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Casa Varvara 1904

from £75 /night help

Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 136 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Casa Vechia Varvara, is a 100 year old fisherman cottage, converted in 2010 into a charming holiday house.

The house is located on a hilltop, overlooking the wild marshlands of the Danube Delta. It is situated in a small village, 10-15 mins away from the main port town of Tulcea.

The offer is for a self-catering holiday, but tasty home cooked meals, based on fish and fresh local produce can be made available at a charge. The house has its own boat which can be used for fishing, bird-watching or exploring trips, in the amazing wilderness below.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Mamaia, Constanta 136 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 13 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Danube Delta International Airport Tulcea 30 km, Nearest railway: Tulcea 13 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, Boat available
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Secure parking

Southeast Romania region

Dobrogea region is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a “Reservation of the Biosphere;” the ancient port city of Constanta, and the seaside resorts stretching along Romania’s 152-mile Black Sea coast. From the port city of Tulcea, day cruises through the Delta’s waterways give travelers a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and the traditional fishing villages. Floating reed islands, sand dunes and waterways offer shelter to over 300 species of birds, countless fish and 1,150 species of plants.

Facts & Figures

(parts of this section are courtesy of WCMC )

» Area

1,678,000 acres including 254,517 acres marine. The entire delta region comprises 1,974,000 acres of which 1,678,000 acres are in Romania and 301,468 acres in the Ukraine. The Razelm-Sinoie lagoon complex adds a further 218,000 acres.

» Altitude

Sea-level to 49 feet

» Physical Features

The Delta has been classified into 12 habitat types as follows:

- aquatic habitats - lakes (2.60 ft - 8.2 ft depth) covered with flooded reedbeds,

- 'plaur' - flooded islets,

- flooded reeds and willows,

- riverine forest of willows and poplars,

- cane-fields,

- sandy and muddy beaches,

- wet meadows,

- dry meadows (arid),

- human settlements,

- sandy and rocky areas,

- steep banks,

- forests on high ground.

» Climate

The prevailing continental climate, with only 18 inches of annual rainfall, is influenced by proximity to the sea and the humidity rising from countless inland lakes and small waterways.

» Vegetation

This is the largest continuous marshland in Europe which includes the greatest stretch of reedbeds probably in the world. The marsh vegetation is dominated by reeds Phragmites australis which form floating or fixed islands of decaying vegetation ('plaur') with some Typha angustifolia and Scirpus sp. Reeds cover some 420,000 acres and 'plaur' 247,000 whilst the total area not included is only 36,570 acres.

There are also water lilies Nymphaea alba, Nuphar luteus and Stratiodes alloides. The higher ground supports stands of Salix, Populus, Alnus and Quercus. Sandy areas are covered with feather grass Stipa sp. and other steppe species.

South of the Delta, the historical city of Constanta serves as a major port on the Black Sea. Featuring several museums, historical monuments, fine mansions and a grand casino, the city is the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. A strip of fine-sand beaches dotted with seaside resorts named after women and mythological gods, such as Eforie, Jupiter, Neptun, Olimp, Saturn, Venus and Mangalia, stretches from Constanta to the Bulgarian border.


The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise.

Travelers can spend three or more days exploring its passages, teaming with the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe. The maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks entangled in lianas, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them from as far away as China and Africa. Millions of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young, while equal numbers of Arctic geese come here to escape the harsh winters of Northern Europe.

Local museums, churches and monasteries, and a famous vineyard can complete the dream holiday.


The Delta can be explored as part of a Danube River Cruise, or on day trips and boat excursions from Tulcea which has good restaurants specializing in fish dishes the Museum of the Danube Delta, and Aquarium.

For more information about Tulcea please visit

Interesting Facts

The Danube River is the most international river on the planet - its course runs across — or forms a part of the borders of several countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and four capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade.

Formed over a period of more than 10,000 years, the Danube Delta continues to grow due to the 67 million tons of alluvia deposited every year by the Danube River.

The Delta is formed around the three main channels of the Danube, named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south).

The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has the third largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 flora and fauna species), exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.

The Danube Delta is home to over 60% of the world’s population of pygmy cormorants (phalacrocorax pygmeus), 50% of red-breasted geese (branta ruficollis) and the largest number of white pelicans (pelecanus onocrotalus) and Dalmatian pelicans (pelecanus crispus) in Europe.

It also is home to the world’s largest reed bed expanse – 625, 000 acres / 240,000 ha.

Some 15,000 people inhabit the Delta area, living in 28 villages and one city (Sulina).

The area was first attested by Herodot of Halicarnas (484 – 425 B.C.).

More then half of the Delta Biosphere Reserve is virtually intact.

