About the property
- Villa2195 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Take a break - in a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past
• VILLA CRINA • is the icing on the cake among our holiday homes 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 2007. A good choice for enthusiast of special places who want to add a pinch of Romanian serenity to their live experience.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a short walk you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest on the continent and will experience a unique flora and fauna on your way up to the mountain meadows. Alternatively, benefit from our central location in the heart of Romania and explore sights and trips in all directions.
Would you like to choose from 7 holiday homes? Or want to learn more about what to expect? On our homepage • www.casa-vale.net • you find photo galleries, virtual tours through our cottages, excursion tips, guest reviews ...
••• VILLA CRINA •••
… lies on a slope in the loosely built part of the village. We’ve built this cottage from scratch on the layout of an abandoned farm barn. Now it offers spacious, light-flooded rooms, and whoever enjoys 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 •••
• Transfer from the Sibiu airport or railway station 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 to the table by appointment - each gram of meat a product of her own livestock farming. 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: baby cot, high chair, rides in a donkey cart for children, grocery shopping prior to your arrival.
• Tip: Excursion in a horse-drawn cart to the mountains. The tour can take a few hours or an entire day. On the way, you stop at a creek and Nicu (our Carpathian specialist) prepares a shepherd goulash in the kettle on the camp fire.
••• The village of Vale •••
… is out in the sticks, in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, the freeway that brings all sights of Transylvania closer to you is only 5 km away. A tarmac road touches on the village, but in large parts, it’s cobblestone roads and dirt trails leading up into the wooded hills. Thus, traditional structures and straightforward hospitality still hold up in Vale. Horses, cows and goats are still part of the village landscape, and the farmers take up their scythes and plant corn, potatoes, and vegetables to provide for the winter.
There is a children's playground and a small grocery store at the village square. The town of Saliste 2 km away offers more shops, a farmer's market and an ATM cash machine. Whatever you miss here can be found in Sibiu 20 km away at the Cibin Market, in retail stores, or supermarkets such as Real, Carrefour and Lidl.
Some say that the Romanian countryside appears frozen in time. It is unique and mostly untouched and the breath of the past hides in every corner. Maybe you'll sense the charm of the extraordinary, perceiving what life was like before it was leveled by the advance of civilization.
Until then, take a good look around. Heists and highway robberies are tales from the long-gone years of turmoil following the political change in Romania, and Count Dracula obviously exists only in movies. Most people in these parts are open-minded and very friendly when met with respect.
Read more below for an overview of the sights in the area, plus a pinch of Transylvanian history. Or, more detailed and accompanied by photo galleries, on our homepage • www.casa-vale.net •.
••• We provide more than just a cottage •••
With our construction company, we have given five houses a complete overhaul or built them from scratch. With attention to detail all along, with respect towards the traditional style of the area, as well as with a view to modern building materials and contemporary housing needs. The result is an encounter of different ages and cultures in five oases 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 • our jewel with 200 sqm of living space and terraced garden – sleeps 8.
• CASA PELU • the former farmhouse with extended loft and roof terrace – sleeps 6.
• CASA NICU • 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – sleeps 2-3.
• VILLA ZOLLO • 150 sqm holiday home with panoramic views and large garden – sleeps 6-8.
• Studio ZOLLO II • well equipped apartment with a terrace, BBQ and garden – sleeps 2-3.
• COZO FANTU • our shepherd’s hut in the mountain pastures – sleeps 4.
A total of 12 rooms are endowed with double beds, WiFi internet access, TV (Astra satellite), and plants. Some properties feature a garden and living room with a fireplace, and all of them provide a kitchen fully equipped for self-catering, as well as 1-4 bathrooms, a washing machine, and at least one terrace. The central heating facilities (most of them solar-assisted) are powered by water-bearing fireplaces, tiled stoves or gas heaters. In addition, nearly all of the rooms are equipped with infrared panels.
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- English, Romanian, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 9, 2018
About W. Konnerth
We are no trained tourism experts. We live in Vale and have joined together in a small and family-type construction company, which all the holiday cottages were built by. After eight years of work - with many possibilities for creative design - we cast the trowels and planning aside for a while and took a deep breath. Today, we care for you as a team. In case of problems or questions you can always get in touch. Furthermore, we might have one or two tips at hand for you, but we also master the art of discreet retreat. From the income generated by the houses (your money), on the one hand the 'investor' is served. On the other hand, administration and care-taking yield a secure income for several families. When we cook for you, or when 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 will also be financed from the proceeds of our holiday homes. We nurture a climate of openness and equality-based relationships. And we look forward to our mostly respectful and tolerant guests who contribute personally to bring together the different universes in this world. .
W. Konnerth purchased this Villa in 2004
Why W. Konnerth chose Sibiu
... 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 in a particular respect rather than in attempts to defraud or attack you. .
What makes this Villa unique
... you may judge for yourself after you've been here. .
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Piece of Heaven
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.
Thank you Clare.
Regarding shocked neighbors I would like to calm you down. Most of our guests are relaxed people, otherwise you can pull the curtains.
Perhaps until later in life - you're always welcome.
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
Merci Raluca à la louange de toute l'équipe.
