Wild Thyme Farm and Eco Retreat, Popovo, Targovishte

Wild Thyme Farm and Eco Retreat is an award winning guest house in rural Bulgaria which opened in 2013. We attract tourists from all over the world who come here to relax and to explore this forgotten corner of the Balkans. At its core, the project is based on values of ecological sustainability and understanding of local cultural traditions.
The house was restored with traditional methods and materials and it is powered by solar power for both water and electricity. We provide food from our own garden and animals and give guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in local traditions of music and history. Through links with Bulgarian musicians we provide regular workshops in singing and musicianship and as archaeologists we take guests to archaeological and historic sites. We recently turned an old barn into a yoga and meditation space for visiting groups and here we hold regular meditation sessions for local people. As immigrants (England and Ireland) we have been warmly welcomed by the local people and we enjoy a unique position at the heart of this community. Our guests are able to witness the beauty and peace of a rural lifestyle which is fast disappearing in this corner of Europe as the young people leave to work in the west.






Authors of the creative story
Chris Fenton and Claire Coulter

Tourisme Enterprise
Wild Thyme Organic Farm

Project started

Kliment Ohridski, Palamartsa 7850, Popovo, Targovishte, Bulgaria

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