|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
• CASA CRINA • is the icing on the cake of our resort with 200 sqm of living space and quality equipment for high demands. The villa is situated in the shepherd's village of Vale, directly at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. On the one hand, far away from the pulse of time, on the other hand just around the corner from Sibiu, the european capital of culture in the heart of Romania. A good choice for lovers of special places who want to spice up their experience with some pinches of Transylvanian history.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. No through traffic, in an absolutely peaceful spot, surrounded by a healthy mixed forest. Leaving the property behind you already find yourself on the way up to the mountain pastures with their unique flora and fauna in Europe. So, take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past and traditions.
Would you like to choose and learn more about what to expect? On • www.casa-vale.net • (our homepage) you find photo galleries with hundreds of pictures, virtual tours through our cottages, excursion tips, guest reviews and more.
••• VILLA CRINA •••
… lies on a slope in the loosely built part of the village. We’ve built this holiday home from scratch on the layout of an abandoned farm’s barn. Now it offers spacious, light-flooded rooms, and those who enjoy details and a rustic ambience will feel comfortable here.
The 50 sqm large living room features oak parquet and is accessible from the courtyard or the garden side porch. It includes the kitchen, a wood burning fireplace and seating for 18 persons. Also located on the mezzanine floor is a sanitary room with washer, dryer and toilet.
The fully equipped kitchen makes cooking a breeze. It contains a great fridge combo, dishwasher, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso mashine, microwave, toaster, kettle, spices and more. If you want to take a break, we will cook traditional menus or provide you with farm products from the village.
There is an outside and an inside staircase leading up to the four bright rooms (15 -18 sqm) in the attic. They are furnished with a double bed, private bathroom, TV set (Astra satellite), WiFi Internet access and infrared panels. The outlook is reassuring: up to the village church and over the lush green of forested mountains. On arrival you'll find the beds freshly made. Hand and bath towels, shower gel and soap are also provided.
The living room opens out onto a spacious south-facing patio (30 sqm) with 20 seats. Stairs lead down from here to the enclosed garden bordered by a creek. We’ve laid out the garden in three terraces: on the top level, there is a stonewalled barbeque, in the middle a small lawn, and the bottom level accommodates up to two cars. The total garden area is grown with flowers, various fruit trees and wine.
The entire interior of the house was chosen with care and is fairly new, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs where consistently made to measure.
The Solar assisted central heating is backed up threefold. Either you fire up the water-bearing fireplace in the living room, which supplies all the radiators in the house, or an automatic control takes over the job and starts a gas heater and / or the electrical infrared panels.
• For up to 8 people
• 4 double rooms with WiFi and TV, 4 bathrooms
• Large living room with eat-in kitchen and fireplace
• Sanitary room with washer, dryer and WC
• South-facing porch
• Enclosed garden with barbecue and parking lot
• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal)
••• We offer more than just accommodation •••
• The transfer from the Sibiu railway station or airport is included, and a reliable rental car is available directly from us.
• On request, our cook provides breakfast or swings the wooden spoon. She conjures traditional menus fresh on the table to pre-arranged time, with every gram of meat stemming from their own livestock. Vegetarian? No problem.
• Also available are farm products from the village, such as: fresh milk, goat or sheep's cheese, forest honey and homemade jam, zakusca, pickled vegetables, wine and schnaps.
• On request: shopping prior to your arrival, cot, high chair, rides in a donkey cart for children.
• Tip: excursion in horse-drawn cart to the mountains. The tour can take a few hours or an entire day. In between you stop at at creek, and on request, Nicu (our Carpathian specialist) simmers a shepherd goulash in the kettle on the camp fire.
••• The village of Vale •••
… is secluded enough to wish fox and hare a good night. On the other hand only 5 km away from the motorway, that brings all sights of Transylvania closer to you. A tarmac road touches on the village, but in large parts, cobblestone roads and dirt trails lead up into the wooded hills. Thus traditional structures and straightforward hospitality still hold up in Vale. Horses, cows and goats continue being part of the village landscape, and the farmers take up their scythes and plant corn, potatoes and vegetables to preserve for the winter.
Some say it looks as though time were frozen and that a great deal of things aren’t perfect. The culture seems to be alien, the nature unique and untouched, and the breath of the past hides in every angle. It may occur to you that this is the charm of the extraordinary before being run over by the advance of civilization.
Until then look around. An overview of the sights of the area - plus a pinch of Transylvanian history - can be found below. Or, more detailed and accompanied with photo galleries, on our homepage • www.casa-vale.net •.
There is a children's playground and a small grocery on the village square. The town of Saliste 2 km away offers more shops, banks and a farmer's market. Whatever is missing here can be found at the Zibins Market, in retail stores, or department chain stores such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl in Sibiu 20 km away.
