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Benefits of Summer Kitchens in Bulgaria Houses

Summer Kitchen

Summer Kitchen

Ever wonder why our descriptions of Bulgarian property almost always include the space called summer kitchen? Here is why.


During the long hot Bulgarian summers a summer kitchen is worth its weight in gold when considering buying a house in Bulgaria.


Summer kitchens are multi-purpose living and recreation areas during the Bulgarian summer. Following a cold winter, Bulgarians enjoy time outdoors during the summer months. Summer kitchens are usually an extension of homes and are often covered to protect inhabitants from the heat of the sun.


People living in villages use the summer kitchen to cook, dine, rest/sleep, watch television and socialise with friends. Typically, summer kitchens are well equipped with a sink, kitchen area with table, cooker/wood burning oven/ BBQ, fridge and seating.


Most Bulgarians will make the most of an outdoor area even if it’s simply a balcony of an apartment, most of the cooking will be done on an electric grill or BBQ, to reduce both the heat and food smells of indoors.


Museum towns and villages around Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria boasts with a total of fourteen Museum Towns which are ‘showcases’ for Bulgarian houses built in the National Revival Period, built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such towns are where the time seems to have stopped and are full of beauty and architectural style.Even though they are called Museum Towns and one would expect them to be empty or merely life-size ethnographic display, they are lively, active and inspiring places to live in.


Four of those beautiful towns and villages are within quick and easy reach to Veliko Tarnovo, one of them being Veliko Tarnovo itself.



Rustic houses that resemble minor fortresses on the outside. High, solid walls, heavy gates and secret hiding-places, the traditional houses of Arbanasi are spacious and comfortable, richly decorated and furnished on the inside. A great example of such imposing beauty is the Konstantsalieva House, a must-see if you’re visiting this beautiful village. See some our best offers in Arbanasi!



Situated 8km from Gabrovo, this is a charming ethnographic centre where you can watch craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles before your eyes. Around these you can also see some lovely old houses, flowers on window sills, small shops with wooden shutters and gas lanterns on street corners. Mostly two storey buildings, they are exact replicas of the homes of the old local craftsmen. Typical for the traditional architecture, upper floors are residential, whereas the ground floors host workshops and storage areas. Want to live close to this ethnographic beauty? Check out some our listings of Gabrovo property!



Tryavna is a town preferred by visitors for its fresh mountain air and unique architecture. A good road and railroad network connects the town with neighbouring towns and villages, as well as all further spots of Bulgaria.

The Tryavna masters gain popularity in the field of building, icon painting and especially woodcarving, which they handle to perfection and transform into art. Typical for Tryavna are two storey houses with open chardaks (traditional Bulgarian balconies; read more on Bulgarian Revival Architecture, Traditional Houses & Homes), carved eaves covered with heavy stone tiles.

Why not check out Tryavna properties?


Veliko Tarnovo

The Bulgarian National Revival times are embodied in the architecture of Veliko Tarnovo. These are to be found in Gurko Street and the Samovodska Charshia, as well as the Asenov Quarter. Some of the fine examples are the House with the Monkey and the Sarafkina House.

The building tradition in the City of Tsars is influenced by the steep terrain. Charming homes overlooking the Yantra are built one above the other into the rocks. “I want to build my life like this, cascaded‘, said a friend once, when I showed him a picture of Veliko Tarnovo. If you want to live your life like this, see some our best offers of Veliko Tarnovo property!


Bulgarian property prices dropping up to 20%

traditional Bulgarian houses for sale

traditional Bulgarian houses for sale

Bulgarian property prices are still on the decline mainly due to people eager to sell a property.

Recent news updates from the Bulgarian real estate industry have reported that in many cases people with properties on the market are continuing to lower prices up to 20% in an attempt to sell.

