One of the questions we're most asked about Transylvania is 'What's the accommodation like?' And the answer we always give is that the region offers a selection of some of the most charming, peaceful, comfortable and exciting guest houses we've come across anywhere. Take a look at some of our favourites.
1. The Inn on Balaban, Bran
A stone's throw from Dracula's Castle, The Inn on Balaban is a hand-crafted reproduction of a regional peasant home of the late 1700s. It is more than comfortable, with fantastic food and wine and, as you can see, the views are to die for.
2. Apafi Mansion, Malancrav
Situated above the twelfth century village of Malancrav in the heart of Saxon Transylvania, the Apafi Mansion belonged to the Apafi family until the 18th century. It was confiscated by the communist regime in 1949 and it wasn't until 2000 that it was taken over by The Mihai Eminescu Trust and, after five years of restoration, returned to its former glory and turned into a guest house. It is a wonderful place to stay.
3. Zabola Estate, Zabola
It has been called Romania's best kept secret. Still the family home of the Mikes family, the Zabola Estate is nestled in a verdant valley three hours north of Bucharest. There are three beautifully furnished houses to choose from, as well as activities that range from bear watching to deer stalking, hiking and biking to horse and carriage rides (or sleigh in winter!) It is fair to say that Zabola is an absolute gem!
4. Camping on a Hill Above Crit
Dinner in a plum orchard overlooking the medieval village of Crit is a must during any Spring or Summer visit to Transylvania. Chat to the villagers as they return from long days harvesting in the fields before bedding down under the stars, and feel a million miles from home.
Step back in time at this wonderful property which is owned, perhaps surprisingly, by our very own Prince Charles and Romania's Count Kalnoky. It sits just outside one of the most charming villages in Transylvania, the food is fantastic and you'll be served great local wines from the region. Watch out for the bears - those woods aren't far away!
6. Viscri 125, Viscri
Viscri, complete with its UNESCO-protected fortified church, is one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania. It's also largely restored, thanks to the fantastic work of the Mihai Eminescu Trust. Viscri 125 isn't an MET guest house, but it is a fantastically luxurious place to base yourself for a few days in the area.
If you'd like to visit any of these, and combine it with some of the best cycling in the region, drop us a line.