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Gina's Retreat, spacious villa with private pool, beautiful sea and forest views

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Large Villa in Shkorpilovtsi, Varna area, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria - Relaxing Location, 15 Minutes Walk to the Stunning Beach

A recently built spacious 240sq.m. villa, fully equipped for your holiday needs. It sits in a large enclosed 1400sqm corner plot at the edge of Shkorpilovtsi Village, with private parking for 3+ cars. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views looking out to The Black Sea and countryside. The villa has a private 9m x 4m south facing pool, with a very spacious tiled sun terrace area around it, supplied with sun loungers. Leading up to a large covered breakfast/dining terrace with a stone BBQ area off it. Offering you sunshine with breakfast and gentle shade for alfresco lunches. Rest on the south facing balcony and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the Shepherd bringing in his flock. The village is an easy 5 minutes walk, offering cafes, bar, church, post office and well stocked mini-markets. Shkorpilovtsi Beach is only a 15 minutes walk away, one of the best beaches in Bulgaria with over 12km of sot golden sand, offering in season many more choices of restaurants, bars, cafes, live music and an open air cinema.

Gina Stacey
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Gina Stacey

Hello, we live in Surrey with our 3 children. One of our favourite things is going on holiday. Whichever country we are in we love trying new foods, exploring and experiencing the culture. It is something that we look forward to for most of the year. About 10 years ago we decided that we would love to own a place abroad of our own. We looked at all of our usual favourite places; The Greek Islands, the Canary Islands, Spain, France and Italy. All are beautiful but we just couldn't find 'The right spot'. Bulgaria was a relative new discovery to us. It is a country that has been preserved in many ways, as it had been under socialist rule up until 1989. Here we discovered a country that had not merged into the Euro blend, as sadly so many other countries have. We were hooked.

Gina Stacey purchased this villa in 2008

Why Gina Stacey chose Varna

Here we found 'The spot' in 2006. A piece of land that had stunning panoramic views across fields, looking towards the Black Sea and an ancient oak forest. It is on the edge of a pretty village that is big enough to have a choice of cafes and shops but small enough to be welcoming. From here we can walk to the stunning beach with fine pure white sand and enjoy views that take me back 30 years. We discovered that in the summer the beach springs to life with lots of cafes, bars, shops, restaurants and even an outdoor cinema. It positively buzzes! We decided that here we could build our perfect villa, including all the things that we liked when staying at other villas in the past. In 2008 it was completed and it became 'Gina's Retreat' a place to rest and relax.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is an easy 40 minutes drive from Varna airport. The spacious villa sits in a large enclosed plot with south facing pool and stone BBQ. Everything you need to enjoy your holiday is within easy walking distance. Eating out in Bulgaria is a pleasant experience. Many of the restaurants and cafes offer an English menu. The food is fresh and the fish and salads fantastic. Prices are very reasonable, with a meal for 5 including drinks, costing about £20. Out of the summer season; the village and beach resort become peaceful, the area rural. Relax as the animals graze in the fields around the villa. Enjoy great fishing and walks. There is a bus linking the village to Varna City but car hire is also a cheap option too. The cafes and restaurants are open all year but you can also use the BBQ and dine whilst watching shooting stars.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Hi Gina You certainly described your villa perfectly- it really is a retreat. We loved the peaceful location and as for the villa my 4 year old daughter summed it up perfectly - Wow mummy, this place is awesome! We were pleased to have such a large garden for my daughter to run around in safely. We have been on a number of villa holidays and have to say that Gina's retreat is the best! Many thanks Sharon"

"Dear Gina We are back home after our great holiday, we had a great time. The villa was just what the doctor ordered everyone thought the same. I will be recommending you to all my family and friends so glad I found Gina’s Retreat on the internet. Best Regards to you, Margareret."

“Thank you Gina, a little bit flat after such a fantastic holiday, miss the wonderful views. My mum and I think we will rename it Sarah & Kathys retreat whilst we are there! You had thought of everything. We definitely want it next year and are already counting down the days till we go again. Sarah”
Jun 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Varna in Varna Province

