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“The perfect place for moments you dont want to forget”

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Lavanda Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 7 Kovachevitsa B&B and Inns
Sofia, Bulgaria
1 review
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“The perfect place for moments you dont want to forget”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

I chose the place for a small girls celebration, because my best friend was getting married. We spent there 2 nights - very cosy, modern inside but still authentic atmosphere of the guest house. The owners are superb nice, helpful, positive and provide the best service i have seen in Bulgaria. The in-house menu offers only home made dishes, which deserve a Micheline Star :) So fresh and tasty.. and of course the home made bread with cheese and elderberry juice.. this was our favorite. I am recommending the house to everyone who would like to take a moment to remember and feel the spirit of a place, where the time has stopped...

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We stayed for two nights at the beginning of July 2013. We have a house in Bulgaria and have travelled widely, in the country and stayed in many small hotels. Kovachevitsa is one of the highlights of our travels. It is an historically interesting village of period architecture, nestling in hills above a dramatic, forested river valley.

Sylvana, our host, is a delightful person and she impressed us by sending us an e-mail before we arrived with detailed instructions to the house. This is important as the village streets are very narrow and the original paving stones are not good for cars. She advised us to park in the quiet village street and take a few minutes walking down to the house.

The house is gorgeous and is only two years old but has been built with meticulous detail, using quality materials and copying the older houses. The views from the garden are superb.
There are four guest rooms. Ours was most comfortable. There was one other friendly family staying. There is a pleasant balcony on the first floor and a pleasant garden. Meals are taken in a pretty garden house. Sylvana is an excellent cook and provides superb breakfasts and if you want an evening meal, you tell her at breakfast and she will tell you what she is cooking (always wonderful) and you advise how many courses you want.

The village is very quiet at night. There are wonderful walks from the house which give great views of the Pirin Mountains.

A truly memorable two nights and we are recommending this to our friends.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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uk and philippines
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Fortunately for any other would-be-guests, we were the only guests at Lavanda for our two nights this June. This place would be an amazing romantic getaway spot and so a couple may have been disappointed to be sharing the place with myself, husband, 3 year old and 1 year old.

Silvana was the perfect hostess and welcomed us all warmly to the B & B. The place is incredible. In an amazing little village in some of the most unspoilt surroundings I have ever been to. The mountains are beautiful and the place was in bloom with the most stunning Bluebells everywhere.

The attention to details around the property was first-class with amazing boutique-style attention to detail in everything from the shower gel, to the plant pots!

The breakfast options were also delicious and nothing was too much trouble for Silvana.

For other families thinking of going with children be warned - there is nothing to do in the village! We made our own fun in the lovely garden by borrowing a bucket and having water play with the children. We also took a hike through to the river, which was an adventure for the little ones. For a couple of days total escape Lavanda is perfect.

Thank you Silvana for opening your beautiful home to us.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Greece
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

This is the perfect spot to choose when you need a getaway! Well hidden in the high mountains of southern! Bulgaria but once you get there you are rewarded by the serene atmosphere, the breathtaking views ,the friendly people. Lavanda is as if it's just popped out of a fairy tale ! You get this feeling that something must have gone wrong with time in this place!You get the impression that time has stop in the1900! Silvana, Boiko & Annika are excellent hosts!They make you feel at home as soon as you arrive at Lavanda! And yes! Silvana is a great cook!She will happily prepare a tasty traditional meal for you and you should definitely go for the chocolate cake which is out of this world!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Happy Valley, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We arrived in Koachevitsa around 10pm and there was no indication as to how to find Lavanda. Fortunately my wife speaks Bulgarian and was able to get directions to Lavanda from a very polite local. When we got down there, it was completely dark and there was a padlock on the gate. We stayed the night down the hill in Gotse Delchev instead. We came back up the next morning to see Lavanda in the daytime and see if anyone was there. We met the groundskeeper who showed us around and explained that it's a vacation home and is rented out to tourists. He wasn't sure why they had bookings open as no one had been there in a while.

I'm sure it's a great place to stay but you will want to be sure that someone will actually be there to greet you before you go.

Stayed October 2012
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Silvana H, Owner at Lavanda Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 June 2013
Dear Matt,

We are very sorry for your unpleasant experience! For some reason we have never received your reservation, otherwise this would never happened. If one day you consider to visit Kovachevitsa again we will do our best for you to have a memorable stay at Lavanda and refine your disappointment.

However, we would like to mention that in the e-mail you sent to us just few days ago, your unrealized reservation at Lavanda was for October 2012. You inform us about this issue just now - June 2013. At the moment the tracking of this problem is quite difficult since more than 8 months have passed from back then.

Kind regards,
Silvana & Boyko
Lavanda Bed&Breakfast, Kovachevitsa
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Sofia
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

This is the best place to stay in Bulgaria. The surroundings are magical and the hotel is not actually a hotel, it feels like your own family house build by your grand grand parents. You open the door, you step inside and your flattered by the details, the hospitality, the food, the garden, everything.

There is no other place where you can sleep is a room like this and have a meal like this. Just fantastic.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thun
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Over the past 20 years we visited many places in Bulgaria. But this was by far the best place we ever saw. The rooms, the house and the surroundings are very clean and the combination of the old architecture of the house with the modern furniture is just fabulous! Silvana and her husband did an amazing job. They paid so much attention to the detail. The breakfast was simply the best we ever had in Bulgaria. Evereything was freshly prepared and an unique choice for everyone. Try the bulgarian specialties and her homemade marmelade, you will not be disappointed. Have Dinner there as well. Don't try another place. Silvana's cooking is an art and she is always open for something new. Overall we were speachless to find such lovely people in the may be quiest old village in Bulgaria. We are 100% sure we will come back to this place one day and we will recommend it to everyone we know in Bulgaria and abroad.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lavanda Bed & Breakfast
Address: Kovachevitsa, Kovachevitsa 2969, Bulgaria
Region: Bulgaria > Blagoevgrad Province > Kovachevitsa
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kovachevitsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lavanda B&B is perfect for relaxed vacations or short holidays. Offering privacy with its only 4 bedrooms and still many tranquil spots to explore. The terrace (poton) of the house is a charming space with fire place providing astonishing view of the village and surrounding hills. The garden has few levels equipped with various furnishing suitable for afternoon nap or continuous dinner. ... more   less 
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