Beating IBS Long Weekend

  • Makrobia Makrobia
  • Vishovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Sep 22 - 25, 2018 (4 days)
  • 270€. per couple 3 nights Full Board

About us

This is a 3 night event but guests who wish to extend this may, subject to availability, stay additional nights. Please contact us for details.

Although the term IBS may encompass a number of syndromes and a variety of symptoms of widely varying severity doctors are finally recognizing it as a bona fide medical condition. There are multiple possible causal and interconnected factors involved in this condition and medical opinion is greatly divided on treatments. At Makrobia we largely concentrate on restoring gut flora equilibrium through good nutrition and promoting awareness of healthy eating patterns. If you suffer from regular bloating, constipation, diarrhoea or stomach cramps you may benefit from this event.

The nutritional therapies we offer are very mild and are not a risk to your health but please note that any opinions or suggestions we offer are not to be construed as medical advice. You should consult your doctor first if your condition is chronic or causing you distress.

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.

Event Highlights

  • Each guest will be asked to complete a nutritional assessment in advance of their stay.
  • Each guest will receive a 1hr nutritional consult
  • Over the 3 days we will provide balanced meals aimed at restoring and balancing the gut microbiome, tailoring to individual needs as necessary.
  • Guests are welcome to participate in preparation and cooking of meals.
  • Menu cards will be provided upon request

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


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


Breakfast 08.00-10.00
AM - nutritional consults
- group discussions
Lunch around 13.00
PM - Free time for relaxation or walks & excursions
Dinner around 19.00

Menu Types

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


At breakast we use our Samson macerating juicer to give the highest quality fruit and vegetable juices, using as much produce from our garden as possible. If you are trying to lose weight or seeking to increase enzyme and antioxidant levels in your body this will be your breakfast of choice – and it is surprisingly filling. For those interested we also offer wheatgrass juice shots.
Lunch is usually fairly light and as long as the weather is not too warm, served on the terrace! We can of course prepare packed lunches for you if you want to go exploring or take an excursion!
Dinner is a time for us all to come together enjoy good food and talk about our day or our plans for the next day. We will try and keep our menu as healthy as possible but the occasional naughty treat is allowed! Often we will prepare food al fresco in our outside kitchen where you can watch and learn some of the tricks of the trade.
We love food that can be shared and this theme is dominant at all our meals.


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.


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 80 - 100 euros for up to 4 people. Paul is from Oxford area originally - so no language barrier! Contact us for details.

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