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Dear Traveller, our cancellation policy is stated in our booking terms and conditions.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled en-suite bathroom to main bedroom with shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin. Large tiled family bathroom on 1st floor with corner bath, toilet, wash basin and washing machine. Ground floor tiled bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with double bed, furniture, en-suite shower room and door onto the large balcony. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, furniture, door onto the balcony. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and furniture. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and furniture on the ground floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is non-smoking. The villa is spacious and would suit families, groups or couples. It has been built and furnished with most holiday needs in mind. The garden is large and private. It has a generous grassed area around the pool terrace for games. A 9x4m pool that is 1.3m - 1.5m deep, with non slip tiles around it. Quiet ceiling fans are in all of the rooms, to guarantee coolness. All windows have fitted integrated fly-screens and shutters, which give you the choice of having the doors and windows open whenever you wish. The house has a full central heating system for out of season rentals (please enquire for more details). Outside: The villa is situated in a large enclosed corner plot, laid with lawn and shrubbery. There is a spacious elevated south facing terrace around the 4 x 9m private pool, exclusive to the villa. Available for guests use around the pool area are 8 sun loungers. Steps from this terrace lead up to another large covered terrace equipped for alfresco dining, with furniture for seating 8 people comfortably and a large stone built BBQ area. The views from the elevated terraces and garden are of the surrounding countryside, forest and coast. Utility Room: Our utility/boiler room houses a small safe, iron and ironing board, BBQ equipment and clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Amenities included in the rental price per week: change of bathroom towels and bedding. For rentals between 8-12 nights an extra linen laundry fee is required. The cost is : 8 nights £50, 9 nights £40, 10 nights £30, 11 nights £20, 12 nights £10.


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Gina's Retreat, spacious villa with private pool, beautiful sea and forest views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Very clean, spacious, well equipped exactly like the pictures on the website

  • 5 of 5

We were met at the villa by George, the property manager, on arrival, and given a guided tour. His English was very good. He told us about various things we needed to know about the property and also the local area and places to eat and shop, nearby. We were given his contact number in case there was a problem during our stay. The villa is in a sleepy little village that was very peaceful and relaxing. The local shops were pretty basic but as we ate out in the local restaurants most evenings it wasn’ t a problem to us. We did enjoy a bbq one evening and managed to purchase everything we needed for that. The property was gated and had security shutters, an alarm system and a safe which made the place feel safe and secure.

All the rooms were spacious and well equipped with everything we needed. The rooms were cool and there were fly screens on the windows. We all thouroughly enjoyed our stay.

Not many of the local people spoke any English so it was quite funny trying to communicate what we wanted when we were in the shops, thankfully most of the restaurants had menus in English and Bulgarian.

The pool was great to take a dip in and cool off. The local beach was lovely and very quiet, although we were unable to swim in the sea as it was very choppy the week we were there.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely, spacious villa ...perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in the Retreat. It is very spacious, with a twin bedroom downstairs, opposite a big shower room and 3 bedrooms upstairs. the master has a shower room and the two twin rooms share a bathroom with a bath. The water pressure is lovely, especially in the downstairs shower!. The villa was clean and tidy on our arrival and we were met by George, who was very helpful. George left his number should we have needed it during our stay. We had one interruption with the internet connection, which George got fixed straight away. We hired a car so didn't require any excursions or taxis, but the visitors book shoes that this can be arranged. The kitchen was well equipped. The lounge/diner is huge! We ate in local restaurants or cooked on the BBQ in the garden. The balcony/terrace area is a perfect size. The children (12.10 and 8) loved the pool. A perfect size and well maintained. The only addition i'd add is a parasol or two for around the pool, and some cushions for the loungers. I have fair skin, so like to stay out of the sun most of the time, but enjoy being with the children around the pool. We bought some inflatables and left them in the storage room for others to enjoy. The pool isn't overlooked and the views across the fields towards the hills is beautiful. We spotted a pair of eagles circling the fields most days. Housemartins and swallows are regular visitors to the pool, swooping down for a drink throughout the day.

The beach is a 5 minute drive. It is possible to walk, and we saw people doing this from the village, but in the heat and with young children, a car is recommended.

The beach has a few lovely restaurants and bars and there is one large hotel. There are sun-loungers and parasols to rent and there was never any trouble getting one. The beach is visited by locals and the hotel users so it was never overcrowded. A short walk along the beach and you could avoid people quite easily.

For a relaxing holiday, away from the noisy Brits, then this is perfect. Plenty to visit by car too. We went to water park , visited Varna and drove south to explore Nessebar.

Gina was very helpful and provided plenty of information before the holiday to make the journey and stay easy.

