Kordopulov House

Lonely Planet review

According to the proud caretaker, it’s the Balkans’ biggest house museum; in any case, the Kordopulov House (1754), former home of one of Melnik’s foremost wine merchants, is a truly impressive structure. The sitting rooms have been carefully restored, and boast 19th-century murals, stained-glass windows and exquisite carved wooden ceilings, plus couches bedecked with colourful pillows.

Downstairs, the house’s enormous wine cellar includes 180m of illuminated labyrinthine passageways; look out for the wall full of glittering coins, which well-wishers have managed to stick into the soft cave surface – a gesture of goodwill and hope that the rains will fall and the crops will be good. If you share these sentiments, stick a stotinka of your own into the wall. You can taste, and buy, the house wine here. The Kordopulov House is the four-storey building on the cliff face at the street’s end, south of the creek.