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Located 15 kilometers from the resort of Bansko in the forests of the southern slope of Rila Mountain, Rusaliite offers horse rides and a family-run hotel.
Born and bread in Sofia. Did a lot of hiking and tourism in Bulgarian nature while growing up. Studied fine arts and English, later Graphic design in university. Work with horses and riding tourism for 15 years, certified riding instructor and a FEI Endurance judge. Experienced riding race horses in UK. Biggest passion animals and nature, also interested in sports - fencing, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc., and traveling around the world.
Born in Bachevo, studied in Technical univercity of Sofia. Certified horse riding instructor and judge, professional climber, ski instructor. Has 30 years of equestrian experience. Interested in exotic birds, hiking and camping - traveled in all Bulgarian mountains. Inherited the love for animals from his mother, who is a zoo technician.
from Romania, July 2021
"One of the best experiences !! "
Hospitality and kindness of the owners, the delicious food made by baba Dimka ,although there was too many food on the plate constantly 😀Amazing location with so many activities to do or just relax the mind and soul. Beautiful and very good raised horses and a wonderful instructor ,Rosen that commited his time and passion in learning others to ride the horses. Miss Moonlight i hope to see her again this year !
from Great Britain, October 2020
"Very good holiday!"
The people were so lovely and welcoming and the riding was fantastic, some amazing horses and incredible scenery. It was brilliant.
from Sweden, November 2019
We are a couple in our late twenties from Sweden who stayed at Rusaliite in october this year for five days. We had an amazing time to say the least!
Philip, the owner, was very accommodating and helpful and made our stay more enjoyable than we could have imagined. His mother, who cooked and fixed all our super tasty meals, was an amazing chef and even though my girlfriend is vegetarian they were very flexible and could provide us with really great food! The atmosphere blends peacefulness and adventure to cater to anyone who wishes to have an amazing experience in a beautifully scenic landscape around horses.
The horses are extremely well trained, well looked after and often very forgiving (we noticed as I am not the most seasoned rider) Philip was a great teacher and I was able to ride and gallop with confidence on our last day! It is obvious that Philip and his mother are passionate about their horses as well as providing a once in a lifetime experience to those who wish to get away from the city and have a wonderful experience with and around horses. We only have good things to say and we will definitely be visiting them again!
from Ireland, October 2019
"The best horse riding holiday I could have ever asked for "
Everything exceeds expectations from start to finish, the horses and scenery are amazing which should be enough alone but the whole atmosphere of the place and how kind and welcoming and homely it is goes above and beyond, honestly could not recommend this holiday highly enough, I arrived home tonight and am already planning my trip back, truly exceptional.
from Germany, September 2019
"Fabulous riding vacation in magic mountains and forests "
Rusaliite farm is one of those places: once you found it, you don‘t want to leave. Sitting at the lower slopes of the Rila Mountains the Farm is surrounded by pine forests, meadow plains and mountain streams. Every morning you wake up eager to explore the next magic trail and every evening you fall asleep happy and exhausted from a day of adventure on horseback. - I learned a about riding (I think) but it never felt like school. It‘s more like going riding with friends (that can ride a lot better than you) and are happy to share what they know to help you enjoy riding even more. - The horses are allowed to run free most of the day and all seem very pleased with that. I rode on different horses: Samara is quiet and gentle and ideal for beginners. Salvadore is a jumping champion. Galloping with him feels rather like flying. Troja seems to never get tired. Only one click of the tongue and she‘ll rollercoaster with you up and down the mountain. - The instructors seem to know every corner of the region, showing you communal cabins in the forest, hidden chapels on mountain tops with breathtaking views and cold ponds in the wild you can jump into on hot summer days. - Every ride back I grabbed some of the blackberries and plums that grow around the farm. - You‘ll find the nature also on your breakfast and dinner plates: The eggs are mostly from their own chicken, sometimes you get mushrooms from the forest and the fresh herbal tea is probably the best I ever had. - I‘ll be back.
from Israel, September 2019
"paradise for horses and people"
The first one to welcome us was Philip, the owner. He is nice and helpful, and makes you feel at home, as does the stuff- a few more people who are very kind.
THE ATMOSPHERE and the whole concept is a unique combination, in the sense that you feel like you are at home- but with an hotel service.
THE FOOD is perfect, as it is both local and not too strange for foreigners like me. It was also quite diverse and I found it to be absolutely delicious!
THE RIDING is flexible to suit your abilities and preferences, led by professional and helpful instructors with a vast knowledge in the field.
THIS PLACE is a paradise for a few reasons:
1- the nature is very beautiful and the location - a bit secluded (but not far from civilization :) allows it to stay more untouched then other places, like a fairytale forest.
2- NO MOSQUITOES!! I am absolutely serious, despite the horses and other animals, rivers and springs - I, or any other guest had no mosquito bites! (it is important for me especially since I always suffer from mosquitos)
3- the horses are free. I've been to some stables, riding schools and never have I seen horses being so free and having basically the forest around the place to themselves. It is extraordinary and I think having a happy and lively horse is what matters most for anyone who wants to experience horse riding in nature rather then in the restricting riding schools format.
So I definitely reccomend you to meet these warm people and wonderful horses!
from Sweden, August 2019
"I enjoyed it very much. All of it."
I liked the enviroment. The beutiful and kind horses. The people. The service. The place.
from Great Britain, November 2019
"Thank you for the best birthday ever!"
Such a cute ranch tucked away in the stunning location in the mountain of Rila, razlog.
The staff and instructors were so friendly and welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious! I had the best weekend break for my birthday and we rode (just me and my instructor Lubo) for as long as possible on my actual bday the whole day - galloping in forest, fields and water! So much fun! I loved all the other animals at the ranch as well, and the horse I rode (Terminator) was such a good boy, sure footed and sweet natured. I would definitely recommend this place to others, there is something for everyone! Even though I had a solo trip, there were other families staying at the ranch and we all socialised together at meal times which was great! Got to meet some really lovely people! Families that had never ridden before had an amazing experience too, for more experienced riders like myself, there are good paths available for galloping and canter too, so don’t worry it’s not walking and trotting all the time! I would bring clear sunglasses to avoid dirt and stones getting kicked up into your face from the horses hooves in front. I was smiling throughout so always had a mouthful of dirt after a long canter!
from Great Britain, May 2019
Spent the most wonderful three days at Rusaliite. Everything was exceptional. The hospitality, team, remote location and of course the horses. Can't wait to go back. Thank you!