About This Center

We are Marc & Beau and this is MaKroBia, a small nutrition and wellness retreat set in the heart of the Bulgarian countryside, miles from busy roads and industry. We are both chefs and Marc is a nutritionist so whatever your tastes or dietary needs we will be pleased to share our food & knowledge with you! We work with a talented Ashtanga yoga instructor on our yoga retreats to reduce stress and build strength.

We offer a range of retreats focused on rebalancing the mind and body, the gut and the brain through good nutrition, yoga and meditation. See more at our website (contact info blocked) or our Facebook group(contact info blocked)

Throughout the year we offer a range of food events 2, 5 and 7 nights long. We offer a number of events covering the cuisines of Thailand, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria as well as retreats for vegetarians and other dietary needs. Guests can take part in the preparation and cooking or simply relax in the garden with a cool drink!

We are a small 'boutique' style retreat that focuses on quality rather than quantity - we can accomodate a maximum of 8 adults. Children are welcome at selected events.

We speak English, Thai and some Spanish, French and Italian

I had the most special stay at Makrobia with Marc and Beau in their beautiful grounds in the the Bulgarian countryside. They made me feel so welcome as a solo guest and made sure I had a relaxing and fulfilling holiday. The food was incredible, they talked me through everything they grow and produce on their land and found out what I liked so they could cook every meal suited to me. I felt that I had the perfect balance of my own time to enjoy my experience whilst they also went very out of their way to take me to all the places I wanted to see and provide such welcome company in the long summer evenings over great food and wine. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a hidden gem getaway to reconnect with their health and wellbeing.

Venue Highlights

Rural location but easily accessible by plane, train or car
Amazing Bulgarian summers
Great Thai food from a Thai chef
Mediterranean food from Marc
Health through good nutriton
Organically grown food from gardens
Tranquil location and amazing scenery


Three ensuite double rooms in our barn conversion with large shared living room area and terrace opening onto gardens
All rooms decorated with low VOC finishes - largely untreated wood with beeswax.
Two rooms with wooden floors and one with a lime clay composite floor
One double room with private bathroom in main houise. Total max 8 adults.
King size double beds or single beds available
All towels provided and basic toiletries
Log burner in living room
Rooms are naturally cool in summer due to massive stone construction and insulation.
Our excellent Makrobia breakfast is included in all options.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Whether you come for a weekend or a week or more you will find great food made with fresh ingredients and simply cooked. Our aim is to cook tasty food that is also healthy and as free of additives and chemicals as possible. That said we still enjoy good wine, artisan beers and excellent bean to cup coffee!
Eat well
Live well
because we are what we eat!

Marc & Beau have a rich and varied culinary background. They have cooked professionally in a wide variety of restaurants – between them they have more than sixty years of experience!

Beau’s speciality is, of course, Thai – one of the healthiest of cuisines but she also loves to cook good simple British food and makes an excellent apple crumble with a Thai twist
Before you arrive we will send you a detailed food questionnaire. This will help us to ensure that as far as possible we serve the sort of food you enjoy and avoid any allergens or foods which disagree with you. It goes without saying that vegetarians and vegans will be catered for sympathetically and creatively. Guests with wheat/gluten/dairy intolerances will find solace in Thai food which is naturally very low in these allergens.


EASY JET offer flights from Manchester, Stansted and Gatwick to Sofia and from Gatwick to Varna on the Black Sea Coast.
RYAN AIR offer flights from Stansted to Plovdiv and Sofia and from Liverpool, Glasgow and Birmingham to Sofia.
WIZZ offer flights from Luton to Varna, from Luton, Bristol, Doncaster and Birmingham to Sofia, and from Luton to Burgas.
JET2 offer flights from Manchester to Sofia.
BULGARIA is surprisingly cheap and quick to get to from the UK - from around £50 return if you book flights in advance and avoid school holidays! Flights are around 3.5hrs and Sofia airport is small and very quick to negotiate.
VISHOVGRAD is located a 35 minute drive from Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria. It is fairly central being almost equidistant by road from Sofia (2.5hrs ), Plovdiv (3.3hrs) Varna (3.3hrs) and Burgas airports (3.25hrs).
CAR HIRE is very reasonable in Bulgaria. We have only used Top Rent A Car who offered reasonable prices and courteous service. They have a pick up service at Sofia, Burgas and Varna airport. When we used them an English speaking rep was waiting at the arrival gates and we had the car within 10 minutes. Bulgarian roads are uncongested compared to the UK but in rural areas can be quite rough.
TAXIS are available at the airports and they will drive you all the way to Vishovgrad for comparatively little money but it is essential that you agree the price before you leave. .
AN AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE is available but of limited availability. Our village neighbour Paul, who also offers a taxi service to local attractions, can collect you from any airport at a fixed price depending on which airport (contact info blocked) euros for up to 4 people. Paul is from Oxford area originally - so no language barrier! Contact us for details.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Eva Kröger   March 16, 2018

      Healthy food experience in tranquil environment

    My Mom and I spent a very relaxing week with good food and company at Makrobia last summer. Marc and Beau were very accomodating hosts and payed kind attention to my mom's and my food intolerances. They cooked great meals, especially Thai and Mediterranean and we were able to learn some bits and pieces along the way aswell. Marc gave us very helpful nutrionional consultation and insights. We left Makrobia feeling refreshed, well fed and full of nice memories both of our stay at Makrobia and of our small trips to the surrounding Bulgarian countryside.

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