Wirklich ein tolles Ferienhaus
Wir haben im Sommer 2017 für 11 Tage in diesem Ferienhaus Urlaub gemacht. Das Ferienhaus ist sehr großzügig und durchdacht geschnitten. Bezüglich der Ausstattung fehlt es an nichts. Alles ist sehr sauber und gepflegt. Die Ansprechpartner vor Ort sind sehr nett und in jeder Situation sehr hilfsbereit. Auch die Lage des Hauses gefiel uns. Nur wenige Gehminuten vom Wald entfernt oder ca. 30 Minuten Autofahrt nach Sibiu. Landschaftlich ist es sehr reizvoll. Baden und wandern ist möglich. Auch ein guter Ausgangspunkt für eine Fahrt auf der Transalpina. Auf jeden Fall sehr empfehlenswert. Wir haben uns immer wohl und sicher gefühlt.
Danke für das viele Lob. Wir werden auch in Zukunft versuchen, es uns zu verdienen. Wenn es Sie einmal wieder nach Siebenbprgen zieht, sind Sie jederzeit willkommen bei uns in Vale.
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.
Danke, und schön daß Sie die 'Liebe zu Detail' erkannt haben. An diesem Ferienhaus haben wir knapp 5 Jahre lang gearbeitet ...
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.
Danke für die feine Bewertung, und Grüsse von den 'lokalen Köstlichkeiten' aus den Karpaten. Vielleicht bis später einmal im Leben, Werner
. ••• Transylvania ••• … is the land of the legendary places, the churches, castles, fortresses and monasteries. Only a few are known, such as the Dracula Castle in Bran, the Sphinx Megalith in the Bucegi Mountains or Sarmizegetusa, the capital of the ancient Dacian culture. But they are found everywhere: sometimes as a quiet gem on the edge of the road, as a monumental fortress on the safe rock, but also as a hand-adorned token of love to craftsmanship in a monastery in the forest. An overview of all these eye-catchers would overload this page, but if you are interested you can find hundreds of pictures on our homepage • www.casa-vale.net •. A trip can take you an hour or a day. Here are some examples for sights and tours in the area: The open-air Marmelada swimming pool is just across the hill 20 walking minutes away, and so are five lakes in the valley. In 15 minutes you leave the village below you, passing dozens of hand-carved wooden sculptures in the Poiana Soarelui (sunny glade) on your ascent, to arrive at the mountain meadows and enjoy a unique view across the vastness of the Transylvanian Plain. In good weather, you get sweeping views to the mountain range beyond Sibiu. The neighbor village of Sibiel hosts Romania’s most important museum for icons with reverse glass painting. From here, you walk along a wild stream to a secluded monastery in the midst of the forest, and further up into the mountains. Connoisseurs are attracted to the mountain lake at Gura Raiului (13 km). It lies in a depression. 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 it. If you are aiming really high, you can choose between two north-south passes across 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 of the pass, ‘Balea Lake’ awaits you with a hostel and the house of ice. • The Transalpina – at 2.145m the highest trafficable road across the Carpathians, sometimes even towers above the clouds. Created by the Romans in their campaign against the Dacians, she was rebuilt during World War II, then forgotten, and today winds through one of the few untouched mountain regions in Europe. The Transalpina starts at Saliste, just 2 km from Vale. Via both routes you arrive at the southern part of the country, in Walachia, and make your way back through the Olt valley, the only north-south route through the Carpathians, passing ancient monasteries and some steep cliffs. Whoever doesn’t stop here must be in a real hurry. When you’ve had enough of mountains and steep slopes, turn to the valley. The countryside is spotted with ancient fortified churches built by the Transylvanian Saxons up to 800 years ago. One of their medieval cities, the European Capital of Culture Sibiu, lies just around the corner and to this day is a fountain of cultural diversity. The medieval fortifications embrace the old town with its historic alleys and restaurants, cafés and bars, some of them set in vaulted cellars or courtyards. During the summer, the town opens up to its visitors and regularly organizes events, ranging 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: century-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, established in the 13th century and one of the oldest Saxon buildings in Transylvania. It stands on an almost circular mountain top above the village. After walking for hours you will feel your legs. In the saltwater lakes and spas of Ocna Sibiului (25 km away) you can soothe your aching bones in brine, stretch out in saltwater reading the newspaper, and then coat yourself in mud. The way back leads you past Cristian. Here, another 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. Even today the faithful flock to their places of worship, only ruins of which have survived. The last Dacians are said to have taken refuge in the ‘Muntii Apuseni’ (40 km away), a sparsely populated region on the western border of Transylvania. Today however, this area is known for 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. No matter which way you turn, you’ll experience amazing things - usually things you never expexted. .
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
• Extra bed from the 9. person per night: 10 € / Extra-Bett ab der 9. Person pro Nacht • Pet per day: 5 € / Haustier pro Tag • Fee for credit card booking: 25 € / Transaktionsgebühr bei Kreditkarten-Buchung • discount from 15th day of stay / Ermässigung ab dem 15. Tag • Free pickup from Sibiu airport, rental car on request / Transfer vom Flughafen Sibiu inclusive, Mietauto auf Anfrage