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{"id":858682982447,"title":"Villa Andrea, Bulgaria","handle":"villa-andrea-bulgaria","description":"\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGalina Ananenkova, whose family originates from Russia, is a wife and mother who lives with her husband and three young children, two boys and a girl, in Nesebar, Bulgaria. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Social Work and worked in the HR department of a big high-tech company before moving to Bulgaria and opening \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.villaandrea.bg\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eVilla Andrea Gluten-free Hotel\u003c\/a\u003e, ten years ago. I was able to interview Galina to find out all of the details about her fantastic Villa.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Galina_large.jpg?v=1528593021\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGalina and her family relocated to Bulgaria because one of their sons had severe health problems. He was sluggish and weak and experienced a classic range of Coeliac symptoms even though blood tests were negative. After being in their new home, Galina and her family saw that the Bulgarian climate, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat helped him a lot. After a multitude of tests, doctors said that it was probably Coeliac Disease and they were happy to have this diagnosis because it was at least something that explained their son's condition. The whole family switched to a gluten-free diet, even without an exact diagnosis.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_baby_large.jpg?v=1528582715\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen Galina started to learn more about Coeliac Disease, she got scared. It wasn't as easy as the doctors told her it would be. It was more than just “Stop eating bread.” She said it became full isolation for her son. No restaurants, no parties, no breakfasts at school. Her son was always the only child with this problem. She researched and found out that there were no places for Coeliacs to go in Bulgaria. Her life turned out to be a quest. She was always looking for the magic words “gluten-free.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGalina's newfound passion for helping “change the world,” ignited the idea of a completely gluten-free hotel where her son could meet people like himself. \u003cbr\u003eHer wish list included:\u003cbr\u003eI1. It should be a beautiful place, not directly on the Black Sea shoreline, but close enough.\u003cbr\u003e2). It should be hidden from the crowds of tourists.\u003cbr\u003e3). There should be apartments with kitchens and dishwashers in case our guests need to cook something. They should have the confidence in knowing that the dishes and utensils they use are absolutely clean.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Reception_large.jpg?v=1528582854\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey wanted to find a hotel they could transform into being 100% gluten-free. A special place for Coeliac people. A place where you live like you don't have this diagnosis. You don't have to compare yourself with others. Don't have to feel confused. A vacation where you don't always have to ask or to explain. A place where all menu options are gluten-free.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_large.jpg?v=1528582700\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEventually, they found a beautiful place that they felt had promise. They bought an old hotel that needed renovation.  A small hotel with a possibility to make a restaurant. Galina saw that it met her needs; a quiet place between the mountain forest and the sea, 10 minutes walk to the beach, a beautiful garden, cozy apartments with kitchens and a sea view. The reconstruction lasted almost three years. Most of the renovations they made themselves, with the occasional help from friends helped us because their vision inspired them to help out. They opened their doors to guests on May 1, 2016, with official approval for their Gluten-free Restaurant.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_room_large.jpg?v=1528582877\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_pool_large.jpg?v=1528582834\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI asked Galina about initial reactions from their guests. She said, \"They were shocked! Though we had just one menu, they were amazed how much we could offer them.\" Villa Andrea boasts a 100% gluten-free menu, with a variety of menus, and people love what they get to eat while staying. Their baked goods, made with Bulgarian gluten-free flour, are made by their Chef Vesela Bogdanova. Galina mentioned that all the guests love Chef Vesela's cooking, especially her cake and pizzas. Galina stated that \"Our guests are very open to new things. Especially desserts - our Carrot cake, Cheesecake, Brownie, Pavlova cake, pastry – Spaghetti, Pizza, Stuffed Pancakes and traditional Bulgarian dishes.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Chef_large.jpg?v=1528582725\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_pizza_large.jpg?v=1528582814\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Pavlova_large.jpg?v=1528582801\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn November 2017, Galina and her husband found out that the Coeliac Diagnosis made by her sons' doctor, was not correct and that they didn't have to be on a gluten-free diet anymore. They had no hesitation in continuing with a 100% gluten-free hotel and being 100% gluten-free. For six years, they lived a gluten-free life, and knew precisely what living a Celiac life was all about and they felt good after eating this way for so many years.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_crepes_large.jpg?v=1528582752\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Choco_Cake_large.jpg?v=1528582740\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey are celebrating their third summer in Villa Andrea now, but over the past few years, they've welcomed more than 500 gluten-free guests! During this time, they've learned so much about gluten-free cooking and many gluten-free manufacturers want to collaborate with them! They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with so many meal options. They even have a Kids Menu and a Romantic Dinner menu! In closing, Galina stated \"We are happy to be a part of a big worldwide gluten-free community! Most of our guests visit us again and again. We love them. They are very friendly and grateful people. Most of them have other food limitations than just gluten. Some of them have diabetes; others have dairy and other intolerances. Sometimes we welcome guests with long lists of food “No’s.” In this case, we prepare personal menus for our guests. We remember all of them. If a guest returns, he or she don't have to remind us about their allergies. We'll welcome them as our old friend. We heartily welcome gluten-free people from all over the world. 