About Us

It was during a chat with a friend of mine that I came up with an idea for the construction of the village. I felt capable of facing all challenges lying ahead of me. Therefore, I bought a plot of land in my home village Ilindenci because I am proud of its beauty.  My wonderful childhood memories are still fresh and I will never forget my grandfather Krastyo’s skillful hands and all that he had done for the village. I am also grateful to my hard-working parents for their honesty and dignity.

I was intrigued by the challenges of this type of construction and I constantly thought about the implementation of such a project.  So my dreams came true – the eco village “Under the cliffs’ was built. The place of its construction was not chosen by accident - it is located at the foot of the Pirin mountain in the unique village Ilindentsi, Strumyani Municipality,  Blagoevgrad region. In neighbouring  area , you can see archeological excavations, art centre with a sculpture park,  the largest marble quarries in Bulgaria and  a small winery. 

The complex has six houses, whose names - Snail, The Lake, Clover, Winery, Panorama and Winter Garden come from their unique shape and amazing interior design. What these awesome houses have in common is that they were all built on a forgotten traditional construction method used by house builders in the 19th century.  Only environmentally friendly local materials such as stone, wood, clay and straw were used for the construction. The roofs were coated in stone tiles and the walls were made of rammed clay which helps maintain a constant relative humidity (about 50%).  Each of the houses is equipped with wooden framed windows and fireplaces with water jacket. This is why it is cool in summer and warm in winter. The houses have a kitchenette, bathroom, cable TV, WI-FI and a veranda with a fantastic view in each of the four directions.  The combination of nice climate and ecological way of life will make your stay enjoyable and unforgettable.   

Being in the village is a great opportunity to recharge your batteries. Ilindentsi and its neighbouring areas are an ideal place for escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy different recreational activities from mountain walking and backpacking to trekking.  You can also visit and explore a number of caves or take pleasure in whitewater rafting or mountain biking. We rent out mountain bikes to tourists.  More information about the most interesting sites in available on our page „Landmarks ".
In the evening, we will willingly offer you to taste traditional Bulgarian dishes and locally made wine.

 

REGULAR EVENTS

  • Ilindentsi sculpture workshop – an annual event during which sculptures made by local and overseas sculptors are displayed. They remain in Bulgaria’s largest open air sculpture park located in the village.
  • An annual local festival taking place from August 1st until August 3rd .
  • ‚ÄčThe traditional wine festival is held the first Saturday of February.  Local wine-growers and wine-makers show their wines and have them assessed by experts.  Winners receive awards and a king of wines is chosen.  All visitors can taste for free the wine being assessed as well as grilled meats and sausages. The festivities go on with the first pruning of the wines by the Gods of wine.  Dancers and singers perform. 

The area of Ilindentsi is known for the following grape varieties:         

KERATZUDA

It is said that Keratzuda has been planted here for centuries.  Many legends reveal where the name of the type of grape comes from. The most popular one has it that a Byzantine commander walked by a local vineyard a lot of centuries ago.  He had a look at the juicy grapes and instinctively compared them with the nipples of his wife whose name was Keratzuda.  From that time on, this variety was named after Keratzuda. Some locals also call it maize because of the shape of its bunches of grapes. At present Keratzuda is planted mainly in the area of Kresna. 
 


SHIROKA MELNISHKA GRAPE VARIETY 

This grape variety is unique to the Struma valley.  It ripens late, so the grape harvest starts on October 13th. Special technologies are used to produce excellent wine. Full-bodied ruby red wine with a distinct cherry and spice bouquet along with a vanilla and tobacco undertone.

 


 


MERLO

Merlo is a key player in the Bordeaux blend.  It is also grown in Italy, Romania, California, Washington State, Chile, Australia, Bulgaria etc. Typical scents include blackcherry,  plums and herbal flavors. The texture is round  but a middle palate gap is common. The Merlot type of wine is less tannic (rough) than Cabernet Sauvignon. 




CABERNET SAUVIGNON

(Ca-burr-nay so-veen-yaw) Widely accepted as one of the world’s best varieties. Cabernet sauvignon is often blended with cabernet franc and merlot. It usually undergoes oak treatment. Cabernet sauvignon is planted wherever red wine grapes grow except in the Northern fringes such as Germany.  It is part of the great red Médoc wines of France, and among the finest reds in Bulgaria, Australia, California, South Africa, Italy and Chile. Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its dark color and full body. Many people who drink Cabernet Sauvignon say they always pick up a taste of green pepper in the wine, along with tobacco, cassis, and dark fruits such as cherries, along with a hint of vanilla that comes from the wine aging in the oak.