Transylvania winter holiday accommodation

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We usually have natural snow cover in December, January & February. The emphasis for us are alternatives to skiing such as snow shoeing in the nearby woods and cross country skiing on the nearby meadows.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Our small enterprise provides employment for 14 families. Most of the food we serve as well as the building material we use is traditionally produced in the village and its surroundings. Our staff is now skilled in their new professions, be it the cook, the guide or the restoration worker. We aim at restoring and preserving the historic architectural harmony of our village and its environment. The guest houses are part of the village and our guests become neighbours to the villagers for the length of their stay. We show our guests nature still in its unspoiled way. We monitor wildlife around the village and make the villagers understand why it is so important to preserve it. We promote sustainable tourism also by limiting the amount of rooms available.

Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All our employees are local and benefit from high training standards. We purchase most goods locally, even traditional building materials like hand made tiles, bricks and lime. Our taxes go to the local council helping to develop the village. Profit generated by the guests is re-invested directly in the restoration of our cultural heritage. Thus the entire village largely benefits from our undertaking.

Climate

6 Reviews of Transylvania winter holiday accommodation

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Reviewed on 01 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Dinner around a well dressed communal tables and the opportunity to meet other guests from a variety of different cultures and nationalities . The history of Transylvania is extraordinary and we were well educated about it all.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Arrange transportation with the estate from Bucharest for 85 euro. Not cheap but convenient. Be prepared for variable weather.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people employed at the estate for cooking, cleaning and maintenance and renovation works in an area otherwise dependant on agriculture using mainly non mechanised practices.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent hospitality, good guiding ( thank you Cidi ),and fascinating history.

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The peaceful ambience was the thing that will stay with me - although there was also so much excitement of course on the tours, new year's eve party etc. For a city dweller it was the perfect way to unwind and 'get away from it all', appreciating the silence in vast forests or by the volcanic lake, or even at the lodge.

Having dinners and tours with strangers was wonderful as everyone was enchanted by their experiences and brought different interesting conversations.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try to go for at least 5 nights. Going on the tours is better (unless you know the area really well and have a car) as the guides are very friendly and knowledgeable (and know the best places to go for the lunches). It takes a while to get there (just due to the location of nearest airports) - if you can arrange a pan-European trip with it I would recommend that.

We took the train from Bucharest North Station to Brasov and got a transfer arranged by the hotel from Brasov to Miklosvar, it took about 3 hours of train, 1 hr taxi each end - this is a more interesting experience for more adventurous types and works well, taking a car isn't necessarily faster depending on conditions / traffic.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely provides benefit to the local community. As the area is rural and lifestyle relatively simple, there is an implicit reduction in environmental impact. The local styles are maintained in many aspects - there is no mass import of unnecessary luxuries - as far as I was concerned, the rooms were toasty warm, the food and service excellent and nothing more was required!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely superb in every aspect. Even if it hadn't been my cup of tea, it was certainly unique and this itself will give me rich life-long memories.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the beautiful countryside in the snow around Zalanpatak. The horse and sleigh ride was magical. Visiting the medival saxon city of Sighisaoura is a
must.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The weather is extreme so make sure you have the right clothes. It was very cold outdoors in December but very cosy inside the guest houses with open
fires and log burning stoves. We hired a car so we were independent but the excursions organised by the guesthouse staff were also very good if you didn't have your own transport. The guide was very knowledgeable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think that the guest houses give valuable work to local people. I loved the way that the Count has worked to preserve the original buildings with genuinely
authentic furniture and artifacts, thus preserving the local culture. I hope that money from the guest houses helps to support conservation in the area as
the countryside and wildlife is outstanding.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A really perfect holiday for us. Snow, countryside, interesting history and culture. Lots to see and do.

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stay at the guest house- amazing! The staff were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble at all. The tour guides were outstanding.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I love the winter time as I think it's magical in the snow- I would recommend the snowy season..

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely as the ethos of the holiday is about the integrity of local community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The gorge walk and bat caves, it was magical in the winter with a full snow covering. It was an adventure getting down the small roads to the parking place with all the snow.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you are prepared for the weather, review the forecast in the winter it gets very cold. Also this is not a nanny state you do have the choice not to do things. But where else would you be allowed to be pulled up hill a few kilometres on a sledge attached to a 4x4 lada.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes but only in a financial way which I find a bit superficial. There are aspects where the brilliantly skilled local people could be drawn in more to teach, they did seem very submissive.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent a most memorable holiday would love to go back again to see what it is like at another time of year.

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


That is a really hard one! it was such an amazing experience - and so different from any other vacation we've ever had ... maybe seeing the Ural owls roosting as we arrived at dusk from the station at Augustin...or then maybe it was the local train from Brasov to Augustin itself...or perhaps the climb in the snow to the "bat cave" where the frozen ice stack represent Pied Piper's children who emerged from the cave...or the candlelit dinners in the cellar at Miclosvar - or the fortified Saxon churches with the guide Monika...or the barbeque of the best steaks in the world cooked by just throwing them onto a fire in the snow- or even digging GAbor's car out of a snow drift - or the forest walks and seeing the tracks of animals - or - there is so much, it was just ...wow!!!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind; don't expect a palace, it is a home not a castle, it's Romania not Paris; take the HUNGARIAN phrasebook, Romanian is not the first language in this area; expect massive meals; the wine is brilliant; take the all inclusive and the trips even if (like us) you hate the idea of being "packaged"- because you are not...it is like being taken around by a friend you're staying with not a guide.....don't bother taking smart stuff to wear....if it's winter it is COLD!! (we took the same gear we wore in the Artic and we were fine)...take your walking boots whatever the season....

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely. All the employees and people we visited and we met were local and they seemed to be very much "at home"- they loved their work - references to "we" and "our home at [wherever] when they talked out the business is a good way to see that.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


B****y BRILLIANT!!! Only reason it is not 5 * below is because it is hard to decide if it the very best because all our holidays are different, but it is definitely up there with the best.

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