We arrived after a long drive and after dark, but Lilli was there to meet us and take us to her stunningly beautiful home. Inside, she had a fire going in the stove and a bottle of palinka on the table. Outside, the panoply of stars competed with the absolute quiet of the Maramures evening. The lights from the monastery at the bottom of the hill shone in the distance. Lilli's home was spotlessly clean. Anyone reading this has already seen a photo of the exterior. I can only add that the picture does not do it justice. Lilli has done a marvelous job of restoring this home, and it seems no detail was left unconsidered. We were looking for quiet; we were looking for authentic. We got both. We also got a kitchen with more modern appliances than in our home in Boston, a washing machine (a godsend after two weeks on the road), and a warm, large, fully equipped bathroom outside of our bedroom. A second bathroom was located downstairs.
If I could make one recommendation to visitors, it would be to make sure to walk to the bottom of Lilli's gravel road, turn left, and keep walking up into the hills. You will pass hills, streams, and forests as well as open pasturage and a small sprinkling of homes. You will also pass the monastery, well worth visiting (especially the church, which we were able to have opened for us to see).
There were times when I had to check in at work, and the wi-fi connection was perfect. Better, though, was the fact that no other media cluttered this home. I may be in a minority, but a place without a television or phone is what I consider a nice place to vacation. The fact that Maramures was the background to this lovely home simply made a great experience a bit magical. I did not want to leave, and I will most certainly be recommending this home to friends, neighbors, and anyone else I can think of. It is an experience not to be missed.