|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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• COZO FANTU • The former shepherd’s hut in the Carpathian meadows provides only basic convenience, but lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A spring originates a stone’s throw away, the trees hang heavy with cherries, and you can get cheese or milk from the shepherd next door. A perfect log cabin holiday for lovers of unspoiled nature on the edge of civilization. And a good choice for those who want to enrich their experience with a pinch of Transylvanian serenity.
The mountain cabin is located 7 km above the village of Fantanele, 9 km away from the small town of Orlat, and 25 km from Sibiu. It is not accessible by car, so we will accompany you on your way there and back. In our off-road SUV it takes an hour, and with the horse-drawn cart about three hours. In both cases it’s an adventure worth remembering.
We will pick you up for no charge from Sibiu airport or station. If you arrive by car you can park comfortably on our enclosed plot in the village of Vale. We reload your luggage, and off we go. Once at the cabin, Nicu (our mountain specialist) will prepare a traditional shepherds stew in the kettle over an open fire.
Groceries can be bought in the shops or at the market of the small town Saliste. In case you’re running low on supplies, you can hike along the stream below the hut to the nearest store in Orlat, open daily until 9pm.
The log home consists of a terrace, a kitchen, and a bedroom with a large pedestal bed that comfortably accommodates four people. Facilities include pots and pans, plenty of blankets, hand and dish towels, candles, a gas bottle with cooker, barbeque and a tripod, washing bowl and bucket, water cans, wood and an ax, toilet paper, dish soap and a sponge, soap, matches, salt and sugar. Cooking is done either with the gas burner, on the stove in the kitchen, or on the fire pit in front of the hut.
• Trade in sockets for kerosene lamps.
• Trade in the fridge for a cool basement.
• Trade in the WC for an outhouse.
• Trade in the shower for washing with spring water.
The mobile reception at the hut itself is bad, but a little further up the hill you will find several networks.
The mountain cabin is registered on Google Maps (search for "Carpathian log cabin Romania"), and from us you will receive the best current hiking map of the Cindrel Mountains. In any case, you will not get lost up there beause you're not alone in the Carpathians. Next to other hikers, you'll find a shepherd leaning on his cane on every other hill.
Alpine meadows, proud mountains and the vastness of the valleys, stretch for as far as the eye can see, dotted by wooden huts and shelters, sheep, cows, and horses. This is a great starting point for hikes to the mountain lake at Gura Raului and further up into the mountains. Or just simply lie down on a hillside, chew on a blade of grass and let your thoughts drift...
• Carpathian mountain cabin, sleeps 4
• Basement, barn, spring, outhouse
• Wood stove, gas cooker, kerosene lamps, kitchen equipment
• Large platform bed, blankets, pillows
• Available from April 1 to October 22
• Minimum stay: 5 nights
• Transport by horse-drawn cart or SUV: € 48 each way
• Transfer from Sibiu airport or train station included
Want to learn more about what to expect? On our homepage • www.casa-vale.net • you find an extensive photo gallery of the cottage, guest reviews, and more.
••• We provide more than just one 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.
••• 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.
••• 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 countryside appears frozen in time and not everything is perfect here. But the countryside is unique and 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.
Read more below for an overview of the sights in the area, plus a pinch of Transylvanian history. Or, more detailed and accompanied by photo galleries, on our homepage • www.casa-vale.net •.
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.
Today, 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.
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. And we look forward to our mostly respectful and tolerant guests who contribute personally to bring together the different universes in this world.
W. Konnerth purchased this cabin in 2010
... because cackling chickens and neighing horses strain the mind less than howling engines.
... because the sight of wooded mountains and free-flowing wild brooks is more pleasing to the eye than concreted soil on which skyscrapers grow.
... because there are not many places where the breath of bygone times is still visible and perceptible, and where, nevertheless, you don't have to give up the amenities of running water, central heating, TV and internet.
... because you can lie down on the hillside with a blade of grass in your mouth, and half an hour later you are standing in front of the imposing fortifications of a city that truly deserves the name 'European Capital of Culture'.
