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Casa Palaga - Fascinating traditional house on a grandiose landscape

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 180 m²
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Fascinating house with pristine charms and extraordinary ambience

Casa Palaga is an impressive traditional house on our large 90-hectare natural estate. The 200-year-old house was restored from the ground up in 2007, and adapted to its current needs. The many original fixtures, such as decks and doors, combine with original furniture to impart a splendid testimony of the old handiwork of Maramureș. With its floor area of 180 sq.m, it offers plenty of space in its generous rooms. There are very few houses in Maramureș that are this large.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, you will find them here -- along with some inspiration as well. The surrounding natural landscape is extraordinarily beautiful. The pleasant ambience of the house creates a place where you can relax and have fun.

Casa Palaga is an ideal point of departure for nature lovers, hunters, and hikers who want to explore the pristine surroundings. Excursions to monasteries and historical wooden churches are ideal destinations, as well as the museums and markets in Sighethu and the surrounding villages.

The culturally authentic house has been built with plenty of style. Original furnishings are combined with antique pieces brought from Germany and France. Old Romanian art and hunting trophies complete the interior.

The ground floor has two living rooms, a kitchen, corridor, and guest bathroom. The upper level contains a lounge with a library, two large bedrooms, and a shower bath. Casa Palaga is furnished with solid oak flooring. Two traditional masonry stoves on the ground floor provide very comfortable warmth. The bedrooms on the upper level are heated with fireplaces. The necessary firewood is prepared beforehand and included in the price.

A housekeeper can provide support with any concerns. From the washing to shopping and even an evening barbecue, Carmen is there with advice and assistance.

The surrounding meadows and the entire countryside is cut yearly by hand. Because of this, rare and protected plants can be found, such as orchids, wild gladiolas, carnivorous plants, cottongrass, and many others. The fauna is also impressive, with bears, wolves, lynx, deer, roe, wild cats, otters, eagles, and a variety of other rare birds, such as hoopoes and orioles. An unbelievable diversity of butterfly and beetle species abounds in the area.

Hikes (with a guide if desired), carriage rides, hunting and riding are just some of the leisure activities that you can participate in here.

With Botiza Fond, our community foundation, we support ecological, social, and cultural projects in Botiza. We would be happy to let you know more.

More Details

Lilli Steier
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french, german, romanian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2017

About Lilli Steier

We have wandered Romania for twenty years and have fulfilled one of our dreams here.

Lilli Steier purchased this chateau / country house in 2007

Why Lilli Steier chose Botiza

The house provides a living testament to the handiwork of Maramureș.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Our guests tell us that it is far, far more beautiful than pictures and words can describe.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Botiza, Romania

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • soap
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • thermos flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Wash basin
  • The bathrooms are luxuriously furnished with modern appliances alongside antiques and art. Complimentary soap, face towels, and a hair dryer are provided. Shower- and hand towels are included in the rent.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can also be used as 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can also be used as 2 single beds
  • The large bedroom also has a comfortable sofa set.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
Your neighbours will take care of you with fresh and delicious milk, cheese, eggs, honey, and fruit, all from their own establishments and completely organic. We will gladly fill up the kitchen with suitable products. Contact us! Woodsmen will gladly take you for excursions and teach you the flora and fauna.


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Casa Palaga - Fascinating traditional house on a grandiose landscape
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

An outstanding house and rural location

  • 5 of 5

An historic house restored, full equipped, maintained and managed to the highest standard in every detail, near to the village of Botiza. The location is beautiful and secluded without being isolated from local amenities. The house's German owners have a profound long-standing engagement with the local community, among which visitors will find a deeply warm welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 26/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback and also for the inspiring meetings we had the pleasure to enjoy with you. In the future Bartok will influence our view of the landscape!
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Heavenly place on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most surprising Easter ever! Steping into the house Palaga has been like steping into a fairytale. Firstly, the house is located in the middle of nature, where you are surrounded by bird songs and rabbits jumping around. More to it, the view is fantastic, mountains covered with snow can be seen and right in front of the lodge, a beautiful wooden monastery - a jewel of the Maramures architecture!

The house is decorated in a warm traditional style, and every little corner is created to inspire comfort, relaxation and designed to feed your soul. We have been amazed to find this in the heart of Maramures mountains, with all comfort one would need, including the most impressive collection of spices for the most demanding 'chef' :).

We higlhy reccomend it either for a short 3-4 nights stay of for long holidays - there a lot of beautiful places to visit around.

The hosts/owners are very firendly, helpful and fun. We look forward to going back again!

