|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
In the middle of the Carpathian mountains, on a dominant position in a private domain in a small village called Sirnea (6 kilometers from Dracula's castle in Bran), you can find our rustic mountain chalet. If you are looking for authenticity, unspoiled nature, local culture, peace and quiet and superb views in order to enjoy the company of friends and family, this is what you need. The chalet has 4 separate bedrooms and can easily accommodate 8-10 people. It has a fully equipped kitchen, 2 separate bathrooms, a large fireplace and a huge attic. The chalet is ideal for nature lovers, yoga and meditation practitioners, hikers and bikers and people who enjoy exploring the unspoiled nature and cultural heritage of Romania. The chalet is ideally situated for day walks in the Carpathian mountains and to visit the medieval cities of Transylvania.
I am a Dutch national and my wife is Romanian. Her family is from the region and I fell in love with it and decided to build our dream chalet.
Cristina Jansen purchased this chalet in 2002
We had it build from scratch, it is very rustic and yet it hhas all the comfort you need. The finishing is high quality and unique for Romania.
The chalet is build on a dominant position on top of a hill, overlooking 2 beautiful mountain ridges. It is very peaceful and quite and you can stay there all day just enjoying the views, sitting next to the fireplace.
I have been here from 3 years, now is the 4-th year. The view is more beautiful from the pictures, you are surround by mountains. I love here the silence, there are days , 2-3 on the row, when you do not see nobody , only you, silence and mountains. I got one a rainy night , with thunders and lightings, and the whole valley was revealed by lightning , a view that I will always remember. House have everything you need, we have 2 kids, there is a bed for children from 0-2 years very useful at that age. I love the barbeques, I called the “barbeques with view” . That place is not for people who love crowd places, noise, urban comfort, it is for those who love silence and the beauty of the mountains , the city of Bran is 30-40 min way from the house, so if you forgot how it is to live in town you can check out quickly.
Venim aici de 3 ani, acesta este al 4-lea an. Privelistea de aici este mult mai frumoasa decat in poze, esti practic inconjurat de munti. Imi place foarte mult la acest loc linistea, sunt zile, chiar 2-3 la rand, in care nu vezi pe absolut nimeni, esti decat tu si linistea muntilor. Am prins intr-un an o ploaie de noapte cu multe fulgere, intreaga vale era luminata de lumina lor, o imagine pe care sigur nu o voi uita. Casa are tot ceea ce ai nevoie, noi avem 2 copii, exista un patut pentru copii intre 0-2 ani, foarte folositor cand sunt mici. Este un loc pentru cei care nu iubesc locurile aglomerate, zgomotul, asa zisul confort urban, pentru cei care iubesc linistea si frumusetea muntilor, orasul Bran este la 30-40 de minute departare, daca ai uitat cumva cum e sa traiesti intr-un oras , iti poti reaminti repede.
a beautifull house on a beautifull location! Perfect house for a group of 8 pers.
The House is beautiful and spacious and very well maintained. The owners family was very friendly and helpful. The day we arrived there had been an unexpected snowfall and the road to the house was impassible so they arranged for a horse cart to take our luggage food and us to the house. in Bran nearby there is a castle and several excellent restaurants (the Burg is EXCELLENT) I would highly recommend the house as a great place to get away and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of it all. My wife and I look forward to returning again in the near future !
This house is increadible. It is a bit off the beaten track, and is about 10 minutes down a gravel road, and nearly 30 minutes into Bran, but it is definately worth the trip. The views of the mountains and Bran Valley from this house are increadible. The house was imaculate, and very well equiped. I would definately recommend this property to anybody who would like the solitude of staying out in the mountaind of Transylvania. The owner warns that it is not handicapped friendly, but I think it would not be a problem for most, as one can drive right up to the front door, and there are no big steps to overcome to get to the bedrooms, bathrooms, livingroom or dining room. If you are looking for a party location in town, this is not the place for you, but for relaxing in the "real" Romania, I would recommend this house without reservation.
OK - This is really unique and charming, and probably not for everyone.
It is definitely one of the best places we rented ever, mainly because of the charming location, amazing view and great design. This is a real mountain chalet, set in one of the most beautiful villages in Romania (check also Magura).
The house is some 10-15 km from Bran, but it will take you 20 minutes to reach if from there, because after the winding road up to Fundata you turn to a so-called paved road down to Sirnea for about 2 km, and then another 2 km on unpaved road (it is easy after the first time).
On the first day we arrived late in the evening (although we were specifically asked not to arrive after dark), and it was a litlle strange to go on those roads. But in the morning we woke up in heaven. It is so beautifull around, with views all around you to the mountains. The village is charming - a real poster setting, and the feeling that you are in a remote place is really unique.
Although this place is best for people who don't want to travel a lot (if you want to be close to atractions maybe Bran is better), we did travel everyday, and the extra 20 road minutes were really worth it, and it was not a problem at all.
The interior is exactly like in the pictures (maybe better) and the view is much better. We had a tiny heating issue - but it was quickly resolved when we mentioned it.
