ED Refnr. 493251
• CASA VALE • Holiday cottages at the foot of the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains
We offer 7 entirely different holiday homes in and around the shepherds village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. On the one hand, far away from the latest trends of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007. A good choice for enthusiast of special places who want to add a pinch of Romanian serenity to their live experience.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a short walk you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest on the continent and will experience a unique flora and fauna on your way up to the mountain meadows. Alternatively, benefit from our central location in the heart of Romania and explore sights and trips in all directions.
Our cottages at a glance:
• Villa Crina - our 200 sqm jewel with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, living room with fireplace, south facing terrace, garden, BBQ - sleeps 8.
• Casa Pelu - renovated country house with new attic - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, eat-in kitchen, cosy roof terrace | sleeps 6.
• Casa Nicu - 120-year-old cottage with the appropiate flair - large bedroom, eat-in-kitchen, bath, courtyard terrace | sleeps 2 (to 3).
• Villa Zollo - light-filled chalet with panoramic views - 3 rooms, 2 baths, balconies, livingroom, fireplace, terrace + garden | sleeps 6 (to 8).
• studio Zollo II - cosy studio apartment with kitchenette, bathroom, large terrace, and garden | sleeps 2 (to 3).
• Casa Lopo - farmhouse cottage with 2,5 bedrooms, eat-in-kitchen, bath, courtyard terrace, barn, garden | sleeps 4 (to 6).
• Cozo Fantu - shepherds cottage in the mountain meadows - bedroom, kitchen, terrace, spring water, outhouse | sleeps 4.
Each accommodation (except the shepherds hut) features a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, fast WiFi and TV with multi-language channels. The standard also includes a washing machine, central heating (tiled stove, gas heater, solar system) and at least one terrace or porch. The villas also offer spacious living rooms with fireplaces and gardens with parking and BBQ.
The pick-up from the Sibiu airport or train station is included, and on demand you can get a rental car with us or book a trip in a horse drawn cart into the mountains. Also available are farm products from the village (e.g. fresh milk, goat or sheep’s cheese, forest honey), and our cook conjures traditional menus fresh to the table with vegetables from the garden and meat from her own livestock.
• CASA NICU •
The Methuselah among our homes has seen 120 years pass by without being overly impressed. During extensive renovations we left the basic substance untouched, and so the breath of the past still blows through the patient walls. This cottage is a good choice for every gourmet who wants to spice up his experience with a dash of Romanian tradition.
The living quarters are located upstairs. A staircase leads out to the hallway, which was added to the house in a typical way. Both the shower room (2 sqm) and the eat-in kitchen (14 sqm) are entered through the hallway.
The kitchen is completely equipped for self-catering, with a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker, and espresso machine, as well as a toaster, kettle, spices, washing machine and more. Upon request, we provide you with breakfast, traditional menus or farm products from the village.
The room (18 sqm) is entered through the kitchen. It features a double bed, TV set (Astra Satellite), Wi-Fi internet access, and plants. Three windows open the room and the view onto the village’s rooftops. An extra bed is available. On arrival, you will find the bed freshly made, and hand and bath towels, shower gel, and soap are also provided.
The entire interior was chosen with care and is of high quality, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, linen, and mattress. To heat the rooms, you use the water-bearing tiled stove that also supplies all the radiators in the premises. Additionally, an electrical infrared panel will start up at no additional costs for you.
The enclosed courtyard is a leafy feast for the eyes. Here you can relax on a covered terrace, uncork a bottle of wine or unpack the card game. Or walk a few steps on the hillside above the village, enjoy the vastness of the valley, and you’ll already find yourself on the way up to the mountain meadows, surrounded by a healthy mixed forest.
For 2 (max.3) persons
1 room, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 shower room
Covered terrace in the courtyard
Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal)
Surcharge for extra bed / 3.person
Discount from the 15th day of stay
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.
We are no trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company,with which we have given the cottages 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.
After eight years of work 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.
We nurture a climate of openness and equality-based relationships.
The surroundings - Vale, Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania
The shepherds village of Vale is located close to the highway, but still in the middle of nowhere. A tarmac road touches on the village, but in large parts, cobblestone roads and dirt trails lead up into the wooded hills.Traditional structures and straightforward hospitality still hold up in Vale. Horses, cows and goats continue being part of the village landscape, and the farmers take up their scythes and plant corn, potatoes and vegetables to preserve for the winter. The breath of the past can be felt in every nook and cranny here.
There is a small shop in Vale. The small town of Saliste 3 km away offers more shops, 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 supermarkets such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl.
Some say that Transylvania appears frozen in time. The culture seems to be stunningly alien, and nature is unique and untouched. 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, have a look around. Take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets history and traditions. Just make yourself comfortable on the hillside above the village, take a look in the vastness of the valley, and you will wonder about the thoughts popping into your mind out of nowhere .
A trip can take you an hour or a day. It can just take you up the hill slope above the village for a few glances into the vastness of the valley, or to the jumping fishes in the mountain lake of Gura Raului. Maybe you are interested in a Saxon fortified church, in the historic town center of Sibiu, or in a day trip across the Carpathians into the Wallachia on the other side. There are many options: here we propose a few examples.
The open-air Marmelada swimming pool is just across the hill 20 walking minutes away, and so is the first of 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 after less than two hours. In good weather, you get sweeping views all the way to Sibiu and the Muntii Fagaras mountain range beyond.
Every village offers direct access to the surrounding mountains. A gravel road takes you from Saliste (2 km) to the high plateau of Crint. From Sibiel (2 km) you hike along the stream to a remote monastery in the heart of the forest, from where you walk on to the mountain meadows. Sibiel hosts Romania’s most important museum for icons with reverse glass painting.
Connoisseurs are attracted to the mountain lake at Gura Raului (12 km). It is fed by several rivers and streams, along which you can walk up into the mountains.
The reservoir lies in a depression surrounded by forest. The water is clear and in the evening, you can light a fire and watch the fish jump for mosquitoes. The serenity of this place can’t be captured in