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Ref. number: 04107
Price: EUR 65,000
Property region:Ruse
Property location:Katselovo Village 44,4km south from Rousse Town
Property type:Houses
Condition:ready to move in
Number of bedrooms:4
Size of the building:140
Size of the land:2000
In rural countryside, Near historic place, In fishing area, In hunting area

Description: Traditional style Bulgarian property in the village of Kacelovo, Rousse. This beautiful traditional Bulgarian home is a prime and rare example of a classic styled Bulgarian country house and is more than 100 years old. The property has been sympathetically and extensively renovated to preserve the original features yet offer the modern conveniences required in today's world. The 2 story house offers an expansive wooden terrace, exposed wooden beams and stone walls, a mix of traditional wooden and tiled floors (terracotta/tiles for the bathrooms and kitchen), rustic roof tiles, decorative wooden roof edging and Turkish fireplace (ornamental) room. There are 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (with shower, sink and toilet), kitchen, 2 living rooms, and a dining room as well as a covered large wooden balcony offering great views, an outdoor (covered) eating area with clay oven and an additional large storage room on the side of the property that could be used as a games room or converted to an additional bedroom (or even two). There is about 140sqm of living space in total. There is even a second house included with the property, older than the first - this however needs major renovation. It is roughly the same size as the main house though and could potentially be converted to another 4 bedroom property in the future. This also has some great features, including 2 rooms which share the same fireplace (old living quarters above the cellar) and a long wooden trough from which the animals fed. This was the original house and when the owners became rich (the richest in the village) the second house was built. Most buildings built around this time even had 'mud' floors on the second level, but this has solid wooden floors on the top floor ('mud' floor downstairs). Sadly this original house has fallen into decay but would make a great renovation project - the walls and roof are still solid. The property is enclosed by a high wall with a pedestrian gate and car gate access leading to a driveway and path to the house. The property comes with a large garden of 2200 sqm - perfect to install a swimming pool for those hot Bulgarian summers! The garden also has an abundance of fruit trees - apple, pear, apricot and small plums. Grapes grow up the balcony and these are a rich dark purple in colour, and taste something like an Australian shiraz wine. There is also a well in the garden. Located close to the Rusenski Lom Country Park in the lower 'mahalla' (area) of the village of Kacelovo (Kats-e-lo-vo), the house is well located away from potential flood areas and offers excellent views; a deep, narrow gorge (with stream at certain times of year) borders one side with a large hill immediately rising above, and directly in front of the property you can see distant hills and valleys and the next village, Gorsko Ablanovo (Ablanovo Forest). Kacelovo is a medium sized village with several small shops, Bars, a Bakery, and it also has a petrol station. There are some great walks to be found; hills, gorges, rivers and forests are in abundance. There are also a couple of reservoirs in the village where you can fish at a small charge. There are several larger villages/small towns within a short drive such as Dve Mogili (there are restaurants in this town and 2 outdoor swimming pools) and Byala which offers more facilities. Stunning rock caves and walks along the gorge overlooking the river Lom can be found at Ivanovo, and there are amazing fortress ruins at Cherven, both around 15 minutes drive from Kacelovo. There is also a Monastery with natural spring water reputed to have healing powers around 10 minutes drive just past Karan Varbovka. The village is approximately 40km/40minutes from the bustling Danube port city of Rousse (Ruse) where you can find excellent Viennese architecture, modern shops, bars and restaurants, and Danube river cruises. Cheap flights are available from a variety of locations in the UK to Bucharest across the border in Romania - a taxi from Bucharest to Rousse takes about 90 minutes and costs around 40 Euros. Other possible airports are on the Black Sea at Varna (approx 2.5 hours drive to the house - possibly shorter, closer to 2 hours now as they have been extending and improving the motorway in recent years) and Sofia (4-5hrs drive). As in most Bulgarian villages, some properties have been neglected, however, the whole area appears to be on the rise - there are several UK families who have brought properties in Kacelovo (spell as Katselovo to find on Google maps), and there are new developments in the neighboring village of Nisovo - the Black Stork hotel (with outdoor pool) opened a few years back - and the opening of a new winery... the whole area offers excellent future tourist opportunities. The village benefits from two successful Agricultural Corporations operating within it that provide ongoing & sustainable employment for the majority of the local population. Work done on the property includes external recladding/plastering (actually traditional 'kirpich' rather than plaster), installation of new kitchen and bathrooms/plumbing, rewiring (including new fuse box), repair to woodwork and some internal layout changes on the ground floor. All windows have been replaced with the latest UPVC standard – but these were of a wholly bespoke design to remain in keeping with the architectural design and look of the wooden originals. Internal floor level on the ground floor was lowered by 30cms during the renovations prior to installing new damp proof coursing and insulation prior to the laying of new floors. Wherever possible original features have been retained and enhanced throughout. Heating options include 2 multi-fuel burners (one on each floor – the one on the ground floor also serving as a reserve oven and hob). However, the house is also fitted with 4 new & economical air conditioning units (three on the first floor, one on the ground floor) that are more than adequately capable of retaining a comfortable ambient internal temperature throughout the year. There is also currently a backup 6kw generator connected to the house that can be used as and when required. Although aside from regular testing – this has only been used once in the past three years! The property is also currently fully furnished sympathetically in line with the style and age of the estate. Whilst these furnishings are not included in the asking price – they are available by separate negotiation. The property currently has satellite television connected and there are a variety of options for good internet connectivity. 4G +LTE mobile phone coverage is also excellent. Until last year the property had also been used as a Bed and Breakfast business – offering people a unique and increasingly rare insight & opportunity to stay in a house and in a location that reminds people of an age and style and way of living all but now lost. The house is by far the oldest inhabitable home of its kind in the village & the last of its architectural style and significance in the area. It has been compared to a living museum – and even the renovation works were undertaken following consultations with and visits to the Bulgarian Ethnographic Museum ‘Etar’ near Gabrovo. This is a unique and rare opportunity to purchase a part of Bulgarian history & a home that is both ready for immediate occupation and that has clear and obvious potential for future business use &/or broader development of the estate should the new owners so wish.

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