Villa Gella offers authentic and luxurious experience in the wilderness of the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria, an area of outstanding beauty, steeped in history and culture. It is a lovingly restored mountain house, nestling at an altitude of 1,700 meters in the sleepy hamlet of Gela, the birthplace of the legendary Thracian musician Orpheus. Surrounded by peaks and pristine lakes, nature reserves, deep canyons, historical sites dating back to Thracian and Byzantine times and just fourteen kilometres from Pamporovo, the second largest Bulgarian ski resort, Villa Gella offers a wide range of experiences in all four seasons: hiking, horseback riding, biking, skiing, bird watching, exploring caves and medieval villages, haunting folk music and invigorating dance, or just enjoying the tranquility of the mountains.
Villa Gella has six distinctive en-suite bedrooms, each offering spectacular mountain views, cosy beds, ample space for relaxation and the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace. The spacious living and dining room is in the heart of the house – a place to enjoy the superb local dishes of the villa’s private chef, afternoon tea brewed from local mountain herbs, or get-togethers with local musicians, singers, artist, historians and archeologists. A small but cosy library offers seclusion from the outside world or access to that world via wi-fi, internet and TV. The spa floor below, has an indoor swimming pool, massage area and steam room, an yoga corner for relaxation and free weights for more rigorous exercises. The terraced gardens provide seasonal opportunities for sunbathing and sports: badminton, volleyball and petanque.
Villa Gella staff prides itself on offering full service to its guests, meeting them at their arrival point and accompanying them throughout their stay until their departure, and taking care of all to ensures that visitors have uninterrupted care-free sojourn, access to all sites, high quality services and unforgettable experiences to take away. The little known yet spectacular remnants of the Thracian civilisation which occupied these lands since 50th century BC, the staggering artefacts of the Bulgarian Orthodox Christianity since 9th century AD, the vivid traces of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and the still fresh imprints of Soviet style Communism are all to be discovered and appreciated through visits to UNESCO heritage sites, guided mountain tours, lectures and discussions with the locals, all organised by the villa staff.
Village of Gela, Rhodope Mountains
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