Count Kálnoky's Estate
property description: We invite you to discover Transylvania as our grand- and great-grand parents knew it in the 1800's. Transylvania became famous not only due to the fiction of Count "Dracula", but also through the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the unique medieval villages and the excellent Romanian wines.
Here you can immerse yourself in a forgotten world that you probably believe has ceased to exist in today's Europe.
You will arrive in Miklósvár,
Miclosoara, a remote little village in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. From its timeless charms, venture out on journeys not just across a virgin landscape but through time itself.
accommodation: Count Kálnoky's guesthouses date back to the 1800s, although parts of them are much older, as some medieval shooting embrasures reveal. They are situated within the village in spacious gardens. Storks nest nearby and a little stream crosses the garden. The houses have been extensively restored to regain their old charm and character.
Our wine cellar is a place not only to enjoy local wines but also most of your meals. It dates from the 17th century with shooting embrasures in the outward wall, which we block with boards if it gets too cold outside. Its massive, 40x40 cm original oak beams, the stoves and the central fireplace make you forget your presence in the 21st century.
During their stay in Miklósvár our guests are usually having their meals together. They often say they feel like being transported to one of Agatha Christie's novels - only that the corpse is missing.
Our menus also contain local dishes, which we feel you will be pleased to discover. You will often have picnics during your trips and a rich dinner in the evenings. The meat and milk comes mainly from animals raised in the village and on its pastures. We also cater for vegetarians.
Furniture is all antique and original. The heating system is also original, based on wood-stoves, and has recently been enhanced by a hidden central heating, still based on wood. As this remote village has no infrastructure, we cannot (and do not wish to) claim technical perfection.
The houses are also equipped for children of all ages.
We can also offer guestrooms furnished exclusively with antique Transylvanian furniture, including most of the textiles, too. We have taken particular care in making beds and seats comfortable, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The rooms have neither TV, video, nor radio, but you will find plenty of interesting books on the shelves. All rooms have double beds with specially manufactured mattresses of pure wool and duvet covers. Each room has its own electric kettle, with both tea and coffee provided.
We believe that to discover the countryside and its people you must experience them.
The following example of a fortnight stay can give you an idea of how, according to your interests and time, your own programme could be tailored:
Miklósvár lies 3 - 3 1/2 (depending on traffic conditions) hours by car from Bucharest International Airport, Romania.
please contact us for further details
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