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• COZO FANTU • log cabin Carpathian Mountains

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4 guests1 bedroom1 bed0 baths
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Mountain cottage in the high meadows of the Carpathians near Sibiu, Transylvania. For an original vacation on the edge of civilization.

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• COZO FANTU •

The former shepherd’s hut in the Carpathian meadows provides only basic convenience, but lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A spring originates a stone’s throw away, the trees hang heavy with cherries, and you can get cheese or milk from the shepherd next door. A perfect log cabin holiday for lovers of unspoiled nature on the edge of civilization. And a good choice for those who want to enrich their experience with a pinch of Transylvanian serenity.

The mountain cabin is located 7 km above the village of Fantanele, 9 km away from the small town of Orlat, and 25 km from Sibiu. It is not accessible by car, so we will accompany you on your way there and back. In our off-road SUV it takes an hour, and with the horse-drawn cart about three hours. In both cases it’s an adventure worth remembering.
We will pick you up for no charge from Sibiu airport or station. If you arrive by car you can park comfortably on our enclosed plot in the village of Vale. We reload your luggage, and off we go. Once at the cabin, Nicu (our mountain specialist) will prepare a traditional shepherds stew in the kettle over an open fire.
Groceries can be bought in the shops or at the market of the small town Saliste. In case you’re running low on supplies, you can hike along the stream below the hut to the nearest store in Orlat, open daily until 9pm.

The log home consists of a terrace, a kitchen, and a bedroom with a large pedestal bed that comfortably accommodates four people. Facilities include pots and pans, plenty of blankets, hand and dish towels, candles, a gas bottle with cooker, barbeque and a tripod, washing bowl and bucket, water cans, wood and an ax, toilet paper, dish soap and a sponge, soap, matches, salt and sugar. Cooking is done either with the gas burner, on the stove in the kitchen, or on the fire pit in front of the hut.
• Trade in sockets for kerosene lamps.
• Trade in the fridge for a cool basement.
• Trade in the WC for an outhouse.
• Trade in the shower for washing with spring water.
The mobile reception at the hut itself is bad, but a little further up the hill you will find several networks.

The mountain cabin is registered on GogleMaps (search for "Carpathian log cabin Romania"), and from us you will receive the best current hiking map of the Cindrel Mountains. In any case, you will not get lost up there beause you're not alone in the Carpathians. Next to other hikers, you'll find a shepherd leaning on his cane on every other hill.
Alpine meadows, proud mountains and the vastness of the valleys, stretch for as far as the eye can see, dotted by wooden huts and shelters, sheep, cows, and horses. This is a great starting point for hikes to the mountain lake at Gura Raului and further up into the mountains. Or just simply lie down on a hillside, chew on a blade of grass and let your thoughts drift...

• Carpathian mountain cabin, sleeps 4
• Basement, barn, spring, outhouse
• Wood stove, gas cooker, kerosene lamps, kitchen equipment
• Large platform bed, blankets, pillows
• Available from April 1.to October 22
• Minimum stay: 5 nights
• Transport by horse-drawn cart or SUV: € 48 each way
• Transfer from Sibiu airport or train station included.
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Guest access
There is no public transport in the surrounding area. We bring you up to the hut and down again. For intermediate purchases, hike along a torrent to the small town of Orlat.
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Other things to note
• We provide more than just one cottage •

We are no trained tourism experts . We live in Vale and have joined together in a family-type construction company, which has built several holiday cottages. They are located in a peaceful spot without through traffic, surrounded by healthy mixed forest. Through the years, we have given them 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 bypassed by the world's hustle for a long time to come.

After eight years of work - with many possibilities for creative design - we put trowels and planing aside for a while, breathe a sigh, and are happy to present:

• 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 people.
• CASA NICU - the 120-year-old cottage with the appropriate historic flair – for 2 (to 3) people.
• CASA LOPO - our latest farmhouse with courtyard, terrace and garden, suitable for families with kids – for 4 (to 6) people.
• VILLA ZOLLO - the new 150 sqm holiday home on the hill with panoramic views and large garden – for 6 (to 8) people.
• CONDO ZOLLO II - well equipped apartment with large terrace, BBQ and garden – for 2 (to 3) people.
• COZO FANTU - our shepherd hut in the mountain meadows – for 4 people.

