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There’s something wondrously easy going and wholly timeless about this low-key hidden gem in the heart of Bulgaria’s countryside.

You’re not likely to have heard of this secluded family estate, but will want to keep it to yourself once you’ve discovered its charms. Despite it being easy to get to, this is relatively uncharted territory for luxury travellers.

Clothed in a vineyard pinstripe suit, Zornitza’s expansive surroundings of green-gold hills and distant misty mountains seem somewhat Tuscan in appearance. The deception, however, ends here as within the strong stone and rustic timber walls of this intimate retreat, the spirit (not to mention the wine) is distinctly Bulgarian.

Cosy and elemental in its décor throughout rooms and villas, this boutique family-owned Relais & Chateaux lodging has just 15 keys, making a picnic within the five hectares of wine land or a Vespa tour to nearby Melnik all the more exclusive. In the extensive Zoma Spa, aching muscles are soothed in the volcanically-warmed waters of indoor and outdoor pools, naturally kept at a comforting 39 degrees.

With food and wine at its soul, when it comes to dining, Aestivum restaurant is a gourmet extension of the property’s eco farm, sourcing 90% of its produce in-resort. Here, stylish interiors meet exceptionally executed service without any of the stuffy formalities.

 

Hotel highlights:

  • 9 suites and 6 villas
  • Just 1 hr 45 mins from Thessaloniki airport
  • Close proximity to Greek beaches and Bulgarian ski resorts
  • Carrier recommended twin centre with Halkidiki, Greece
  • Activities include hot air balloon rides and off-road drives to the surrounding wineries
  • Two restaurants and a large spa
  • Vast wine cellar with around 300 labels and in-resort Sommelier

from £600pp

Price is per person and includes flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.

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Our pricing aims to give an indication of the prices in low and high season. Low season for Bulgaria is generally between the months of November to March, high season runs from April to October. Prices are based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and include return economy flights from London. Regional departures, child prices and single supplements are available on request. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

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Boasting its very own vineyard with 18 varieties of grape and eco-farm, the food and wine at this Relais & Châteaux estate is very much in its soul. Awaken the senses with a stroll through the grounds starting at the truffle garden before sampling artisan cheeses and delicious innovative preserves. Oenophiles will cherish soaring over the Melnik region from cellar to cellar in a hot air balloon.

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When to visit Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s climate varies significantly with the seasons. June – August are the hottest months with sunny days and mild nights while November – March brings very cold temperatures with snow covering the majority of the country. Warm weather can be found during April – May and September – October with fewer crowds than in peak summer.

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