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• Casa Nicu • Transylvania cottage rental at the Carpathian foothills in Romania – Home 521455 Farmhouse

  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

• Casa Nicu • Transylvania cottage rental at the Carpathian foothills in Romania – Home 521455

Excellent Excellent – based on 14 reviews

  • Farmhouse
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 3
  •  min stay varies

Farmhouse / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 3

Key Info

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

Description from owner

Description

• CASA NICU • The Methuselah among our cottage rentals has seen 120 years passing by without being overly impressed. During extensive renovations we left the basic substance untouched, and now the breath of the past still blows through the patient walls. So, this farmhouse is a good choice for whoever enjoys something special and wants to add a touch of Transylvanian serenity to their holiday experience.

The property is located in the pastoral village of Vale, directly at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains. On the one hand, far away from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007.

The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a few steps you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest of the continent, and hiking towards the mountain pastures you will experience a unique flora and fauna.

• CASA NICU • The Methuselah among our cottage rentals has seen 120 years passing by without being overly impressed. During extensive renovations we left the basic substance untouched, and now the breath of the past still blows through the patient walls. So, this farmhouse is a good choice for whoever enjoys something special and wants to add a touch of Transylvanian serenity to their holiday experience.

The property is located in the pastoral village of Vale, directly at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains. On the one hand, far away from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007.

The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a few steps you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest of the continent, and hiking towards the mountain pastures you will experience a unique flora and fauna. Alternatively, benefit from our central location in the heart of Romania and explore sights and trips in all directions.

Does this appeal to you? Then take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past.

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••• CASA NICU •••.

Viewed from the outside, this farmhouse is certainly not the only eye-catcher in Transylvania. But whoever crosses the threshold will feel and see its uniqueness. We handled every square meter with attention to detail and respect towards its builders and the traditional style of the area.

The living quarters are located upstairs. A staircase leads out to the hallway, which was added to the house in a typical way. 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, as well as a toaster, kettle, spices, washing machine 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 features a double bed, TV set (Astra Satellite), Wi-Fi internet access, and plants. Three windows open the room and the view onto the village’s rooftops. An extra bed is available. On arrival, you will find the bed freshly made, and hand and bath towels, shower gel, and soap are also available.

The entire interior was chosen with care and is of high quality, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, linen, and mattress. To heat the rooms, you use the water-bearing tiled stove that also supplies all the radiators in the premises. Additionally, an electrical infrared panel will start up at no additional costs for you.

The enclosed courtyard is a leafy feast for the eyes. Here you can relax on a covered terrace, uncork a bottle of wine or unpack the card game. Or walk a few steps to the slope above the village, enjoy the vastness of the valley, and you'll be surprised about the thoughts popping up in your mind out of nowhere.

• Transylvania holiday farmhouse, sleeps 2 (up to 3)

• 1 room, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 shower room

• Covered patio in the courtyard

• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal)

• Extra bed for a third person: € 10/night

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

• Transfer from the Sibiu airport or railway station 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 to the table by appointment - each gram of meat a product of her own livestock farming. 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: baby cot, high chair, rides in a donkey cart for children, grocery shopping prior to your arrival.

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

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••• The village of Vale •••.

… is out in the sticks, in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, the freeway that brings all sights of Transylvania closer to you is only 5 km away. A tarmac road touches on the village, but in large parts, it’s cobblestone roads and dirt trails leading up into the wooded hills. Thus, traditional structures and straightforward hospitality still hold up in Vale. Horses, cows and goats are still part of the village landscape, and the farmers take up their scythes and plant corn, potatoes, and vegetables to provide for the winter.

There is a children's playground and a small grocery store at the village square. The town of Saliste 2 km away offers more shops, a farmer's market and an ATM cash machine. Whatever you miss here can be found in Sibiu 20 km away at the Cibin Market, in retail stores, or supermarkets such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl.

Some say that the Romanian countryside appears frozen in time. It is unique and mostly untouched and the breath of the past hides in every corner. 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, take a good 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.

Read more below for an overview of the sights in the area, plus a pinch of Transylvanian history.

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••• We are no trained tourism experts •••

We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company, which all the holiday cottages were built by. After eight years of work - with many possibilities for creative design - we cast the trowels and planning aside for a while and took a deep breath.

From the income generated by the houses (your money), on the one hand the 'investor' is served. On the other hand, administration and care-taking yield a secure income for several families. When we cook for you, or when you order local products or go shopping in the local grocery, also a number of other villagers have a benefit. Finally, we are planning a soup kitchen for the less well-off families in the village which will also be financed from the proceeds of our holiday homes.

We nurture a climate of openness and equality-based relationships.

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••• We provide more than just a cottage •••

With our construction company, we have given five houses a complete overhaul or built them from scratch. With attention to detail all along, with respect towards the traditional style of the area, as well as with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs. The result is an encounter of different ages and cultures in five oases 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.

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

• CASA PELU • the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof terrace – sleeps 6.

• CASA NICU • 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – sleeps 2-3.

• VILLA ZOLLO • 150 sqm holiday home with panoramic views and large garden – sleeps 6-8.

• Studio ZOLLO II • well equipped apartment with a terrace, BBQ and garden – sleeps 2-3.

• COZO FANTU • our shepherd’s hut in the mountain pastures – sleeps 4.

A total of 12 rooms are endowed with double beds, WiFi internet access, TV (Astra satellite), and plants. Some properties feature a garden and living room with a fireplace, and all of them provide a kitchen fully equipped for self-catering, as well as 1-4 bathrooms, a washing machine, and at least one terrace. The central heating facilities (most of them solar-assisted) are powered by water-bearing fireplaces, tiled stoves or gas heaters. In addition, nearly all of the rooms are equipped with infrared panels.

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, but also as a hand-adorned token of love to craftsmanship in a monastery in the forest.

A trip can take you an hour or a day. Here are some examples for sights and tours in the area:

The open-air Marmelada swimming pool is just across the hill 20 walking minutes away, and so are 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.

The neighbor village of Sibiel 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 up into the mountains.

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 across 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 some steep cliffs. Whoever 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 up to 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 away) 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 away), 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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Sibiu

You just have to leave the cottage and you wander through the oldest beech forest in Europe. The historic old town of Sibiu is only 20 km away, and via the nearby motorway you can quickly reach the Dracula Castle, Sighisoara or fortified churches in every second village in Transylvania.

Breakfast and traditional menus are served by our cook directly on the table. Alternatively you can choose between two good restaurants 2-3 km away and pizza from the stone oven, which is also delivered.

There is a children's playground and a small grocery store at the village square. The town of Saliste 2 km away offers more shops, a farmer's market and an ATM cash machine. Whatever you miss here can be found in Sibiu in retail stores, or supermarkets.

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Families

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

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Single Bed
  • 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

The village of Vale is located close to the small town of Saliste with bus (2 km away) and train station (4 km away). There is no public transport in the village. That's why we recommend a car, that you can hire at the Sibiu airport or directly with us.

Interaction with guest

We care for you as a team. In case of problems or questions you can always get in touch. Furthermore, we might have one or two tips at hand for you, but we also master the art of discreet 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::
24 Mar 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, German


This Farmhouse has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 3. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 19 Jun 2013. Located in Sibiu County, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £280 to £463.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 Mar 2017.

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“Wonderful cottage in a wonderful setting”

Reviewed 9 Aug 2013

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.

Owner's reply: Thanks Hayley, I also recommend guests like you to each owner of an accommodation.

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