The biggest price falls are in towns and villages in rural locations, like the Veliko Tarnovo area, where prices in some cases are nearly half to what buyers originally paid. Village houses continue to offer exceptional value to buyers considering purchasing property in Bulgaria. There is a great variety of rural homes and house and if you’re up for some renovation challenge there are homes as cheap as 4 000 Euros.

Alternatively if you do your homework there are plenty of bargain properties which have been renovated to a very high standard and on the market fully furnished for as low as 25 000 Euros!


Sarafkina House in Veliko Tarnovo

Sarafkina House facing the Yantra

Sarafkina House facing the Yantra

The Sarafkine House is one of the crown jewels of the Veliko Tarnovo houses from the Revival Period and is part of the architectural ensemble of the Old Town. The House was built in 1861 for the needs of a wealthy merchant named Dimo Sarafina (saraf comes from Turkish, meaning someone who deals with money, a broker of sorts).


Much like other Bulgarian houses of wealthy merchants from that time (see Konstantsalieva House), the house was designed to serve as a residence and a workplace. Before its completion, however, Dimo Sarafina passed away and the property never got the chance to serve its original purpose.


Sarafkina House facing the Gurko Street

Sarafkina House facing the Gurko Street

The house then was inherited by merchant’s wife, Anastasia Sarafkata, thus the name of this beautiful building. It is built over 5 floors – all 5 facing the Yantra and the top 2 facing the Gurko Street, where it is also entered from. One enters a spacious vestibule, surrounded by four rooms and other small spaces, illuminated indirectly from the windows upstairs. The lower floors are used for basements and warehouses, which also lead to a large scenic terrace, today overlooking the Yantra and the Boris Denev State Art Gallery.


A steep wooden staircase leads from the lobby to the top floor. It is decorated with a small folding door and a lovely wrought iron railing, which then transforms into the inner balcony. Wooden columns, hand-carved wooden ceiling (resembling the sun) and dark shutters contrast with white plaster and create a feeling of warmth and comfort.



Sarafkina House served a variety of purposes. It was home of the Bishop of Kyustendil, home to the Orthodox Christian brotherhood “St. Petka” house for the poor, an amusement hall of the White Guards and others.


After its restoration was completed in 1981, the house went under the management of the Regional History Museum – Veliko Tarnovo. It is now a house-museum with permanent ethnographic exhibitions, which introduces the visitor to the main events of the national artistic characteristic of Veliko Tarnovo region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



66 km of the South Stream pipeline will pass through Veliko Tarnovo District

South Stream

South Stream

66 km of the South Stream pipeline will pass through Veliko Tarnovo. The pipes will go through the municipalities of  Pavlikeni, Polish Trambesh, Gorna Oryahovitsa. Pipeline data were presented during a public discussion of the presentation of the environmental impact assessment report, which was held in the municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa.


In Pavlikeni pipeline will be nearly 26 km long and will pass through the villages of Gorna and Dolna Lipnitsa Patresh, Nedan and Butovo.


In Polski Trambesh its length is less than 23 km long and will pass through the land of Orlovets, Radanovo, Petko Karavelovo, Polski Senovets, Ivancha and Obedinenie.


In the municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa, the pipeline is planned to be between 3 and 5 kilometres and will pass through the villages of Strelets and Paisiy.


Throughout the municipality Gorna Oryahovitsa the pipeline route will consist of two tubes. In Strazhitsa, the length of the pipeline will be 13 km and will pass through the villages of Varbovka, Lozen and Vinograd.


The project “South Stream” on the territory of Bulgaria is the ground part of the whole pipeline system. Its length on Bulgarian land is expected to be 540.8 km. The Bulgarian section of the pipeline is the transition part going to the countries of Central and Southern Europe.


The economic impact of the construction of the pipeline in Bulgaria will strengthen the stability and energy sector and improve energy infrastructure. In terms of social impact, it will create new jobs during construction and during the continued operation of the pipeline. The positive environmental impacts will be expressed in the reduction of pollutant carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.