My partner and I are currently living in Turkey but during the summer decided to purchase a house in Koprivets, just east of Byala in the Ruse region.
Can't seem to find much info on this forum about Koprivets, but hopefully after a period of time living there I should be able to add some.
Over the last year we had 3 trips through Bulgaria to try and gain a feel for the place.
After the first visit we came away shaking our heads and thought straight away...NO it's not for us.
During the 2nd trip we entered thinking that this time we were going to look a bit deeper without the blinkers on, and at the possibility of actually living in Bulgaria, without the instant negativity of the first visit and we came away thinking...maybe....but it was still a 50/50.
The 3rd visit we looked at Bulgaria for what it really is and what it actually had to offer us and after staying with friends in Maslarevo we decided to go for it and came back to Turkey with a sales invoice in my mits for a property.
So we are spending the winter in Turkey then hopefully get started renovating the house in Bulgaria around the end of March.
There's a load of winter reading material on here, should keep me going for awhile !!