|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
PLEASE NOTE: In the event that this villa is booked there may be an identical villa next door which could be made available. In these circumstances please contact me.
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 Bra?ov), 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 Buteni 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, Bungee jumping (Rasnoava Gorges in the Postavaru mountains is the second highest bungee jumping place in Europe) and golfing 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 (it's 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 20 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. Both a launch-pad to adventure and discovery and a comfortable homely retreat. That is why Casa Ferica is unique and we hope to welcome you soon.
I am British, but I have lived and worked in Romania for nearly 25 years. I have raised my family of 3 children 4 dogs and a cat here and I have fully integrated into the Romanian way of life. I have had the great fortune to travel across much of Romania and experience its great charm, fascinating culture, history and stunning unspoiled landscapes. I have found Romanians to be incredibly welcoming, helpful and sociable. The country is rich with tradition and the people very Mediterranean in outlook.
After many years exploring Romania, my family decided to buy a holiday home and we settled on Azuga which is in the impressive Bucegi mountain range, this is close enough to Romania’s capital, Bucharest and the International airport, so easily accessible at weekends and for the odd night at the same time in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains and great launching pad to exploring Transylvania.
Romania and the Carpathian Mountains are one of the last wildernesses in Europe, this is a country of adventure, legends, rich history and raw beauty for you to explore and right on your doorstep at Casa Ferica.
Charlie Crocker purchased this chalet in 2008
The villa is a 4 double bedroomed, 3 storey property offering spectacular views of the Carpathian landscape. Located high on one of the many forested valley slopes, it is far enough away from the local town of Azuga to feel the tranquillity of nature, while still affording easy walking access to the local amenities. Whether it's a warm fire and a glass of mulled wine after a day's skiing on the pistes in Azuga or a sun-drenched barbecue on the spacious terrace, Casa Ferica is an ideal sanctuary.
Alternatively, you could take the time to enjoy a glass of the local Romanian wine and ponder what you might explore in the days that follow. You have much from which to choose. Whether it's sports (skiing, hiking, horse-riding, climbing or ATV riding), history (fortified Saxon churches or, at the other extreme, Dracula's castle), culture (the medieval town of Brasov, or the distinctive soviet architecture) or just exploring one of the last truly wild European landscapes, Casa Ferica is a gateway to adventure.
The area around Azuga offers a huge array of activities. Skiing, sledging, snowboarding and Nordic walking are all on offer. The Bucegi Mountains are the centre of Romanian rock-climbing. Mountain biking, ATV riding, Bungee jumping (Rasnoava Gorges is the second highest bungee jump in Europe), caving, camping and golfing are all readily accessible. Alternatively, there's horseback/carriage riding.
Romania manifests a wonderful array of architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic to indigenous forms such as Brancovenesc, and communist-style structures. In Azuga itself (as there are everywhere), exist examples of the brutal soviet architecture, which are well worth viewing as they provide a fascinating counterpoint to the truly remarkable and diverse older architecture.
Close to 'home', in Sinai, is the intriguing Peles Castle, built in the German Renaissance style. However, the whole of South-eastern Transylvania is dotted with places of historic and cultural interest. Crowning the fir covered hills that overlook Râsnov is a ruined 13th Century fort. It provides glorious mountain views across to the Piatra Craiului. In Viscri , set, gleaming white, upon a small hill and screened by trees, is a Saxon fortified church, one of Romania’s most impressive.
A forbidding silhouette of battlements and needle spires looms over Sighisoara; it seems a fitting birthplace for Vlad Tepes, “The Impaler” – the man known to so many as Dracula. In the small town of Bran the Saxons built a castle in 1377. It's now known as 'Dracula's Castle' and, indeed, looks like a vampire counts residence, perched on a rocky bluff and rising in tiers of towers and ramparts from the woods against a glorious mountain backdrop.
The villa is located about a 20 minute drive from the medieval Saxon town of Brasov, known for the largely Baroque Old Town, coiled beneath Mount Tâmpa and Mount the Postavaru. It offers outstanding restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Have just returned from a week at Casa Ferica. The first thing I have to say is that the owner, Charlie, and the housekeeper Marriana could not have been more helpful. We arrived a little late and in the dark, best avoided if possible. Marriana was not at the house but the party next door invited us in for cake and beer and wine, and called Marriana to advise her. What a great welcome to a new area. The house accommodated the six of us with plenty of space to spare. Good walks locally, and we enjoyed the restaurant at the Rhein wine shop. Travelled to Viscri, Brasov, Rasnov and Bran...distances take longer than UK so plan. Mountain views are outstanding. The mix of sunshine and snow on the mountains was memorable. A great introduction to Romania.
We had such a great time in this house in the summer we decided to come back for some winter skiing. And now we have just booked again for skiing in 2016.
This is a great house, has all the facilities you could need, is brilliantly warm even when it is snowing outside.
So close to the slopes we could bring the kids back for a lunchtime break each day.
Local lady will cook for you if you desire, good "stick to your ribs" Romanian food, followed by donuts which the kids thought were brilliant.
Charlie is always on the end of the phone if you need him.
I thoroughly recommend this property for either a summer or winter break.
We had a brilliant time staying in this property, everyone involved with the running of it was incredibly friendly and helpful.
The area was stunning.
We were two families both with two children 5 and under and we had an amazing time. The hot tub went down well with everyone and we even had a tiny bit of snow which was very exciting. Would absolutely recommend.
Cracking house in amazing location. This was our summer holiday and we travelled to all the local spots, Bran Castle, Brasov, Siasora and of course the cable car (get there early, the queues are immense!).
Have just booked to come back in Feb for some skiing.
Charlie is really helpful with advice on topics ranging from local wine (the local bubbly is good and cheap as chips) to the correct price to pay for sheepskins if you are bartering to take some home.
The location and views really are as good as the pictures.
Beautiful house, amazing landscape and fascinating area. We will revisit! Highly recommended.
“Casa Ferica” become our mountain “home” a couple of years ago and since then we are visiting it regularly. It is impossible not to fall in love with it form the first sight and not to come back.
The villa is perfectly located, in a valley in-between 2 mountains, with a great view of the mountain in front and with immediate access to hiking trails on the mountain where the villa is standing. A river is crossing the valley, giving the chance for walks along the river or trout fishing. Many other outdoor activities are being provided within the area, including motor sports, biking, paint-ball, lift rides, etc.
For indoor, or close to the villa activities, the two tresses are perfect for barbeque, or just a hot cup of tea where to enjoy the fresh air, the panorama or the skiers in the winter. After a nice day of skiing or biking it was great to jump in the Jacuzzi and chill. We did enjoy a lot the dinners by the fireplace and for that we are highly recommending the housekeeper Mrs. Mariana who’s a great cook. The kids were just in love with her food and especially with the local deserts.
Can’t hardly waiting to go back…
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.
In order to make your visit more relaxing and comfortable I 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 me directly for a quotation and suggested menu (I 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 me to sort out the details and cost. For these services, Marianna should be paid directly.
While there will be a small supply of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks available at the villa (there is an honesty box), I would be happy to ensure a supply of local and/or international wine is available at the house, either for your first night or for all or any part of your stay. Being a lover of wine, I have developed unhealthily close relationships with various reputable dealers/producers of wine! Obviously, this will need to be organised (and paid for) sufficiently in advance of your trip, for me to make the necessary arrangements so please let me know, as soon as possible, any preferences you may have.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100.00|
|Notes||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 6:00 pm on their date of arrival (all times are local), in order that the villa can be cleaned and prepared for arriving visitors.|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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