Several months ago our family decided to come to Bulgaria, and we thought that it would be nice to spend some time together in a quiet place, preferably not being separated by the hotel room walls. After a very long search I realized that I’m actually looking for a chalet in the mountains, preferably with a swimming pool. That’s when I found Garmen Hills Complex that actually matched all of my criteria: pictures looked amazing, there were chalets as well as rooms for rent, it was in the mountains and there was even a swimming pool.
Since it was my first trip to the southern part of Bulgaria, I was literally exploding with questions and had to call Garmen Hills several times. Every time I called, Mr. Christophe Lemaire (the owner and manager of the Complex) found time to answer me personally and gave me the most detailed answers. And when we finally arrived, it turned out that the place was even more beautiful in real life than in the pictures!
Things we liked:
- It has just recently been opened, and everything is brand new, very clean and fresh. There are two beautiful and completely independent chalets and a bigger house with 4 rooms (with a big shared kitchen and living room)
- The swimming pool is big and very clean, and since it’s covered with a special cover (unfortunately I’m not a swimming pool expert) every night, the water stays warm even in the morning
- You can find absolutely everything you need in the chalet kitchen (seriously, everything for baking, boiling, cooking or making coffee – we even found a little metal thingy to make milk foam in one of the drawers)
- There’s a fireplace in the chalet, and even though we didn’t use it, I couldn’t stop thinking how wonderful it would be to just sit there, on a winter night, with a glass of wine and look at the fire.
- Individual barbecues in every chalet, and a common barbeque for the guests of the rooms.
- A ping pong table, a trampoline for children and a special dedicated place for a French “petanque” game (that usually involves throwing metal balls in the sand while drinking lots of “Pastis”)
- The owner was really nice, and even though he had already answered tons of my questions before our arrival, he still came to our chalet to tell us about things to visit in the neighborhood
- There’s a small supermarket about 500 meters from the complex, where you can buy most of the things you may need (food or cosmetics stuff, like shampoos and tooth paste) and there’s a huge supermarket approximately 9 km away from Garmen Hills.
- I could continue talking about stuff we liked, but as I always say – I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding your own stuff to like once you visit Garmen Hills Complex!
Things to improve:
Now, I’m actually supposed to write about the stuff we didn’t like, and it’s been almost a week that I’m trying to come up with anything at all, but I’ve still got nothing.
- Keep in mind that Garmen Hills is a guesthouse, not a hotel. This means, that you should arrive with your own toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, shaving balms, tooth paste or whatever you usually use)
- The establishment doesn’t offer any meals, but, as I said before, all of the kitchens are more than well equipped, so all you have to do is just buy food in one of the nearest stores
- Bath towels are provided, but the swimming pool towels aren’t, so you should think about bringing your own
- The last 100 meters of the street in front of Garmen Hills doesn’t have any asphalt yet, so IF (and I’m insisting on the IF, because we didn’t have this problem at all) it’s raining, there might be some dirt around. But I’m thinking – if you are brave enough to come and discover a tiny village in the Bulgarian mountains, you won’t be afraid of a little bit of dirt, right?
My review is slowly becoming a book, so I’ll stop trying to describe this place to you, and let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!