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• Casa Pelu • Carpathian country house – Home 517741 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

• Casa Pelu • Carpathian country house – Home 517741

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  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner

Description

This completely refurbished country house is a good choice for those who want to taste the breath of the past on the edge of civilization. The holiday home 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 latest trends of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in southern Transylvania.

The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot, 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.

••• CASA PELU •••.

... houses the completely refurbished living quarters of an abandoned farm. On the solid foundations of the wine

This completely refurbished country house is a good choice for those who want to taste the breath of the past on the edge of civilization. The holiday home 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 latest trends of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in southern Transylvania.

The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot, 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.

••• CASA PELU •••.

... houses the completely refurbished living quarters of an abandoned farm. On the solid foundations of the wine cellar and mezzanine floor, we set a new attic with access to a cozy roof terrace. So this cottage is also a good choice for those who are curious of how traditional architecture can be extended into 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, as well as a toaster, kettle, spices, and more. The first room (17 sqm) leads the kitchen. Three windows open the view to the courtyard and onto an alley where goats and sheep pass by in the evenings.

An outside 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 onto the roof terrace. The view goes into the courtyard, onto wooded mountains or the roofs of the village.

The rooms are equipped with a double bed, mirror cabinet, Wi-Fi internet access and two TVs (Astra Satellite). On arrival you will find the beds freshly made.

The bathroom (8 sqm) used to be the farm's summer kitchen. It is located underneath the roof terrace and equipped with a shower, bathtub and washing machine. Hand and bath towels are available, as well as soap and shower gel.

The furnishing is high quality and chosen with care, 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 for the eyes. Here you can relax on another covered terrace, uncork a bottle of wine, or unpack the card game. Or walk a few steps on the hillside above the village, enjoy the vastness of the valley, and let your thoughts drift.

• 3 bright rooms, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 bathroom with tub & washing machine.

• Roof terrace with seating and covered patio in the closed courtyard.

• 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.

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••• 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.

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••• 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).

• apartment ZOLLO II • cozy studio 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.

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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.

Sibiu

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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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 3 Double Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Werner K
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
09 Dec 2016
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Languages spoken: English, German


This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 16 Jun 2013. Located in Sibiu County, it has 5 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £422 to £540.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Dec 2016.

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