The Carpathian Log Home is situated on the outskirts of the forest, near the legendary Bran Castle. Four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, amazing high ceiling livingroom with fireplace and glass wall facing the mountains, gourmet kitchen, sauna/jacuzzi, amazing surrounding nature:- this is your perfect holiday home in Romania.
The Carpathian Log Home will comfortably accomodate 8 people in the 4 double bedrooms, with space for 4 extra persons on the sleeping sofas in the livingroom. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, they're large and well lit, with amazing views to the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. You will enjoy the smell of wood in the whole chalet, the solid wood furniture and the fine bedding will ensure a good rest.
The ensuite bathroom downstairs has a sauna and a jacuzzi, while the other bathrooms have shower booths.
The house is surrounded by a terrace where you can sunbathe all day long, while in the garden you will find a wooden swing and a gazebo, for the warm summer days.
The gound floor comprises of a large open plan with living room area and seating places for 10 around the fireplace, a large dining table for 10, the open state of the art kitchen and a bedroom with ensuite jacuzzi bathroom.
The first floor comprises of two double bedrooms with ensuite baths and balconies, while the second floor has a double bedroom with ensuite bath and a fitness area with magnificent views to the valley bellow.
There's parking space for 3 cars in front of the villa and one space in the garage.
Guests will have access to everything there's in the house, from the spices collection found in the gourmet kitchen to the extensive music/movies collection, the library with books in English and Romanian, guide books, the media center with 40" HD led tv and usb player, 5.1 sound system, dvd, high speed wifi.
Please keep in mind that this is my home and everything you see here is part of me and who I am though. Nothing you find in the house is off limits, except the locked wardrobes.
I have a studio arranged in the underground floor, with separate entrance. I might be there for a day or two during your stay, but this is not a rule. You will have complete privacy upstairs though.
Located 25 Km from Brasov and 190 Km from Bucharest, Bran represents both a historical place and a legend. Bran is the gateway between Transylvania and Valachia with one side lined by the Piatra Craiului Mountains and the other by the Bucegi Mountains.
Bran hosts one of the most visited castles in Europe, the Dracula Castle, the source which inspired the most fascinating legend of the blood- shedding Count Dracula. The Castle was built by the inhabitants of Brasov in the interval (phone number hidden) protect the mountain pass from the invading Turks. At the beginning of the 20th century it became the favourite residence of Queen Maria of Romania, a queen for whom the Bran inhabitants manifested a deep gratitude, as they also benefited from a profound appreciation during the Romanian monarchy.
Although the name of Bran is closely linked to that of the Bran Castle, the region is extremely rich in tourist attractions: the Moieciului Gorges, the Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului, Pestera Dambovicioara, Cetatea Rasnovului (Rasnov Fortress), and also Brasov and the neighbouring Saxon fortresses from Prejmer and Harman.
More distant sites can also be visited, such as: Peles Castle in Sinaia, the medieval fortress Sighisoara (UNESCO Patrimony), or Biertan, one of the biggest Saxon fortresses in Transylvania.
Bran has also become a place which competes with the town due to its smart villas built in recent years. Living within a well-meaning nature, with hardworking and welcoming people the people from Bran always knew how to benefit from the assets they had from tourism. Rural tourism has been practised in the region for some decades, representing a feasible alternative to the large hotels in the Valea Prahovei or Poiana Brasov resort.
Poiana Brasov resort is a traditional place for skiing, but also for spending Summer holidays. the access from Rasnov is pretty short (9kms).
The family-like atmosphere that overwhelms you in the rural homes, the people who know to value a "thank you" coming from the bottom of the heart of a tourist after a good wealthy meal, hosts who will proudly show their tastefully decorated houses, are only some of the arguments which will persuade you to prolong your stay in these places.
The distance from the Otopeni airport is 160km. Transportation to/from the airport can be arranged by car, as well as private tours in Transylvania.
Public transportation is available by train, the closest railway station being (email hidden) from the villa. There are also buses passing through Bran to Brasov/Bucharest.
For the short rides, taxis are available in Bran as well.
We had a lovely stay in Romania thanks to Emanuela and her beautiful log cabin. It really does have a stunning view and is very close to hiking trails & Bran. We arrived and were welcomed by her with a basket with fresh bread & a bottle of wine.
Her detailed directions were very helpful since it is a little tricky getting up the mountain. She gave us good recommendations for local restaurants and was very accommodating to our schedule.
If we make it back to those parts we would definitely stay there again!