Balkan holiday home near the river Danube you can buy for less than the price of a second hand car

If a remote property located near a small village in a rural setting for a guide price of £9,000 sounds like a better option for your savings than a second-hand car, then this auction property just might excite you.

But there is more to this auction lot than initially meets the eye.

Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions, who are handling the sale for a regular client of their holiday bolthole, says there are many positive elements to bidding on and maybe winning the cheapest property lot in their upcoming online auction.

Sean Roper, who is handling the sale for Paul Fosh Auctions, says: “This smallholding could make a marvelous holiday home for someone looking to really get away from it all.

“The plot extends to approximately half an acre and there are a range of agricultural buildings including stables, animal pens, implement storage, outside wc, external shower room and garage.

“The garden has a number of fruit trees and the remains of a vineyard, plus mains water and electricity are connected.”

The bucolic, property smallholding also consists of two ‘rustic’ bungalows, an outside summer kitchen, gazebo and dining area.

This remote, rural retreat offers a new owner an escape to the country but is on the edge of a hamlet so not completely isolated.

The new owner may consider that the collection of buildings could do with some renovation attention to optimise their potential, but there is another challenge facing the buyer of this auction property.

The journey to the potential holiday home may take a while; it’s in Bulgaria.

According to the auction house, the property is located near the Bulgarian Serbian border in the village of Rabrovo, which has a population of just 400, so peace and quiet at this holiday home are surely guaranteed.

The auctioneer has been unable to personally view the property to take professional photographs of the smallholding, although there are pictures supplied from the owner currently available.

The company can also give any interested parties a flavour of the area.

Sean Roper says: “It is in the village of Rabrovo, famous for the nearby Rock Monastery of Albotin.

“Within an easy drive is the Unesco site of Belogradchik Rocks, Rabisha Lakes, Magura Cave, the river Danube and a new bridge to Romania, the EU and Roman heritage sites.

“The property, which we haven’t inspected internally, is about 23 km north east of Boynitsa village, 28 km west of Vidin and approximately 220 km north west of Sofia city. The nearest airports are Sofia and Cralova.

“The majority of the village streets are paved, there is operational street lighting, mobile internet coverage and bus transportation to Vidin city and the surrounding villages.

“The village has an active town hall, a church, a primary school, a kindergarten and stores.”

Currently, due to the coronavirus situation, it is advised to check with the British foreign office before considering a trip to the property should you choose it over the purchase of a family car.

Bulgaria is roughly 1,500 miles from Wales and is about five times the size. Once part of the Russian Soviet bloc, in 1989 the country gained independence.

There are limited flights to the Black Sea coast tourist city of Burgas directly from Cardiff Airport that take approximately 3 hours 20 minutes but then a journey across the country to this remote village awaits you.

According to Cardiff Airport’s website, Bulgaria has been Europe’s best kept secret in recent years but is growing in popularity due to its beaches and the Black Sea’s warm summer waters plus the opportunity to winter ski in the mountains.

There’s also a myriad of historical towns and villages to discover to truly get a flavour of the traditional Bulgarian way of life.

Direct flights to the capital Sofia, which is closer to this property, are from Manchester Airport and take about two and a half hours.

Alternatively, you could jump into the family car and drive to your new peaceful place of splendid isolation.

For more information about this Bulgarian bolthole that is up for online auction on Thursday September 10 on the company’s website, call Paul Fosh Auctions on 01633 254044 for further information.