Activities

At Casa Art Family Hotel we offer you great leisure activities. The Stara Planina area where our hotel is located invites you to explore and connect with nature. Whether you enjoy one of our mountain hiking- and cycling-tours or the local sights, the beautiful landscape will take your breathe away. During the summer time you can enjoy our beautiful and artistic garden and poolside, while having an iced-coffee or cocktail. And even bad weather has it’s sunny sides at Casa Art Boutique Hotel, whether you get creative in our art workshops or relax during a professional massage.

Sights

Troyan Monastery - the Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God or, as it is more commonly called, the Troyan Monastery is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the northern part of the country in the Balkan mountains and was founded no later than the end of the 16th century.

The monastery is situated on the banks of the Cherni Osam near Oreshak, a village 10 km from Troyan in Lovech Province, and is a popular tourist destination.

The main church of the monastery was reconstructed near the end of Ottoman rule during the Bulgarian National Revival period by a master-builder called Konstantin in 1835. The ornate interior and exterior of the church were painted between 1847 and 1849 by Zahari Zograph, a popular Bulgarian painter of the time, who also painted the central church of the Rila Monastery, the largest monastery in Bulgaria. Many of the "moral and social experiments" of art at the time such as Doomsday and Wheel of Life were reproduced at Troyan. One highly controversial move by Zograph was to paint his image around one of the windows in the back of the church.

The iconostasis in the central church is a wood carving dating to 1839.

The Troyan Monastery is also, since the 17th century, the home of one of the holiest icons in Bulgarian Orthodoxy, the Three-Handed Virgin.

Many people make a pilgrimage to this monastery on St. George's Day because of an icon of St. George in the main church. The room, in which Bulgarian revolutionary Vassil Levski was hiding and meeting with other revolutionaries during the Ottoman period is a museum.

Address: Oreshak Street, "Old Mountain"
Oening hours: Daily
Phone: 06952 / 28 66 24 80

Neighborhood grandmother Stana, Oreshak area

The neighborhood of Baba Stana is located 2 km from the Hotel Casa Art, Oreshak, Troyan municipality, in a picturesque area at the foot of the mountain. In the wooded mound can be seen preserved old houses of Renaissance style. Here is a new Christian church built by John Brisbane, London lawyer whose roots maternal originate in that neighborhoods. During the Ottoman rule in Troyan lived a widow named Stana, with 12 children - living Apostles: 6 girls and 6 boys. The Turks passing through Troyan robbed and despised anything. Particular danger faced either women and girls. Turks imposed a blood tax - enslaved children males. The family of the widow Stana has been exposed to danger. She had to save her family. And she finds salvation, as she moved from Troyan and chose a  beautiful location at the foot of the mountain, under the mound, covered with forests in a small depression with springs and meadows. So she and her family establish  the neighborhood and when it comes time to name it as a  grown settlement (Stana was already grandmother)  the neighborhood takes her name - Baba Stana.

 

 

Be sure to book now -tel. 06 952 24 74 and 0889 50 81 49

The National Exhibition of Popular and Artistic Craft, Oreshak

The National Exhibition of Popular and Artistic Craft is located in the village of Oreshak, at a distance of 7 km from the town of Troyan, and only 1 km from the Troyan Monastery.This is the only exhibition in the country, which has gathered all the works of Bulgarian artists of all ethnographic regions in Bulgaria in one place.The exposition includes ten exhibition halls on an area of 4,200 square meters. The exhibition presents unique fretworks, traditional Bulgarian handmade rugs, straw-mats, articles made of ceramics, copper vessels, knitting works and embroidery works.Except for the live demonstrations of various crafts, such as pottery and wood-carving, visitors themselves can get involved in the making of some articles with their own hands. Various articles and souvenirs are sold here.Every year, on 15 August, when the temple celebration of the Troyan monastery is, the four-day Crafts Fair takes place. The Easter Fair is also conducted here during the Easter holidays. During the fair craftsmen present their works in the yard of the exhibition area.One of the most renowned events in the region is the Festival of Plum and Troyan Plum Rakiya (Brandy). It is conducted in the last Saturday of September. Contests are also conducted during the festival period – for the best home-made rakiya and for the best snack.

http://www.fairoreshakbg.com/

Oreshak

Oreshak - Аrt and religion, hand in hand

Oreshak is destined to protect the national spirit, as its occurrence. The village represents the love of the craft and faith in God. Here, religion and culture join hands to preserve the faith of man in some more lofty ideals.

Oreshak of those Balkan places where your mind like flies beyond reality. Saved time, protected by nature, cared by the State Oreshak is a symbol of pure and genuine love for the art of human and spiritual values​​. Vacationing here is celebrated with a lot of mystery with many colorful emotions and powerful memories.

Location

Oreshak is the secret weapon of the Troyan Balkan - if you have not managed to impress enough of the beauty of nature in this part of Bulgaria, this time is likely to pass.
Lovely cool forests and the mild climate make the mountain Oreshak attractive destination throughout the year. In the vicinity there are countless places for picnics and walks, and herbalists can encounter rare and extremely healing specimens.