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She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Social Work and worked in the HR department of a big high-tech company before moving to Bulgaria and opening \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.villaandrea.bg\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eVilla Andrea Gluten-free Hotel\u003c\/a\u003e, ten years ago. I was able to interview Galina to find out all of the details about her fantastic Villa.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Galina_large.jpg?v=1528593021\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGalina and her family relocated to Bulgaria because one of their sons had severe health problems. He was sluggish and weak and experienced a classic range of Coeliac symptoms even though blood tests were negative. After being in their new home, Galina and her family saw that the Bulgarian climate, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat helped him a lot. After a multitude of tests, doctors said that it was probably Coeliac Disease and they were happy to have this diagnosis because it was at least something that explained their son's condition. The whole family switched to a gluten-free diet, even without an exact diagnosis.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_baby_large.jpg?v=1528582715\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen Galina started to learn more about Coeliac Disease, she got scared. It wasn't as easy as the doctors told her it would be. It was more than just “Stop eating bread.” She said it became full isolation for her son. No restaurants, no parties, no breakfasts at school. Her son was always the only child with this problem. She researched and found out that there were no places for Coeliacs to go in Bulgaria. Her life turned out to be a quest. She was always looking for the magic words “gluten-free.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGalina's newfound passion for helping “change the world,” ignited the idea of a completely gluten-free hotel where her son could meet people like himself. \u003cbr\u003eHer wish list included:\u003cbr\u003eI1. It should be a beautiful place, not directly on the Black Sea shoreline, but close enough.\u003cbr\u003e2). It should be hidden from the crowds of tourists.\u003cbr\u003e3). There should be apartments with kitchens and dishwashers in case our guests need to cook something. They should have the confidence in knowing that the dishes and utensils they use are absolutely clean.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Reception_large.jpg?v=1528582854\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey wanted to find a hotel they could transform into being 100% gluten-free. A special place for Coeliac people. A place where you live like you don't have this diagnosis. You don't have to compare yourself with others. Don't have to feel confused. A vacation where you don't always have to ask or to explain. A place where all menu options are gluten-free.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_large.jpg?v=1528582700\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEventually, they found a beautiful place that they felt had promise. They bought an old hotel that needed renovation.  A small hotel with a possibility to make a restaurant. Galina saw that it met her needs; a quiet place between the mountain forest and the sea, 10 minutes walk to the beach, a beautiful garden, cozy apartments with kitchens and a sea view. The reconstruction lasted almost three years. Most of the renovations they made themselves, with the occasional help from friends helped us because their vision inspired them to help out. They opened their doors to guests on May 1, 2016, with official approval for their Gluten-free Restaurant.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_room_large.jpg?v=1528582877\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_pool_large.jpg?v=1528582834\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI asked Galina about initial reactions from their guests. She said, \"They were shocked! Though we had just one menu, they were amazed how much we could offer them.\" Villa Andrea boasts a 100% gluten-free menu, with a variety of menus, and people love what they get to eat while staying. Their baked goods, made with Bulgarian gluten-free flour, are made by their Chef Vesela Bogdanova. Galina mentioned that all the guests love Chef Vesela's cooking, especially her cake and pizzas. Galina stated that \"Our guests are very open to new things. Especially desserts - our Carrot cake, Cheesecake, Brownie, Pavlova cake, pastry – Spaghetti, Pizza, Stuffed Pancakes and traditional Bulgarian dishes.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Chef_large.jpg?v=1528582725\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_pizza_large.jpg?v=1528582814\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Pavlova_large.jpg?v=1528582801\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn November 2017, Galina and her husband found out that the Coeliac Diagnosis made by her sons' doctor, was not correct and that they didn't have to be on a gluten-free diet anymore. They had no hesitation in continuing with a 100% gluten-free hotel and being 100% gluten-free. For six years, they lived a gluten-free life, and knew precisely what living a Celiac life was all about and they felt good after eating this way for so many years.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_crepes_large.jpg?v=1528582752\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Villa_Andrea_Choco_Cake_large.jpg?v=1528582740\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey are celebrating their third summer in Villa Andrea now, but over the past few years, they've welcomed more than 500 gluten-free guests! During this time, they've learned so much about gluten-free cooking and many gluten-free manufacturers want to collaborate with them! They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with so many meal options. They even have a Kids Menu and a Romantic Dinner menu! In closing, Galina stated \"We are happy to be a part of a big worldwide gluten-free community! Most of our guests visit us again and again. We love them. They are very friendly and grateful people. Most of them have other food limitations than just gluten. Some of them have diabetes; others have dairy and other intolerances. Sometimes we welcome guests with long lists of food “No’s.” In this case, we prepare personal menus for our guests. We remember all of them. If a guest returns, he or she don't have to remind us about their allergies. We'll welcome them as our old friend. We heartily welcome gluten-free people from all over the world. We are doing our best to make your vacation safe and unforgettable!\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor more photos and daily information, follow the Villa Andrea Gluten-free Hotel \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.villaandrea.bg\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/glutenfreehotelvillaandrea\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eInstagram page\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Villa Andrea, Bulgaria

