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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Guardian selected our cozy self-catering villa discretely located in the pristine mountain village of Bran as one of Europe's most fantastic vacation homes. Just imagine the soundtrack created by the mountain creek running steps away from the villa, the almost daily visits paid by the squirrels running through our trees along the creek, the permanent wonderful concert offered by dozens of birds, some of Transylvania's most popular sites within walking distance from the house. Through all these, we fulfilled first and foremost our own dream. The fabulous surrounding views, the combination of rustic designs & modern features, the abundant presence of warm colors, the double Jacuzzi in the roof attic, the soft pure cotton bedding, the down duvets and pillows, the beautiful, , over one hundred year old traditional hand painted dowry chests decorating various corners of the house, the thermostatic taps in all showers, the recently installed WIFI, the radio / CD / MP player next to EACH bed, the large wooden, cushioned garden swing or the fully equipped kitchen, the silent washing machine that you can use are just a bonus : ) Forget many of the "sorry, but this is not included" that we hear so often in many parts of Western Europe!

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. Enjoy having both 21st century treats as well as bits of live history unchanged for centuries!

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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 190 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Well...there are three steps from the garden to the terrace and another three steps from the living room to the lower floor bedroom. So, with some help, it is not the least accessible villa......moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    double, livingroom...moreless

  • 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

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    taps with thermostat...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    taps with thermostat...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    taps with thermostat...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet

    ...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

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, chess,...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    CD players...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    There are a few for small children in one of our dowry chests + a BIG garden swing in the garden...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Not very rich......moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    We have a great, massive oak tree dining table. You will love it!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    We did very recently install wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Excellent cotton...moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Cars are being parked right next to the house....moreless

  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Excellent ones, 100% cotton...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster:

    For 4 slices : )...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Just one pair of skis but in Romania you rent full equipment at very low prices....moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included

Property Descriptor

  • Semi-Detached
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season
Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$188
$1,318
Off - Season 2
Oct 1 - Dec 21, 2016
3 night min stay
$166
$1,160

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

150 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Bucharest
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 km
27 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Brasov, Kronstadt
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Bran
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
less than one km
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Poiana Brasov
400 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Beach

Car: Recommended

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, a great Bear park, Dinosaur Park, Spa with a great swimming pool, wonderful massages, a very good zip line and adventure park, interesting caves, classical concerts in a medieval church, wonderful cake shops, paragliding (with or without engine), Jeep tours, short and long hiking in the mountains, 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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I left Romania as a teenager. I could not forget Bran, in which I spent my childhood's most wonderful vacations. I thought that Bran 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 if I will not somewhat recreate 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 Brașov County, Romania:
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.


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Speaks: english, german, italian, Romanian

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Photos

  • Dining and living room

    Dining and living room

  • Casa Heidi from the west

    Casa Heidi from the west

  • Casa Heidi's kitchen

    Casa Heidi's kitchen

  • Not a poster found on the net, but taken by us during one of our walks...

    Not a poster found on the net, but taken by us during one of our walks...

  • Ski slope only 2km from Casa Heidi

    Ski slope only 2km from Casa Heidi

  • In the Bear Sanctuary, 30 min drive from Casa Heidi

    In the Bear Sanctuary, 30 min drive from Casa Heidi

  • Concert in the very centre of Brasov's old city, 35 min drive from Casa Heidi

    Concert in the very centre of Brasov's old city, 35 min drive from Casa Heidi

  • Brasov old town centre, 35 min drive from Casa Heidi

    Brasov old town centre, 35 min drive from Casa Heidi

  • Resting on one of Bran's hills

    Resting on one of Bran's hills

  • Casa Heidi bedroom (oneout of three)

    Casa Heidi bedroom (oneout of three)

  • Casa Heidi with part of the garden

    Casa Heidi with part of the garden

  • Casa Heidi (center) in a wider context

    Casa Heidi (center) in a wider context

  • Jan, our dear, dear guest

    Jan, our dear, dear guest

  • Taken during our own last trip, about one km from Casa Heidi.

    Taken during our own last trip, about one km from Casa Heidi.

  • Walking distance from Casa Heidi in Bran itself

    Walking distance from Casa Heidi in Bran itself

  • Taken during a walk on one of Bran's hills

    Taken during a walk on one of Bran's hills

  • Bran area, 10 min. drive from Casa Heidi

    Bran area, 10 min. drive from Casa Heidi

  • Guests of ours, few minutes away from Casa Heidi

    Guests of ours, few minutes away from Casa Heidi

  • Inside Bucegi Nat. Park - 2 km away from Casa Heidi

    Inside Bucegi Nat. Park - 2 km away from Casa Heidi

  • Taken during one of our morning walks, minutes away from Casa Heidi

    Taken during one of our morning walks, minutes away from Casa Heidi

  • Gorges, some 30 min drive from Casa Heidi - great place to be during warmer days

    Gorges, some 30 min drive from Casa Heidi - great place to be during warmer days

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    12
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    4.5
  • Property type
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