortable sofa bed. All linen is provided. The bathroom is well equipped with a shower , wash hand basin & toilet. Bath towels are provided. The apartment has it’s own secure ski locker in the basement. On site parking and BBQ.There is a lounge area with a bar on the ground floor, where you can relax and enjoy a drink after a hard days skiing. Located in the basement is a luxurious spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, shock showers, relax zone, massages - all types, including chocolate, mud and honey massages.
NB: Lounge & Spa facilities are subject to completion & staffing levels.
|Further details outdoors|
To the rear of Pine Lodge, in amongst the pines is a parking area specifically for No 17 and a nice fenced & landscaped garden for your enjoyment. Our balcony & bedroom windows overlook this garden.
If you are there in the summer, why not enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the garden whilst the kids can be amused playing in the sand pit or on the swing.
Stepping out of our front door you can step out on to a balcony and enjoy superb views amongst the pines of Ther Rocks and the No 4 ski lift, clearly viisible, going up to the Snejanka Peak.
In easy walking distance, 2 of Smolyans lakes can be visited, why not take a bottle of wine & chill out?
A very comprehensive welcome folder is present in the apartment, provided to assist you in just about any aspect of your stay in No 17 both within the apartment and complex and when out and about.
Info is present for you to enjoy just about everything avaiable:
Skiing, cycling, walking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, or if you are there just to relax and enjoy the tourism locally then there is also plenty of info on caves, the local area, monastries, bridges, villagies, local customs, music, restaurants .................The list is endless.
The Pirin/Rhodope Mountains region
The Rhodope Mountains:
The hospitable Rhodope Mountains. Since ancient times they have been a source of legends and stories told through the centuries. This is the cradle of the mythical singer Orpheus. Here was born the song which, together with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, flies through space, looking for contact with alien intelligence.
Magnificient pine forests, green meadows and mountain peaks bathed in sunlight – these are the incredible Rhodope Mountains you will never forget. Nor will you forget the the Rhodope people – their hospitality and the delicious dishes they will make especially for you. The mountain people will meet you with open arms, will sing you the songs they grew up with, and will say goodbye to you as though you were their best friend.
“ The one that sings bears no evil” is an old Bulgarian proverb. And all the Rhodope’s people sing – that is why goodness, peace and tranquility is in their souls.
Pamporovo, the pearl of the Bulgarian mountain resorts, nests in the heart of the Rhodopes, 260 km from the capital Sofia, and 85 km south of the city of Plovdiv.
Above Pine Lodge, to the north, Pamporovo is situated high up in the Rhodope mountains on and around Mount Snejanka is where it all happens. Ideal for beginners and intermediates. The ski runs are located between 1926 and 1450 m above sea level on the northern, eastern, southern and western slopes of the Snejanka peak. The long greens and blues, as well as the nursery slopes down in the village are ideal for learning and progressing on. Ski instruction is of an extremely high standard and, because Bulgaria is so easy on the wallet, individual tuition can be very affordable. Many of the instructors also speak English fluently. Beginner skiers and snowboarders who want to learn and progress can do so easily here. Confident intermediates and advanced skiers will find a World Cup run and some interesting through-the-trees off piste. It is best to use a local guide when going off-piste. The most difficult ski piste is "The Wall". All major ski runs start from the peak of the mountain, where the TV tower is located. All ski runs are well maintained; four snow-levelling machines and six snow cannons guarantee skiers comfortable and enjoyable downhill rides all season long.
The après ski on ski holidays in Pamporovo is quite lively and confined mainly to the hotel bars. The most popular bars are BJ's (inside Hotel Perelik) and Spider Night Club (inside Hotel Murgavets). Both of these hotels are connected by an under ground passage, which makes pub crawls that must easier. For those looking for a good night out on the town during their ski holidays in Pamporovo, then a Balkan Pub Crawl night will definitely appeal to you. Other activities that you can enjoy on ski holidays in Pamporovo include bowling, historical excursions, swimming and shopping.
Below Pine Lodge, to the south, is the town of Smolyan: (33 153 inhabitants, 850 to 1050 m above sea level) is picturesquely scattered in the narrow gorge of Cherna River (Black River), in the most beautiful part of the Rhodope Mountains. It is about 260 km south-east of Sofia, 103 km south of Plovdiv, 87 km west of Kurdzhali, 46 km south-east of Devin and 16 km south of Pamporovo Resort. This is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian towns. A regional administrative centre.
FOR YOU SKIERS:
A guide to last season's ski pass tarrifs, all can be purchased without queueing just 500 metres up the road:
Ski Season Lift Pricing 2007 / 2008
Service Type Prices in BG Leva 1 GBP = approx 2.6476 Leva
1. Ticket – 2 directions Adults: 22 Children up to 14: 15
2. Lift Passes
½ day –8.30 – 12.30 & 12.30 – 16.33 Adults: 34 Children up to 14: 21
1 Day Adults: 49 Children up to 14: 28
2 Days Adults: 95 Children up to 14: 51
3 Days Adults: 140 Children up to 14: 76
6 Days Adults: 276 Children up to 14: 152
9 Days Adults: 389 Children up to 14: 224
13 Days Adults: 539 Children up to 14: 308
Deposit Keycard Adults: 6 Children up to 14: 6
Season Lift Pass Adults: 1307 Children up to 14: 795
Ski passes and tickets are not returnable after purchase.
For children up to 7 years of age – free ski lift.
Adults always should accompany the children up to 7 years of age.
All passes can be purchased at the No 4 lift only 500 metres from Pine Lodge
Off season Ski Lift Pricing 2007
Service Type Prices in BG Leva 1 GBP = approx 2.6476 Leva
1. Lift ticket
1 Pass Adults: 4 Children up to 14: 3
2 Passes Adults: 7 Children up to 14: 4
3 Passes Adults: 10 Children up to 14: 5
4 Passes Adults: 12 Children up to 14: 6
6 Passes Adults: 16 Children up to 14: 8
Map Adults: 3 Children up to 14: 3
TIP OF THE DAY: you will need to have a photograph for any pass over three days. If you require six days, then possibly two three day passes will suit your needs. Thirdly, buy your passes yourself at the ticket booths (AT THE BOTTOM OF CHAIR LIFT No 4, 500 METRES AWAY. The ticket booths are one of the few places we have come across that all seem to accept credit cards. Ski equipment can also be hired right by this Chair Lift.
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