• VILLA CRINA • our icing for special requirements
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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The icing among our holiday homes with 200 sqm of living space and high-quality equipment for special requirements. The right choice for lovers of details and those who like exclusivity. The villa is situated in the shepherds village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathians. On the one hand, far away from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot, surrounded by a healthy mixed forest. Leaving the house behind you already find yourself on the way up to the mountain meadows with their unique flora and fauna in Europe. So take a break and treat yourself a place, where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past and traditions.
••• VILLA CRINA •••.
We've built this holiday home from scratch on the layout of an abandoned farms barn, within six years of work.. The property lies on a slope in the loosely built part of the village, facing towards wooded mountains. It offers spacious, light-flooded rooms.
The 50 sqm large living room features oak parquet, and is accessible from the courtyard or the garden side porch. It includes the kitchen, a wood burning fireplace and seating for 18 persons. Also located on the mezzanine floor is a sanitary room with washer, dryer and toilet.
The fully equipped kitchen makes cooking a breeze. It contains a great fridge combo, dishwasher, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso mashine, microwave, toaster, kettle, spices and more. If you want to take a break, we will cook traditional menus or provide you with farm products from the village.
There is an outside and an inside staircase leading up to the four bright rooms (15 -18 sqm) in the attic. They are furnished with a double bed, private bathroom, TV set (Astra satellite), WiFi Internet access and infrared panels. The outlook is reassuring: up to the village church and over the lush green of forested mountains. On arrival you'll find the beds freshly made. Hand and bath towels, shower gel and soap are also provided.
The living room opens out onto a spacious south-facing patio (30 sqm) with 20 seats. Stairs lead down from here to the enclosed garden bordered by a creek. We've laid out the garden in three terraces: on the top level, there is a stonewalled barbeque, in the middle a small lawn, and the bottom level accommodates up to two cars. The total garden area is grown with flowers, various fruit trees and wine.
The entire interior of the house was chosen with care and is fairly new, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs where consistently made to measure.
The Solar assisted central heating is backed up threefold. Either you fire up the water-bearing fireplace in the living room, which supplies all the radiators in the house, or an automatic control takes over the job and starts a gas heater and / or the electrical infrared panels.
• 4 rooms, 4 bathrooms, large living with eat-in kitchen and fireplace. Separated sanitary room.
• South-facing porch, fenced garden with barbecue and parking lot.
• Minimum stay: 3 - 7 nights. • Final cleaning: € 40.
A tarmac road touches the village, but in large parts there are cobblestone roads and trails leading up into the hills. Here, traditional structures and hospitality have largely survived. Horses, goats and chickens are still part of the village landscape and the farmers take up the scythe and plant corn, potatoes and vegetables to preserve them for winter. Want to have a look at? Just take place on the hillside above the village, enjoy the vastness of the valley, and you will be surprised about the thoughts popping up in your mind out of nowhere.
Some say it looks as though time were frozen, and that a great deal of things aren't perfect. The culture seems to be alien, the nature unique and untouched, and the breath of the past hides in every angle. It may occur to you that this is the charm of the extraordinary before being run over by the advance of civilization.
Until then, look around. Heist and highway robbery are tales from the years following the political change and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. So, people in this parts don't slurp blood. They are mostly open-minded and helpful if met with respect. No matter which way you turn you will experience amazing things. Usually things you never expected.
••• We offer more than just accommodation •••.
• Free pickup from Sibiu airport or train station, rental car & bicycles on request.
• On request, our cook provides breakfast or swings the wooden spoon. She conjures traditional menus fresh on the table to pre-arranged time. Also available are farm products from the village, such as: fresh milk, goat or sheep's cheese, forest honey and homemade jam, Zakusca, pickled vegetables, wine and schnapps.
• On request: shopping prior to your arrival, cot, rides in a horse cart or donkey cart for children.
• Tip: trip to our shepherd's cottage (Cozo Fantu) in the mountain meadows. Without comfort but with lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A source emerges a stone's throw away, the cherries hanging in the trees, and cheese or milk you can get from the shepherd next door. Ascent with a horse cart and traditional shepherd stew over an open fire on request.
Find further below some attractions and tips for trips in the area.
••• We provide more than just one property •••.
