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Hi there, I seem to have mislaid my recipe for making red wine! Calamity as I have around 85KG of grapes. Does anyone have a recipe they can share please??? Thanks Daxman

Bulgaria: Move to bulgaria:

Hi Anna, getting a house here and living off the land is not too difficult if you are sensible and good with your hands and by that I mean able to do some basic DIY! It is essential to buy a home with sufficient ground to make it possible to live off the land and we always suggest that the minimum should be between 2000 and 3000 sq metres, more than this and you will have an awful lot of work on your hands keeping things under control as things grow like crazy in the summer after a dose of rain! On the cost of living differences between here and the UK, we recently read a report that stated that BG is 83% less expensive to live than the UK, so there's a head start! The challenge you face is that whilst there are many empty houses available for little money, many are 'train wrecks' that we would not recommend. Ideally you need a place with electric and mains water connected with mostly non-structural cosmetic works required to make it into your ideal home. Such a property in this area with a roof that is OK will cost circa £7000. It is important to understand the mentality of some of the locals who purport to be 'meisters' who can make a complete and expensive mess of things if you employ them. We run a Charity here near Montana where property is cheap and as such we know those locals who are reliable and trustworthy and we have helped several Brits settle here and so if you would like to PM us we can talk more and maybe we can help you too!

Bulgaria: The process of moving to Bulgraria and becoming a resident:

Hi Daniel, pretty simple to relocate here. As an EU citizen you can come here without restriction, however you will need to get a Lichna Carta from the local authority within 6 months of your arrival, this lasts for 5 years. Getting residency is a different matter as I understand you have to be able to speak Bulgarian fluently to do so.

Bulgaria: Living rural as non Bulgarian-speaker:

We arrived in a small village near Montana 6 years ago without knowing a word of Bulgarian. The Bulgarian people are very friendly and welcoming and so with nothing more than a phrase book and the translate app on our phone we managed no problem. We still speak only basic Bulgarian but the people love it when you point to yourself and say 'Angliski, ne rasbirum' which means English, don't understand! They always love it when you struggle to communicate. You will find many people speak English and we have countless memories of how helpful people are in BG!

Bulgaria: Building Regs:

We have renovated several properties here in BG. Regulations in our experience only apply when you wish to extend the footprint of a property or build a new building. You will need and architect to draw up your plans and submit them to the local authorities who will approve then add to your house documents. To add a new room to our house cost us two payments of 250 Lev. BE AWARE OF LOCALS WHO PRETEND TO BE 'MEISTERS'!!! Often they will watch someone do a particular job once and then by osmosis become a meister!! Best ask around the locals to recommend someone they trust to do a good job, also make sure you do not get charged 'Angliski prices!!' Check the going rates in your area and get a price for the job.


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