About the property
- Villa1636 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past
• VILLA ZOLLO • is a rustic vacation rental on a hill slope with a panoramic view of the valley and the wooded mountains of the Carpathians. It is located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the pastoral village of Vale, where the only through traffic consists of one or two horse carts bringing in the hay from the nearby hills. Expect sprawling bright rooms, exceptional cleanliness, and the comfortable indoor climate of a rear-ventilated larch paneling.
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.
Would you like to choose from 7 holiday homes? Or want to learn more about what to expect? On our homepage • www.casa-vale.net • you find photo galleries, virtual tours through our cottages, excursion tips, guest reviews ...
••• VILLA ZOLLO •••
This holiday villa was built on the foundations of a century old blockhouse, of which a few stone walls are still preserved. The construction took 4 years because we took our time and delved into the creative design of details. Now finally, the cottage is a good choice for whoever enjoys something special and wants to add a touch of Transylvanian serenity to their vacation experience.
The villa provides 5.000 sqm garden and 152 sqm of living space on two floors for 6 (up to 8) people. The living room (34 sqm) is on the mezzanine floor. It features oak parquet and includes an open kitchen, brick fireplace, LED TV (Astra Satellite), and ten seats at two tables. From the adjoining balcony you enjoy the view into the valley or follow the sun as it goes down right between the crests of two forested mountains.
The open kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering with a large fridge combo, dishwasher, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices, and more. The first room (17 sqm), with windows opening to the East, South and West is accessible from both the living room and the outer hallway. The first bathroom (3 sqm) adjoins the living room.
An interior staircase leads to the two bright rooms in the attic, the larger one with an oak floor and a balcony. With their 24 and 32 sqm they can easily be used as a lounge for a larger group. Dormers and windows open in three directions and allow the sun to spread its light across the rooms at any time of day. The view is impressive: it goes out over the vastness of the valley, to the forested mountains and in good weather, all the way up to the snowy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains. The second bathroom (8 sqm) with a shower, tub, toilet, washing machine, and a house pharmacy branches off from the hallway between the rooms. Each room features a double bed, TV, Wi-Fi internet access, infrared panel, and plants. In the largest room, a sofa bed for up to two additional people is available. On arrival you will find the beds freshly made, and towels, soap and shower gel are provided.
The entire interior is new and was chosen with care, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses, and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs where consistently made to measure, and the rear-ventilated larch paneling provides a healthy indoor climate throughout all seasons. 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 at no additional costs for you.
The two gardens are fenced in and adjacent to the surrounding hills. Here you can relax on a covered terrace, grill your steak on the stonewalled barbecue or enjoy the evening by an open fire, proposing a toast to the awakening crickets. Maybe you’ll just sit down beneath an apple tree, listen to the birds, and let your thoughts drift …
• Transylvania villa, sleeps 6 (up to 8)
• 3 double rooms with Wifi-Internet, TV, and one balcony
• 2 bathrooms, one of them with bathtub and washer
• Large living room with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, TV, and balcony
• 2 gardens with parking lot, covered patio, BBQ and camp fire.
• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal).
• Additional occupancy: 10 €/night from the 7th person
We rent out this accommodation separately or in combination with the studio-apartment Zollo II on the ground floor. It features a private entry, its own terrace, kitchen, and bathroom.
••• 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 Romanian countryside appears frozen in time. It is unique and mostly 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 provide more than just a 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.
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- English, Romanian, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 9, 2018
About W. Konnerth
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 Villa in 2011
Why W. Konnerth chose Sibiu
... 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. .
What makes this Villa unique
... you may judge for yourself after you've been here.
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Villa Zollo - A delightful vacation house set in a beautiful location.
My daughter and I along with three friends have just stayed a week in the magical Villa Zollo.
The house is well appointed, all modern facilities within, and surrounded by lovely garden full of fruit trees, blooming plants and teeming bird life, wild flowers and butterflies everywhere .. and there's an open fire BBQ.
The location is stunning, the Cindrel mountains overlook Vale, a quiet friendly village where we walked as we pleased from the front gate.
Saliste is within five minutes by car, has friendly bar, restaurant and an open market.
Sibiu, twenty minutes away, is steeped in history from a thousand years ago, an architectural and artistic gem.
The surrounding landscape of Transylvania is both beautiful and alive with traditional farming, allowing birdwatchers and all nature lovers to enjoy a rich diversity of rural delights, wildlife and fresh food abounds.
