CASA NICU - farmhouse at the Carpathian foothills
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Farmhouse | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
The Methuselah among our holiday rentals has seen 120 years passing by without being overly impressed. During extensive renovations we left untouched the basic substance, and so the breath of the past still blows through the patient walls. The accommodation is situated in the shepherds 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 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 accommodation 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 NICU •••.
This cottage is a good choice for every gourmet who wants to spice up his experience with a dash of Romanian tradition.
The living quarters are located upstairs. A staircase leads out to the hallway, which was added to the house in a typical construction. Both the shower room (2 sqm) and the eat-in kitchen (14 sqm) are entered through the hallway.
The kitchen is completely equipped for self-catering with a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices, washer and more. Upon request, we provide you with breakfast, traditional menus or farm products from the village.
The room (18 sqm) is entered through the kitchen. It is equipped with a double bed, TV set (international channels), W-Fi Internet access and plants. Three windows open up the room and the view out onto the village's rooftops. On arrival, you will find the bed freshly made, hand and bath towels, shower gel and soap are also available. An additional bed is available.
The interior was chosen with care and is largely new, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, linen an mattress. To heat the rooms you use the water-bearing tiled stove that also supplies the radiators in every room. Additionally, an electrical infrared panel will start up at no additional costs for you.
The enclosed courtyard is a leafy feast. Here you can relax on a covered patio, uncork a bottle of wine and unpack the card game.
• 1 room, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 shower room, covered patio in the courtyard.
• Minimum stay: 5 days. • Final cleaning: € 20.
• Extra bed / third person: € 5 - 8 (seasonal).
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.
Some say it looks as though time were frozen. A great deal of things aren't perfect, the nature is unique and untouched, and the breath of the past hides in every angle. You can gain the impression that this makes out the charm of the extraordinary before being swallowed by the advance of civilization. Take place on the slope above the village, look into the vastness of the valley, and you will be surprised about the thoughts popping up in your mind out of nowhere.
••• 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, osteopathic treatment, rides in a horse cart or donkey cart for children.
• Tip: excursion to our shepherds 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 may get from the shepherd next door. Ascent with a horse cart and traditional shepherd stew over an open fire on request. Tips for other day trip destinations can be found below in this description.
••• We provide more than just one house •••.
CASA VALE - these are 5 entirely different holiday rentals in and around the village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathians. 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 rustic vacation home with spacious rooms and terraced garden – for 8 persons.
••• CASA PELU - the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof-terrace – for 6 persons.
••• CASA NICU - the 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3) persons.
••• VILLA ZOLLO - new vacation home with panoramic views in all directions – for 6 (to 8) persons.
••• CASA ZOLLO II - cozy studio with large terrace and garden, ideal for singles and couples – for 2 persons.
••• COZO FANTU - former shepherds cottage in the mountain meadows – for 4 persons.
Interested in a special accommodation? You can find them all in the Sibiu- or Transylvania-search. We reply to any 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 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||6 lakes Sacel 2 km|
|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|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Transylvania 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 have left the village below, passing on your ascent dozens of hand-carved wooden sculptures on the Poiana Soarelui (sunny 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 and is fed by several streams. The water is clear, and in the evening you can light a fire and watch the fish jump for flies. The serenity of this place can't be captured in a single image, but whoever has been there won't easily forget it.
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.
Heist and highway robbery are tales from the years following the political change and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. Most people in these parts are open-minded if met with respect and many of them speak English, so communication works without troubles.
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. Here, 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.
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.
No matter which way you turn, you will experience amazing things, usually things you never expected …
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24 Jun 2014
"tolle kleine Ferienwohung für Zwei"
Wir hatten das Haus Casa Crina mit Kindern, Großeltern und Tante/Onkel gemietet.Für meinen Neffen und Frau hatten wir Casa Nicu dazubebucht.Sehr romatisch liebevoll eingerichtete Wohung. Alles ist t… More
7 Mar 2014
"Erneut alles super"
Wir waren nun zum dritten Mal in Vale. Nach zwei längeren Aufenthalen im Sommer (Casa Pelu und Casa Nicu) nun ein Kurztrip im Winter. Eine Reise im Sommer ist zwar allein aufgrund des Klimas deutlich… More
23 Nov 2013
"Sehr zu empfehlen..."
Wir haben diesen Herbst zwei sehr schöne Wochen im Casa Nicu in Vale verbracht.Authentische Ferienwohnung mit viel Flair. Sehr gute Betreuung durch Nicu, Werner und Ariana. Den Ausflug zur Berghütte… More
14 Oct 2013
"Einfach vom Feinsten!"
Hallo,hier spricht der Urbayer mit dem unglaublichen Slang!Habe mit meiner Frau (wurde nicht vom Bären gefressen!) hier im Casa Nicu ganz wundervolle und erholsame Tage verbracht! Unabhängig vom Wet… More
9 Aug 2013
"Wonderful cottage in a wonderful setting"
We had a fabulous time at Casa Nicu! We stayed for 7 nights and it was a haven of peace and quiet. The cottage is extremely well equipped; Nicu - the administrator lives next door and is extremely helpful - you must try the local sheep's cheese 1; and in high summer it was cool and comfortable for two people. There's a lot of space so you don't feel as if you're on top of each other, Vale is a very picturesque village, and you're never far away from excellent walking country, or the towns and cities if that's more your thing. I could have sat at the kitchen window for hours watching the world go by - especially the local shepherd and his little flock of sheep, and the horses and carts. We shared the courtyard with a family staying in the holiday house opposite but this was never an issue as we liked to do different things and eat at different types. We ate outside in what we called the 'cubby-hole' most days, and it's sheltered enough to watch the evening thunderstorms in relative safety. We had a really lovely time here, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage. We like to trek and it made a perfect base to come back to each day and relax in.
Thanks Hayley, I also recommend guests like you to each owner of an accommodation.
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