Located outside of Veliko Tarnovo in the village of Arbanassi, the Konstantsalieva House offers a glimpse into the life of wealthy Bulgarian merchants centuries ago. A great example of traditional Bulgarian architecture, the first floor of the house is made of stone and originally featured store rooms and living quarters for servants. The second floor is made of wood and once consisted of a reception hall, living and dining rooms and a private room for expectant and young mothers. As is typical for Arbanassi, a tall stone wall surrounds the house and large yard.
Today, the house functions as a museum showing off the daily life and culture of Arbanassi in the early 19th century. The house has been restored in a national revival style and rooms are decorated much as they were back then, with white fretwork, hand-carved wooden figures and other drawings and crafts. There is also a souvenir shop and small ethnographic gallery.
The Konstantsalieva House stands on a main road through the village of Arbanassi, just a few kilometers outside of Veliko Tarnovo. To get there, catch a taxi from Veliko Tarnovo or take a bus, which run about hourly. If you’re feeling more active, a walk to Arbanassi takes less than an hour and is quite scenic.
The museum is open daily during the months of April through October, from 12pm to 6pm on Monday, and from 9am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is open by appointment only during the months of November through March. Admission costs 6 leva for adults.