••• We provide more than just one cottage •••
We aren't trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company. By this company, we have given five houses a complete overhaul or constructed them from scratch. With attention to detail all along, with respect towards the traditional style of the area, as well with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs. The result is an encounter of different ages and cultures in five oasis of wellbeing, each of them with their own flair, distinctive and special in a place which – we hope – will be sidestepped by the world's hustle for a long time to come.
••• VILLA CRINA - the icing of our resort with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – for 8 people.
••• CASA PELU - the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof-terrace – for 6.
••• CASA NICU - 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3).
••• VILLA ZOLLO - 150 sqm holiday home with panoramic views and large garden – for 6 (to 8).
••• studio ZOLLO II • well equipped apartment with large terrace, BBQ and garden – for 2 (to 3).
••• COZO FANTU - our shepherd’s cottage in the mountain pastures – for 4.
A total of 12 rooms are endowed with double beds, Wi-Fi internet access, TV (Astra satellite), and plants. Some accommodations feature a garden and living room with a fireplace, and all of them have kitchens fully equipped for self-catering as well as 1 - 4 bathrooms, a washing machine, and at least one terrace. The (mostly solar-assisted) central heating facilities are powered by water-bearing chimneys, tiled stoves or gas heaters. In addition, nearly all of the rooms are equipped with infrared panels.
We care about you as a team, and in case of problems or questions you can always get in touch. We might have one or the other tip for you, of course we also master the art of discrete retreat. Either way - we maintain a climate of openness and equal rights.
We aren't trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company, whereby all the holiday cottages were built. After eight years of work - with many possibilities for creative design - we put trowels and planing aside for a while and breathe a sigh.
Today, we care for you as a team. Of the income of the houses (your money) on the one hand the 'investor' is served. On the other hand, administration and care allow several families a secure income. When we cook for you, if you order local products, or when you're buying in the local grocery, also a number of other villagers have a benefit. Finally, we are planning a soup kitchen for the less well-off families in the village which also will be financed from the proceeds of our holiday homes. We foster a climate of openness and equality-based relationships.
... because cackling chickens and neighing horses strain the mind less than howling engines.
... because the sight of wooded mountains and free-flowing wild brooks is more pleasing to the eye than concreted soil on which skyscrapers grow.
... because there are not many places where the breath of bygone times is still visible and perceptible, and where, nevertheless, you don't have to give up the amenities of running water, central heating, TV and internet.
... because you can lie down on the hillside with a blade of grass in your mouth, and half an hour later you are standing in front of the imposing fortifications of a city that truly deserves the name 'european capital of culture'.
... because you enjoy a privilege here as a Western alien. It expresses itself more in a particular respect than in attempts to defraude or to attack you.
... and because - in range of our possibilities - we really care for you, if desired, instead of only managing you. Of course, we also master the art of discrete retreat.
... you may judge for yourself after you've been here.
In a heavenly landscape, but close enough to the city(only 20km from Sibiu), Villa Crina is the perfect place to stay if you want to relax in front of the fireplace or if you want to check out the surroundings. Transalpina, Sibiu, Cindrel Mountains, you will have no time to get bored.
The villa had everything one can think of, from fully equipped kitchen, to a magnificent fireplace, grill, large rooms.
The host made sure that we had everything we needed.
I highly recommend it and we will be back for sure.
From my first contact with Werner he was always incredibly helpful and was there to guide us to the house after we arrived into Vale following a rather long and trying road trip from Maramures in far northern Romania.
The house is exactly as specified on the website but appeared even larger, if that's possible. There is private parking, behind large wooden gates which is ideal, unless of course you have rented, by mistake, a ridiculously large car as we did, but I still managed to negotiate it into place with help.
As check-in is 1800 ordering food for that night is probably a good idea, just be aware that the portions are enormous and I ordered far too much for 2 adults and a child. The house was spotless and, for anyone used to renting properties, this is such a bonus and unfortunately quite unusual.
The layout of the 3 rental properties is based around a central courtyard and Villa Crina's sitting room windows back onto the courtyard. For the other 2 houses this is their only outside space so it's a good idea to come downstairs fully dressed otherwise the neighbours could get quite a shock!
The location is prefect, barely 10 minutes drive to the main motorway which takes you to Sibiu in under half an hour. Fabulous scenery in a totally unspoilt area. The local swimming pool is well worth a visit and our little boy loved it.
If you are thinking of coming to Romania, do not hesitate, it's a fabulous country and you will always feel welcome. There is so much to see and do around Vale, don't hesitate to book this house, you will not be disappointed.
