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• Villa Zollo • Holiday cottage at the Carpathian foothills – Home 520036 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

• Villa Zollo • Holiday cottage at the Carpathian foothills – Home 520036

Excellent Excellent – based on 14 reviews

  • Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Villa / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

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

Description from owner

Description

Rustic vacation rental on a hill slope with a panoramic view of the valley and the wooded mountains. Located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the pastoral 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 located directly at the foot of the Carpathians overlooking the Transylvanian plain. 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. After a few steps you already find yourself on your way up to the mountain pastures. You hike through the oldest beech forest of the continent and will experience a unique flora and fauna. Alternatively, benefit of the central location in the heart of Romania for tours in all directions.

Interested? Take a break and treat

Rustic vacation rental on a hill slope with a panoramic view of the valley and the wooded mountains. Located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the pastoral 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 located directly at the foot of the Carpathians overlooking the Transylvanian plain. 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. After a few steps you already find yourself on your way up to the mountain pastures. You hike through the oldest beech forest of the continent and will experience a unique flora and fauna. Alternatively, benefit of the central location in the heart of Romania for tours in all directions.

Interested? Take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past and traditions.

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••• VILLA ZOLLO •••.

We rent out this cottage since 2013. The construction took four years because we had time and fun at the creative design of details. Now it's a good choice for those who like something special and want to spice up their experience with a pinch of Transylvanian serenity.

The villa provides 5.000 sqm garden and 152 sqm of living space on two floors for 6 (up to 8) people. 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, dishwasher, 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 …

• For 6 (to 8) people

• 3 double rooms with Wifi-Internet, TV, and a balcony

• 2 bathrooms, one of them with bathtub and washing machine

• Large living room with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, TV, and balcony

• 2 gardens with parking lot, covered patio, BBQ and campfire.

• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal).

• Additional occupancy: 10 €/night from the 7th person

We rent out this accommodation separately or in combination with the studio-apartment Zollo II on the ground floor. It features a private entry, its own terrace, kitchen, and bathroom.

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••• We offer more than just accommodation •••.

• The transfer from the Sibiu railway station or airport is included, and a reliable rental car is available directly from us.

• On request, our cook provides breakfast or swings the wooden spoon. She conjures traditional menus fresh on the table to pre-arranged time, with every gram of meat stemming from their own livestock. Vegetarian? No problem.

• 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 schnaps.

• On request: shopping prior to your arrival, cot, high chair, rides in a horse cart or donkey cart for children.

• Tip: Excursion in horse-drawn cart to the mountains. The tour can take a few hours or an entire day. In between you stop at at creek and, on request, Nicu (our Carpathian specialist) provides a shepherd goulash in the kettle on the camp fire.

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••• The village of Vale •••.

… is secluded enough to wish fox and hare a good night. On the other hand, only 5 km away from the freeway, that brings all sights of Transylvania closer to you. 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 the countryside appears frozen in time. Nature is unique and untouched and the breath of the past hides in every angle. 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.

Would you like to learn more about what you can expect? Read more further below.

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••• We provide more than just one cottage •••.

We aren't trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company. By this company, we have given five houses a complete overhaul or constructed them from scratch. With attention to detail all along, with respect towards the traditional style of the area, as well with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs.

After eight years of work, we laid down the trowels and saws for a while, and caught our breaths. The result is an encounter of different ages and cultures in five oasis of wellbeing, each of them with their 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. Today, a number of families and villagers benefit from the fruits of this work.

• VILLA CRINA • our jewel with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – for 8 people.

• CASA PELU • former farmhouse with new attic 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).

• studio ZOLLO II • well equipped apartment with large terrace and garden – for 2 (to 3).

• COZO FANTU • our shepherd‘s cottage in the mountain pastures – for 4.

Interested in another accommodation? You can find them all via the link below.

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Location description from owner

The Central Romania region

Transylvania is the land of the legendary places, the churches, castles, fortresses and monasteries. Only a few are known, such as the Dracula castle in Bran, the Sphinx Megalith in the Bucegi Mountains or Sarmizegetusa, the capital of the ancient Dacian culture. But they are found everywhere: sometimes as a quiet gem on the edge of the road, as a monumental fortress on the safe rock, or as a hand-engraved proof of love to the craftwork in a monastery in the forest. An overview of all these eye-catchers would overload this page, but here are some examples:

The open-air Marmelada swimming pool is just across the hill 20 walking minutes away, and so does five lakes in the valley. In 15 minutes you leave the village below you, passing dozens of hand-carved wooden sculptures in the Poiana Soarelui (sunny glade) on your ascent, to arrive at the mountain meadows and enjoy a unique view across the vastness of the Transylvanian Plain. In good weather, you get sweeping views all the way to Sibiu and the mountain range beyond. Alternatively you can start a hiking tour in the village of Sibiel (2 km) that hosts Romania’s most important museum for icons with reverse glass painting. From here, you walk along a wild stream to a secluded monastery in the midst of the forest and further.

Connoisseurs are attracted to the mountain lake at Gura Raiului (13 km). It lies in a depression. The water is clear and in the evening, you can light a fire and watch the fish jump for mosquitoes. Anyone visiting this place won’t easily forget it.

If you are aiming really high, you can choose between two 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 of the pass, ‘Balea Lake’ awaits you with a hostel and the house of ice.

• The ‘Transalpina’ - at 2.145m the highest trafficable road across the Carpathians, sometimes even towers above the clouds. Created by the Romans in their campaign against the Dacians, she was rebuilt during World War II, then forgotten, and today winds through one of the few untouched mountain regions in Europe. The Transalpina starts at Saliste, just 2 km from Vale.

Via both routes you arrive at the southern part of the country, in ‘Walachia’, and make your way back 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.

When you’ve had enough of mountains and steep slopes, turn to the valley. The countryside is spotted with ancient fortified churches built by the Transylvanian Saxons partly 800 years ago.

One of their medieval cities, the european capital of culture Sibiu, lies just around the corner and to this day is a fountain of cultural diversity. The medieval fortifications embrace the old town with its historic alleys and restaurants, cafés and bars, some of them set in vaulted cellars or courtyards. During the summer, the town opens up to its visitors and regularly organizes events, ranging from cabaret and theater through open-air concerts to exhibitions of local crafts guilds.

The traditional village museum ASTRA on the outskirts of Sibiu also merits one or two glances: century-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, established in the 13th century and one of the oldest Saxon buildings in Transylvania. It stands on an almost circular mountain top above the village.

After walking 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. The way back leads you past Cristian. Here another fortified church gives you an impression of how centuries ago, people barricaded themselves against Mongols, Turks and Kuruc irregulars.

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’ (40 km), a sparsely populated region on the western border of Transylvania. Today however, this area is known for caves and abandoned 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’ll experience amazing things - usually things you never expected.

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Families

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

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

We take care of you as a team, and in case of problems or questions we‘re always available. We might have one or the other tip for you but, of course, we also master the art of discrete retreat.

Policies

Check in time:18:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Werner K
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
19 Feb 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, German


This Villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 18 Jun 2013. Located in Sibiu County, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £527 to £850.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 19 Feb 2017.

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“First Class, one of the best rentals I've ever booked.”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2016

Almost brand new huge property with large garden and great covered outdoor BBQ. Ample parking, high build standard, nice location only 10 minutes from airport and Sibiu Centre.

“My expectations were high but were surpassed”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2013

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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