by Lori Miller

Galina Ananenkova, whose family originates from Russia, is a wife and mother who lives with her husband and three young children, two boys and a girl, in Nesebar, Bulgaria. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and Social Work and worked in the HR department of a big high-tech company before moving to Bulgaria and opening Villa Andrea Gluten-free Hotel, ten years ago. I was able to interview Galina to find out all of the details about her fantastic Villa.

 

Galina and her family relocated to Bulgaria because one of their sons had severe health problems. He was sluggish and weak and experienced a classic range of Coeliac symptoms even though blood tests were negative. After being in their new home, Galina and her family saw that the Bulgarian climate, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat helped him a lot. After a multitude of tests, doctors said that it was probably Coeliac Disease and they were happy to have this diagnosis because it was at least something that explained their son's condition. The whole family switched to a gluten-free diet, even without an exact diagnosis.

 

 

When Galina started to learn more about Coeliac Disease, she got scared. It wasn't as easy as the doctors told her it would be. It was more than just “Stop eating bread.” She said it became full isolation for her son. No restaurants, no parties, no breakfasts at school. Her son was always the only child with this problem. She researched and found out that there were no places for Coeliacs to go in Bulgaria. Her life turned out to be a quest. She was always looking for the magic words “gluten-free."

Galina's newfound passion for helping “change the world,” ignited the idea of a completely gluten-free hotel where her son could meet people like himself.
Her wish list included:
I1. It should be a beautiful place, not directly on the Black Sea shoreline, but close enough.
2). It should be hidden from the crowds of tourists.
3). There should be apartments with kitchens and dishwashers in case our guests need to cook something. They should have the confidence in knowing that the dishes and utensils they use are absolutely clean.

They wanted to find a hotel they could transform into being 100% gluten-free. A special place for Coeliac people. A place where you live like you don't have this diagnosis. You don't have to compare yourself with others. Don't have to feel confused. A vacation where you don't always have to ask or to explain. A place where all menu options are gluten-free.

Eventually, they found a beautiful place that they felt had promise. They bought an old hotel that needed renovation.  A small hotel with a possibility to make a restaurant. Galina saw that it met her needs; a quiet place between the mountain forest and the sea, 10 minutes walk to the beach, a beautiful garden, cozy apartments with kitchens and a sea view. The reconstruction lasted almost three years. Most of the renovations they made themselves, with the occasional help from friends helped us because their vision inspired them to help out. They opened their doors to guests on May 1, 2016, with official approval for their Gluten-free Restaurant.

I asked Galina about initial reactions from their guests. She said, "They were shocked! Though we had just one menu, they were amazed how much we could offer them." Villa Andrea boasts a 100% gluten-free menu, with a variety of menus, and people love what they get to eat while staying. Their baked goods, made with Bulgarian gluten-free flour, are made by their Chef Vesela Bogdanova. Galina mentioned that all the guests love Chef Vesela's cooking, especially her cake and pizzas. Galina stated that "Our guests are very open to new things. Especially desserts - our Carrot cake, Cheesecake, Brownie, Pavlova cake, pastry – Spaghetti, Pizza, Stuffed Pancakes and traditional Bulgarian dishes."

In November 2017, Galina and her husband found out that the Coeliac Diagnosis made by her sons' doctor, was not correct and that they didn't have to be on a gluten-free diet anymore. They had no hesitation in continuing with a 100% gluten-free hotel and being 100% gluten-free. For six years, they lived a gluten-free life, and knew precisely what living a Celiac life was all about and they felt good after eating this way for so many years.

They are celebrating their third summer in Villa Andrea now, but over the past few years, they've welcomed more than 500 gluten-free guests! During this time, they've learned so much about gluten-free cooking and many gluten-free manufacturers want to collaborate with them! They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with so many meal options. They even have a Kids Menu and a Romantic Dinner menu! In closing, Galina stated "We are happy to be a part of a big worldwide gluten-free community! Most of our guests visit us again and again. We love them. They are very friendly and grateful people. Most of them have other food limitations than just gluten. Some of them have diabetes; others have dairy and other intolerances. Sometimes we welcome guests with long lists of food “No’s.” In this case, we prepare personal menus for our guests. We remember all of them. If a guest returns, he or she don't have to remind us about their allergies. We'll welcome them as our old friend. We heartily welcome gluten-free people from all over the world. We are doing our best to make your vacation safe and unforgettable!"

For more photos and daily information, follow the Villa Andrea Gluten-free Hotel website and Instagram page.

 

 

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