Nous avons passée 10 jours en famille (enfants en bas age) au mois d'aout dans la maison Crina.
La maison est très agréable, très bien équipée et d'une grande propreté.
Werner avec Nicu et Adriana forment une bonne équipe toujours a l’écoute, chaleureux et de bon conseil.
Vous ne serez pas déçus, voire même enchantes par la région, les gens et la cuisine d'Adriana.
Raluca & co
Wir waren von Buchung über Anreise, Hausübernahme und das Feriendomizil selbst, sehr zufrieden. Man sieht im ganzen Haus die Liebe zum Detail und das handwerkliche Können. Wir waren zu Siebt als gemischte Gruppe und haben die Geräumigkeit sehr geschätzt, ebenso die prima Ausstattung. Auch Nicu, der Verwalter, ist sehr hilfsbereit und entgegenkommend, egal wo der Schuh drückt. Der Ort hat dörfliche Idylle und man kann herrlich spazieren gehen. Hermannstadt ist gut mit dem Auto erreichbar. (ca. 20 min ) 5 Tage waren zu kurz, um das vielfältige Angebot an Möglichkeiten der Freizeitgestaltung voll auszuschöpfen. Wir empfehlen noch die Gogos Bäckerei im Nachbarort Saliste.
Wir waren mit 2 Familien mit insgesamt 4 Kindern für 14 Tage in der Casa Crina. Alles sehr, sehr sauber und gepflegt. Nach Wunsch wurden wir zusätzlich mit lokalen Köstlichkeiten versorgt. Ein perfekter Familienurlaub in den Bergen. Sehr netter Kontakt - wir kommen gerne wieder.
Wir (4 aus Berlin) waren das erste Mal in Rumänien, die Köpfe voller Klischees. Armut, Dracula, unbedingt Aufpassen an jeder Straßenecke. Casa Crina beherbergte uns für 4 Tage. Viel zu kurz.
Casa Crina ist einfach nur schön. Und alle Rumänien-Klischees gehören in den Papierkorb. Aber der Reihe nach.
Wir besuchten die drei Siebenbürgenstädte Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Sighișoara (Schäßburg) und Medias und unternahmen einen „Ritt“ (Autofahrt) über die Karpaten, die legendäre Transfalgarasan (Transfogarascher Hochstraße) entlang. Mehr war in 4 Tagen nicht machbar. Alle drei der von uns besuchten Städte waren sehenswert, wir bereuten den Weg dorthin nicht. Sibiu stach besonders hervor. Die Karpaten zu überqueren, war erstens im Herbstleuchten der Wälder ganz besonders und zweitens….es war anders als z.B in den Alpen. Über 100 km gab es nur…Wald. Gelegentlich mal einen See. Fast drüber (über die Karpaten) verfuhren wir uns und mussten nach dem Weg fragen. Schwierig, ohne rumänische Sprachkenntnisse. Aber: mit wenigen Worten aus dem rumänischen Reiseführer (bitte, danke, hallo, guten Abend…) und einem Lächeln geht, wie fast überall auf der Welt, viel. Nicht jeder Befragte konnte helfen, wie auch, aber immer erfuhren wir freundliche Hilfsbereitschaft. Unbedingt: „multumesc“ am Ende jedes Gesprächs oder einen Versuch davon hinzufügen, das kommt immer gut an. Ein Lächeln, manchmal mehr, ist der Lohn.
Zum Casa Crina:
Wer auch immer diese Haus gebaut hat, er hat sich viele Gedanken darüber gemacht, wie er es seinen wechselnden Bewohnern möglichst angenehm machen könnte. Es fehlt an Nichts. Außer vielleicht einer Zitronenpresse, falls man Gin Tonic mit Zitrone bereiten möchte. Drei der vier tadellos sauberen Zweibettzimmer im Obergeschoss mit allem Komfort verfügen über ein eigenes separates Duschbad. Im großen Wohnzimmer unten kann der Kamin befeuert werden, Holz liegt reichlich bereit. Während unserer kurzen vier Tage brannte er unentwegt…pure Gemütlichkeit. Darüber hinaus sucht beispielsweise die steinerne Verfliesung aller Duschen in allen Zimmern seinesgleichen, hohe Handwerkskunst. Draußen lockt die Terrasse, und während der warmen Jahreszeit zusätzlich ein outdoor-Grill im zum Haus gehörigen Garten. Das alles in vollkommener Ruhe, abgesehen von Vogel- und Grillen-Gezwitscher. Sollte irgendetwas nicht wie erhofft funktionieren: kurzer Anruf bei Nicu, er wohnt nebenan, kommt herbei, und jedes evtl. Problem wird sofort behoben.