We will be going back!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To Kirsty, Andrew and the family, Thank you for your review and valued comments. Our hope is for our guests to go home as rested and relaxed as we feel, it is our piece of tranquillity. We are so happy to hear that you all enjoyed your stay and discovering Bulgaria. We look forward to welcoming you all back again in the future. I will pass on your compliments to George as he tries very hard to help where ever he can. Kindest regards Gina & Dale
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Laid back heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Gina's retreat is perfect for families who want a quiet holiday. A large villa with all the mod cons and a nice sized pool, with amazing views in a sleepy Bulgarian village. Those with very small children or elderly guests may want to hire a car to go to the beach, as it is a bit of a trek along a busy-ish road (which for the most part has no path). This is our second visit, and it gets better every time!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kelly and Mike, Thank you again for your review. It has been lovely welcoming you and your family back to Gina's Retreat. We hope to welcome you all again in the future. Kindest regards, Gina & Dale
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Relaxing and scenic

  • 5 of 5

The villa lived up to all of our expectations and more. The location is excellent with no need for a car. We walked for miles exploring the local area, enjoyed very reasonably priced meals at the beach bars, cooked some excellent meals on the villas barbecue and made full use of the lovely pool. It is definitely on our list of places to revisit.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane, Thank you for your lovely review. We are looking forward to exploring the hot springs that you found. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kindest regards, Gina & Dale
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The most peaceful holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

This has to be one of the best holidays ever! The villa is fantastic, spacious and very well equipped. The surroundings are fantastic, we were very lucky to see the surrounding fields of sunflowers bloom during our stay, absolutely a sight to behold. We loved the simplicity of the village life, the local villagers made us feel very welcome. The beach is absolutely lovely, very friendly bars and restaurants. I have no hesitation recommending this holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Welcome home Anne, Les, Margaret and David, thank you for your lovely review. We are really glad that you all enjoyed your stay at Gina's Retreat. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Kindest regards Gina and Dale.
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A beautiful villa, with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

This villa is lovely and affords lovely views of lush farmland, the sea and nearby hills. In the heat of day, you can cool down in the pool, or sit in the shade of the terrace. The local village has a really nice restaurant with a good menu and friendly staff. The beaches are lovely and unspoilt, with a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from. The local food and drink was very good and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to others, as it is clean, well-maintained, with a home away from home feel.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Shkorpilovtsi Village
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Varna City
Nearest Golf
90 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Varna City
Nearest Motorway
11 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Shkorpilovtsi Village
Nearest Ski
407 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended


A 15 minutes walk brings you to the fine sandy beach of Shkorpilovtsi. It is over 12km long, 100m wide and stretches from Kamchia down to Byala. The beach is a big hit with most children, including mine. With soft white sand, perfect for sand-castles and the coastal water warmer and less salty than the Mediterranean seas. It is popular with Bulgarian families but more unknown to other nationalities. It retains its serene natural beauty without too many tourist trappings even in the high season.


The local airport is Varna with UK flights served by Wizz Air (Luton), Bulgarian Air (Gatwick) & Balkan Holidays (from many regional airports). Shkorpilovtsi is 38km south of Varna, a 45 minutes drive. An alternative airport is Burgas (98km), served by Thomas Cook & Thompson. The villa is walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping, but hiring a car will allow you to explore the many beautiful places further afield. Our property manager now offers airport transfers, please ask.


Shkorpilovtsi Village center - 200m

Shkorpilovtsi Beach - 1km

Novo Oryahovo - 4.5km

Staro Oryahovo - 7km

Dolni chiflik - 13km

Kamchia - 15km

Byala -25km

Varna City- 35km

Further Details:

Shkorpilovtsi and it's beach is a hidden gem. Being 11km off the main highway, it has been buffered from the mass development of Bulgaria in the last 5 years. The resort is low key, ideal if you want to enjoy life at a relaxed pace. The pleasures of eating out here are very reasonable on the family purse. An average meal for 5 including drinks, is around £20. You have many choices where to eat; the village has cafes, a bar and 3 mini-markets. Nearer to the beach there are numerous restaurants, cafes and snack bars. In high season you can enjoy the open air cinema for £1.50 per person or enjoy the live singers whilst dining at the restaurants.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

A 30% non-refundable deposit will confirm your booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before your rental dates.
A £100 fully refundable security deposit* is required 8 weeks before your rental dates.
*Refunded by cheque/ bank transfer after property managers inspection.
An optional welcome pack can be provided for 25 euros.
An optional mid stay villa clean can be provided for 60 euros (14 nights +).
For rentals between 8-12 nights an extra linen laundry fee is required as follows:
For 8 nights £50, 9 nights £40, 10 nights £30, 11 nights £20, 12 nights £10.
Changeover Day:
The changeover day is flexible.
Arrival at the villa after 3pm, departure by 10am.
We can sometimes adjust these times to suit, depending on cleaning and preparation of the villa for the next arriving guests.
Notes on prices:
The prices above are for the whole property per week in UK Pounds.
For days or part weeks the cost is pro rata.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.