3 Bedrooms each w. own bathroom, sleeps 10, Jaccuzi in the attic, 4 Bathrooms
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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. I thought that Bran 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 if I will not somewhat recreate 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 2006
Why Dinu chose Bran
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 12
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
This past August we were the guests of the wonderful Casa Heidi located in Bran, Transylvania. The villa is great, spacious, beautiful, designed with such comfort that we immediately felt at home. Well, except the sheep, horses, cows and the stunning views surrounding the house. The villa is not only very well equipped, but it really also conveys a great feeling. It serves well as a "base camp" for many trips in the area. We travelled with our two and a half year old son and the location was of great help to plan our day trips. The surrounding area is…as you can see on their website, breathtaking.
Beyond this, the owner was great, "always there for us", answering all our questions, before and during the trip, assisting us not only during the planning phase, making loads of helpful suggestions, but also during the trip itself. From minor issues such as "where to go on a rainy day", up to "how to find a doctor for our sick boy". Every request was instantly answered. Whenever we needed more than information, the villa's house keeper lives in the area and was quite efficient and pleasant.
In short, the house is great, beautiful and cozy, the area is stunning, plenty of things to see and do and a host who's always there (on whatsapp) when you need him. Pretty perfect, no? Warmly recommended!
Thank you, Roni! It was great having you there and re-experience "through you" the great places we were suggesting you to enjoy. Btw, for those who worry: locals do occasionally pass or pastor their lambs and cows around our courtyard, but not on it : )
Beautiful Villa. Recommended for families
Beautiful villa, beautiful scenery. The owner, Dinu went above and beyond to help make our stay enjoyable. Before we arrived he sent us a booklet of information about the villa, the immediate area and Romania in general including where to find a supermarket and how to get a local SIM card. This booklet became our "Bible" throughout our stay. During our stay we were in touch with Dinu every day. He answered every question we had and even arranged us a fantastic evening on a horse and cart with a local family who showed us their animals. The kids loved it.
Highly recommend the villa. It is well equipped, clean and beautiful. A huge bonus was the washer-dryer. Saved me on packing clothes for 3 kids for an entire week!!
It was great to host you! And thank you! I greatly enjoyed suggesting all the places and activities I love so much and could not experience myself while you were there. Knowing that someone like you and your family "replaced me", was very comforting : ) So sorry for being so selfish after all : ) Also thank you for the immediate (positive) feedback which helped us decide to introduce new activities to the list of "most recommended". Hope to see you again!
Excellent home for exploring some of Romania's most beautiful mountains
The house is beautiful, in a very quiet area, and it has everything one might need for an excellent stay. The kitchen is well stocked and everything works. The only thing that I did not have was the internet, which was missing completely, including the cellular signal. The house is located in a picturesque village, which is quite popular with foreigners and Romanians nowadays, so it's quite crowded. That being said, only 5 minutes drive (or walk) the endless mountains and forests await undisturbed. The Bran castle is 10 minutes walk away, and is very much worth the visit, in spite of the crowds. The restaurant which is inside the castle grounds is the only one that I can recommend in the area.
Made for a really wonderful holiday!
We stayed at Casa Heidi for 8 days back in August 2016, from the very first email with Dinu and Heidi we felt welcomed and informed about our upcoming stay, they really did go above and beyond in informing us on everything we needed to know about the house and the local area and any questions which weren't in the helpful guide he provided were answered in a matter of hours by email or whatsapp. We travelled up by car from Bucharest and arrived at the house after a long day of travelling, the house is amazing, spacious, clean, well equipped and in such a wonderful location! We had stopped in the town to equip ourselves with supplies and had a BBQ on the beautiful terrace!
During the week we were able to do all the things we wanted within easy reach of the house, bear watching in Zarnesti, Rasnov, Brasov and the 7 ladders canyon walk along with countless beautiful walks right on our doorstep. At the end of a long day we were able to take the short walk into the village down the hill for a great choice of dinner and drink options. This really was the most lovely accommodation in a great setting and would not hesitate to recommend to others or to return ourselves and can honestly say there is nothing about the house we would change! One point we would make is travelling on the road up to Bran from Bucharest we experienced very heavy traffic, maybe because it was a Thursday in the summer so it was local tourist traffic, however we would advise if you have a flight to catch on your return journey to allow plenty of time.
