The 2 main properties are situated on the outskirts of a small village at an average altitude of 500 m in the Elena Balkan, which is on the north slopes of the main Balkan mountain range, here usually referred to as the Stara Planina (literally: Old Mountains).
to follow soon.
Elena region is one of the ecologically cleanest in Bulgaria, and the
larger of the properties is surrounded by approx 200 dka (20 ha / 50
acres) of state owned forest, specially designated "green zone"
so no development will take place there - plus of course we have the
free use and enjoyment of that forest without having had to buy
The only people you are likely to meet there are local
shepherds with their goats, sheep and cows.
town (population: 6,000), 25 km away to the west, is quite touristy,
no sightseers or trekkers are ever likely to come out here - so a
very tranquil and dignified environment.
Elena is our local town
where you can get most things, or we go to Veliko Turnovo
(population: 60,000), 75 km to the north-west, which is also where
we have to go for the major bureaucratic matters.
itself, like most villages in Bulgaria, is dying, as young people
everywhere are leaving for the cities or go abroad.
There used to
be a shop here but it was closed some time ago and the building
is standing empty.
Elena is a sub-region of Veliko Turnovo
region and there are 10 percent Muslims in the region as a whole. In
the local villages it is not easy to get a clear picture of who is
Christian and who is Muslim - often people's names are the best
way to find out.
Most of the Muslims here are ethnic Turks but of
course Bulgarian citizens.