A visit to tusa Felicia and Mr Galateanu at the house downhill - is a must, even if you don't want to buy eggs, milk and great cheese (but you should). They are very nice people (their 3 cows or their cat might visit you yard, as they did on our last day).
If we will be in the area again (and we will probably be, because Romania is so beautiful), we will definitely want to stay again at Casa Konigstein.
I think written instructions about how to arrive to the house, as well as how to use different apliances in the house (like the fireplace, oven, central heating etc.) could help.
Probably one of the best rentals in Romania.
A spacious and beautiful house perched just under a hilltop with 270° views across the snow-covered Carpathian mountains -- an enchanting place for our 12-member family to meet and spend Christmas. The remoteness was enhanced by a recent heavy winter storm having completely cut off vehicle access -- it was a 1 km walk over a hill from the nearest road. A bit of a slog on arrival trekking through the snow with luggage and young children, but relieved by local help with a horse-drawn sledge, ably organised by the ever-helpful owner, and on subsequent days the walk soon became a sheer pleasure. We found everyone we encountered friendly and helpful, driving local roads was no problem, and of course Bran Castle is not to be missed. Altogether a great holiday in a unique place and special thanks to the owner for advice and help with organising so much in advance, including booking Christmas dinner for us and putting up a Christmas tree. Definitely recommended!
'We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways and there shall
be to you many strange things. Bram Stoker, Dracula'
WALK THE LAND OF MYTHICAL VAMPIRES AND DRAGONS
Although almost everyone has heard of Transylvania, very few visit it and thankfully it remains a destination for the most discerning of travellers. Much of Transylvania thankfully so far has yet to be ruined by mass tourism and subsequently still affords a genuine travel experience. This walking holiday will allow you to unlock the secrets of
Transylvania amongst some of Europe’s most spectacular wild mountain scenery. You can also visit timeless small villages where life has changed little over centuries and pay a visit by walking to ‘Dracula’s Castle’ at Bran and the ancient hilltop fortress of Rasnov.
BREATHTAKING CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN SCENERY
Transylvania thankfully still remains a destination for the discerning traveller and is yet to be over run by the ravages of mass tourism. Amongst high, soaring peaks, wild swathes of forest, ancient fortresses, forbidding castles and timeless villages, the myths and legends, fantasies and facts of legendary Transylvania become entwined. This is a land steeped in tradition, history and ancient rituals. A land inviting you to explore deeper amongst some of Europe's most spectacular and last remaining wilderness areas. The walking is varied and moderate (although it can be made easier or challenging to suit) but always stimulating. Walk beneath the breathtaking Piatra Craiului (King’s Rock) ridge and down through the Zarnesti Gorge, an area where much of the film Cold Mountain was shot. A cable car ride will enable you to easily walk high on the plateau of the Bucegi Mountains and enjoy jaw dropping views across the Carpathians to the valleys and plains almost 2500 metres below. Enjoy wild and unspoiled walking in the rarely visited Ciucas Mountains too in search of bear and wolf tracks.
FLORA AND FAUNA
With the melting of the winter snows the wild flower meadows of Transylvania burst into life. Many alpine plant species can be found here including Edelweiss, Gentian etc and with the cutting of meadows still being done manually by scythe, the mountain regions of Transylvania remain as colourful as ever. Romania is still one of the last great bastions in Europe for large predators. It is said that there are more Wolves in Romania than in the
rest of Western Europe altogether. The country also possesses healthy populations of both Bear and Lynx too, although all the large predators are elusive and seldom seen. This part of Transylvania is also rich in bird life too,from the majestic Golden Eagle, to a wide variety of migratory species.
OUR BEAUTIFUL CHALET
The domain Casa Konigstein is situated in the middle of the Carpathian mountains, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountain ridges. The small village of Sirnea, (part of Fundata), is about 170 km's away from the capital Bucharest. In the 1960's Sirnea was officially inaugurated as the 1st touristic village of Romania. Situated at 1360 meters, it is the highest village of Romania. In the area around Sirnea you can find many natural parks and natural phenoma, such as the National Park Piatra Craiului, the caves of Pestera, the Natural Reservation of La Chisatoare, the gorges of Dambovicioara and Gradistei, or the ravine of Zarnesti. Sirnea is also well positioned for cultural day trips to some of the medieval Sachsen towns and villages, such as Brasov (Kronstadt), Sighisoara (Schasburg) or Sibiu (Hermannstadt, European Cultural Capital 2008). Sirnea is 180 km's away from the capital of Romania, Bucharest, and can easlily be reached by car.
The walking is quite varied; sometimes over rugged terrain, sometimes steep but rarely sustained, sometimes through more rolling landscapes, but always on either marked trails, recognised trails, linking trails used by villagers and shepherds or even 4WD tracks. This area is ideal for the regular or adventurous hill walker with a good level of fitness. The walking days are mostly between 5 to 7 hours walking; we have many trails you can chose from! And you will only have to carry your daypack, as your main luggage will remain at the chalet Casa Konigstein.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$214|
30% advance payment and security deposit of EUR 200,- upon reservation, the remainder 2 months before arrival. Cleaning costs (EUR 75) are not included!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.