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••• CASA NICU ••• refurbished Carpathian farmhouse in a quaint shepherd village

Bedrooms 1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

Take a break - in a quaint Carpathian village nearby Sibiu

••• CASA NICU ••• The Methuselah among our holiday rentals has seen 120 years passing by without being overly impressed. During extensive renovations we left untouched the basic substance, and so the breath of the past still blows through the patient walls. The country house is located 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 of Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture 2007.

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 accommodation behind, you already find yourself on the way up to the mountain meadows with their unique flora and fauna in Europe. So take a break and treat yourself a place, where unspoiled nature meets history and traditions.

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••• CASA NICU •••

This cottage is a good choice for every gourmet who wants to spice up his experience with a dash of Romanian tradition.

The living quarters are located upstairs. A staircase leads out to the hallway, which was added to the house in a typical kind. Both the shower room (2 sqm) and the eat-in kitchen (14 sqm) are entered through the hallway.

The kitchen is completely equipped for self-catering with a fridge, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices, washer and more. Upon request, we provide you with breakfast, traditional menus or farm products from the village.

The room (18 sqm) is entered through the kitchen. It features a double bed, TV set (international channels), WiFi Internet access and plants. Three windows open up the room and the view out onto the village's rooftops. On arrival, you will find the bed freshly made. Hand and bath towels, shower gel and soap are provided and an additional bed is available.

The interior was chosen with care and is largely new, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattress and linen. To heat the rooms you use the water-bearing tiled stove that also supplies all the radiators in the premises. Additionally, an electrical infrared panel will start up at no additional costs for you.

The enclosed courtyard is a leafy feast. Here you can relax on a covered patio, uncork a bottle of wine and unpack the card game. Or take place on the slope above the village, look into the vastness of the valley, and you will be surprised about the thoughts popping up in your mind out of nowhere.

• For 2 (to 3) people

• 1 room, 1 eat-in kitchen, 1 shower room

• Covered patio in the courtyard

• Minimum stay: 3 - 5 nights (seasonal)

• Extra bed for a 3. person: € 10/night


••• 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 horse cart or 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 • •.

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.


More Details

W. Konnerth
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, romanian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About W. Konnerth

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 go shopping 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.


W. Konnerth purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why W. Konnerth chose Transylvania

... 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.


What makes this farmhouse unique

... you may judge for yourself after you've been here.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

••• CASA NICU ••• refurbished Carpathian farmhouse in a quaint shepherd village
average rating of 4.9 based on 17 reviews

stilvolle landestypische Ferienwohnung

  • 5 of 5

Die Ferienunterkunft hat den Erwartungen und zur Verfügung gestellten Beschreibungen entsprochen. Sie liegt inmitten eines kleinen landestypischen Dorfes mit holperigem Strassenpflaster. Der Zustand ist gepflegt und sauber. Der Empfang bei der Anreise wie es sein sollte ohne Herumsuchen oder Warten auf den Vermieter. Für zwei Personen, die in den Karpaten wandern oder Siebenbürgen per Auto erkunden wollen ist diese Unterkunft sehr zu empfehlen. Attraktionen oder besondere Restaurants bietet das kleine Dorf nicht. Aber Sibiu ist nur 30 Autominuten entfernt. Dort gibt es alle Möglichkeiten.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Familienurlaub Sommer 2015

  • 5 of 5

Als erfahrene Ferienhausurlauber (überwiegend Skandinavien), verbrachten wir dieses Jahr unseren ersten Urlaub in Rumänien. Das Casa Nicu übertraf unsere Erwartungen in vielerlei Hinsicht.

Wir fühlten uns vom ersten Augenblick an sehr wohl in dem ausserodentlich sauberen und mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestalteten Häuschen.

Die Atmosphäre vor Ort vermittelte uns ein Gefühl der Geborgenheit.

Bei Problemen und Fragen fanden wir jederzeit und umgehend Ansprache und Hilfe.

