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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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THE GUARDIAN:'ONE OF EUROPE'S TWENTY MOST FANTASTIC VACATION VILLAS'. SEE WHY!

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3 Bedrooms, sleeps 10, Jaccuzi in the roof attic, 4 Bathrooms

The Guardian selected our cozy self-catering villa as one of Europe's most fantastic vacation homes. Locating it steps away from a mountain creek, in the pristine mountain village of Bran, within walking distance from some of Transylvania's most popular sites, we fulfilled our dream. Take the fabulous surrounding views, the combination of rustic designs & modern features, the abundant presence of warm colours, the double Jacuzzi in the roof attic, the soft pure cotton bedding, the down duvets and pillows, the thermostatic taps in all showers, the super-recently installed WIFI, the radio / CD / MP player next to EACH bed, the very large wooden, cushioned garden swing or the fully equipped kitchen. These and many other features speak for what the main goal of this villa has been: to offer pleasure, relaxation & peace of mind. After seeing many other places in the world & picking ideas from them all, we have chosen this village in the heart of Romania to host our only vacation nest. From it you can walk to Dracula's Castle, to a ski slope or to a Nat. Park, start stunning round walks and more.

Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Dinu

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I left Romania as a teenager. I could not forget Bran, in which I spent my childhood's most wonderful vacations, but thought that it will eventually become part of my past, as so many other people and places did. A few years ago, after traveling the world (also through my work as a travel photographer, working for the National Geographic magazine among others), an overwhelming nostalgia, forced me to admit that I would never forgive myself for not somewhat recreating my childhood’s nest in this fairy place. It also became clear to me that with all the respect to Europe’s super-well-established travel destinations, there is nothing as intensively beautiful as this place. So I built this house. One hundred steps away from the house my parents built theirs, which we lost, once we left Communist Romania. Today I am so happy to spend not only my vacations, but those of my son (born outside of Romania), as well as that of my parents, so many years after they offered me…the same treat.

Dinu purchased this villa in 2004

1) We think that (also) the house and for sure the area, are Heaven.

2) So did 'The Guardian'.

3) So did most of those well-travelled Western travelers who greatly enjoyed our house and its surroundings, people who in most cases have never experienced this part of the world before. It made us quite glad and proud to find out that some of them only decided to 'check out Romania' once they saw our offer.

We did not purchase this house.

We built it from scratch.

Building it along the same mountain stream, below the same mountain peaks as the house I spent my childhood's best part in, was essential.

I did not create it as a quickly improvised business, but as my and my family's 'sole recharging station'. And it does just that and so well!

Each and every choice (idea / object) in this house was the result of a long process, sometimes brought from far away, with great efforts.

For my family, the house and the breathtaking views in its surroundings are THE reason to return again and again, a few times a year, but beyond the old / eternal attractions, there are more and more new sites and activities in the area making (y)our vacations into an unique and ideal combination of nature and history + 21st century treats.

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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The Guardian:'ONE OF EUROPE'S TWENTY MOST FANTASTIC VACATION VILLAS'. SEE WHY!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
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The Guardian:'ONE OF EUROPE'S TWENTY MOST FANTASTIC VACATION VILLAS'. SEE WHY!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p606348
+972 502880044
Transylvania Romania
5

Wish we had stayed longer

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Transylvania in general, and Casa Heidi in particular.
Pretty much everywhere we went, and everything we did, was much better even than we'd anticipated. Casa Heidi made a great base and the walk up the valley from the house was magical. The scenery was so good you could hardly believe it, and the odd passing horse-drawn cart just completed the picture. The guide to the locality was very useful and the house was very comfortable. We slept well after viewing the night sky, which was so full of stars, not to mention the occasional distant sound of wolves howling. Mircea was very friendly & helpful, and we had amusing conversations in a mixture of French, Romanian & English. The jacuzzi was a bonus too. We very much enjoyed Bran Castle, the Bear Sanctuary, Zarnesti Gorge, Sigishoara and walking in the mountains.
The children didn't want to leave, which I could understand, and in fact my 16 year old son said it was the best holiday he'd ever been on.
We would very much like to return, as, though we were there for 10 days, we still ran out of time and missed exploring quite a few more beautiful looking places.
Just one small thing to mention is that there is a new house right next door (on the sloping side of the house) which doesn't appear in these pictures
Owner's Response: The more we travel (in Western Europe), the better we understand why what we offer is highly appreciated by our guests.

We really do offer MUCH MORE THAN WHAT ONE CAN CALL "BASIC SERVICES" IN A SELF-CATERING VACATION HOUSE, without charging any extra fees. We did, do and will keep doing this more and more, as we strongly feel that WE WANT to offer much more than four walls and a roof.

If it is "tradition" which does “not allow” hosts from certain parts of western Europe to offer basic things like towels, bedding, washing up liquid, more than one role of toilet paper, etc. (we really dealt with this again and again during our own vacations in recent years), we are proud to lack in (such) "traditions"!