... because you enjoy a privilege here as a Western alien. It expresses itself in a particular respect rather than in attempts to defraud or attack you.
... you may judge for yourself after you've been here.
Alles was der Mensch WIRKLCH braucht findet man hier. Eine solide Hütte liebevoll eingerichtet, herrliche Natur und tolle Aussichten. Abende am Lagerfeuer und unter einem schönen Sternenhimmel inklusive. Wir waren 13 Tage da und hätten es gut und gerne noch länger ausgehalten ohne Strom, Handy und sonstigen Zivilisations-"Annehmlichkeiten". Ist zu empfehlen für jeden der mal Zeit für sich haben oder zurück zur Natur finden möchte. Dank Nicu (Fahrer) und Dana (Pferdchen) sind An- und Abreise ein Erlebnis. Wir können einen Aufenthalt jedem nur empfehlen, der sich bewusst darauf einlassen kann ohne LUXUS zu leben.
Treffen auf der Brücke mit Werner, Auto auf einen sicheren Platz und Umladen von Gepäck und Lebensmitteln in den Geländewagen. Tolle Fahrt in die Berge, Werner als kundiger Gesprächspartner. Ankunft an der Hütte und Empfang von Nicu und seiner Familie, die alles vorbereitet hatten. Nicu führte uns hervorragend ein, für alle notwendigen Dinge war bestens gesorgt, sogar Bier war im Keller. Alles war absolut sauber und liebevoll gepflegt.
Die Hütte war bei Hitze angenehm temperiert, für einen kühlen Abend hatten wir den Ofen, sonst das Lagerfeuer. Schafe, Kühe, Esel, Hunde, alle sehr freundlich, waren unsere Gesellschaft. Wir hatten Zeit zum Wandern und Lesen und konnten uns hervorragend erholen. Idylle pur!
Anne, Emil und Michael aus Leipzig
Unser Aufenthalt in der Hütte war phantastisch.
Es gab einen Gaskocher und einen alten Kaminofen auf dem man kochen konnte und der uns auch warmgehalten hat, denn die Temperaturen waren teilweise ziemlich kühl.
Draußen haben wir über den Lagerfeuer einen großen Topf mit leckerem Eintopf gekocht. Man besinnt sich auf die wichtigen Dinge im Leben, in diesem Fall: Wasser an der Quelle holen zum Waschen und Kochen, Holz holen um den Ofen anzufeuern etc.
Es ist ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl, mitten in den Karpaten zu sein, fernab von von Lärm und Hektik.
Einen Hügel weiter gab es Hirten mit Schafen, wo wir leckere Milch und Käse geholt haben.
Es gab sonst auch immer etwas zu sehen und zu erleben:
Die Schafe, wenn sie zum Melken zusammengetrieben wurden, die vielen Hirtenhunde, von denen uns einige besucht haben und die wirklich sehr freundlich sein können.
Wir haben Wanderungen in die Gegend unternommen oder uns faul ins Gras gelegt.
Die Ausstattung der Hütte ist gut durchdacht.
Es gibt neben Geschirr, Gläser, Besteck sogar Gewürze, Zucker, und Kerzen.Wenn man abends geschafft im Bett liegt und darußen das Bimmlen der Kuhglocke hört, steht einem seligen Schlaf nichts mehr im Wege.
Wir kommen wieder !!!!
Brigitte + Falko
••• 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. An overview of all these eye-catchers would overload this page, but you'll find more on our homepage • casa-vale.net •.
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 to the mountain range beyond Sibiu.
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 expexted.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest|
|Fee for online booking||A$21|
• Avalability: 01 April to 20.October | Verfügbarkeit: 01. April bis 20. Oktober
• Transport to and from the cottage: 2x € 68 | Transport zu und von der Hütte
• Additional cost from the 5th person per night: 8 € | Aufpreis ab der 5.Person pro Nacht
• Pet per day: 5 € | Haustier pro Tag
• Fee for credit card booking: 15 € | Transaktionsgebühr bei Kreditkarten-Buchung
• Discount from 15th day of stay | Rabatt ab dem 15. Tag
• Power generator optional | optional Strom-Generator