History

The earliest written evidence of Oreshak (a Turkish name Kuzluk) are of Ottoman records in 1631, according to which there originally inhabited by 13 households.

Hotel Casa Art invites you in Oreshak enjoy an extraordinary village and an extraordinary hotel!

Etnographic Museum - museum of folk crafts in Bulgaria

Etnographic Museum is located 7 km from CASA ART hotel in Oreshak. This is the  only museum of folk crafts in Bulgaria , located in Troyan.The building was originally an elementary school, and later was given to the munisipality. The exposition in the museum was found in 1968 and shows  typical of the region unique collection of pottery, carpentry and metal art, as well as contemporary works of masters from Trojan. The exhibits shown  in Troyan museum are over 131 tousand pieces, the oldest ones are dated from X-IX centuries BC.
At the entrance of the museum there is a replica of the Trojan handicraft bazar. The entire first floor traces back the historical development of art pottery from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. During the Renaissance, Troyan turns into a center of pottery and carpentry and here is shown the evolution of the famous Troyan pattern - of prevailing soft earth colors with decorative glazes, incised and plastic decorations, different colors and hense the Troyan colorful pattern is achieved.
In the hall of woodworking crafts exhibits authentic foot lathe belt of XIX century. Here you can see beautiful examples of craftsmanship as a yoke, board for placing water pots, wedding chest, three-leged chairs, wine vessels and bowls. The woodcarvers of Troyan are famous for its carved iconostasis, royal gates and bishop thrones. In the hall of woodcarvings you can see copies of iconostasis and different home-made icons. The metalworking craft is represented by the most popular crafts in Troyan - forging, farriery, axe making, cutlery, copper, gold and that armory. In the hall of art crafts you will see restoration of a typical Balkan home from the rivival period  with its arrangements, clothing and household. You will enjoy the subtle skill of the Balkan woman to weave amazing goat wool blankets, wool blankets and colorful rugs. Leather crafting is represented by exhibits of saddlebags, bags and covers for animals.
Address: Troyan, Sq. Vazrojdenie 1
Working hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am to 17:00 pm (Sunday - by appointment)
Phone: 0670 / 220 62; 220 63

Zelenikovski monastery

Let's enjoy the fresh mountain air and the beautiful green scenery of the mountain! Zelenikovski monastery "St. John the Baptist" is located in the Zelenikovets in the Troyan Balkan, about 8 km southeast of the Troyan Monastery, about five kilometers south of the village Cherni Osam. The monastery has an incredible view from the Great Kupen and Ambaritsa.

10:30 departure / from hotel Casa Art / - Return around 14:00

Price per person - 15.00 BGN

/ the price includes mineral water and a sandwich /

Requests for the mountain hike are accepted by phone:

T: 0889508149 or 06952 / 24-74

Especially for you, for the guests of Hotel Casa Art, we prepared several mountain routes in the Troyan Balkan with different duration and intensity of our hike.

Price from 20 BGN to 35 BGN per person depending on the duration of the walk

Walk to the picturesque neighborhood of Baba Stana – 3 hours

Bike ride along Cherni Osam through the Troyan Monastery – 4 hours

Walk to Troyan in the footsteps of the Apostle - 4-5 hours

Natural Science Museum Cherni Osam village

Natural Science Museum Cherni Osam village -in the museum exhibits a rich exposition of mounted animal species which live in the Central part of the Old Mountain: mammals, birds, reptiles, insects. The museum was created by a collection of amateur biology teacher in the village, supported by local students. Currently the museum is a rich illustration of the animal world, a place where visitors can learn about the natural resources of the area and trainings on environmental protection, parks and reserves in the mountain.

Address: Cherni Osam village

Working hours: Monday - Sunday: 8.00 to 17.00
Phone: 06962 371

Fortress Sostra

Fortress Sostra – A tour to a former Roman military garrison /Sostra fortress - for groups of at least 6 people/
The Roman military camp Sostra is located 12 km north of Troyan and 28 km south from Lovech. It is located on relatively flat terrain in the valley of the Osam River. Near the excavation have been found many coins, vessels, monuments. Most valuable finding is an ancient Thracian mask of V-IV century B.C. The valley is surrounded by hills: Trapezitsa (550 m above sea level), Mikrenskite heights (Popina hill and Popinka 500 m above sea level) and Sulashkoto (Kaleto 500 meters above sea level). To the south, valley opens between the land of the villages Dalbok dol and Dobrodan.
The castle was built near the river influx Ladana (Lom River), which runs near the north wall and Osam river, which flows 500 m from the eastern wall. The altitude of the fort is 300 m. The location is very strategic, because it controls the approaches to the south of Troyan, and the passing by road.
East (main) gate of the fortress face "Kalugerski passage” which was the only passage to the upper level of Osam river. The entire valley in which the fortress lies, covers an approximate area of 4 square kilometers. In this area there are partially explored ancient lots. The river valley is part of Troyan Fore mountain.
Address: Highway Trojan / Lovech
Working hours: Every day

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WORKSHOPS

CERAMICS

At Casa Art Boutique Hotel you have the unique opportunity to take part in an artistic ceramic workshop. You will design your own ceramics and paint them with the help of amazing local ceramic artists. Create something with your own hands, like our ancestors over thousands of years ago. The art of ceramics and pottery is deeply embedded in the Bulgarian culture, especially in the mountain area of Troyan. Our ceramic artists have their own workshop area in our seminar hall, and will come to us when required. We organize workshops in pottery and ceramics for all ages and levels, teachers and facilities for individual and group lessons.

