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• Villa Zollo • Carpathian mountain chalet • holiday home Romania Transylvania
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1 of 25Villa Zollo at the Carpathian foothills | Sibiu Transylvania Romania
2 nights minimum
• VILLA ZOLLO • is a rustic vacation rental on a hill slope with a panoramic view of the valley and the wooded mountains of the Carpathians. It is located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the pastoral village of Vale, where the only through traffic consists of one or two horse carts bringing in the hay from the nearby hills. Expect sprawling bright rooms, exceptional cleanliness, and the comfortable indoor climate of a rear-ventilated larch paneling.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a few steps you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest of the continent, and hiking towards the mountain pastures you will experience a unique flora and fauna. Alternati...• VILLA ZOLLO • is a rustic vacation rental on a hill slope with a panoramic view of the valley and the wooded mountains of the Carpathians. It is located in an absolutely peaceful spot on the edge of the pastoral village of Vale, where the only through traffic consists of one or two horse carts bringing in the hay from the nearby hills. Expect sprawling bright rooms, exceptional cleanliness, and the comfortable indoor climate of a rear-ventilated larch paneling.
The village is nestled between the wooded mountains overlooking the Transylvanian plain - in an absolutely peaceful spot with no through traffic. After a few steps you already find yourself in the oldest beech forest of the continent, and hiking towards the mountain pastures you will experience a unique flora and fauna. Alternatively, benefit from our central location in the heart of Romania and explore sights and trips in all directions.
Take a break and treat yourself to a place where unspoiled nature meets the breath of the past.
••• VILLA ZOLLO •••.
This holiday villa was built on the foundations of a century old blockhouse, of which a few stone walls are still preserved. The construction took four years because we took our time and delved into the creative design of details. Now finally, the cottage is a good choice for whoever enjoys special places and wants to add a touch of Transylvanian serenity to their vacation experience.
The villa provides 5.000 sqm garden and 152 sqm of living space on two floors for 6 (up to 8) people. The living room (34 sqm) is on the mezzanine floor. It features oak parquet and includes an open kitchen, brick fireplace, LED TV (Astra Satellite), and ten seats at two tables. From the adjoining balcony you enjoy the view into the valley or follow the sun as it goes down right between the crests of two forested mountains.
The open kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering with a large fridge combo, dishwasher, gas stove, coffee maker and espresso machine, toaster, kettle, spices, and more. The first room (17 sqm), with windows opening to the East, South and West is accessible from both the living room and the outer hallway. The first bathroom (3 sqm) adjoins the living room.
An interior staircase leads to the two bright rooms in the attic, the larger one with an oak floor and a balcony. With their 24 and 32 sqm they can easily be used as a lounge for a larger group. Dormers and windows open in three directions and allow the sun to spread its light across the rooms at any time of day. The view is impressive: it goes out over the vastness of the valley, to the forested mountains and in good weather, all the way up to the snowy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains. The second bathroom (8 sqm) with a shower, tub, toilet, washing machine, and a house pharmacy branches off from the hallway between the rooms. Each room features a double bed, TV, Wi-Fi internet access, infrared panel, and plants. In the largest room, a sofa bed for up to two additional people is available. On arrival you will find the beds freshly made, and towels, soap and shower gel are provided.
The entire interior is new and was chosen with care, including kitchen and sanitation facilities, mattresses, and linen. All furniture, windows, doors and stairs where consistently made to measure, and the rear-ventilated larch paneling provides a healthy indoor climate throughout all seasons. 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 at no additional costs for you.
The two gardens are fenced in and adjacent to the surrounding hills. Here you can relax on a covered terrace, grill your steak on the stonewalled barbecue or enjoy the evening by an open fire, proposing a toast to the awakening crickets. Maybe you’ll just sit down beneath an apple tree, listen to the birds, and let your thoughts drift …
• Holiday cottage rental, sleeps 6 (up to 8).
• 3 double rooms with Wifi-Internet, TV, and a balcony.
• 2 bathrooms, one of them with bathtub and washing machine.
• Large living room with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, TV, and balcony.
• 2 gardens with parking lot, covered patio, BBQ and camp fire.
• Minimum stay: 3-5 nights (seasonal).
• Additional occupancy: 10 €/night from the 7th person.
We rent out this accommodation separately or in combination with the studio-apartment Zollo II on the ground floor. It features a private entry, its own terrace, kitchen, and bathroom.
••• 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, , and many of them speak English, making communication easy.
Read more below for an overview of the sights in the area, plus a pinch of Transylvanian history.
••• 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.
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.
••• 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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Families, kids and pets are welcome.
