Rila View Lodge is run by British hosts Gordon & Eileen and their little dog Badger.
Located an hour south of Sofia on the edge of the pretty village of Madjare, the lodge has seven guest bedrooms ( with an added family room in the ski season ) all with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies. It sleeps 12 in summer and 16 in winter.
There is a large guest living/dining room with a log fire and doors opening onto a wooden deck with sun loungers and outdoor dining. In summer, at the front of the property there are sunbathing cabanas with muslin curtains and a plunge pool to cool down in. At the back of the property you ll find a BBQ , more outdoor dining and a fire pit for watching the stars. There’s also a boot room by the front door where you can leave your outdoor / ski gear to dry ready for the next day.
The Surrounding Area
Spring and Summer
The Iskar valley is full of beautiful wild flower meadows with walks for all levels as well as some amazing mountains’ including Mount Musala, the tallest mountain in the Balkans . Walks start straight from the front door or only a short drive away are the stunning 7 lakes walk or Malyovitsa and Musala peaks . If you don’t fancy climbing Mount Musala there is a cable car to take you up the top to see the amazing 360 degree views. Nature abounds around the village with nesting storks and eagles , whilst goats , horses and cows wander the meadows and streets.
Is ski season at Borovets which is only 15 minutes from Madjare . Big snow dumps , roaring fires and hearty food punctuate time spent on the slopes. Great value prices for flights, lift passes, lessons and equipment hire ensure its a holiday that wont break the bank. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels Borovets is a great place to spend your days.
Famous for their mineral waters the local spas have
- Amazing outdoor pools
- Stunning Roman baths
- Outdoor relaxing Balinese beds
- Cryo room
- Turkish Hamman
- Steam rooms
- A full range of treatments
It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Gordon hosts the lodge on a day to day basis as well as being head chef. He has a passion for food and loves providing fresh locally sourced meals for guests. When not in the kitchen he is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys wild swimming, canoeing, and kayaking as well as hill & long distance walking.
Eileen has a passion for the outdoors and loves nothing more than heading out with Badger to explore the local area. When not outdoors you ll find her in the yoga studio practising on the mat.She loves experiencing different cultures and landscapes and living on the continent has opened lots of new opportunities for adventures.
Badger is an 8 year old Jack Russell and is loving his life in the Bulgarian mountains. His favourite past times are playing with his ball and going on long walks. Badger is a real sun worshipper and during the height of summer can often be found snoozing happily on the deck in the sunshine. He has a loud voice but loves nothing more than snuggling and being part of the fun with all our guests.