• CASA PELU • farmhouse in a Carpathian village
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This completely refurbished country house is the right choice for those who want to taste the spirit of the past on the edge of civilization. The accommodation is situated in the shepherd's village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. On the one hand, far away from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner of Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007.
The village of Vale 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 history and traditions.
••• CASA PELU •••.
The former living quarters of an abandoned farm. On the solid foundations of wine cellar and mezzanine floor we've set a new attic with access to a cozy roof terrace. So this cottage is also a good choice for those who are curious about how traditional architecture can be extended to modernity.
The double-door walk-in kitchen (13 sqm) is located on the mezzanine floor. It is fully equipped for self-catering with a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices and more. The first room (17 sqm) leads off the kitchen. Three windows open the view out to the courtyard or an alley, where goats and sheep are passing by in the evening.
A staircase leads to the two light-filled rooms in the attic. The first one (13 sqm) is a connecting room and the second room (17 sqm) leads out onto the roof terrace. The view goes into the courtyard, into wooded mountains or up to the roofs of the village.
The rooms are equipped with a double bed, mirror cabinet, corner bench or armchairs, WiFi Internet access and two TVs (international channels by Astra Satellite). On arrival you will find the beds freshly made.
The bathroom (8 sqm) used to be the the summer kitchen of the farm. It is located underneath the roof terrace and is equipped with shower, bathtub and washer. Hand and bath towels, soap and shower gel are available.
The furnishing is high quality, including sanitary facilities, kitchen utensils, mattresses and bedding. All furniture, newly installed windows, doors and stairs were consistently made to measure. Each floor and the bathroom are equipped with an electrical infrared panel.
The solar-assisted central heating is backed up threefold. Either you fire up the water-bearing tiled stove in the kitchen which supplies all the radiators in the house, or an automatic control takes over the job and starts a gas heater and / or the infrared panels.
The enclosed courtyard is a leafy feast. Here you can relax on another covered patio, uncork a bottle of wine and unpack the card game.
• 3 bright rooms, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 bathroom with tub & washer.
• Roof terrace with seating and covered patio in the closed courtyard.
• Minimum stay: 3 - 7 nights. • Final cleaning: € 30.
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 6, 3 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, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
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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26 Apr 2014
"Cosy and peaceful"
I stayed in Casa Pelu with my teenager just before Easter 2014 and had a wonderful stay. The caretaker Nicu is very helpful and friendly, as were all the lovely people we met during our stay in the co… More
15 Jan 2014
"Das ist Gemütlichkeit"
...wer Wert auf Gemütlichkeit...Ruhe, also auf wirklichen Urlaub legt, der ist hier absolut richtig! Ich war über den Jahreswechsel 2013/14 mit Freunden in der Casa Pelu im Dörfchen Vale(nahe Sibiu… More
4 Sep 2013
"Great mixture of comfort & nature"
I stayed with 2 friends at Casa Pelu for 10 days. Casa Pelu is a very tenderly renovated and nicely decorated old farmhouse with 3 rooms + kitchen and WC, which accomodates up to 6 people.The caretake… More
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