Transylvania vacation accommodation

“Owned by a genuine Count, this guesthouse accommodation is like stepping back in time to the Transylvanian Middle Ages, just with better food and first-class hospitality.”


Carpathian Mountains | Extensive nature | Skiing at Poiana an hour away | Bear and wolf tracking | Bird watching | Hiking | Culture and history guided tours | Horse-cart and carriage tours | Horseriding | Wonderful home-cooked food | Beautiful organic garden | Very comfortable rooms


Our top tip:
Don't forget your mozzy spray in summer.
Room description:
Very comfortable double bedrooms with seating area, big beds and high quality duvets; coffee and tea making facilities.
Beautiful organic garden; extensive wine cellar; billiards room; drawing room with comfy arm chairs, open fireplace and satellite TV.
Traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner all cooked fresh on premises using organic, local ingredients.

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Transylvania vacation accommodation

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Our Transylvania vacation accommodation provides employment for 14 families. Most of the food we serve as well as the building material we use is traditionally produced in the village and its surroundings. Our staff are now skilled in their new professions, be it cook, guide or restoration worker.

All our employees are local and benefit from high training standards. We purchase most goods locally, even traditional building materials like hand made tiles, bricks and lime. Our taxes help the local council to develop the village. Profit generated is re-invested directly in the restoration of our cultural heritage. Thus the entire village largely benefits from our undertaking.

We aim at restoring and preserving the historic architectural harmony of our village and its environment. The guest houses are part of the village and our guests become neighbours to the villagers for the length of their stay. We show our guests nature still in its unspoiled way. We monitor wildlife around the village and make the villagers understand why it is so important to preserve it. We promote sustainable tourism also by limiting the amount of rooms available.

57 Reviews of Transylvania vacation accommodation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2018 by

There were many highlights - the meals together with the guests, the morning tours and the set up of the room. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by

the locale was wonderful - very peaceful and a beautiful peek into a different way of life. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

The peace and tranquillity of this beautiful valley was stunning. All the staff and guides - particularly Gabo - were friendly and knowledgeable, and did their utmost to make us feel comfortable and at home. Just fantastic, we would like to return to appreciate this special place at another time of year, probably spring or autumn. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

It was the perfect 'get away from it all' trip where you really felt like you were stepping back in time. The location, nature and wildlife were stunning and I particularly enjoyed meeting many different people staying at both the guesthouses. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2016 by

We were impressed by the beauty of Romania. It was really opened up for us by the excellent guides at the guesthouse, who showed us places and things we would never have found on our own. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2016 by

Fantastic would definitely recommend and hope to return Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2016 by

In every way it exceeded my expectations, the beauty of the environment, the quality of the accommodation, the standard of service , the tremendous bio diversity of flora and fauna. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2014 by

We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

An unforgettable vacation in a remote region of Europe. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2013 by

It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2013 by

Most memorable part was seeing a bear!...Brilliant! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2012 by

I would give it a 10. It is an experience that we will remember always and fondly. We have even invited members of the staff to visit us in the USA. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2012 by

Everything was memorable about this vacation. The itinerary provided offered an excellent opportunity to experience the beautiful countryside, towns, nature and lovely people of this area of Transylvania...How soon can I go back?? Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2012 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was experiencing the laid back way of life, and being able to totally disconnect. We especially enjoyed the evening meals with the rest of the vacation makers, who certainly were not run of the mill tourists. They made for fascinating conversations. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2012 by

Staying at Zalanpatak - such a lovely place, peaceful & remote. Superb wild flowers like nothing I've ever seen before...Fantastic, loved Transylvania and would like to go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2011 by

Seeing brown bears at twilight in the Transylvanian Forest stands out, but the whole atmosphere of the estate is remarkable. We felt like house-guests rather than people staying in a hotel. They really couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

Very good and an excellent immersion into the Szιkely rich culture and traditions. Slow down, and relax; you will not get bored but refreshed without the usual nonstop bombardment of information - open yourselves to nature and to meet new people. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2011 by

Amazing, highly recommended, family friendly and a unique experience. Transylvania completed exceeded our expectations as a vacation destination. The friendliness of the local people was unique, everywhere we went we were warmly welcomed and the enthusiasm to share their way of life was inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2011 by

It was an unmissable experience and would love to go back with the children and a 4x4 ;) in some years time. Meeting the most wonderful people was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2010 by

10 out of 10. Exceeded my expectations... Loved the rustic feel of the guest house we were staying in. Just a great place to stay to get away from it all. The silence at night was something I had forgotten existed. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2010 by

Once at the estate excellent...The countryside is beautiful, not corrupted by chemicals and intensive farming methods, it supports an amazing array of wildlife, both fauna and flora. Go before the inevitable change. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff - an enjoyable vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2010 by

The entire experience was an absolute blast. The kindness of the staff - the peaceful location - the delicious food - the interesting history of the place- the wonderful antique furniture - the eccentric fellow travelers.... If you are after a different kind of vacation where you can both relax and have a few adventures this is it. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2010 by

Most memorable? Sledging down the volcano rim to the frozen lake below!! Finding bear tracks in the snow on the way to the cave of hibernating bats, seeing natural ice stalagmites. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2009 by

We particularly loved the nature tours and found our guide very knowledgeable. We explored and walked many miles in some beautiful areas, visiting amongst other things a sulphur cave, a cave with bats roosting and a river with fossils. It was great fun to have a picnic in a field by a stream in the middle of nowhere... Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2009 by

Excellent! A perfect retreat from the world - no TV or newspapers was a bonus. Trips were well organised and flexible to suit the needs/requests of the guests. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2009 by