CASA VALE - these are 5 entirely different holiday rentals in and around the village. Among them two villas and a former farm, which we have fundamentally refurbished. With attention to detail, with respect to the traditional style of the area, as well with a view to modern building materials and contemporary living needs. The result is the encounter of different times and cultures in five oases of wellbeing, each of them with its own flair, special and distinctive in a place which – we hope – will be sidestepped by the world's hustle for a long time to come.
• VILLA CRINA • the icing of our resort with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – for 8.
• CASA PELU • the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof-terrace – for 6.
• CASA NICU • the 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3).
• VILLA ZOLLO • new 150 sqm holiday home with panoramic views & large garden – for 6 (to 8).
• CONDO ZOLLO II • well equipped apartment with large terrace, BBQ and garden – for 2 (to 3).
• COZO FANTU • our shepherd's hut in the mountain meadows – for 4 (to 6).
Interested in a special accommodation? You find them all in the Sibiu- or Transylvania-search. We answer every inquiry within 24 hours.
We aren't trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a family-type construction company. After eight years of work we lay trowels and saws aside for a while, breathe on and dedicate ourselves to our guests. Today, at least two families and a number of villagers benefit from the fruits of this work.
We foster a climate of openness and equality-based relationships.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||6 lakes Sacel 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sibiu 18 km, Nearest railway: Saliste 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
About this location
The Central Romania region
There is a small shop in Vale operated by a familiy. The small town of Saliste 3 km away provides more shops, restaurants and a farmers market. Whatever is missing here can be found in Sibiu 20 km away at the Zibins market, in retail stores or supermarkets such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl.
The open-air Marmelada swimming pool lies just across the hill 20 minutes walk away, and so does the first of six lakes in the valley. In 10 minutes you've left the village below, passing on your ascent dozens of hand-carved wooden sculptures on the Poiana Soarelui (sun glade), to arrive at the mountain meadows with a unique view across the vastness of the Transylvanian Plain. You hike through a flora and fauna deemed to be singular in Europe. If you don't watch your step you will stumble over lizards and salamanders and have the wild boars laugh at you.
Connoisseurs are attracted to the mountain lake at Gura Raului (12 km). It lies in a depression, surrounded by forest. The water is clear, and in the evening you can light a fire and watch the fish jump for flies. Anyone visiting this place won't easily forget the serenity of this place.
If you want to delve into the country's history in the face of old stonework, or become acquainted with Romania and its people - you are in your right spot here.
Scattered across the countryside are ancient fortified churches, Dacian ruins, abandoned Roman mines and caves. Every small town boasts an open market where you can buy garden vegetables, honey, sheep's cheese and sometimes herbs - wherein the tomatos of the peasant woman not only looks different than those from the supermarket, but also tastes different.
The city of Sibiu, founded by German-Flemish settlers in 1150, lies just around the corner and to this day is a fountain of cultural diversity. The medieval fortifications enbrace an old town center with historic alleys and restaurants, cafés and bars, some of which are set in vaulted cellars or courtyards. During the summer the town opens up to visitors and regularly organizes events on the central Great Ring, from cabaret and theater, through open-air concerts, to exhibitions of local crafts guilds.
The Traditional Village Museum on the outskirts of Sibiu also merits one or two glances. Centuries-old log cabins, water mills, blacksmith shops and saw mills from all over the country were reconstructed true to the original.
From here it's just a stone's throw to the fortified church of Cisnadioara, one of the oldest Saxon buildings in Transylvania established in the 13th century. It stands on an almost circular mountain top above the village.
After taking a walk for hours you will feel your legs. In the saltwater lakes and spas of Ocna Sibiului (25 km) you can soothe your aching bones in brine, stretch out in saltwater reading the newspaper and then coat yourself in mud. If that won't suffice, we will fix you a date with our osteopath.
The way back from Sibiu leads you past Cristian (13 km). Here, another Saxon fortified church gives you an impression of how centuries ago people barricaded themselves against Mongols, Turks and Kuruc irregulars.
If you are aiming really high, you can choose between two trafficable north-south passes over the Carpathians, both to visit in a day trip:
• The 'Transfagarasan' – winding past steep rocks and a waterfall dozens of meters high. On the top awaits you the 'Balea' lake with a hostel and the house of ice.
• The 'Transalpina' - at 2.145m the highest trafficable road across the Carpathians, sometimes even above the clouds. Created by the Romans in their campaign against the Dacians, she was forgotten in the meantime and today presents one of the untouched mountain regions in Europe. The Transalpina starts at Saliste, just 2 km from Vale.