Wir können dieses Ferienhaus sehr empfehlen und würden dort jederzeit gerne wieder unseren Urlaub verbringen.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke Tobias. Übertroffene Erwartungen sind immer besser als enttäuschte... Alles Gute für euch drei, Werner
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Casa Nicu

  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr schön renoviertes und liebevoll eingerichtes Haus, wir haben uns rundum wohl gefühlt. In dem Innenhof konnte man gemütlich sitzen, es duftete nach Blumen. Gute Betreuung bei allen Fragen, es gab Infomaterial und Karten in der Wohnung. Ich würde diese Wohnung jederzeit weiter empfehlen!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke Nicole. Bei sich rundum zufriedenen Gästen macht jede Betreuung Spass, und vielleicht quittieren auch die Blumen das Wohlgefühl mit einer extra Prise Duft. Ihr seid immer herzlich willkommen, Werner
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Ein traumhafter Urlaub in Casa Nicu

  • 5 of 5

Sehr angenehmer und herzlicher Empfang durch Werner, die Besichtigung und Einführung in das Haus mit all den liebevollen Details hat uns begeistert, dazu noch viele Landkarten und tolle Tourentips mit allen interessanten Möglichkeiten hat uns Werner erklärt und beschrieben, der Kühlschrank war bestens mit den hervorragenden Produkten aus dem Dorf gefüllt, ein super angenehmes gepflegtes und top-restauriertes sauberes Haus mit hervorragender Wohlfühl-Atmosphäre, ein sonniger Freisitz mit Telefon für die schnelle Erreichbarkeit der Hausherren, kurz und sehr gut gesagt - wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder und können es nur wärmstens empfehlen. Vielen Dank und herzliche Grüße an Werner, Nicu und Adriane die das alles ermöglicht haben. Robert und Elke

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Owner's Response: Danke ihr beiden. Euer Lob macht glücklich und rechtfertigt das Herzblut, das wir bei der Restauration dieses alten Haus vergossen haben.
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Authentisches Feriendomizil an einem authentischen

  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr schönes, liebevoll und sensibel restauriertes Anwesen inmitten eines Dorfes, in dem traditionelles Leben noch erfahrbar ist und vielleicht ein bisschen Entschleunigung auch in unser Leben bringt. Also, unbedingt auch mal durchs Dorf und oberhalb der Kirche laufen! Die Ferienwohnung ist gemütlich, sauber und hat alles, was man braucht. Werner und Nicu sind immer erreichbar und bemüht, wenn sich irgendwelche Fragen ergeben. Adrianer hat wunderbar traditionell gekocht, alles sehr liebevoll und um den Gast bemüht!

Die Nähe zu dieser tollen Stadt Sibiu (Hermannstadt) war für uns ein weiteres Kriterium, uns für diese Unterkunft zu entscheiden und darüber hinaus auch das soziale Engagement, das hinter diesem Projekt steht.

Auch denken wir, dass es Siebenbürgen verdient, besucht und beachtet zu werden, um dem Untergang einer 800-jährigen Geschichte entgegen zu wirken.

Herzlichen Dank, Werner, Nicu und Adrianer!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke für die Blumen, Gudrun, wir werden sie weiter wässern und pflegen. Aber ob dies dem Untergang einer 800 Jahre alten Geschichte abhelfen kann? Geschichte erfindet sich wohl immer wieder neu, manchmal im Einklang mit dem Wissen um die Vergangenheit, und im Internet-Zeitalter eher vom Augenblick bestimmt. So oder so - ich denke sie wird immer beeinflußt von jenen, die daran mitwirken, oder sich auch nur dafür interessieren. Euch alles Gute, Werner
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Sommerurlaub 2014 Juli, sehr schön

  • 5 of 5

Wunderschönes ,altes Haus mit allen Utensilien die man zum Leben (Küche) braucht -einem herrlichen Hof mit süßen Kätzchen , sehr sauber und gepflegt , auf Anfrage holt einen der Vermieter oder der Verwalter auch vom Zug ab .

Zu empfehlen ist unter anderem das in der Nähe befindende Natursalzbad , ein kleines Freibad und natürlich die schöne Stadt Sibiu mit Marktplatz , viel Kultur ( zu unserer Zeit Modenschau und Latin- festival ) und leckeren Restaurants.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke für die prima Bewertung, und fein daß es Ihnen gefallen hat. Die süssen kleinen Kätzchen haben mittlerweile das Futter der Liegestühle auseinander genommen, aber was kostet die Welt bei deren Anblick...
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Saliste / Sibiel
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Saliste or Sibiel
Nearest Ski
12 Kilometres
Gura Raului
Car: recommended


••• 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.



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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5
Fee for online booking $16

• Extra bed per night: 8 € / Extra-Bett pro Nacht
• Pet per day: 5 € / Haustier pro Tag
• Fee for credit card booking: 15 € / Transaktionsgebühr bei Kreditkarten-Buchung
• discount from 15th day of stay / Ermässigung ab dem 15. Tag
• Free pickup from Sibiu airport, rental car & bikes on request / Transfer vom Flughafen Sibiu inclusive, Mietauto & Fahrräder auf Anfrage

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Sibiu Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • swimming

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