At the peak of Gella, the birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus, you will find the crowning jewel of the Rhodope Mountains. Nestled in this rural village stands a lavish four storey, 6-bedroom villa which boasts breath-taking views of Bulgaria. From the moment you arrive at the Villa you can feel yourself starting to unwind, it is so quiet you can actually hear yourself breathing. Surrounded by nature, Villa Gella offers 6 unique bedrooms, designed by Marja Walters, this is the ultimate in ski chalet luxury. Each bedroom provides a luxurious bed with the finest of Egyptian cotton sheets, a wood-burning fireplace, waterfall shower and spectacular views. The spacious living room and dining area is a place to enjoy deliciously authentic cuisine cooked by the experienced in-house Chef, whose one rule is that everything must be organic! After a long day of exploring, ‘Dimka’s Stew’ with fresh tomato, celery, buckwheat, quinoa, pulses and lots of garlic will warm your weary bones and ready you for a deep nights sleep. Breakfast starts with a home-made raw apple cider vinegar tonic and is followed by whatever you request, but I would recommend Dimka’s organic yogurt, dressed with garden fruits and home-made honey. The spa floor below offers an indoor swimming pool, massage area, steam room, yoga corner and gym with shower and changing facilities. However, if the explorer in you wishes you venture outside of the retreat, nearby city’s Plodiv’s historic centre is categorised by baroque churches, neoclassical cases and cobblestone streets, free from traffic lights, mainstream retailers and fast food chains, the nearby town is rich in original architecture, bars and terraced restaurants. Surrounded by lakes, caves and historic sites, Villa Gella has something to offer everyone: hiking, horse-riding, skiing and bird watching to name but a few. Four of the nine Bulgarian UNESCO heritage sites are within visiting distance.