Thank you for your comments and we will indeed try to suggest all our guests to avoid weekends. Looking forward seeing you again! H & D
Absolutely superb - in all respects
We spent absolutely great holidays in Casa Heidi in Bran. And we want to thank Dinu for all his efforts with explaining everything to us in advance, and also Mircea who was very friendly and helpful during our stay. So we really felt welcome on our first visit to Romania. The marvellous house and the fantastic landscape - extraordinary. The house was just as described by Dinu. Everything practical, clean and cosy; the special architecture, the old wedding chests and the artistic photographs give the casa a very individual atmosphere. We felt immediately „at home“. The weather was mainly very nice, so we spent most time on the terrace – a gorgeous idea is the moveable table on rolls with an integrated parasol. The one day we had to eat and sit indoors in the evening was really cosy. In the kitchen we found everything to cook a nice meal, and everything was practical.
The bedrooms were lovely decorated with light colours and very comfortable mattresses. We were 5 persons – two couples and a single person – and enjoyed the luxury of all bedrooms having their private bathroom.
And then the quietness. No cars or other noise. It was just the little brook which borders the garden we would sometimes hear with a gentle, soothing splashing. It was a pity that we stayed for just one week, so we wanted to see a lot of this wonderful part of the world, and couldn’t enjoy the terrace and the balcony as much as we would have liked.
The casa is not too far from the village centre of Bran – you can walk there within about 15 minutes, but far enough from it as not to be bothered by the tourists visiting Bran castle – which we found also quite interesting. We enjoyed being in Bran, so we had supermarkets and restaurants nearby.
And apart from the wonderful house we were fascinated by the gorgeous countryside. You could just sit there and admire the scenery! Dinu supplied us with a lot of helpful information. This made it easy for us to find interesting places: lovely small towns (we’ve never seen this special and impressing kind of churches and castles before), nice walks – from easy to more demanding. We liked the rural area; life seemed to be less hectic and time even appeared to have stood still a bit.
And either Mircea or Dinu could be contacted at any time. So we always felt to be in really good hands. This was very reassuring, although we didn’t really need it, as everything worked just smoothly.
We'd really like to come again! Once more: Thanks a lot, Dinu!!!
Dear I., : )
We are so glad you had a good time, thank you! May we keep having the pleasure of hosting such lovely people!
For us this place is part of...who we are, so it's really so nice to see how people who never had any link to Romania do sense and appreciate the special charm of this area that we are so in love with!
We gladly share with our guests the information we ourselves gather during our numerous leisure days here. Not only nature and history related, but also the new-er man-made ones.
We'll be so glad to see you back soon!
Heidi and Dinu
Magic Villa in a Magic Land
My husband and I and our two children, ages 8 and 5, spent 12 nights in Casa Heidi in August 2014. There was more than enough space for us, with one bedroom and ensuite bathroom that we never used. The villa is just beautiful, with tons of natural light, making even the one dark, rainy day we had seem very tolerable. The kitchen is fully stocked and we couldn't think of anything we needed, other than a bit easier time with the wifi. Usually we wouldn't need it but work back home demanded we keep in touch. Still, it wasn't a big deal as the wifi would come and go. Other than that, the location was superb. We had a renal car which we used a lot to explore nearby cities and towns, but some days we'd just walk into Bran or go for hikes in the many hills and mountains surrounding the villa. We can't recommend this villa or it's location in the magical land of Transylvania, highly enough. Thanks Dinu!
Dear Phairis & family, it was great to host you. The wifi issue will be 100% solved once we will have a landline. Until then, sticking the USB modem directly into the laptop is the best solution....
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, a great Bear park, Dinosaur Park, Spa with a great swimming pool, wonderful massages, a very good zip line and adventure park, interesting caves, classical concerts in a medieval church, wonderful cake shops, paragliding (with or without engine), Jeep tours, short and long hiking in the mountains, 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.