Important information: As of the 25 May 2018, New EU Privacy and Data Protection legislation (GDPR) has come into effect. As this site uses cookies and collects information from users please make sure you understand and agree to these terms before continuing to use the site. Read more: GDPR Privacy and Data compliance.

Click here to remove this notice and confirm that you understand your new data and privacy rights.

help exchange   Host 14963
Home   About   FAQ's   Testimonials   Feedback   Insurance   Companions   Posters  
Australia   New Zealand   Europe   Canada   USA   International   log-in
Help Exchange

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

Note: Please login or register if you wish to see all full size photos and part reviews. You will also require to upgrade to premier membership in order to view contact details, weblinks and complete reviews.

Last Updated: August 21, 2018

Hi, I am Cathy and I have been living in Bulgaria since mid-July 2012. I am a very young 74 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 21st August, 2018. The family that was here for a week have now left. I am not planning to have any more volunteers until October as there are things that need to be rectified before any more people come here. I would need a volunteer/housesitter from the end of October throughout the winter, until the end of February or march, so I am not alone during that time and to help with chopping wood, starting the petchkas every morning and taking the dogs for long walks from time to time. I don't do it as often as I should...but they do have a large garden to run in so I don't feel guilty! Haha

The house has two bedrooms, one double (concreted but not covered) and one single which is tiled, a hall/lounge, a dining room, bathroom and shower room, a kitchen and two entrance porches, one into the kitchen and one into the main part of the house. The kitchen has now been tiled but does not have a fitted American style kitchen though it is quite liveable in and functional. I may need to buy a wood-burning stove for the kitchen for the winter, but right now the weather is wonderful. The house is basic and rustic in style and is in the process of being renovated, but is not perfect! It needs a lot of work doing before it will be up to the standard of many of the other expat renovated properties in Bulgaria. I am a pensioner and can only afford to do jobs one at a time and then save for the next job. This is quite usual however!

The garden is very large and has a vineyard at the top end which is wildly overgrown right now and needs attention. Given the care it needs, it could provide a lot of grapes for consumption or wine-making. There is a non-functioning well which could be made to work in time as well.

We now have Fibre Optic Broadband in the house, which has greatly improved our usage, so if you have a laptop you will be able to watch English programmes and films and use the internet too (you will have to bring your own laptop or I-phone, Smartphone or some such though). I will be taking my laptop with me. I have not had a TV for over 5 years! I don't miss it either!

I have three lovely dogs, Honey, Sunny and Poppy (all female and spayed) and two cats, Ginger and Whitey, also neutered. The cats are outdoor cats and don't come into the house. The dogs live in a specially created kennel in the garden right now and sleep there happiy.

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.

The villagers are mostly 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 winter in...not for the faint-hearted though! There are now 6 English people living in the village including me, so you will find help available, if needed. Venture out and meet them.

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 06.30 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. I will have the use of my son's car for a while starting next week sometime, so life will be easier for everyone.

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 look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Cathy Chadwick

Back to Top
Copyright 2001 - 2018, HelpX, All Rights Reserved :: disclaimer :: terms of use