From the income generated by the houses (your money), first the investor is served. On the other hand, administration and care-taking yield a secure income for several families. Whenever we cook for you, or any time you order local products or go shopping in the local grocery, a number of other villagers have a benefit. Finally, we are preparing 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.
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Mountain cottage in the high meadows of the Carpathians near Sibiu, Transylvania. For an original vacation on the edge of civilization.

The space
• COZO FANTU •

The former shepherd’s hut in the Carpathian meadows provides only basic convenience, but lots of fresh mountain air for stressed lungs. A spring originates a stone’s throw away, the trees hang heavy with cherries, and you ca…
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Bedroom 1
2 king beds

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Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Dedicated workspace
Indoor fireplace
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Fire extinguisher
Private entrance
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Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Location

Fântânele, Sibiu, Romania

The pastoral village of Vale is nestled between the mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. The freeway is close by, bringing all Romanian sights closer to you, but Vale is still in the middle of nowhere. A tarmac road touches on the village, but it is mostly 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.
Some say that the Romanian countryside appears frozen in time. It is unique and mostly untouched and the breath of the past touches you in every corner. Just make yourself comfortable on the hillside above the village, take a look in the vastness of the valley, and enjoy the thoughts popping into your mind out of nowhere. Maybe you'll sense the charm of the extraordinary, perceiving what life was like before it was levelled 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, and many of them speak English, making communication easy.
No matter which way you turn, you will experience amazing things - usually things you never expected …
The pastoral village of Vale is nestled between the mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain. The freeway is close by, bringing all Romanian sights closer to you, but Vale is still in the middle of nowhere…

Hosted by Werner

Joined in September 2014
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I have been living in the village of Vale in Romania since 1998, commuting regularly to my second universe in Berlin. My Romanian friend and I set up a small villager-based construction company which is earning us a living in the surrounding villages. In this period we met some people at a wine by the campfire. They were on holiday and suggested to build holiday cottages on very good terms. After a short hesitation we started to work, and they became our investors. We were lucky with them. They demanded quality - and got it - and there was never any stress over money. So we could exercise our creativities, and everybody involved received wages well above local standards. Thus emerged a battle-tried squad of regulars; boys and girls who stand together even beyond working issues. Within 8 years we've built 2 holiday villas from scratch and revitalized the soul of 4 old farmhouses. 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. From the first day of rental in 2010 we welcome visitors from all over the world. Today we manage the cottages as a team. We share receiving the guests, doing renovation jobs, gardening, or cleaning, and incidentally we take on smaller jobs in the surrounding villages. I myself maintain our website and communicate with you. Vale is a tranquil spot to relax and hang ten; surrounded by the oldest beech forest of the continent and the unique flora and fauna of the Carpathians. On the other hand, it's a perfect base to experience Transylvania on your own. If you don't come by car, we’ll pick you up at the Sibiu airport or station, and a rental car you can get directly with us. Also available are groceries from the local farmers and traditional menus from the most dedicated cook this side of the Carpathians. Moreover we provide an authentic outing by horse-drawn cart along an untamed stream into the mountains. After all we’ll hand you a key and leave you alone ... ... unless you want us to tell you about the things you can do here in the mountains, in the valley or the old town of Sibiu, where to find a bathing lake, a cave or the closest fortified church in this special region, called 'Marginimea Sibiului'. We might have one or two tips at hand for you, but we also master the art of discreet retreat. See you, Werner
I have been living in the village of Vale in Romania since 1998, commuting regularly to my second universe in Berlin. My Romanian friend and I set up a small villager-based constru…
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Checkout: 11:00 AM
Pets are allowed
Long term stays (28 days or more) are allowed
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