» Places to explore

The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. This area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people as well as a vast array of wildlife. Located at the tip of the three channels, Tulcea makes a great starting point for exploring the Danube Delta.


Visit historic sites, explore the waterways in a canoe or traditional fisherman boat, catch a sunset you’ll never forget, sample wine from vineyards dating back to the Roman Empire and savor some of the finest caviar in the world, the beluga sturgeon from the Black Sea!

» Bird Watching

A bird-watchers’ paradise, the Danube Delta offers the opportunity to spot more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds, including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans. Located on the 45th parallel, the Danube Delta makes for a perfect stopping-off point between the Equator and the North Pole for millions of migratory birds.

Some of the most important species include:

The White Pelican (pelecanus onocrotalus)

In March, swaths of white pelicans leave the Nile Delta and the Red Sea to come nest in the Danube Delta. The Delta is home to Europe’s largest breeding population (some 3,500 pairs).

Best seen: March to October

Dalmatian Pelican (pelecanus crispus)

After decades of decline, this species’ numbers have slowly begun to increase in the Delta. Currently, some 150 pairs have been spotted in several small colonies.

Best seen: April to October; some pairs may stay over the winter.

Small Egret (egretta garzetta)

A migratory species protected by law, the small egret lives in marshy areas and nests in small willows.

Best seen: April to October; some pairs may stay over the winter.

Pygmy Cormorant (phalacrocorax pygmeus)

Best seen: April to October; some pairs may stay over the winter.

Ferruginous Duck (aythya nyroca)

The Danube Delta may be the last place in Europe to see this declining species. In August and September, large numbers often gather at Somova Lake, just west of Tulcea.

Best seen: March to October

Red-breasted Goose (branta ruficollis)

In winter, thousands of this species – almost half of the entire world population – reside on the Razim-Sinoe lagoon and coastal plain to the south of the Delta.

Best seen: Late October to March

Glossy Ibis (plegadis falcinellus)

More than 30% of the European population nests in the reed beds of the delta.

Best seen: April to September

» Fishing

The Delta’s waters teem with some 160 species of fresh- and salt-water fish.

Type of fish

Pike (Stiuca in Romanian)

Lake Fortuna, Sontea Channel, Holbina area, Bogdaproste, Lake Rosu, Lake Lumina, Uzlina area- Early July to December

Pike Perch (Salau in Romanian)

Channel 5, Lake Sinoe, Sfantu Gheorghe village area June to September

Carp (Crap in Romanian)

Sontea Channel, Sfantu Gheorghe Branch, Dunarea Veche, Chilia Branch - Early July to September

Cat Fish (Somn in Romanian)

Sulina Branch, Chilia Branch - July to October

Note: Please check with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration (ARBDD) for fishing season.

Danube Delta Essentials

Visitors need travel permits to enter the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Permits are included with tours; independent travelers can purchase permits from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration (ARBDD) and travel agencies and hotels in Tulcea. The current fee is 10 RON (approximately £2.50) per visit.

Separate permits are required for fishing or hunting.

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Review 1-5 of 5

9 Sep 2013


"Logeren in een museum"

Het is een groot huis met voldoende ruimte, maar de kamers zijn klein en het plafond is laag. De keuken was eigenlijk niet geschikt om in te koken. Overal in het huis hangen authentieke voorwerpen. He… More

17 Aug 2013


"Really beautiful place"

The house is cosy and beautifully furnished. Photos don't show all it's magic atmosphere. And the view is absolutely outstanding! You can try local cuisine or go on a boat trip. There's a lot to see, so I recommand staying at least one week. Also the hosting family is frindly and very helpful as well as the owner. It was very nice holiday!

15 Aug 2013


"An Excellent Location With Great Hosts"

The house is perfectly situated to explore Tulcea and the Danube delta. You have the choice of self-catering or having meals prepared and the home cooked food was simply delicious. The owners are very… More

7 May 2013


"Relaxing get away"

We had a very nice relaxing stay here over Easter, We were the first guests of the season so the pool was not filled on the first day but the owner went out of his way to make sure it was filled on da… More

10 Apr 2013


"A Hidden Gem"

We stayed at Casa Vechia Varvara in August 2012 and had an absolutely amazing time. The hidden house off the road overlooking the river is splendid. The pool is a big plus and the children had a wonderful time. The Hosts are incredibly hospitable and will constantly went out of their way to make our stay an exceptional experience. We ate exceptionally well with home cooked fusion meals of Italian and Romanian origin, not to mention well acoompanied with red and white wines. The surrounding area is also beautiful and in a nutshell, this has been on our best expeiences ever. Have a wonderful stay in this magical location. -Cheryl & Jerome

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  • 2 Years listed

85% Response rate

Calendar last updated:01 Dec 2014

Based in United Kingdom

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  • Italian

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