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The Guardian selected our cozy self-catering villa as one of Europe's most fantastic vacation homes. Locating it steps away from a mountain creek, in the pristine mountain village of Bran, within walking distance from some of Transylvania's most popular sites, we fulfilled our dream. Take the fabulous surrounding views, the combination of rustic designs & modern features, the abundant presence of warm colours, the double Jacuzzi in the roof attic, the soft pure cotton bedding, the down duvets and pillows, the thermostatic taps in all showers, the super-recently installed WIFI, the radio / CD / MP player next to EACH bed, the very large wooden, cushioned garden swing or the fully equipped kitchen. These and many other features speak for what the main goal of this villa has been: to offer pleasure, relaxation & peace of mind. After seeing many other places in the world & picking ideas from them all, we have chosen this village in the heart of Romania to host our only vacation nest. From it you can walk to Dracula's Castle, to a ski slope or to a Nat. Park, start stunning round walks and more.
We have chosen our favorite:
-beddings - pure, soft cotton,
-pillows - pure down and
-ideal mattresses (medium-hard, very comfortable and really good 'for all backs tested so far').
- Radio -CD - MP player next to EACH double bed
- All three bedrooms have their en suite bathroom.
There is a double sofa in the living room.
On top of the both upper bedrooms there is a space where two single foldable beds can be placed (a total of 4 more people can sleep in these two spaces). Alternatively, these single beds can be placed in the bedrooms themselves.
What is for many of us a self-understood feature of a normal bedroom seems to be rare in this part of the world: the option to block the light, to keep the bedroom dark when you wish (need) to sleep in. In our house you will have that....moreless
All three bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with shower cabins, sink and toilet and recently, for maximum comfort, we also installed very efficient electric heaters for tough winter days when, if you leave a slightly opened window during the night, that may challenge the users of the bathroom in the morning. To avoid any accident, these heaters are connected through a timer. On the first floor there is a separate toilet with a sink. In the attic there is a double jacuzzi with a shower and a toilet....moreless
Cars are being parked right next to the house....moreless
4 Ring Stove
Dishes & Utensils
Both for us and for you this is a vacation house, so in our VERY well equipped kitchen we did not build closed cupboards, so EVERYTHING is easy to see and locate. So far, everybody loved this....moreless
Off - Season 2 Oct 1 - Dec 21, 2014 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The average weekly rate is 999 Euros. Preferably, we would like to offer the house for a whole week, but shorter stays are possible, too, the price in such cases being slightly higher.
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New attractions appear every other day here, but inside the village of Bran, the most spectacular thing to do is hiking along its paths, its creeks, its hills, enjoying its wild peacefulness and breathtaking views. Once you do this, enjoying its good restaurants will come quite naturally. The ski slope is just 2 km away from the house. This is where, in the summer, you'll start your walks inside the 'Bucegi National Park': a great combination of fir forests, mountain creeks, wild strawberry, raspberry, mushrooms and no traffic at all. OK, before leaving don't forget 'Dracula's Castle', surrounded by a very good 'village museum' where you'll get an idea of how life used to be and look like in Bran's surroundings. Casa Heidi is a great base for one day trips in the area. Horse back riding, mountain biking, water park, Bear park, Spa with a great swimming pool and massage, interesting caves, Jeep tours and more are just some of the extra attractions. The most wonderful Medieval Saxon towns, fortified churches (part of which are UNESCO sites) and fortresses are never too far. Ski: The ski site in Bran very close, suitable for beginners. Some 25 km away you have a variety of slopes for all levels, in Poiana Brasov.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: I left Romania as a teenager. I could not forget Bran, in which I spent my childhood's most wonderful vacations, but thought that it will eventually become part of my past, as so many other people and places did. A few years ago, after traveling the world (also through my work as a travel photographer, working for the National Geographic magazine among others), an overwhelming nostalgia, forced me to admit that I would never forgive myself for not somewhat recreating my childhood’s nest in this fairy place. It also became clear to me that with all the respect to Europe’s super-well-established travel destinations, there is nothing as intensively beautiful as this place. So I built this house. One hundred steps away from the house my parents built theirs, which we lost, once we left Communist Romania. Today I am so happy to spend not only my vacations, but those of my son (born outside of Romania), as well as that of my parents, so many years after they offered me…the same treat.
Why the Owner Chose Sinaia: 1) We think that (also) the house and for sure the area, are Heaven.
2) So did 'The Guardian'.
3) So did most of those well-travelled Western travelers who greatly enjoyed our house and its surroundings, people who in most cases have never experienced this part of the world before. It made us quite glad and proud to find out that some of them only decided to 'check out Romania' once they saw our offer.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: We did not purchase this house.
We built it from scratch.
Building it along the same mountain stream, below the same mountain peaks as the house I spent my childhood's best part in, was essential.
I did not create it as a quickly improvised business, but as my and my family's 'sole recharging station'. And it does just that and so well!
Each and every choice (idea / object) in this house was the result of a long process, sometimes brought from far away, with great efforts.
For my family, the house and the breathtaking views in its surroundings are THE reason to return again and again, a few times a year, but beyond the old / eternal attractions, there are more and more new sites and activities in the area making (y)our vacations into an unique and ideal combination of nature and history + 21st century treats.