Samokov

Samokov resort

Location


Samokov is situated on the northern foot of Rila Mountain among the so called field which is one of the highest fields in Bulgaria. The longest Bulgarian river- Iskar passes through it. The town is just 60 kilometers away from Sofia and just 12 kilometers in north- western direction of the worldwide famous resort- Borovets. Samokov is the biggest producer of potatoes in Bulgaria.

Samokov is a wonderful mountain town with mountain spirit. The huge fountain right in the middle of the centre of the town is definitely a site that worth to be seen. This is a really interesting town as most of the buildings are huge mountain houses, made mostly by stone and wood. Stone and wooden houses are actually a common sight everywhere in the Rila Mountain. Each house is like a reflection of the owner’s soul and mind. It is like an obligatory rule to build a house with just natural materials. It is like the house is a living creature that needs to carry its own character. Most of them are two storey houses, all of the arranged in a row. The locals take care of their houses to make them look pretty.

History


The town is also known for its history. The famous icon- painter school of Samokov left a lot of works of art all over the country. Samokov is rich of cultural and historical sightseeing. Several interesting churches can be visited in the town; there is even a working nunnery, which was created in 1772. Borovets ski resort is just a few kilometers away. Most of the personal in the world famous resort comes from Samokov. Actually Samokov is known to be the town with oldest traditions in the ski sport. Most of the ski instructors in the Bulgarian ski resorts come from Samokov. Petar Popangelov was also born in the picturesque town. Ski jump lovers can enjoy the only jumping hill that can be used not only during the winter, but also during the summer. During the winter numerous ski jump competitions and shows are taking place on the site. The European champion of ski jump 1984 Vladimir Breichev was also born and raised in the town.

Comments Samokov

     
  • Craig Smith From England
    Sent on 21 October 2013
    We visited Villa Four Seasons in March 2013. Our group of 15 took over the entire place and we were treated like Royalty by Nick and his family. Nothing was too much trouble and the breakfast, well you've just got to try it!!! We booked for 2014 before we had even left. If you're looking to visit Bulgaria stay here, you won't regret it.
  • Manja From Nederland
    Sent on 04 January 2013
    Chestita Nov Godina all of jou, I miss it, very nice, love
  • Kaya From malta
    Sent on 03 February 2012
    Ive been in the samokov for a week...everythin g is perfect , the hotel is very clean , good facilities , but in one thing i am disaponted ... the restaruant staff is very rude & the service in the restaurant is very bad... the waiters all the time talking instead of serving people & the hot food is not hot...its very cold !!!!!!
  • Julie From UK
    Sent on 23 January 2012
    I stayed at Samokov in March 2011 and am going back this year. Food was fine, there was a good choice and no need to eat elsewhere.The restaurant opened late for new arrivals whereby the previous year(different hotel) we were given a sandwhich and fruit - so this was appreciated. Staff were helpful and rooms were warm with plenty of hot water.I won't comment on decor as it has been mentioned in other reviews but more important for me was the cleanliness which i could not fault.The upgraded spa facilities were excellent and the 2 massages i had were the best i have had -very courteous and professional staff. For the price paid i am happy with a dated hotel and could not get the same facilities elsewhere in Europe for double the price.
  • The Halls & Morgan Family From UK
    Sent on 18 April 2011
    We stayed at 'The Four Seasons' Guest House in March 2011. We found the accommodation perfect for what we required, clean, tidy and adequately spacious. But above all we felt compelled to review this place because of the hospitality of Nick and his family. They went beyond any expectations we may have had, and nothing was too much trouble. Also his knowledge of the area was second to none. Whilst staying there, he dedicated his time, in making our stay easy, stressfree and fun. We wouldn't hesitate in recommending this place, or returning there ourselves. Many thanks again, for a fantastic break.
  • Dom Thomas From Leeds UK
    Sent on 08 January 2011
    Having being so impressed with the service we received last year here we decided to book for the second year. It was great to go back knowing that all our needs would be catered for and Nick & his family certainly made us very welcome again. Nick sorts out all our skis, boots etc and makes the whole days skiiing so stress free. Excellent Breakfast - what ever time you want to suit you. Transport to the slopes, help with the kids etc. Nick spent the whole day on the slopes with us and gave lessons to the women and the kids. Our child Ella was just 3 years old when Nick first taught her last year and she improved yet again on her second visit. This time she was quite happy skiing down the slopes leading the group down as she went. See link for youtube footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5oGUw8KqNA Our party had 5 adults and 4 kids aged between 4 & 13 and with everyone at different levels Nick did amazing at trying to share his attention with everyone. At the end of the days skiing, Nick would take us back, sort out the sauna/hot tub to relax in after a hard day on the slopes. On an evening Nick would take us out to local restuarants which are excellent. With starters, drinks, mains, deserts you would struggle to spend more than 10 per head much much cheaper than Borovets. A 500ml bottle of Becks was 90p - you can;t even buy it in Tescos for that!! Nick & his family cooked us a meal one night a chicken curry which was out of this world!! Nothing his too much trouble for Nick and his hospitality will certainly make you want to book again and again. If you nornally book through travel agents for easy of an holiday, I must recommend that you give this place a try, just book with Nick, sort the flights out and everything else just falls into place thanks to Nick. It is like having your personal guide with you there all holiday and caters for all your needs. What ever you want he will sort out. I can not recommend this Chalet highly enough especially if you have kids as Nick just makes it all so easy. Mant thanks Nick, Mariana, Petra & Mona for such a great holiday. Will definately book again.
  • bev From england
    Sent on 19 December 2010
    You really need to try this Villa it is run by the most wonderful family. We have watched Nick build this from scratch. He is not a bad ski instructor either, taught me to ski and that must have been difficult. But seriously please give this a try you wont regret it
  • Sally Holmes From UK
    Sent on 03 March 2010
    We (my partner, brother and 12 year old nephew) have just returned from Samokov where we stayed with Nick and his family in the Four Seasons Guest House for a week. I can honestly say that none of us have ever experienced the level of customer care that Nick demonstrated. The guest house itself is clean and smells lovely. The evenings were more than comfortable, and Nick took us to a fantastic selection of restaurants. If you're not up for going out, there is a very extensive take away menu, and you can even use the kitchen and cook for yourself if you really want to. The breakfasts were great, and really set us up for the day. As a Borosport ski instructor in a previous life, Nick has numerous contacts within the area and has arranged discounts at various establishments for his guests (Hrima do the best hot chocolates and cheesy chips!). Nick is also a great instructor, patient, skilled and very confidence building. I would absolutely recommend a lesson or two with him during your stay. I have never taken the time to write a review before, but Nick and his family absolutely made our holiday. I would not hesitate to recommend Four Seasons guest house to anyone!
  • Stephen Futter From UK
    Sent on 24 January 2010
    My family have just returned from a 13 day ski break staying at the four seasons in Samokov. It was the best hotel we have stayed in. Being a family run hotel Nick and his wife provided us with a very friendly and professional service. The hotel was exceptionally clean and tidy. The food was cooked to order and offered such a wide variety to choose from unlike the larger hotels in Borovets. Nothing was too much trouble for Nick and his wife. We will definately be going back to stay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to ski in Borovets.
  • steve drummond From england
    Sent on 22 January 2010
    hi, just returned from this guest house, after staying here in samokov, to go skiing in borovets which is just a 5 min drive away, i must say as a family of four we cannot fought this place, the owners were lovely people, after staying in hotels and villas in borovets, for the last 4 years, i wish i had found this place earlier, as i will always return to stay here. the place is spotless, the breakfasts every morning was lovely. it was like home from home.
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