The Space••• VILLA CRINA ••• is the icing among our holiday homes with 200 sqm of living space and high-quality equipment for special requirements. The villa is situated in the shepherd village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathians. 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. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot, surrounded by a healthy mixed forest. Leaving the house behind you already find yourself on the way to the mountain meadows with their unique flora and fauna in Europe. So take a break and treat yourself a place, where unspoiled nature meets history and traditions.
We've built this holiday home from scratch on the floor plan of an abandoned barn, within six years of work. It lies on a slope in the loosely built part of the village, facing towards wooded mountains, and offers spacious, light-flooded rooms.
The 50 sqm large living room features oak parquet and is accessible via the garden sided porch. It includes the kitchen, a wood burning fireplace and seating for 18 persons. Also located on the mezzanine floor is a sanitary room with washer, dryer and toilet.
The fully equipped kitchen makes cooking a breeze. It contains a great fridge combo, dishwasher, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso mashine, microwave, toaster, kettle, spices and more. If you want to take a break, we will cook traditional menus or provide you with farm products from the village.
An indoor and an outside staircase lead up to the four bright rooms (15 -18 sqm) in the garret. They are furnished with a double bed, private bathroom, TV set (Astra satellite), WiFi Internet access and infrared panels. The outlook is reassuring: over the roofs of the village and the lush green of forested mountains. On arrival you find the beds freshly made. Hand and bath towels, shower gel and soap are also available.
The living room opens out onto a spacious south-facing patio (30 sqm) with 20 seats. From here stairs lead down to the enclosed garden bordered by a creek. We've laid the garden in three terraces. On the top level, there is a stonewalled barbecue, in the middle a small meadow with seating, and the bottom level accommodates up to three cars. In the garden area are growing flowers, various fruit trees and wine.
The entire interior of the house was chosen with care and is fairly new, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs were consistently made to measure.
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.
• For up to 8 people
• 4 double rooms with WiFi and TV
• 4 bathrooms
• Large living room with eat-in kitchen and fireplace
• Sanitary room with washer, dryer and WC
• South-facing porch
• Enclosed garden with barbecue and parking lot
• Minimum stay: 3 - 7 nights
• Rates: € 83 - 127
• Pet: € 5 per night
• Discount from 15th day of stay
We reply to any inquiry within 24 hours, and...
... offer more than just accommodation.
• Free pickup from the Sibiu airport or train station, rental car & bicycles on request.
• On request, our cook provides breakfast or swings the wooden spoon. She conjures traditional menus fresh on the table to pre-arranged time. 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 schnapps.
• On request: shopping prior to your arrival, cot, rides in a horse cart or donkey cart for children.
• Tip: trip to our shepherd cottage (Cozo Fantu) in the mountain meadows. Without comfort but with lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A source emerges a stone's throw away, the cherries hanging in the trees, and cheese or milk you may get from the shepherd next door. Ascent with a horse cart and traditional shepherd stew over an open fire on request.
. The NeighborhoodVale is located close to the European route 68/81 but still in the middle of nowhere. A tarmac road touches the village, but in large parts there are cobblestone roads and trails leading up into the hills. Here, traditional structures and hospitality have largely survived. Horses, goats and chickens are still part of the village landscape and the farmers take up the scythe and plant corn, potatoes and vegetables to preserve them for winter.
Some say it looks as though time were frozen. A great deal of things aren't perfect, the nature is unique and untouched, and the breath of the past hides in every angle. You can gain the impression that this makes the charm of the extraordinary before being swallowed by the advance of civilization.
Until then, look around. Heist and highway robbery are tales from the years following the political change and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. So, people in this parts don't slurp blood. They are mostly open-minded and helpful if met with respect.
No matter which way you turn, you will experience amazing things - usually things you never expected …
. Getting AroundWe recommend arriving by car. The nearest bus station is located in Saliste 2 kilometers away, and the train station is 3 km away.
In Vale there is a small shop run by a family. The small town of Saliste offers more shops, banks, restaurants and a farmers market. Whatever is missing here can be found in Sibiu, 20 km away, at the Zibins Market, in retail stores or chain stores such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl.
If you prefer the local farm products such as cheese, honey or wine and if you want to taste the traditional menus of our cook Adriana, you will get them fresh on the table to pre-arranged time.
. Other Things to Note••• We provide more than just one cottage •••
We aren't studied tourism experts. We live in Vale and 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, but also with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs. The result is the 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.
After eight years of work - with many possibilities for creative design - we put trowels and planing aside for a while, breathe a sigh, and are pleased to present:
••• VILLA CRINA - the icing of our resort with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – for 8 people.
••• CASA PELU - the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof-terrace – for 6 people.
••• CASA NICU - the 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3) people.
••• VILLA ZOLLO - the new 150 sqm holiday home on the hill with panoramic views and large garden – for 6 (to 8) people.
••• CONDO ZOLLO II - well equipped apartment with large terrace, BBQ and garden – for 2 (to 3) people.
••• COZO FANTU - our shepherd’s hut in the mountain meadows – for 4 people.
Of the income of the vacation rentals (so your money) on one hand the 'investor' is served. On the other hand, the administration allows two families an extra income. When we cook for you, if you order local products, plan a trip in a horse cart or rent a car, other villagers have a benefit. Finally, we are planning a soup kitchen for the less well-off families in the village which also will be financed from the proceeds of the accommodations.
We foster a climate of openness and equality-based relationships.