Hotel Villa Stresov
The Villa Stresov is an elegant 5-star Swiss-style chalet radiating a cordial atmosphere in tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms in Borovets.
This uniquely luxurious mountain villa is located in the beautiful Rila Mountains, less than 600 metres from the ski lifts taking you to some of Europe's finest skiing in the largest and most popular ski region in Bulgaria.
Open year-round, the American-owned Villa Stresov provides the quintessential alpine atmosphere and comfort. Surrounded by a forest of towering pines, the chalet offers peace and quiet while at the same time being close to ski lifts, mountain trails, stores, restaurants and other Borovets attractions.
Villa Stresov was rebuilt in 1996 as a 5-star luxury property by the Bulgarian-American family of Marianne Djidrova Nielsen, a granddaughter of the Stresovs, and Philip R. Nielsen, her husband, in its original Swiss style used 70 years earlier.
The elegant Villa Stresov is the perfect mountain setting. Imported upscale décor and equipment are featured, including flat-panel high definition TVs and minibars in each guestroom. Its ultra-modern kitchen, adjacent to the panelled dining room and bar, is ideal for preparing and serving delicious meals or entertaining. The live-in caretakers provide impeccable personal service, enhancing the guests' vacation experience. The chalet radiates luxury and charm in carrying on a proud tradition of hospitality initiated by the founding Stresov family in the 1920s.
The villa is attractively landscaped with diverse species of alpine foliage. It includes a garden, lawn, hammock, patio, summer garden furniture, BBQ House, gazebo, 6-people Hot Spring Spa, 2-level fountain, and bath house, 2-car garage and car park. Separately placed lights illuminate the garden by night.
On the second floor, the Villa Stresov has 4 cosy, tastefully decorated bedrooms to accommodate 8 people. Each bedroom has its own private tiled bathroom with a shower (2 with whirlpool tubs), thermostatically controlled shower stall, terry cloth robes and fluffy towels. Each bedroom also features a flat screen HDTV and offers beautiful views. Additionally there are smoke detectors, security sensors and an intercom.
Villa Stresov offers a generous and carefully prepared complimentary breakfast, served in the dining room. It includes juices, fruit, cheeses, sausage, bread, yoghurts, eggs, cereals, tea, coffee and other items.
Villa Stresov also offers an elegant afternoon high tea consisting of French champagne, delicious fresh cakes and a selection of tea and coffee. This treat has to be ordered in advance and is available at an additional cost.
Location: Hotel Villa Stresov
The distance from Sofia to Borovets (also spelled Borovec, Borowez) is approximately 73 km (a 1.5-hour drive).
- Take the Expressway E80 (Tsarigradsko Shosse) towards Plovdiv.
- Exit at the sign for Borovets, which is a few kilometres after the exit for the Sofia airport,
- Take Highway 82 to Samokov, passing first through Gorubljane on the outskirts of Sofia and afterwards Pancharevo.
- In Samokov, turn left at the sign marked Ihktiman-Kostenets-Plovdiv.
- Cross a short bridge and immediately afterwards turn right.
- Continue straight on for 11 km to Borovets.
- On arrival in Borovets, keep right and then turn left at an intersection where you will see a sign marked "Villa Stresov". Pass several shops on the right and left.
- After approximately 1 km you will see the Villa to the right at the top of a hill faced with a stone retaining wall.
- Turn right and drive 20 metres uphill to reach the front gate of the Villa.
Borovets is Bulgaria's most popular mountain resort area for many reasons. It lies at the foot of Mount Musala in the northern part of the Rila Mountains, at an altitude of 1,350 metres above sea level, 73 km southeast of Sofia. The resort was founded over 100 years ago by the Bulgarian kings who built a palace and hunting lodges there.
In Borovets, the air is pure and clean, with cool nights - a true delight for nature lovers and those wanting to escape from city stress to a healthier environment. The resort enjoys 150 days of snow cover every year, for the delight of winter sports' enthusiasts. The Borovets ski resort offers more than 40 km of ski runs, varying in difficulty and grouped into 3 regions - Sitnyakovo-Martinov (8 runs), Markudzhik (4) and Yastrebets (3).
For sports and leisure there is a lot to do around Borovets: Winter sports options include skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, night skiing and ice skating. In other seasons you can enjoy walking tours, hiking, climbing, tennis, cycling, golf, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding, and water sports on Lake Iskar.