4 independent reviews for Transylvania winter holiday accommodation

Reviews for Transylvania winter holiday accommodation

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review 1 Jan 2020

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.

review 1 Jan 2016

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.

review 29 Dec 2016

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.

review 17 Feb 2013

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.

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