|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
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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...
We are a British-Russian couple who are currently living and working in Romania. Since our arrival in the country several years ago, we have had the good fortune to travel all across Romania, and experience the wonderful variety, warmth, culture, history and landscapes that the country has to offer. Romania is simply unique – a heady mixture of the Latin, Slavic, Greek, Roman, Turkish… goes some way to understanding how fascinating and yet difficult to define the country is.
After settling in Romania, and falling in love with the mountain area - in particular the delights of Prahova and Translyvania - we decided to buy a holiday home here. We settled upon Azuga because of its traquiilty, and proximity to both the ski-slopes as well as all the brilliant sights the region has to offer. Our family – 2 young daughters as well as our relatives from the UK and Russia – have spend many a fantastic weekend at the villa, which is a wonderful base for exploring the Carpathians and Translyvania, for walking, skiiing or just relaxing in the hot tub and admiring the amazing view!
We believe that our villa, situated in one of Europe’s last great wilderness, has a unique homely feel, together with the quality and ameneties that are unmatched in the region.
We hope that you enjoy Casa Ferica as much as we have.
Maria purchased this villa in 2015
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 Sinaia, 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.
We had an amazing stay at Casa Ferica! The welcome was extremely warm, and the view over the mountains is simply incredible. As a large group, the villa was spacious and well-equipped, and we all enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub after a day's walking in the mountains. The villa is very well suited for big groups, and we also utilized the equally excellent Casa David next door. We will return - thank you!
The most magnificent mountain birwd😇
House was comfortable and had all the amenities to be comfortable.
Suggest directions be updated as the landmarks are no longer valid. Highly recommend this holiday home
Everything was as promised
House is Beautiful
We enjoyed it so much
Thanks to Charles, Mariana and the House for lovely time
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.
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 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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.