Transylvania holiday accommodation

“Owned by a genuine Count, this guesthouse accommodation is like stepping back in time to the Transylvanian Middle Ages, just with better food and first-class hospitality.”


Carpathian Mountains | Extensive nature | Skiing at Poiana an hour away | Bear and wolf tracking | Bird watching | Hiking | Culture and history guided tours | Horse-cart and carriage tours | Horseriding | Wonderful home-cooked food | Beautiful organic garden | Very comfortable rooms

Description of Transylvania holiday accommodation

Located in Miclosoara, a remote little village in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, this Transylvania holiday accommodation dates back to the 1800s, although parts of the property are much older as some medieval shooting embrasures reveal.

Owned by a real life Transylvanian count, Count Kálnoky, and restored with impeccable care and attention to original architectural design, these characterful guesthouses invite a unique opportunity to step into a fairy-tale surrounded by old-fashioned rural scenes.

The Kálnoky family returned to their origins in Transylvania after 50 years of exile and now play a significant part in preserving Transylvania's cultural heritage as well as helping to create a sustainable future for local people living within the remote, rural area.

We invite you to discover Transylvania as our previous generations knew it in the 1800's. Transylvania became famous not only due to the fiction of Count "Dracula", but also through the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the unique medieval villages and the excellent Romanian wines.

Special things to enjoy while staying at our guesthouses:

Winter activities
We offer a multitude of winter activities at our Transylvania holiday accommodation including skiing at Poiana resort, which is just an hour's drive from us. In the off season we offer 15% discount from the B&B or all-inclusive reservations. Get in touch for more details.

Bears and wolf tracking
Follow animal tracks in the wilderness of our hills. This is one of the last places in Europe with a large wild bear population. We offer trips into the woods at dusk and dawn in search of bears and wolves and day-long hikes through the hills tracking their traces and footprints. As the animals live in the wild, we cannot guarantee complete success however, chances are quite good to see them in their natural habitat.

Bird watching
Through every season you can observe birds already rare in other parts of Europe. Black storks nest here, as well as night-jars, bee-eaters, kingfishers, wall-creepers, corncrakes, lesser spotted eagles, ural owls and a large variety of other birds of prey.

Cross miles of uninhabited hills and woods, streams and pastures with a local guide.

Cultural history tours in Transylvania
A guided tour will lead you to discover medieval cities: Schäßburg (Sighisoara) and Kronstadt (Brasov); fortresses: Törzburg (Bran), Reps (Rupea), Keisd (Chizd), Rosenau (Râsnov); fortified churches in untouched and often deserted villages: Weisskirch, Tartlau, Honigberg… Many of these fairy-tale-like places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Cart and Horse-Sleighs
We will take you on a tour around the village by horse-drawn cart. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are also possible during winter time.

We offer our guests the possibility to enjoy day rides around Kőröspatak. There are no fences, no roads, just hills, forests, pastures, meadows and meandering streams. The tours are led by an experienced equestrian guide. Our horses are mostly purebred Shagya Arabs. Minimum of 2 participants.


Our top tip:
Don't forget your mozzy spray in summer.
Room description:
Very comfortable double bedrooms with seating area, big beds and high quality duvets; coffee and tea making facilities.
Beautiful organic garden; extensive wine cellar; billiards room; drawing room with comfy arm chairs, open fireplace and satellite TV.
Traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner all cooked fresh on premises using organic, local ingredients.

Responsible tourism

Transylvania holiday accommodation

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Our Transylvania holiday accommodation 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 are now skilled in their new professions, be it cook, guide or restoration worker.

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 help the local council to develop the village. Profit generated is re-invested directly in the restoration of our cultural heritage. Thus the entire village largely benefits from our undertaking.

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.

23 Reviews of Transylvania holiday accommodation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2018 by

There were many highlights - the meals together with the guests, the morning tours and the set up of the room. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by

the locale was wonderful - very peaceful and a beautiful peek into a different way of life. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

The peace and tranquillity of this beautiful valley was stunning. All the staff and guides - particularly Gabo - were friendly and knowledgeable, and did their utmost to make us feel comfortable and at home. Just fantastic, we would like to return to appreciate this special place at another time of year, probably spring or autumn. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

It was the perfect 'get away from it all' trip where you really felt like you were stepping back in time. The location, nature and wildlife were stunning and I particularly enjoyed meeting many different people staying at both the guesthouses. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2016 by

We were impressed by the beauty of Romania. It was really opened up for us by the excellent guides at the guesthouse, who showed us places and things we would never have found on our own. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2016 by

Fantastic would definitely recommend and hope to return Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2016 by

In every way it exceeded my expectations, the beauty of the environment, the quality of the accommodation, the standard of service , the tremendous bio diversity of flora and fauna. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2014 by

We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

An unforgettable holiday in a remote region of Europe. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2013 by

It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2013 by

Most memorable part was seeing a bear!...Brilliant! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2012 by

I would give it a 10. It is an experience that we will remember always and fondly. We have even invited members of the staff to visit us in the USA. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2012 by

Everything was memorable about this holiday. The itinerary provided offered an excellent opportunity to experience the beautiful countryside, towns, nature and lovely people of this area of Transylvania...How soon can I go back?? Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2012 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was experiencing the laid back way of life, and being able to totally disconnect. We especially enjoyed the evening meals with the rest of the holiday makers, who certainly were not run of the mill tourists. They made for fascinating conversations. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2012 by

Staying at Zalanpatak - such a lovely place, peaceful & remote. Superb wild flowers like nothing I've ever seen before...Fantastic, loved Transylvania and would like to go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2011 by

Seeing brown bears at twilight in the Transylvanian Forest stands out, but the whole atmosphere of the estate is remarkable. We felt like house-guests rather than people staying in a hotel. They really couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

Very good and an excellent immersion into the Székely rich culture and traditions. Slow down, and relax; you will not get bored but refreshed without the usual nonstop bombardment of information - open yourselves to nature and to meet new people. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2011 by

Amazing, highly recommended, family friendly and a unique experience. Transylvania completed exceeded our expectations as a holiday destination. The friendliness of the local people was unique, everywhere we went we were warmly welcomed and the enthusiasm to share their way of life was inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2011 by

It was an unmissable experience and would love to go back with the children and a 4x4 ;) in some years time. Meeting the most wonderful people was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2010 by

10 out of 10. Exceeded my expectations... Loved the rustic feel of the guest house we were staying in. Just a great place to stay to get away from it all. The silence at night was something I had forgotten existed. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2010 by

Once at the estate excellent...The countryside is beautiful, not corrupted by chemicals and intensive farming methods, it supports an amazing array of wildlife, both fauna and flora. Go before the inevitable change. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff - an enjoyable holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2010 by

The entire experience was an absolute blast. The kindness of the staff - the peaceful location - the delicious food - the interesting history of the place- the wonderful antique furniture - the eccentric fellow travellers.... If you are after a different kind of holiday where you can both relax and have a few adventures this is it. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2010 by

Most memorable? Sledging down the volcano rim to the frozen lake below!! Finding bear tracks in the snow on the way to the cave of hibernating bats, seeing natural ice stalagmites. Read full review

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