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An Idyllic Retreat On The Edge Of Transylvania

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,991 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

The River Prahova froths white beneath the gigantic Bucegi Mountains, which tower over Azuga, lying in South-eastern Transylvania. The mixed deciduous and coniferous forests that clothe the lower slopes of the range are home to bears, wolves, chamois, eagles, wild boar and even lynx. The untamed and, largely, untouched landscape also provides so much to see and do in the area, with highlights including walking and fishing the Prahova river (and its tributaries), skiing in Azuga (and/or the surrounding towns) or exploring the many historic sites (including Castle Bran, also known as 'Dracula's castle'). The area is also ideal for hiking, whether on the mountains and by the rivers within easy walking distance from the villa or further afield at, for instance, the upper reaches of the Prahova valley, which are unforgettably stunning and dotted with fantastic caves and other karstic phenomena.

In this landscape of outstanding natural beauty, and with panoramic views onto the Bucegi Mountains lies the villa. Built above the town of Azuga, though with easy walking access to it, it is spacious, yet homely, exhilarating but relaxing. Azuga, itself, nestles in a valley in the Bucegi mountains and straddles one of the tributaries of the Prahova River. An eclectic mix of charming traditional Romanian cottages and Soviet relics, the village is friendly, quaint and still inquisitive of western adopters.

Although, incredibly tranquil and sublimely peaceful, the area around Azuga offers a huge array of activities. Many of the local towns (Sinaia, Predeal and Poiana Brasov), including Azuga itself, offer skiing, sledging, cross-country skiing, snowboarding , Nordic walking and sow-tubing. An alternative to winter sports might be rock-climbing. The Bucegi Mountains are the centre of Romanian rock-climbing. The town of Busteni a few kilometres from Azuga), at the foot of Caraiman Mountain, is the main access point for the climbing routes of the Bucegi mountains. The Piatra Craiului Mountains (the Rock of the King), reaching 2,238 meters (7,342 ft.) are popular for their beauty, but winter brings heavy snows, cold winds and avalanches, so only experienced and well-equipped mountaineers should venture up during the winter. The Bicaz gorges, carved by the waters of Bicaz River into the Jurassic limestone of the Hasmas massif has the most difficult routes.

Mountain biking, ATV riding and Bungee jumping (Rasnoava Gorges in the Postavaru mountains is the second highest bungee jumping place in Europe) are all readily accessible. The landscape lends itself particularly well to camping and Saint Ana Lake is highly recommended. Lying just 25 km north of Brasov, it is the only lake of volcanic origin in Romania.

Camping is encouraged in the flower-meadow adjoining the lake (whose water's purity approaches that of distilled water). Caving is a hugely popular sport in Romania and there are more than 12,500 known caves in Romania filled with natural riches, including the first Palaeolithic paintings found in central and south-east Europe. Ten caves have underground glaciers. The Apuseni Mountains alone have over 200 caves to explore. For a gentler way to explore the extraordinary local environment there's horseback and horse carriage riding. Horse riding or riding in a carriage at the base of the woody mountains are ideal for learning the art of equestrianism while being guided by qualified instructors.

Most hikes in the Bucegi Mountains (Muntii Bucegi) are easy day-hikes, with cable cars an alternative on the steeper sections. Snow covers Mount Omu, the highest point of the Bucegi (2505m), for 200 or more days a year. Elsewhere the snow generally retreats during April, and soon after the meadows are covered with wildflowers such as ladies' gloves, grape ferns and edelweiss. Golden eagles circle above the forests that shelter woodcock, hazel grouse and nightingales, while other wildlife includes the Carpathian red deer. Chamois may well be seen on the cliffs to the north above the massif.

Mountains dominate the skyline around Bran. To the southeast is the almost sheer wall of the Bucegi range – it takes about eight hours to hike from Bran to Mount Omu, where there’s a cabana. To the west, gentler slopes run up to the Piatra Craiului, a 20km-long narrow limestone ridge, known as the Royal Rock. It's now a national park.

The Piatra Craiului National Park is ideal for all kinds of outdoor pursuits. There're a multitude of things to see and do, from observing animals in the wild to sporting activities and guided walks. The most popular of these is bear-watching, which gives visitors a rare chance to observe these animals in their natural habitat – gathering at dusk, you are taken up to a forest hide, where the chances of seeing a brown bear are rated at around seventy percent. While you’re less likely to see wolves, wolf-tracking is also popular.

