Pinelodge No 16
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Pinelodge is situated in the picturesque Pirin/Rhodope mountain range of Bulgaria surrounded by pine trees, several beautiful lakes and only 500 metres from the snejanka chairlift which takes you directly to the main ski area and the t.v tower (the highest skiable point of the mountain range) at this point you will find many bars and restaurants as well as a variety of ski runs for beginners,intermediates & advanced.
Being on the southern side of the mountain range Pinelodge benefits from all day sun during summer and winter months!! At a stones throw (100 metres) from Pinelodge you will find a family run 'Mehana' (restaurant) run by the very accommodating Sonia & Emile, definitely worth a visit or 3 !!
Only a 10 minute (6km) drive from Pinelodge is the beautiful town of Smolyan, here you will find an array of bars, restaurants and supermarkets for all your needs at very reasonable prices.
10 minutes drive in the other direction will lead you to the resort of Pamporovo, a much livelier apres ski scene.
Number 16 Pinelodge one of the largest apartments in the complex (70m2) situated on the second floor & uniquely featuring an open fireplace and full size bath.This is not just a holiday apartment more like home from home so is fully equipped with everything you would need for a short stay or long term.
Our spacious self catered apartment has a fully fitted kitchen and can easily accommodate up to 4 people be it a family or group.We have 1 large bedroom with double bed and plenty of storage plus a comfortable double sofa bed in the lounge with a wardrobe in the hallway,a huge bathroom with full sized bath & separate w.c.
On the basement level we also have a ski locker for all your sports equipment etc.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Xanthi (Greek Aegean) 80 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Plovdiv (ski season only) 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||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|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, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Number 16 Pinelodge is a very modern and spacious (70 m2) apartment... unlike your average ski apartment, and it is furnished to a very high standard with all home comforts, it also benefits from having a huge bathroom with a full sized bath and shower plus a separate w.c so no queuing in the morning :)
The complex consists of only 28 luxury apartments unlike some of the huge developments in other parts of the resort, therefore it benefits from a more personal and relaxed atmosphere especially when using the facilities.
There is a large south facing balcony overlooking the pine trees equipped with furniture to have a relaxing beer and a snack!! Sunset is visible at certain times of the year. You will find a selection of DVDs, CDs and games at your disposal to wind down after a long days skiing or choose to sit in front of the open fire with a glass of Bulgarian wine.
The open plan arrangement gives a light and airy feel and enables you to keep an eye on the kids whilst in the kitchen.
|Further details outdoors|
At only 500 metres from ski lift number 4 a mere 10 minute walk, although there is free parking available next to the lifts if you choose to drive. Here you can purchase a daily or weekly lift pass without the hassle of queuing and be whisked up to the ski domain within minutes. Skis, snowboards and all sorts of equipment can also be hired from this station at very reasonable prices.
Within the gardens of Pinelodge you will find a children's play area and a BBQ for your pleasure, as well as a designated parking space.
If none of the above activities takes your fancy there are many walking routes and picturesque lakes a stones throw from Pinelodge.
This apartment is perfect for those looking for a peaceful mountain retreat be it in summer or winter. There are many activities all year round including, skiing, snowboarding, husky rides, snow trekking, skidoo's.
For the summer months, walking (nearest chairlift No 4 is open all year) hiking, fishing, hunting, cycling, bird watching, horse riding to name a few...
NB: Lounge & Spa facilities are subject to completion & staffing levels.
Although we have specified that we accept smokers we would appreciate smoking to be kept to the balcony area.
The Pirin/Rhodope Mountains region
The Rhodope mountains, the most lyrical Bulgarian mountains, is located in the most southern part of the country. The Rhodope mountains are one of the oldest mountains in Bulgaria - the land where panpipes, Orpheus and the Orphic Cult originated, a region rich in gems and ores, mild oval forms and rounded wooded peaks, picturesque villages and hospitable people.
Very interesting are the karst areas with their deep river gorges, large caves and specific sculptured forms. What is typical for the Rhodope mountains is that they are the most populated mountains in Bulgaria which together with the mild climate and the numerous mineral springs, provides essential advantages for the development of tourism. The best conifer woods in Bulgaria can be found here, as well as 15 natural reserves, some of which protected under UNESCO. The highest peak is Golyam Perelik at an altitude of 2191m.
Pirin mountain is the second highest in Bulgaria after Rila mountain. It is situated in the south west part of the country in a rather extended shape to the north west and southeast between the rivers Struma and Mesta. Pirin mountain, a glorious glacial landscape of peaks and lakes, offers some of the finest walking in Europe. Pirin has acquired an Alpine relief - rocky marble or granite peaks and cliffs, deep cirques, well shaped glacier valleys and numerous lakes.
