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    5 of 5,  "Great Chalet in Bansko"  15/10/2007 @ 20:31
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Price Paid
roughly £200 per person
Booked Chalet Through
Direct with the chalet owner Simon Applebee
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
This was my first snowboarding holiday so I was excited but a little apprehensive as previous holidays that my boyfriend and his mates had been on were 'roughing it' so I worried that this might be the same.... How wrong could I be!

On arrival we were greeted with the biggest slice of chocolate cake (woo!) and a lovely big glass of the red stuff!

We were then shown to our rooms by our chalet hosts, Simon and Joy, where we found the fluffiest bed covers and soft warm towels. Each of the rooms was ensuite and all were lockable with individual room keys.

The food was fantastic, Simon and Joy are wonderful cooks! Their dinning table is something to behold as well (i know a bit sad but...) it was huge and all made of one piece of wood!

Delicious 3-4 course meals were served along with what seemed to be an endless supply of red or white wine!

As well as the fantastic food, Simon and Joy also provided us with our very own Kitchen stocked with 'mid night snack' food and drink all at no extra cost!!

In the lounge we had a roaring log fire along with DVD/CD player... Karaoke Machine (!) and the biggest pile of board games you have ever seen!

After good nights sleep we would wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, bacon and eggs cooking downstairs!

Simon and Joy organised all our ski passes, organised hire of equipment and took myself and the other girls learning directly to the instructors.

The chalet was a short 5 min mini bus drive from the main gondola lift. For those that were keen to get up and on the snow Simon drove them up at 8:30 and the slower members of the group were taken up about half an hour later. Even on their day off they took us up to the lifts and picked us up.

The Applebee’s even provided us with our very own mobile phone for the week so that we could call them to let them know we were on our way down from the slopes so that Simon would know when to pick us up from the bottom of the lifts. One day he even came and fetched our equipment took it back to the chalet, we had fun in the Après Ski Bar and then he came and picked us up just in time to tuck into our 3 course evening meal! FAB!!!

I really can not stress how much fun we had with Simon and Joy, they joined in with our banter, fed us the best food we had probably ever eaten and made us feel so so welcome!

For me as a beginner who was initially worried about the whole 'snowboarding' malarkey they really made me feel at ease and gave me something toreally look forward to after a tiring day's learning on the slopes!
Strengths
Great Fun, Comfy homely atmosphere, amazing food, comfy beds, mid night snakes and the best god damn taxi service in the whole of Bulgaria!
Weaknesses
The shower curtain occasionally stuck to my bum whilst showering... I really don't have a bad word to say about this Chalet and its wonderful hosts.
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