VILLA ZOLLO II, Transylvania
Apartment | sleeps 2
••• Apartment VILLA ZOLLO II •••
The apartment (20 sqm) is small but cozy, ideal for singles and couples. It is located on the ground floor of the main house (Casa Zollo) with separate entrance, private terrace, kitchen and bathroom. We rent it out since June 2013.
The cottage is located at the edge of the shepherd's village Vale, and the only through traffic consists of one or two horse carts bringing in the hay from the nearby hills. You may expect a panoramic view in all directions, exceptional cleanliness and an absolutely peaceful spot.
Furnishings include oak parquet, a double bed, TV set (international channels), Wi-Fi Internet access and a kitchenette, fully equipped for self-catering with a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices and more. The separate bathroom is equipped with a shower, washstand, toilet and washer.
The entire interior is new and of good quality, including sanitary instalation, kitchen utensils, linen and mattress. All the furniture, doors and windows were made to measure. On arrival you'll find the bed freshly made, also provided are towels, soap and shower gel. The solar-assisted central heating is powered by a gas heater. Alternatively, an electrical infrared panel can be switched on at no additional costs for you.
From the spacious terrace (21 sqm) you can look out onto the lush green of the wooded mountain slopes or past the fruit trees down into the valley. A staircase leads to the fenced garden adjacent to the surrounding hills. Here you can relax on a covered patio, roast your steak on the stonewalled barbecue or enjoy the evening at an open fire, proposing a toast to the awaking crickets. Maybe you just sit down under an apple tree, listen to the birds and let the thoughts drift by.
• One-room apartment with double bed and kitchenette. Bathroom with washer.
• Private terrace, large gardens with parking lot, porch, barbeque and fireplace.
• Minimum stay: 3 or 5 nights (seasonal). • Final cleaning: € 20.
The shepherdss village of Vale is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot. On the one hand secluded from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007. A tarmac road grazes the village but in large parts, there are cobblestone roads and dirt trails leading up into the wooded hills. Here, traditional structures and lowbrow hospitality have largely survived. Horses, cows and goats 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 and that a great deal of things aren't perfect. The culture seems to be alien and the nature is unique and untouched. It may occur to you that this is the charm of the extraordinary before being run over by the advance of civilization. Here, the breath of the past can be felt in every angle. Just take place on the hillside above the village, look into the vastness of the valley and you will wonder about the thoughts popping up in your mind out of nowhere.
••• We offer more than just accommodation.
• The transfer from Sibiu airport or train station is free and, on request, we provide a cheap rental car.
• On request, our cook will provide you with breakfast or swing the wooden spoon. She conjures traditional menus fresh to the table to pre-arranged times. Also farm products from the village are available, such as: fresh milk straight from the udder, goat or sheep's cheese, forest honey and homemade jam, Zakusca, canned vegetables, wine and schnapps. Please request our offers and price list.
• On request: Laptop, phone, shopping prior to your arrival, osteopathic treatment, riding horse, cot, rides in a donkey cart for children.
• Tip: trip to our shepherds hut (Cozo Fantu) in the high 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 and milk you can get from the shepherd next door. Rise in horse cart and traditional shepherds stew on request. Advice to other destinations can be found below in this description.
We aren't trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company with which we also have built all the holiday homes. After eight years of work we put trowels and saws aside for a while, breathe a sigh 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.
••• We provide more than just one condo.
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, a shepherd's cottage in the mountain meadows and a former farm. We have fundamentally refurbished it with attention to detail all along, with respect to the traditional style of the area, but also with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs. The result is the encounter of different times and cultures in five oasis of wellbeing, each of them with its own flair, distinctive and special 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 rental with spacious rooms and terraced garden – 8 sleeps.
••• CASA PELU - the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof-terrace – 6 sleeps.
••• CASA NICU - the 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair - 2 (to 3) sleeps.
••• VILLA ZOLLO - new vacation home with panoramic views in all directions - 6 (to 8) sleeps.
••• CASA ZOLLO II - cozy apartment with large terrace, ideal for singles and couples – 2 sleeps.
••• COZO FANTU - former shepherds cottage in the mountain meadows - 4 sleeps.
Interested in a special accomodation? You find them all in the Sibiu- or Transylvania-search. We reply to any inquiry within 24 hours.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 0 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|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
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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4 Jul 2014
We rented the studio portion of Casa Zollo in Vale, Romania in late June. It was awesome. Werner made it very easy to set everything up and provided excellent directions to the house.The house is a … More
20 May 2014
"Everything was fine"
I stayed for 5 nights. The apartment is not very big, but absolutely perfect for couples or solo travellers. It has that kind of romantic and cosy touch.The owners are very friendly and replied quickl… More
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