Enjoy the wildlife around our home in the woods near Ihtiman, Bulgaria



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    Our village is 55km from the capital, but it's in the middle of nowhere. We are surrounded by mountain and forests. Often you can see a deer or a fox crossing the road. Our village has population of 5 (five :), so most of the time, everything that you can hear is the wind and the birds. Or the barking of our dog Bear.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I love cooking so I can teach you some traditional Bulgarian recipes. The cellar is full of our own produce. I make apple vinegar, yogurt, cottage cheese, turshia (fermented vegetables), liutenitsa (something like ketchup, but not really) and lots of things with hot peppers, which are my latest passion.

    I would love to make my own beer, but I never have, so if you can teach me - it will be great. Otherwise, we will both be learning how to do it. I don't know what we'll do with the failures. The dogs don't drink beer.

    If you love nature - that place is for you. The woods are full of wild fruits, mushrooms and herbs. You can observe the wild life, there is a big variety of birds here. And we don't have bears and wolfs here, which I personally would put in the 'pros' column.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Who loves to paint?
    Spring has come! And there are a lot of wooden parts of the houses that need painting.
    I am no Tom Soyer and I will not make you pay for painting the fence :) Instead I'll make banitsa for you :)

    We need to make our yard beautiful after 3 years of renovating the hundred years old houses. That will include some real physical work: cutting dead trees, chopping wood, moving some stones from fallen stone walls, making paths between the houses from concrete or the stones, dismantling some old shacks, that couldn't be renovated, planting new trees, arranging a place for flower beds, etc.

    And I'm searching for somebody that can teach me to make beer.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I love the sound of Japanease. I can teach you Bulgarian and the Cyrillic alphabet. I want to improve my Spanish.

  • Accommodation


    You will sleep in your own bedroom in my house, on the second floor. And every morning you will wake up at the site of the forest and the mountains.
    We will share the kitchen.

    Once per day, around noon, I cook a big casserole. That's because I can't do breakfast, In the mornings, I just mumble and stumble over everything. And evening is time for fun and conversations. Usually, there are some snacks all the time - like banitsa, or cake, or something.
    I can't provide alcoholic beverages and sodas.
    And I'm not good at vegetarian food. I'm surrounded by people that do a lot of physical work, and they crave their protein.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Everything that you want to see in the capital is an hour away from us. There are buses to there 3 times a day.

    40 km to the East is the city of Panagiurishte with a very interesting museum. This region was populated from a long time ago, so near the city was discovered an unique Thracian golden treasury.

    Plovdiv, the second biggest city in Bulgaria and 2019 European Capital of Culture is some 100km away.

    And all around us you can take walks in the forest.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have 2 dogs. I don't mind cats, but I can't guarantee what the dogs will think of that

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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