The villa is located about a 30 minute drive from the medieval Saxon town of Brasov, known for the largely Baroque Old Town, coiled beneath Mount Tâmpa and Mount the Postavaru. Close by are the medieval ramparts and, beyond them, the Schei quarter. Brasov, often described as the greatest city of Transylvania, is the area's capital and provides excellent dining, shopping and entertainment. It is home to Parc Aventura Brasov (an adventure park), Council Square (a national landmark), the Liberty Bear Sanctuary Zernesti (described as '[a] special place, touching and beautiful'), the Black Church (Biserica Neagr) - an imposing Gothic architectural masterpiece and Paradisul Acvatic (a waterpark).

The Bucegi mountains/Prahova valley is a geological marvel, a wild untamed nature reserve, an historic and cultural melting pot and a fascinating architectural anachronism. and it all lies on the doorstep of Casa Ferica. They are both a launch-pad to adventure and discovery and a comfortable homely retreat. That is why Casa Ferica is unique. We hope to welcome you soon so you can see for youselves...

More Details

Property Manager
Maria
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, russian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Maria

This property is owned by two Englishmen with a passion for Romania!

Maria purchased this villa in 2016

Why Maria chose Bușteni

Casa David is a unique piece of tranquility in an oasis of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Our family uses the villa regularly, whether summer or winter, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Map

Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Otopeni, Bucharest
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Lux Garden Hotel
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Rail station Azuga, on Bucharest – Brasov line
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
DN1 / A3
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Lux Garden Hotel
Nearest Ski
500 Metres
Azuga Ski Resort
Car: recommended

Additional information:

The website of the national railway service is www.cfrcalatori.ro (the website has an English translation). The website contains train times, a map, discounts and other information.

Additional services:

In order to make your visit more relaxing and comfortable we may be able to provide the following additional services if sufficient notice is given:

Arrive at Casa Ferica and have a fantastic dinner waiting for you. Or, if you would simply like the option of having dinner provided, without the hassle of shopping, preparing and cooking, our housekeeper, Marianna, would happily to do it for you. As a guide, the price for the service would be around £65 for 3 courses for 6-8 people. All food is home-cooked by Marianna and is traditionally Romanian. Please contact us directly for a quotation and suggested menu (us will liaise with Marianna).

If, during your stay, you would rather focus on relaxing and/exploring Marianna may also provide a limited housekeeping service, for an additional fee. Again, please contact us to sort out the details and cost. For these services, Mariana should be paid directly.

Amenities

Bușteni Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1991 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Each bedroom enjoys en-suite facilities. Two of the bedrooms have direct access to the lower terrace and Jacuzzi.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • spelunking
Notes:
The property has been constructed on 3 levels (the first floor and the ground and lower ground floors). The spacious bedrooms are situated on the first and lower ground floors, the latter giving access to the lower terrace (which houses the Jacuzzi) and garden. The ground floor constitutes the main living area, which gives access to the upper terrace. From this floor, views of the Bucegi Mountains are unimpeded due to the double height south wall being constructed entirely of glass. To the north, the mountain forests advance to the garden boundary, while the valley side falls away to the south of the property down to Azuga, nestling in the valley below. Periodically, brown bears have been known to pay a visit to the garden! An experience not-to-be missed is a winter's evening dinner on the terrace, warmed by sheepskins and the woodburner! Enchanting!

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Excellent choice for young family - really luxurious

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 2 adults and 3 children in Romania for the first time. The welcome from Mariana was lovely, as was the food she prepared for us. The kids loved splashing about in the hot tub and by the stream whilst we appreciated the amazing view. The villa has all ameneties, is sizeable and very comfortable - internet, TV etc - all work fine. There is also so much to do in the area - Brasov, Bran, Sinaia, Azuga etc - but just being at the lovely villa itself was great. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thanks very much for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. I will pass on your kind words to Mariana and we hope to be able to welcome you back! Best wishes, Casa David
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $133.83

Please note that visitors should vacate the villa by 11:00 am on their day of leaving and should not expect to occupy the villa until 4:00 pm on their date of arrival (all times are local), in order that the villa can be cleaned and prepared for arriving visitors.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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