In both cases you arrive at 'Walachia', the southern part of the country, in a climate zone influenced by the Mediterranean. From here you can return through the 'Olt Valley', the only north-south route through the Carpathians, passing ancient monasteries and partly steep cliffs. Anyone who doesn't stop here must be in a real hurry.
If you choose to delve deeper into the history of Romania you will hear about the Dacians. Similar to the Celts in Ireland, they are famous for their mystical traditions and particular skills. Even today the faithful flock to their places of worship, only ruins of which have survived. The last Dacians are said to have taken refuge in the 'Muntii Apuseni' (Central Carpathians, 40 km away), a sparsely populated region on the western border of Transylvania.
Today however, this region is known for its caves and abandoned Roman mine tunnels, some of which run hundreds of meters through rock. Skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters are found in their depths even today. Early birds can explore this area on a day trip.
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2 Oct 2014
"Sehr schönes Haus ,mitten im Dorf"
Dieses Ferienhaus ist sehr komfortabel ausgestattet, sehr schön eingerichtet und bietet die Möglichkeit mi 8 Personen und viel Platz sich wohl zu fühlen. Besonders gut war die Betreuung, jederzeit … More
Danke für die prima Bewertung. Nur die Gulaschsuppe schmollt etwas beleidigt, denn sie hält sich für einen Eintopf, und wird sich bei einem nächsten Mal noch mehr Mühe geben, dies auch zu beweisen...
10 Sep 2014
"Alles ist möglich - Rumänien kennenlernen und komfortabel wohnen"
- Sehr individuelle und liebevolle Ausstattung der vier Zimmer, die jeweils mit eigenem Bad/Dusche ausgestattet sind- Das Haus ist wie neu- Großer Aufenthaltsraum/Essbereich mit Küche wie auch Veran… More
27 Jul 2014
"Gorgeous house in idyllic setting."
We were 2 families with young children sharing the four-bedroom Casa Crina for a week. What a marvelous stay! This area of Romania has so much lovely scenery and character, and for a group who has s… More
Thanks a lot for your praise. And greetings from the 'hub', where just now our next guests are sitting with a wine, planning a hiking trip for tomorrow ...
24 Jun 2014
"Unglaublich tolle Ferienwohung und tolles Verwalterteam"
Wir hatten das Haus Casa Crina mit Kindern, Großeltern und Tante/Onkel gemietet. Alles ist tip top sauber und toll eingerichtet. Das Team sehr sehr freundlich,hilfbereit und nett. Werner spricht perf… More
19 May 2014
Me and my family stayed in Casa Crina during our May holiday in Romania.I would highly recommend this accommodation, it is well equipped, tastefully furnished and very clean. The setting in the villag… More
5 Oct 2013
"Empfehlenswert, gute Raumeinteilung, prima service"
Casa Crina (nicht für Rollstuhlfahrer geeignet) ist sehr gut ausgestattet, und die räumlich gelungene Trennug von Aufenthaltsraum/Küche und Ruheräumen ist perfekt. Auto im abgeschlossenen Hof, Gri… More
13 Sep 2013
We stayed as a family (young children) for 10 days in August at Casa Crina and didn't regret our choice.Werner, Nicu and Adriana form a great team, always helpful, good advice and cheerful. The h… More
16 Jul 2013
We had a wonderful stay in Case Crina in Vale with our four kids and friends. The house was beautiful restored. We were quite impressed by the quality of the workmanship and the high standard of all f… More
Thanks Natalia, we still love what we do when we get such reviews ...
5 Jul 2013
"A wonderful place"
My family and I just returned from one of the best holidays we have had so far.
From the moment we entered Casa Crina we were delighted with every single detail: the house that was our home for almost two weeks, and Werner and Nicu, the people who made us feel at home.
You can tell Casa Crina was built and decorated by people who love what they do: the design and architecture blend so well with its environment, every piece of wood and stone have been so nicely carved.
The bedrooms are very comfortable and the common areas are perfect to share with family and friends. I particularly loved the big table in the terrace where we spent hours not only sharing food but stories and lots of laughs.
From the youngest of our group 3 y.o. to the eldest 70 y.o, we all had fun. There are so many things to do: I spent hours just looking at the nature around us, we went for walks in the woods, attended the Monday market in Saliste, talked to locals, visited neighborhood towns.
I highly recommend this place to anyone who wishes to disconnect from their routines, to enjoy nature, to have fun or just to rest. The place is perfect for all that.
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