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GLASS PAINTING

You want to create something? Are you inspired by the artistic interior of our Arthotel? Take part in a glass painting workshop and enjoy the power of color. Use your imagination with your favorite colors on an unusual canvas. If you are in need of a special gift for your loved ones, this is a great opportunity to create something from the heart.

 

SPORTS

HIKING

The area around Oreshak is perfect for exploring the beautiful hiking routes in the Stara Planina Mountains. For our guests at the Casa Art Family Hotel, we arrange mountain hiking routes around the Oreshak area, with different duration and intensity. lt of the hikes forget dynamic life, leave the big city and turn your mobile phones off. Now you are fully prepared for an exciting day somewhere In the most hidden places of the „Old Mountains“ area. Ventsislav Antimov or for short Uncle Ventzi has been mountain guide for long time , he is a bright and well-acquainted guide with the uniq parks and he will take you to nature reserves through a tiny forest paths to the vast meadows, inaccessible caves, waterfalls and remote chapels. On the road between the field of Troyer and the valley of the Bell Osam River you will find numerous and remarkable plants and animal species If you see by any chance the meetings of the grand-parents of the ancient Balkan, somewhere hqh in the mountains let th. tell you about their livelihood, their grandchIldren, about the annals or sparldng wine and a little more about their forgotten customs and culture. Did we wake up a desire to spend a memorable day in the mountains?

CYCLING

Cycling challenges with or without Biljana and Plamen. One of the favorite activities of the founders of Hotel Casa Art, Biljana and Plamen is the cycling, in particular, the mountain biking. We discovered so many and incredible routes starting right from the Hotel Casa Art in Oreshak near the Troyan Monastery suitable for the cautious one’s and for these who seek the adventure. For all of you, cycling here in Troyan you have to know that it is a great delight to enjoy the panoramic views, fresh air and relaxation  among the great gifts of the mountain and nature. Our favorite route is Oreshak-Apriltsi, which we combine with a visit of the charming Mary and her  husband, Julien.Our friends with inspiring enthusiasm realize one of the most unusual business concepts.They revived the old, and lost national crafts such as knitting, weaving or making dough pies.We absolutely recommend to visit Mary and Julien who is french when you are here.

RIDING

Horse riding - Aidushko gathering place. At the base qualified instructor offers individual and group training in horse riding arena with elite horses. Through personalized learning to ensure rapid success in the first steps in horse riding.Visit the Trojan horse riding You can book a horse riding during your visit to Art-Hotel Casa Art. Our partners from Club Alfa Daniel will feel the adrenaline and breath fresh mountain air.

YOGA

Breathe! In our yoga classes at Casa Art Family Hotel you can relax deeply and find yourself in our beautiful surroundings. One of the big advantages of yoga, however, is that it reduces stress and fatigue, you are able to refresh, increase vitality, slow aging and relax! People who practice yoga in order to improve and maintain their common health often find that their specific diseases begin to resolve. The healing effects from the yoga have been clinically confirmed.

In cooperation with our partners from Biorelaks Troyan we offer you individual or
group yoga workshops at Casa Art Boutique Hotel.

TENNIS

Sport activity available in the area. The tennis court is located near the stadium in Troyan, located 6 km from CASA ART Hotel in Oreshak. Martin  is a tennis teacher a friend of ours , who gives private tennis lessons . The price for two players for 1 hour is 15 BGN for adults and 10 BGN for children. The team of CASA ART Hotel,can assist you with the booking if you would like to take tennis lesson. Look for more information at the reception desk of the hotel. This is a great opportunity to be active during your weekend!

SKIING

Turning winter into unforgettable memories! How about skiing in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains?  If you think over where to spend your winter vacation or an exciting weekend in the white magic of winter, if you are looking for a combination of unique artistic atmosphere, creative fun and closeness to nature, the Hotel Casa Art is your place! Your uniquewinter holiday in this special place can combine with ski entertainment Vidin. Away from the stress of major ski resorts, only 28 km from the Hotel Casa Art is a cozy winter resort Riviera with its three ski slopes and lift, six snowmobiles and slides for the kids. After an exciting day in nature with us awaits cheerful crackling fire in the fireplace in the lobby and restaurant Casa Art, cup warming drink and menu skilled Bulgarian and international dishes prepared with love by our culinary team!  -Ski entertainment Vidin -Two alpine slopes, one child track, circuit cross-country skiing, school qualified teachers -Ski-lift is free only in the paid hours skiing  with a teacher! 

WELLNESS

MASSAGES

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FINNISH SAUNA

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