  • Review Submitted: 21/04/2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the way you described the house, the landscape and your stay. We guess your description will impress a lot of people. We're looking forward to meet you again in Botiza and so do our 25 new, four-legged, long-haired friends fom the Scottish Highlands. La revedere!
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Traumhaus in der Maramures

  • 5 of 5

Die Verwalter haben uns sehr herzlich empfangen und wir waren auf den ersten Blick in das alte Holzhaus verliebt das mit viel Liebe fürs Detail geschmackvoll ausgestattet ist. Alles war sehr sauber und gepflegt.

Wir waren auch beeindruckt von dieser ursprünglichen Natur der herrlichen Berglandschaft und der Freundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft der Menschen in Botiza.

Es waren wunderschöne Tage und in Gedanken sind wir noch oft in Botiza

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank für Ihre netten Zeilen und wir freuen uns sehr dass Sie Botiza so liebgewonnen haben!
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Live and feel Maramures traditions

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 days at Casa Palaga and we were very pleased. A relaxing traditional house with all the confort of modern accommodation. We enjoyed the breakfast with local products on the table right outside the house, watching the beautiful view over Botiza valley. We highly recommend Casa Palaga if you want to taste and feel Maramures traditions with beautiful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and that nature and the local products gave you such a good experience.
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Challock, Kent

Beautiful stay in a rustic paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We were completely overwhelmed by Casa Palaga. It's a beautiful 200 year old villa, sympathetically furnished complete with an array of interesting art and books. Lilli and Volker made us feel very welcome on our arrival.

Despite this , perhaps the main attraction is the location - Maramures feels like a lost world despite being in the EU. From the house you can see rolling hills, mountains, even a nearby Monastery! Then there's the people, sometimes it feels as if everyone is working in the fields and nearby neighbours provide milk, cheese and other local produce.

All in all, we felt very privileged to stay there for a short while. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you again!

Martyn & Jay

Kent, England

  • Review Submitted: 25/05/2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate that you liked our Casa Palaga and your perception of the entire surroundings, especially of the people and their way of life, because this is our main intention for our guests to experience this.
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Ein einmaliges Erlebnis

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten wunderbare Ferien in diesem liebevoll restaurierten und modern ausgestatteten, 200 Jahre alten Holzhaus. Unsere Kinder haben den Urlaub sehr genossen. Wanderungen in der wunderschönen Gegend, Kühe melken, Bekanntschaft mit unglaublich gastfreundlichen Einheimischen, traditionelle Feste und Märkte und abenteuerliche Ausflüge haben unseren Urlaub zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis gemacht.

Mit unseren Gastgebern, die uns unwahrscheinlich liebevoll betreut und uns vieles gezeigt haben, hatten wir interessante Gespräche und einen wunderbaren Abend mit traditioneller Musik.

Vielen Dank!

  • Review Submitted: 06/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wir freuen uns, dass Sie und die Kinder so schön Erinnerungen und Erlebnisse mit nach Hause genommen haben. Auch wir haben diese Sommertage genossen, besonders weil so viele Kinder da waren, die unsere Häuser mit Leben gefüllt haben. Vielleicht werden sie ja junge Botschafter für Botiza und für Rumänien.
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Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
Cluj-Napoca Airport and Baia Mare Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Sighethu Marmatiei
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The estate, which contains the four holiday homes, is located in northwest Romania just above the village of Botiza the district (or judeţ, in Romanian) of Maramureș. Its altitude is some 700 m above sea level. The Hungarian border is situated 150 km away, while it is 30 km to Ukraine. Sighetu Marmației is the nearest city (about 38 km away). The nearest airports are in Baia Mare (also known by its German name, Frauenbach, and about 80 km away) or Cluj (German Klausenburg, 170 km). Nearby: Visit Rodna and the Maramureș National Park at a distance of 15 km as the crow flies.

The 90-hectare estate is a regional treasure with an unbelievable array of flora and fauna. This estate is unique in Maramureș. All of our visitors are impressed with its extraordinary location in front of the Schimbarea la Față monastery, which was named for the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn. A lovely view of the mountains of Ukraine and Rodna range in the distance evoke a feeling of vastness, wilderness, and peace.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Botiza, Romania

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
8 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Bei Buchung werden pauschal 50% des Mietpreises als Anzahlung fällig, der Rest ist bei Ankunft vor Ort bar zu entrichten.
Feuerholz, Gas, Wasser, Strom, Bettwäsche und Endreinigung sind im Übernachtungspreis enthalten.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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