Mike, we cannot wait to host you again!
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Transylvania Romania
5

A home away from home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
After a long journey by train and then by taxi we arrived in Bran and were welcomed to our 'home' for a week. A gorgeous house surrounded by hills, fields, beautiful scenery, the sounds of a babbling stream and tinkling cow bells. After we had wandered through the house, with explanations from our guide regarding all operations of the kitchen, heating, bathrooms, bedding and how to operate the spa on the top floor, we quickly settled into the relaxing feel of our home.

The home is well equipped if you wish to prepare your own meals, with all the necessary kitchen items. Rooms are warm, spacious and very comfortable. All linen is provided.

The spa on the top floor, accessed by a ladder from the bedrooms, was certainly a draw card for us, and well used. If you need time to relax from your busy trip, then lying in the roomy spa, overlooking the mountain peaks, green hills and fields is certainly the way to go.

We did not have our own transport and although the home is close to the township, it was limiting when we wished to travel further afield. There are however buses that travel regularly to nearby Brasov and taxis too are a great alternative for sightseeing.

A 15 minute walk to the centre of the township revealed the imposing Bran Castle, overlooking the goings on in the town. Well worth a visit, the many rooms and hallways in the castle have been lovingly restored, and you can wander through out the castle and appreciate the views of Bran and the countryside from many different aspects.

Correspondence through emails regarding payment was easy and information given by our host regarding activities in the area was appreciated.

Hopefully we will be able to return and spend some more time in this beautiful home.
Thank you Heidi & Dinu! : )
Owner's Response: It was an honor to be chosen by two such lovely Australians after their (successful and exhausting) championship in Bulgaria. There were quite a few other…countries (and villas) they could have chosen to relax in. We created this house for charging our own batteries, emptied by the stressful city life and we are so glad to see that what we created as our own cozy dream vacation house is perceived as such by people from so far away, who do not have any inherited love for the area. But beyond our own house: the area is indeed stunning and deserves immense credit!

We will so gladly host you again, Jo and Ben!
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The Guardian:'ONE OF EUROPE'S TWENTY MOST FANTASTIC VACATION VILLAS'. SEE WHY!
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Transylvania Romania
5

Superb house, breathtaking vistas

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Looking for a suitable holiday home for three generations of our family, ten in all, enjoying each other’s company but needing privacy too, we came across a recommendation in the “Guardian online” for Casa Heidi. Three double bedrooms, all with private shower & WC, all this in a spectacular location - it just seemed to fit the bill! Plenty of parking and play space for the young ones in front of the house all in a secluded, rural environment. We contacted Heidi and Dinu who immediately supplied with wealth of information regarding the property and its surroundings. Casa Heidi was for us!

We booked it for 10 days in late August / September and following the instructions given by the owners we were met in Bran by a smiling man, the house keeper, who showed us to the villa. Casa Heidi is well away from the tourist bustle created by the popular "Dracula Castle", 1 km away. Casa Heidi is surrounded by apple orchards and smallholding farm dwellings, blissfully quiet. In the evening the centre of Bran resumes its pleasant village atmosphere, too.

The description of what you get, as outlined on the website, is super accurate -- no exaggeration, no hyperbole! A super-clean, spacious living and eating area (easily seating the 10 of us with high chair included) and a well equipped kitchen, constant hot water is on hand (even for the large Jacuzzi) competently taken care of by the house keeper, who also makes sure the trash is removed and a lot more. We felt at home from day one.

Wonderful family walks within the picturesque village of Bran start right from the front door and our temporary neighbors were extremely friendly despite our lack of a common language. A short car ride will take you to nearby marked forest trails and if you want to make a day of it there are vistas which just take your breath away.

Of course we had to feed the family too and there is a very good supermarket in Bran offering everything you need. It might be a few Lei more expensive than shopping in the mall in Brasov, but ‘hey’, why not support the locals who share this jewel of a place with you.
To summarize: Casa Heidi met our expectation in every area and we would happily revisit. Dinu and Heidi are to be congratulated for the superb design of this villa. Mircea needs to be thanked too for his non-intrusive work to make our stay great quality time.
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to be in touch with Roger and his lovely family (before and during their stay), making suggestions followed by their instant positive feed back. We keep happily askings ourselves what makes our place so often such a magnet for wonderful families...
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Transylvania Romania
4

Lovely property ideally situated for Brans Castle

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
This is a great property which was fully equipped with everything you need for a comfy stay. Great living area and kitchen, and the bedrooms a very good size. The jacuzzi was a real treat, although you had to arrange a day in advance with the owner if you wanted one.
We found the wifi a little limited as you could only top it up at certain shops and then hope the wifi provider would 'charge' the sim for you. With two teenagers any wifi seemed to go quickly.
The kitchen was well stocked, the owner was in feeding helpful and provided good local knowledge to help us see the best of the area in the time we had. We were also shown everything in the house that we needed to know and in a very friendly way.

