• VILLA ZOLLO • Villa at the Carpathian Mountains
from £56 /night help Price for guests, Nights
from £56 /night help Price for guests, Nights
Villa / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8
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Villa / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8
New holiday home on a hill slope with a panoramic view in all directions. Located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the shepherds village of Vale, where the only through traffic consists of one or two horse carts bringing in the hay from the nearby hills. Expect sprawling bright rooms, exceptional cleanliness, and the comfortable indoor climate of a rear-ventilated larch paneling.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, and surrounded by healthy mixed forest. Leaving the house behind you already find yourself on your way up to the mountain meadows with their unique flora and fauna in Europe. So take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past and traditions.
••• VILLA ZOLLO •••.
The villa provides 5.000 sqm garden and 152 sqm of living space on two floors for 6 (up to 8) people. This is a good choice for those who want to enjoy large and light-filled spaces and the proximity to the Romanian countryside.
The living room (34 sqm) is on the mezzanine floor. It features oak parquet and includes an open kitchen, brick fireplace, LED TV (Astra Satellite), and ten seats at two tables. From the adjoining balcony you enjoy the view into the valley or follow the sun as it goes down right between the crests of two forested mountains.
The open kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering with a large fridge combo, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices, and more. The first room (17 sqm), with windows opening to the East, South and West is accessible from both the living room and the outer hallway. The first bathroom (3 sqm) adjoins the living room.
An interior staircase leads to the two bright rooms in the attic, the larger one with an oak floor and a balcony. With their 24 and 32 sqm they can easily be used as a lounge for a larger group. Dormers and windows open in three directions and allow the sun to spread its light across the rooms at any time of day. The view is impressive: it goes out over the vastness of the valley, to the forested mountains and in good weather, all the way up to the snowy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains. The second bathroom (8 sqm) with a shower, tub, toilet, washing machine, and a house pharmacy branches off from the hallway between the rooms.
Each room features a double bed, TV, Wi-Fi internet access, infrared panel, and plants. In the largest room, a sofa bed for up to two additional people is available. On arrival you will find the beds freshly made, and towels, soap and shower gel are provided.
The entire interior is new and was chosen with care, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses, and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs where consistently made to measure, and the rear-ventilated larch paneling provides a healthy indoor climate throughout all seasons.
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 at no additional costs for you.
The two gardens are fenced in and adjacent to the surrounding hills. Here you can relax on a covered terrace, grill your steak on the stonewalled barbecue or enjoy the evening by an open fire, proposing a toast to the awakening crickets. Maybe you'll just sit down beneath an apple tree, listen to the birds, and let your thoughts drift …
• 3 double rooms, 2 bathrooms, living room with kitchen and fireplace, two balconies.
• Closed courtyard and fenced garden with parking lot, covered patio and BBQ.
• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights. Free airport transfers.
A tarmac road touches on the village, but in large parts, cobblestone roads and dirt trails lead up into the wooded hills. So, traditional structures and straightforward hospitality still hold up in Vale. Horses, cows and goats continue being part of the village landscape, and the farmers take up their scythes and plant corn, potatoes and vegetables to preserve for the winter.
Some say that Transylvania appears frozen in time. The culture seems to be stunningly alien, and nature is unique and untouched. Maybe you'll sense the charm of the extraordinary, perceiving what life was like before it was leveled by the advance of civilization.
Until then, have a look around. Heists and highway robberies are tales from the long-gone years of turmoil following the political change in Romania, and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. Most people in these parts are open-minded and very friendly when met with respect, and many of them speak English, making communication easy.
No matter which way you turn, you'll 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 to the table at pre-arranged times. Also available are farm products from the village, such as fresh milk, goat or sheep's cheese, forest honey and homemade jams, Zakusca, pickled vegetables, wine, and Schnaps.
• On request: shopping before your arrival, cot, rides in a horse-cart or donkey-cart for children.
• Tip: our refuge (Cozo Fantu) in the alpine meadows. Very basic standard, but with lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A spring emerges a stone's throw away, the trees are full of cherries, and you can get cheese and milk from the shepherd next door. Ascent in a horse cart and, by request, traditional shepherd stew over an open fire.
••• We provide more than just one vacation rental •••.
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 all along, 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 • our jewel with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – for 8.
• CASA PELU • former farmhouse with new attiy and roof-terrace – for 6.
• CASA NICU • 120-year-old country house with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3).
• VILLA ZOLLO • light-flooded 150 sqm villa with panoramic views and gardens – for 6 (to 8).
• CONDO ZOLLO II • cozy studoi-apartment with large terrace and garden – for 2 (to 3).
• COZO FANTU • our shepherd cottage in the mountain meadows – for 4 (to 6).
Interested in a special accommodation? You find them all in the Sibiu- and Transylvania-search. We answer to your email inquiry within 24 hours.
We all live in Vale. Years ago we got together to found the small and family-type construction company that has built all the holiday homes. After eight years of work, we laid down the trowels and saws for a while, caught our breaths, and devoted ourselves to our guests. Today, a number of families and villagers benefit from the fruits of this work.
We maintain a climate of openness and equitable relationships.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||6 lakes Sacel 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, 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|
|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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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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14 Aug 2013
"My expectations were high but were surpassed"
The house was easy to find(we were given clear instructions). It was a completely refurbished house,spotlessly clean, and furnished and equipped to a high standard, situated on the edge of a quiet village with a wide rural outlook.The neighbours were responsible for the cleaning etc and provided meals if required.
Thanks John, we don't complain about surpassed expectations ...
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