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.
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.
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.