Smoking please outside the cottage.
We provide self made groceries (e.g. honey, milk and cheese) directly from the farmers, breakfast and traditional menus, free transfer from Sibiu airport, private car hire, hiking maps of the area, trips with the horse-drawn cart, and excursion tips if desired.
This little vacation was just beautiful. A nice place, sourrounded with beautiful nature. Great host and everything was taken care of. I recommend this place and we definitely will come back. Thank you for the great accomodation!!!
The house is located on the edge of a beautiful Romanian village. We loved the walks in the village and nearby Sibiel, the views over the old slate roofs of nearby peasant houses, the quiet, the perfect cleanliness and the modern amenities inside, the well-organized...More
The three of us (2 adults, 1 kid/10 yr) greatly enjoyed our vacation and we were taken care of from the time of booking until the end of our vacation by its owner. The house its beautifully located on a hillside with a stunning view,...More
Date of stay: July 2019
Exploration638545, VR Owner at • Villa Zollo • Carpathian mountain chalet • holiday home Romania Transylvania, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2019
Thank you, I'm pleased that you've enjoyed your stay in Villa Zollo. However, a trifle: the chalet is happy about 3 bedrooms, even if you only used 2. You are always welcome.
Located at a very convenient 20 minutes drive from SIBIU towards Deva (actually 20 minutes drive from Sibiu center and Supermarkets) and roughly 4 hours drive from Bucharest, the location for this Villa is understated, to say the least. Cleverly placed on the side of...More
Date of stay: February 2019
Exploration638545, VR Owner at • Villa Zollo • Carpathian mountain chalet • holiday home Romania Transylvania, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2019
a really detailed review. The beautiful view was the most important reason to build exactly here, and so it's an encouraging reward that you saw and could appreciate the special features of Villa Zollo.
Thanks again, Werner
We have just returned from our Christmas and New Year holiday, at casa Zollo. Even though we are regular customers of Sibiel Village and we thought there can be nothing like our usual hosts in these surroundings, we found a wonderful house in Vale, and...More
I stayed at Villa Zollo with my family for five nights. When I e-mailed Werner, I got a quick response every time, he was very helpful and answered all my questions very patiently. The access to the house was fairly easy and Nicu met us...More
Date of stay: December 2018
Exploration638545, VR Owner at • Villa Zollo • Carpathian mountain chalet • holiday home Romania Transylvania, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2018
Thanks Michal for the great praise, I'm glad that you felt well. Fast communication is normal with us, and indeed, departures at 4 am rather rare, but still a pleasure with guests like you. Thanks again, Werner
The place is wonderful, calm and relaxing. We were impressed by the kindness of our host and the way they tried to accomplish our need! The house is worm welcome, cosy , very clean and very well equiped!
We will come again here!
Date of stay: December 2017
Management response:Responded 7 February 2018
Heaven remains unreachable, but I would be glad if we meet again on the way up there. Until then, Werner
Visited casa zollo with my partner for our anniversary and a winters visit before the busy Christmas period back at home in the uk!
Great owner and maintenance involved with getting us to and from the airport and local supplies for when we arrived, such...More
Date of stay: November 2017
Thank Emily C
Management response:Responded 17 November 2017
Thanks Emily, I hope we, the house and the surrounding area deserve your praise also in the future. If it draws you back to Transylvania you are always welcome.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The owners were very helpful. We arrived later in the evening but that was not a problem. We were greeted with wine, beer and homemade cheese!
The place is very well appointed and Spotless. We found the location to...More
Date of stay: September 2017
Management response:Responded 6 October 2017
Thank you for the words of praise and your understanding - we rarely have such a storm here. You are always welcome whenever it pulls you to Transylvania again.
Fantastic house about 20 kms from Sibiu. It is superbly appointed by Werner, the German owner (speaks good English) and his friendly local assistants. Everything is beautifully designed, with plush bathrooms, an excellent kitchen and dining area, two balconies with great views, a lovely covered...More
You just have to leave the cottage and you wander through the oldest beech forest in Europe. The historic old town of Sibiu is only 20 km away, and via the nearby motorway you can quickly reach the Dracula Castle, Sighisoara or fortified churches in every second village in Transylvania.
Breakfast and traditional menus are served by our cook directly on the table. Alternatively you can choose between two good restaurants 2-3 km away and pizza from the stone oven, which is also delivered.
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 in retail stores, or supermarkets.
The village of Vale is located close to the small town of Saliste with bus (2 km away) and train station (4 km away). There is no public transport in the village. That's why we recommend a car, that you can hire at the Sibiu airport or directly with us.