We would definitely recommend this
Owner's Response: It was really nice having Mary and her friends in our place and a pleasure to communicate with them!
In their review they touched two issues which we always make sure to mention long time in advance. We are so sorry if this time we did not. It would be what we try VERY HARD to avoid: misunderstandings. We usually feel bad for doing something else: writing too much in advance : )

Here are the two issues:

1) Since we produce our own heating and hot water using a central heating system working on wood, we do need our guests to tell us (even one day) in advance that they wish to enjoy the jaccuzi. There is ALWAYS sufficient hot water for the showers and for the kitchen, but for the extremely large amounts of water needed to fill the jaccuzi, we just need a word from the guests, in advance.

2) For years we had no internet. Very, very recently we finally found a new, pretty sofisticated solution to allow our guests to enjoy wifi and we wish we could have some way of saving the guests the effort of occasionally recharging the sim card for the digital modem themselves by creating a permanent plan for the internet, but for the moment this option, for technical reasons, does not exist. Recharging the sim card is usually perceived as easy, but we look forward finding a way to save this step being taken by our guests, asap!
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The Guardian:'ONE OF EUROPE'S TWENTY MOST FANTASTIC VACATION VILLAS'. SEE WHY!
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Transylvania Romania
5

This was our most beautiful vacation in many years

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
This was our most beautiful vacation in many years. We loved the cozy, so aesthetically pleasing and extremely well equipped villa. The views from its windows made our hearts sing. Waking up in the morning and seeing a squirrel jump from one tree to another, one meter away from our window while hearing the creek flow right behind it was just one ravishing experience. We enjoyed a lot the proximity to the authentic village life: every morning, on the other side of the creek, the same farmer with his wife were leading their cow to the pasture and they returned in the late afternoon. The surrounding landscape and the relaxing sound of sheep and cow bells constantly filling the air, gave us the feeling that we were living in one of thefairy tales we grew up with. The house keeper was extremely responsive and efficient, always with a smile. The sites we visited in the wider area completed our great experience: Transylvania 's impressive medieval Saxon towns and villages, as well as its spectacular natural alpine beauty. WE WERE CHARMED!
Owner's Response: It is a great feeling to see that not only we feel so good in this nest : )
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Map

Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Bucharest
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Brasov, Kronstadt
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Bran
Nearest Beach
400 Kilometres
beach
Car: recommended

New attractions appear every other day here, but inside the village of Bran, the most spectacular thing to do is hiking along its paths, its creeks, its hills, enjoying its wild peacefulness and breathtaking views. Once you do this, enjoying its good restaurants will come quite naturally. The ski slope is just 2 km away from the house. This is where, in the summer, you'll start your walks inside the 'Bucegi National Park': a great combination of fir forests, mountain creeks, wild strawberry, raspberry, mushrooms and no traffic at all. OK, before leaving don't forget 'Dracula's Castle', surrounded by a very good 'village museum' where you'll get an idea of how life used to be and look like in Bran's surroundings. Casa Heidi is a great base for one day trips in the area. Horse back riding, mountain biking, water park, Bear park, Spa with a great swimming pool and massage, interesting caves, Jeep tours and more are just some of the extra attractions. The most wonderful Medieval Saxon towns, fortified churches (part of which are UNESCO sites) and fortresses are never too far. Ski: The ski site in Bran very close, suitable for beginners. Some 25 km away you have a variety of slopes for all levels, in Poiana Brasov.

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Availability & Rates

Transylvania Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Off-season
Feb 1 2014 - May 1 2014
€699
7 nights
 
 
High season
May 2 2014 - Sep 30 2014
€999
7 nights
 
 
Off - Season 2
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 21 2014
€917
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes The average weekly rate is 999 Euros. Preferably, we would like to offer the house for a whole week, but shorter stays are possible, too, the price in such cases being slightly higher.
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Amenities

Transylvania Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 190 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , taps with thermostat
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , taps with thermostat
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , taps with thermostat
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • All three bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with shower cabins, sink and toilet and recently, for maximum comfort, we also installed very efficient electric heaters for tough winter days when, if you leave a slightly opened window during the night, that may challenge the users of the bathroom in the morning. To avoid any accident, these heaters are connected through a timer. On the first floor there is a separate toilet with a sink. In the attic there is a double jacuzzi with a shower and a toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , double, livingroom
  • We have chosen our favorite: -beddings - pure, soft cotton, -pillows - pure down and -ideal mattresses (medium-hard, very comfortable and really good 'for all backs tested so far'). - Radio -CD - MP player next to EACH double bed - All three bedrooms have their en suite bathroom. There is a double sofa in the living room. On top of the both upper bedrooms there is a space where two single foldable beds can be placed (a total of 4 more people can sleep in these two spaces). Alternatively, these single beds can be placed in the bedrooms themselves. What is for many of us a self-understood feature of a normal bedroom seems to be rare in this part of the world: the option to block the light, to keep the bedroom dark when you wish (need) to sleep in. In our house you will have that.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
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