"Transylvania? Is it a real place?".
Seriously, that was the reaction when people heard it was our intended holiday destination.
Having now experienced a fortnight with Jez & Di, I'm not sure if it does actually exist or whether we were all part of a very pleasant dream!
Imagine a place of outstanding natural beauty with fields full of wildflowers, traditional haystacks, and butterflies.
A land where you can walk all day and hardly see another soul, collecting mushrooms along the way to enjoy for breakfast the following morning.
Replace your alarm clock with a cockerel and forget about tuning into world news,
listen instead to the cows bells as they wander through the village.
Enjoy an array of breakfast delights on the decking, by the pool,
relax and gaze in wonder at the surrounding forested hillside crowned with an ancient fortified church.
Having your day arranged for you really is quite liberating once you relax and learn how to go with the flow.
Immerse yourself in some local culture, or perhaps just immerse yourself in mud.
Then float in salt lakes before dining on mitten with the locals.
Don't forget your sunscreen and towels and to leave your dignity in the Land Rover.
Honestly, don't be put off, it was so good we did it twice!
Bears in Europe? You'd better believe it !
Over six thousand spread across Romania, though we only met a few.
Luckily they didn't see us at all, as we were all very well hidden.
Travel the spectacular Transfagarassan Highway in the footsteps of Jeremy Clarkson,
or visit Sighisoara and Poenari Castle in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler.
Vampire hunters can overdose on Dracula memorabilia at Bran castle,
though links to the fictitious character seem non existent!
Relaxed evenings usually end in "The Lancaster" probably the best little English pub in Transylvania!
And I would imagine the only one selling "Speckled Hen"!
A place to chill, recount the days adventures, play cards and check email on the free wifi.
After a while horse and carts don't seem unusual anymore and time is marked only by the evening bell,
beckoning the cows home after a long day in the fields.
Of course all I've mentioned above paint an idyllic picture of a great holiday destination,
but it's the wonderful people of "Secret Transylvania" and their attention to every detail that made our holiday so special.
Di's cooking and organisational skills are amazing!
The more you learn about her, and her past that brought her to Romania originally, the more in awe you will become.
Jez is "front of house", chauffeur, pub landlord, mountain guide, and tall tale merchant.
Basically he's an all round good guy with an equally interesting but completely different past.
Nelutui is possibly the most polite and courteous person I have ever met. His driving is impeccable, often on difficult roads,
on long journeys and late at night. I always felt safe and relaxed when he was behind the wheel.
Christina works part time, behind the scenes, keeping the rooms spotlessly clean and helping Di run the two houses.
If you are lucky you will be treated to some time in the company of Dorris!
What a breath of fresh air this young lady is!
Thank you for the afternoon mushroom picking and late night visit to the fortified church, truly unforgettable!
Like all dreams, our holiday to Transylvania had to end, but it really does exist and one day we will return to Cisnadiora,
for another copious helping of "Secret Transylvania".
- Also Known As:
- Secret Transylvania Guest House Hotel
- Secret Transylvania Guest House Hotel Cisnadioara
- Secret Transylvania Guest House Cisnadioara, Romania
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Secret Transylvania accommodation is in traditional Saxon houses, renovated to a modern standard. ... more less