Most memorable was the day that Count Kalnoky took us on an unscheduled visit to the village of Zalanpatak to visit a house and other buildings being restored on behalf of the Prince of Wales. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2009 by

The best day we spent on our vacation in Mickslovar was the day spent on the cart ride across the pastures above the village... The views were stunning, the peace and quiet unbeatable and the chance to breathe in the colour, sights and sound of this beautiful, unspoilt countryside was incredible. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2009 by

The accommodation was superb - comfortable and clean with original decor. Also, as vegetarians the food available at the guesthouse was lovely - something different and tasty each meal. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2008 by

In this lush landscape you can also easily take country walks alone and there is such pleasure in feeling that you have found the last bastion of unspoilt Europe - you are never far away from the knowledge that wolves and bears live in Transylvanian forests - wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2008 by

This is far and away the best family vacation we've had in years. It was a fascinating corner of the world neither my husband or I had ever been to. We enjoyed learning about the area from our guides whilst having the pleasure of watching our children run wild about us in sunshine and fresh air! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2008 by

This was truly one of the most memorable vacations I have had. I think the best moment for me was my birthday dinner in the wine cellar. The cook had made me a huge homemade chocolate cake and we danced the night away. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2008 by

The atmosphere of the venue the village and the area and seeing old farming methods using horse and cart. Relaxing and interesting good food and wine all in and the guides were fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2008 by

The opportunity to experience village life in Transylvania was our favourite part of the vacation; the simple things like meeting the local beekeeper and blacksmith, sitting on the front bench with the locals waiting for the cows to come home and then watching the neighbour's cow being milked. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2008 by

A swim in St Annes (volcanic) Lake was brilliant fun, which was followed up by a memorable if smelly stop off at the intriguing sulphur caves. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2008 by

Most memorable was hiking in the Piatra Craiului national park with Lαszlσ Demeter, a local biologist and guide, whose extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna greatly enhanced our expedition. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2008 by

A really nice place to go and relax. You don't have to lift a finger and treated excellently by all of the local people and staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2008 by

It was a fantastic experience all round! I am not sure whether I preferred the sledging on the volcanic lake or the horse and cart ride in the forest! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2007 by

We had to roll home after all the fabulous homemade local food from the legends in the kitchen and wine. We went on the horse and cart which was simple but unforgettable and also met the fabulous lady at the water mill and her sons as well as other great Seklar people. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2007 by

Most memorable? Very difficult - milking the cows or Bran castle in the snow or simply returning to the estate to have a wonderful meal with like minded people and coming home with email addresses for new friendships formed. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2007 by

Traveling by horse and cart across the fields and past wooded hills and small villages - so peaceful, it was like stepping back 200 years. Watching the cows come back from the fields every night by themselves, and asking to be let into their cowsheds! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2007 by

The vacation overall, was fantastic! Although we chose to go on activities every day, it was still relaxing. The pace of life was much slower, and the villagers were very friendly. In fact everyone was very welcoming and looked after us very well! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2007 by

The most memorable was the contrast between modern agriculture and life in the UK to Transylvania. Over there it is true self sufficiency for survival and as far as carbon footprints go the people out there are like spacemen on the moon! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2007 by

The feeling of traveling back in time, to a land that hasn't been spoiled and that is as authentic as it was 50 years ago. I would mention the peaceful looking villages of Transylvania with their traditional horse-carts, the beauty of St. Ana lake, the view from the Rasnov fortress, or the spectacular Bran Castle. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 May 2007 by

The vacation was memorable for its variety, rather than any specific item. We were climbing hills one day, then looking at fortified churches the next. Every day had something different, which was fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2006 by

Thank you for the wonderful vacation we had in Transylvania. It fully lived up to our expectations. The staff were courteous and helpful, and were keen to accommodate individual needs, preferences and changes of plan. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 May 2006 by

Brilliant experience. Accommodation very good and excellent hospitality. Was "non touristy" but so interesting. Were given information re: local history, culture, customs, wildlife and way of life. A truly new experience. Am keen to repeat. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2006 by

An amazing vacation - I'd love to go back. Four and a half stars. And thanks for the great service that Responsible Travel provides Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2006 by

A superb place to go! People and surroundings like no other. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2006 by

The most memorable part was the first day of our stay in Miklosvar when we went on a day-long ramble along a river, through meadows and bushland outside the village. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2006 by

The vacation was great and very relaxing for adults, everything was taken care of. I feel the children were a little bored and although I enjoyed the food, the lack of choice was difficult for the children and the eldest as he is vegetarian. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2005 by

It was a stunning life-changing experience. I will always look at your site first when thinking of a vacation...The breathtaking views from the Carpathian Mountains when trekking were the most memorable part of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2005 by

Most memorable day out was a horse and cart ride in the forest with lunch at a hermits hut - real experience meeting the true people of the area. Our guide was a gem and all the people that looked after us could not be faulted in the slightest. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2005 by

The guides are fantastic, they offer to come with you on all the trips so take them up on their offer as you learn so much and it's a much richer experience when you're with them. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2005 by

Potential travelers should be aware that traveling times claimed by the guest house staff should be considered “Transylvania time”. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2004 by

A trip without equal, so it is very difficult for me to be brief in my comments because there are so many great things to say. The level of genuine hospitality continued non-stop until the very last minute I was there. The food and the wine are truly superb, as are the interesting guests. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2004 by

Briefly it's a fabulous vacation for nature and countryside lovers. We had some fantastic guides to tell us about the flora, fauna, history, culture. I had no idea how rich Transylvania is in history and the fortified churches are fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2004 by

We had a fantastic time last year at the Count's place in Romania. No wolves, but wonderfully unspoilt village and accommodation. Read full review

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