And, last but by no means least, our hosts, Werner, Nicu and Adriana looked after us on all counts from our arrival to our departure, all speak English, all cheerful and helpful, all keen to assist on anything .. airport transfers, local knowledge and recommendations for day trips, delicious fresh food and cooking.
What more could a week's vacation require ?
We all enjoyed our stay at the wonderful Villa Zollo, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
Thanks Michael for your enthusiasm and praise. We'll try to earn it also in the future. You are always welcome whenever you return to Transylvania.
Magnifique séjour - villa zollo
Nous avons occupé (avec deux jeunes enfants et
grands-parents) pendant deux semaines cette
charmante maison de village (Villa Zollo).
La maison est très spacieuse, agréable et elle
dispose de tout le confort nécessaire (draps, linge,
épices cuisine, ...)
Très grand jardin aménagé et aménagements
extérieurs (terrasse extérieure et barbeque avec tout
le matériel, y compris le charbon) au top. Parking
Environnement calme avec vue imprenable sur les
collines. Les gestionnaires sont très à l'écoute et de
Nous vous recommandons cette location.
Je suis content que vous étiez satisfait et j'espère que vous supporterez longtemps les impressions dans votre cœur. Des invités satisfaits comme vous rendent notre travail agréable.
Lage perfekt für Ausflüge zu Fuß und mit Auto
Super saubere und gut ausgestattete Ferienwohnung
Vielen Dank, lieber Werner!
Danke dir auch, Uta.
excellent place !!
We stayed with nine people - kids and adults of
three generations - at Casa Zollo and Studio Zollo
during one week in late June 2017, and we
absolutely enjoyed it. Werner was a very
accomodating host, he picked us up from the airport
and explained everything around the apartment. The
place is excellently equipped, all was functionally
designed, with love for details, and very clean. The
little village VALE is very well located for sight
seeing, going out in the nature, hiking, swimming,
trips to Sibiu etc. We used the reliable VW Passat
wagon offered by our landlord to get around. A
highlight of the stay was a half day tour with horse
cart in the woods, arranged by the holiday apartment
´s caretaker, a friendly Romanian guy called Nicu,
including super delicious romanian picnic at a wild
creek. We certainly want to come back to this
Wir waren nun zum zweiten mal hier, da uns Gegend und Domizil wirklich begeistern, perfekt für Ausflüge in die Städte Siebenbürgens und auch in die Schönheit der Transalpina. Die Unterkunft läßt nichts vermissen, Nicu jederzeit hilfsbereit, das Essen von Adriana schmeckt super und die Gesamt-Orga und das Konzept von Werner Konnerth ist toll. Danke auch an Werner für den interessanten Abend mit guten Gesprächen und den hervorragenden Schnaps. Kein Kopfweh gehabt.
Wir kommen definitv wieder. Beste Grüße an das Zollo-Team von Dr. Alexander Zaune, Ute v. Egloffstein und Dedo und Helen v. Wallenberg
Danke Alexander, ich bin beruhigt daß der Schnaps nicht nachwirkt. Alles andere wäre allerdings eine herbe Enttäuschung gewesen. Bis demnächst, Werner
Eigentlich sollte ich gar nicht zu gut bewerten, da ich befürchte, dass uns dieser außergewöhnliche Ort fürs nächste mal weggeschnappt wird. aber: es ist eine wirklich tolle 1a-Unterkunft- bestes geeignet für Ausflüge in die schöne Umgebung- Essen von Adriana, service durch Nicu und Management von Herrn Konnerth: alles bestens. Danke und bis zum nächsten Mal. Ute v. Egloffstein + Dr. Alexander Zaune
Danke, das hört sich wirklich zufrieden an. Und keine Sorge vor Wegschnappern - auch unsere anderen Ferienhäuser verstecken sich nicht in der B-Kategorie.
Sie sind jederzeit willkommen, Werner Konnerth
. ••• 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. .
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
• Extra bed from the 7th person per night: 10 € | Extra-Bett ab 7.Person pro Nacht • Pet per day: 5 € | Haustier pro Tag • Fee for credit card booking: 20 € | Transaktionsgebühr bei Kreditkarten-Buchung • Discount from 15th day of stay | Rabatt ab dem 15. Tag • Free pickup from Sibiu airport, rental car on request / Transfer vom Flughafen Sibiu inklusive, Mietauto auf Anfrage