However, because of the well-expressed Mediterranean influence through the valleys of the Struma and Mesta rivers, it is the mountain with the greatest number of sunny days throughout the year and annual average temperature in the area of Vihren chalet (2000m) of -3.7C. Northern Pirin is the home of the highest peak, Vihren (2914m), of 60 others above 2500m, and of all glacial lakes (140-150 in number). It is also the place where one can find most of the region's ski resorts and hiking centres, as well as 12 chalets and 4 huts which are open for mountaineers the year-round. Because of its unique nature, in 1983 UNESCO decided to include the Pirin National Park in the list of the world's cultural and natural heritage.
Pamporovo is a modern ski resort in the heart of the Rhodope mountain, the mountain of the mythical singer Orpheus. It is amongst the southern skiing resort in Europe. It is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort with wonderful snow throughout the whole season. Pamporovo is situated on 1650 m above the sea level at the foot of peak Snejanka (1926 m). It is 240 km far from Sofia and 85 km from Plovdiv.
Pamporovo has an exclusive climate featuring a soft winter with about 120 sunny days during the skiing period. The significant influence of The Aegean Sea appears here and the skiing season starts from mid - December to mid - April. The average air temperature is - 3 ° C. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo particularly suitable for beginners. But there are also difficult ski runs like the Giant Slalom run which is an excellent exercise for every skiing expert.
Pamporovo Ski Zone
All ski runs are safe guarded and maintained in a very good condition. More than 100 highly qualified ski instructors fluent in different languages are here to teach both beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Ski rentals are available near the ski runs and the lift stations.
The ski runs in Pamporovo come in all hardship levels. They are located between 1926 and 1450 m above the sea level on the northern, eastern and western slopes of The Snejanka peak. 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.
Great off-piste skiing and snowboarding is available in this resort, however we recommend using a local guide when going off-piste
PLACES TO GO:
We recommend a day trip to Plovdiv or the nearby town of Smolyan. Sofia and the Bachkovo Monastery are of great interest too.
The local people have developed a good selection of places to go.
The staff in most places are professional, very helpful and friendly. English (plus some other popular languages) is widely spoken.
A big number of various shops are available at the resort. A shopping centre is available in the area of Perelik and Murgavets hotels.
RESTAURANTS & NIGHT LIFE:
Most of the famous drinks are available. Local or imported alcohols, beers and wines are available at very reasonable prices. Regular "Happy hours" provide drinks on half price to start the night with.
Almost all hotels have restaurants and day bars. Different types of restaurants and places to eat are available in the resort and near the ski pistes. Read more on restaurants and more on night life.
MEDICAL & DENTAL SERVICE:
The Emergency SKI PATROL service is available 24 hours a day. Ambulance and clinic (with doctor and nurse) are available, as well as first aid, on all ski slopes. Fully equipped and functioning hospitals are available in Smolyan and Chepelare. Highly qualified dentists are available at Pamporovo or Chepelare.
Pharmacies are available at the resort.
Some medical and all dental services must be cash to the doctors (clinics). They should provide the necessary bills, receipts and invoices describing the service and the cost, so that you can claim back the expense to your insurance company. It's recommended you call your insurance company and inform them in case of injury. Please follow their instructions.
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26 Jan 2012
"A lovely quiet apartment set in a beautiful part of the Mountains."
When first arriving at this apartment, first impressions were good! Heating already turned on, with clean sheets, towels etc, which i thought was very good considering this is a self rented apartment.… More
16 Sep 2011
"Cosy and modern, all in a great little package."
We had a long drive from Sofia airport, so when we arrived it was great to find that the buliding supervisor had unlocked the apartment, turned on the heating and hot water, and everything was ready to do whatever we wanted. The property was very clean and welcoming, and quite spacious. A balcony to the rear that overlooks the pine woods and a dead end road at the front, so minimal traffic. The open fire is a great touch and although most blokes think they are great at starting fires, it took my friend a while to get it going (harder than you imagine) , but once it was, it made a wonderful bonus against the chilly evenings.
There is a lovely family restaurant nearby, just 2 minutes walk and i can recommend the local dish of Patanik, very tasty. Although i wasn't convinced by the local spirit, very similar to Genepi and very strong, traditionally drank with a glass of what i can i can only describe as very thin yoghurt, not my best memory.
It wasn't much further to the ski lift, and the mountain was reasonable quiet for saying it was UK schools half term, in France you could be queing for 15/20 minutes on the lifts, but not here, straight on. My friend was a snowboard beginner and the resort was great for him, but a little small for me as i'm quite advanced. Even so, there was enough to fill a week and what with it being uncrowded, it was a joy to take to the pistes, we even managed to find a new run that was almost 5km long and virtually deserted and with a few sections of off piste, that made me very happy. Plus it's possible that a holiday here would cost you half the price you pay in France.
I strongly recommend renting a car, there is a small town nearby called Smolyan that has some great little restaurants and some general shops, and if you want to go to Pamprovo after the ski lifts shut, you'll need a car.
All in all, i had a great time there and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone else.
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