Fazit: unbedingt empfehlenswert
••• A trip can take you an hour or a day •••
It can take you on the hillside above the village for a few glances into the vastness of the valley or to the jumping fishes in the mountain lake of Gura Raului. Maybe you are interested in a Saxon fortified church, in the historic town center of Sibiu or in a day trip across the Carpathians into the Wallachia on the other side. There are many options, here you get a few examples.
The open-air Marmelada swimming pool is just across the hill 20 minutes walk away, and so is the first of five lakes in the valley.
In 15 minutes you’ve left the village below, passing dozens of hand-carved wooden sculptures on the Poiana Soarelui (sun glade) on the ascent, to arrive at the mountain meadows with a unique view across the vastness of the Transylvanian Plain. In good weather, you get sweeping views all the way to Sibiu and the Fagaras Mountains range beyond it.
You can start your hiking tour in every village. A gravel road takes you from Saliste (2 km) to the high plateau of Crint, and from Sibiel (2 km) you walk along a stream to a remote monastery in the heart of the forest and further.
Connoisseurs are attracted to the mountain lake at Gura Raiului (8 km). It lies in a depression surrounded by forest. The water is clear and in the evening, you can light a fire and watch the fish jump for mosquitoes. Anyone visiting this place won’t easily forget the serenity of this place.
If you are aiming really high, you can choose between two trafficable north-south passes over the Carpathians, both to visit in a day trip:
• The ‘Transfagarasan’ – winding past steep rocks and a waterfall dozens of meters high. On the top awaits you the ‘Balea’ lake with a hostel and the house of ice.
• The ‘Transalpina’ - at 2.145m the highest trafficable road across the Carpathians, sometimes even above the clouds. Created by the Romans in their campaign against the Dacians, she was forgotten in the meantime and today presents one of the untouched mountain regions in Europe. The Transalpina starts at Saliste, just 2 km from Vale.
In both cases, you arrive at ‘Walachia’, the southern part of the country, in a climate zone influenced by the Mediterranean. From here you can return through the ‘Olt Valley’, the only north-south route through the Carpathians, passing ancient monasteries and partly steep cliffs. Anyone who doesn’t stop here must be in a real hurry.
When you’ve had enough of mountains and steep slopes, turn to the valley. Scattered across the countryside are Dacian ruins, caves and abandoned Roman mines, and ancient fortified churches built by the Transylvanian Saxony partly 800 years ago.
One of their medieval towns, the European Capital of Culture Sibiu, lies just around the corner and to this day is a fountain of cultural diversity. The medieval fortifications enbrace an old town with historic alleys and restaurants, cafés and bars, some of which are set in vaulted cellars or courtyards. During the summer the town opens up to visitors and regularly organizes events, from cabaret and theater, through open-air concerts, to exhibitions of local crafts guilds.
The Traditional Village Museum ASTRA on the outskirts of Sibiu also merits one or two glances. Here, centuries-old log cabins, water mills, blacksmith shops and saw mills from all over the country were reconstructed true to the original.
From here, it's just a stone's throw to the fortified church of Cisnadioara, one of the oldest Saxon buildings in Transylvania established in the 13th century. It stands on an almost circular mountain top above the village.
After taking a walk for hours you will feel your legs. In the saltwater lakes and spas of Ocna Sibiului (25 km) you can soothe your aching bones in brine, stretch out in saltwater reading the newspaper and then coat yourself in mud.
The way back from Sibiu leads you past Cristian (13 km). Here, another Saxon fortified church gives you an impression of how centuries ago people barricaded themselves against Mongols, Turks and Kuruc irregulars.
If you choose to delve deeper into the history of Romania you will hear about the Dacians. Similar to the Celts in Ireland, they are famous for their mystical traditions and particular skills. The last Dacians are said to have taken refuge in the ‘Muntii Apuseni’ (Central Carpathians), a sparsely populated region on the western border of Transylvania. Today however, this region is known for its caves and abandoned mine tunnels, some of which run hundreds of meters through rock. Skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters are found in their depths even today. Early birds can explore this area on a day trip.
Heist and highway robbery are tales from the years following the political change and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. People in this parts don't drink blood and are mostly open-minded if met with respect. So, no matter which way you turn, you will experience amazing things - usually things you never expected.
|Fee for online booking||£22|
• pet per day: 5 € / Haustier pro Tag
• Fee for credit card booking: 25 € / Transaktionsgebühr bei Kreditkarten-Buchung
• 10% discount from 15th day of stay / 10% Ermässigung ab dem 15. Tag
• Free pickup from Sibiu airport, rental car & bikes on request / Transfer vom Flughafen Sibiu inclusive, Mietauto & Fahrräder auf Anfrage