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Village homes Bulgaria for many are a dream of getting out of the rat race and enjoying a simple life. It was the dream to escape city speed for the relaxation of the coast but many Foreigner buyers are looking for safer inland Bulgarian properties.

Is the village life and village homes Bulgaria a picture-postcard fantasy or reality? Is the grass greener on the other side? Quest Bulgaria investigates, in a two part article on the pros and cons of buying a Bulgarian country home and living in a village.

Today, the upside of village life. The idyllic image of the church in the centre, small local restaurants and bars, arts and crafts shops, small local school, surrounded by rolling countryside and lush green hills really does exist in Bulgaria. At least it does in our town. Whilst the Bulgarians call it a town, most western Europeans would consider it a village.

Contrary to the big towns and cities, the villages can definitely pride themselves on a healthier environment. There is infinitely less traffic and less stress, less people too. True, you can't drop into the theatre for the latest show but you can while away many hours with long walks in the forest. You'll also have the chance to grow your own veggies, have some fruit trees, create a pretty garden and get some space around you. Pets are more than likely to be on the cards too.

You have the perfect recipe for your dream... friends crunching their way up the path, log fires, nice neighbours, the smell of newly cut meadows in the summer, the local pub, local fresh produce, just a stroll to the village shops, time to make family meals...

Now, there's the thing: 'time'. Many worry that there is nothing to do in the villages and small towns. I wouldn't dream of trying to convince any of you otherwise. You could consider winter the worst time to be in a village, so I'll write about how we've passed our time here during the coldest part of the year.

With the onset of autumn, which is truly resplendent in Bulgaria, our thoughts turned to winter. The tourists had gone home and the village felt, thankfully much emptier and calmer. Winter doesn't really arrive here until half way through December and lasts through to the end of March most times. Days are usually spent doing inside jobs, reading and enjoying much conversation. Walking in the crisp white snow under a deep blue sky with sparking sunbeams is a big favourite. Talk runs from the mundane to putting the world to rights. Good films on TV were devoured in front of the log fire. Old jigsaw puzzles and board games were brought out of the attic and played ferociously.

Life in our home centres around the kitchen and this is even more true at this time of year. Most of our neighbours have given us bottled fruits and vegetables, from produce from their own gardens. How wonderful and kind! It means we savour the delights of summer fruits throughout the whole of the winter.

Cooking comes to the fore, with plenty of homemade family meals being made, freezing remaining portions to ensure a stock of hearty meals. Neighbours dropped in from time to time for coffee, a chat and even recipe swaps.

The local market, which is held twice weekly in our village, is so much better in winter than summer. I think all the 'tat' comes out for the tourists and the good stuff is held back for the locals. It's lovely to stroll into the centre at this time of year, saying hello to friends and neighbours on the way there and back. Without the tourists everyone has much more time and it's good to catch up on the gossip and the latest treats the shops have for us.

We had made a list of things to do this winter inside the house. No large jobs but small things which could be done indoors and would improve the home. Top of the list was to tile the kitchen in between the bottom and top cupboards. During this project, we sauntered down to the small but cosy restaurants in the centre for meals. With five restaurants to choose from we did a different one each day! The youngsters here have two or three nice cafes where they hang out and meet up.

We tackled the garden and made plans for what we want to do with it next year, going out to diy shops to look at what was on offer and checking out prices.

We picked off a list of places we wanted to visit in Bulgaria: places which we'd meant to visit before but never got to, so we got out and about, saw new places and met new people. Soaking up the Bulgarian culture, nature and wildlife is one of our real pleasures.

Keeping traditions is the thing which is incredibly important in the villages and small towns. We had great celebrations during the winter months with costumes, traditional festivities and feasts along the way. There were even a couple of theatrical pieces by a local drama group which were a laugh if nothing else, and of course everyone cheered madly at the end. We were invited by neighbours to parties, and invited them in return. The firework parties over the Christmas and New Year period had to be seen to be believed and the church services were typically moving with more candles than I've ever seen.

If all this sounds like paradise to you, then start arranging some property viewings of village homes Bulgaria now.

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