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Byala Ruse
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2,800 sq metres
Persons: 2-3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 14963
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: September 18, 2017

Hi, I am Cathy and I have been living in Bulgaria since mid-July 2012. I am a very young 73 and live here all year round cooking healthy vegetarian and meat meals for my volunteers, friends and family. I love Bulgaria and the countryside and have no desire or intention of returning to the rat-race!

It is now the 18th September, 2017 and I haven't had the space to have any helpers over this past winter as my grandson has been living here with me. He has now moved to another village.

I am now looking for a long-term volunteer, between the ages of 30 and 60 who wants to come to the house as from the end of September, early October for six months, or more. I would like it to be someone who can cook, healthy vegetarian and meat meals and preferably be a non-smoker. If you are a smoker, feel free to apply anyway because there are many places on the property where you can smoke outside the house. You can also get to know the locals in either of the two cafes in the village. There is a lot to do to prepare for the winter, so you must also be a hard-worker, willing to do painting, plastering and building jobs inside and outside the house.

The garden at the moment is a huge jungle, with weeds growing four to five feet high. It is too big for me to cope with on my own, so help with cutting it down ready for a tractor and rotavator to come in and turn the soil...once it can be seen, is desirable! Small trees and bushes need to be cut down to make room for the tractor to get into the property as at present it is almost impassable. Half of the garden has now been cut down. The other half will be done in early October.

You must be an animal lover as I have three dogs and two cats and you will probably be involved with them to some extent...i.e. taking them for walks in the evenings etc. The cats are outdoor cats but the dogs are indoor and outdoor dogs. They sometimes escape through holes they dig under the fencing, so you may have to repair the fences in places.

The house has two bedrooms, one double (concreted but not covered) and one single, a hall/lounge, a dining room (which I am using as a bedroom at present), bathroom and shower room, a kitchen and an entrance porch. The kitchen needs tiling but is quite liveable in as it is or I could put lino down on it. I may need to buy a wood-burning stove for the kitchen in winter. The house is basic and rustic in style. It does, however, have a toilet, bath, shower room etc.

Ideally, you would need to have building experience as there are walls to be plaster-boarded and painted, tiles to be laid in various places and more.

We now have Fibre Optic Broadband in the house, which has greatly improved our usage, so if you have a TV, you will be able to watch English programmes and films and use the internet too. I have not had a TV for 5 years!

The nearest town, Byala, is about 15 kilometres from the village and I go shopping on the bus once a week or just to have a coffee in one of the many cafes. I will buy a second-hand car or van in the near future sometime. I just need to save up for it!

The villagers are friendly and helpful and there are at least two shops. Although this is not the liveliest village in the world, it is a peaceful place to spend the autumn and winter. There are now 6 English people living in the village including me, so you will find help if needed

There is also a bus into town, but for shopping, it only goes in once a week on Thursdays (market day in Byala) and returns at 12.30 p.m. Otherwise, there is a worker's bus that leaves the village at 06.45 every morning which also goes to Byala, but doesn't return until 17.00. There is also a bus every day from Byala bus station that comes as far as the train station (called Gara Byala) but one then has to hitch-hike back to Bosilkovtsi (about 8-9 kilometres) if one doesn't have a car. I have done it many times and it's no big deal! The locals are willing to give lifts.

The beautiful medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo is a bus/train ride away, as is Ruse, a large and more modern city, very popular with Germans and the English. There are many interesting places to visit in the area: old monasteries, rock churches, waterfalls and much more.

Photos of the house and location have now been uploaded and more are available by request.

I am now searching again after being let down. I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested.

Cathy Chadwick






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