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Amizadil House Maramures

Mocanitei Street 51A, Sighetu Marmatiei 435500 Romania
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#2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Sighetu Marmatiei
At Amizadil House you are our only guest at a time, enjoying complete privacy, except if you are coming with your own companions. Situated in the heart of nature, the property consists on two old houses, built by rare hand hewn oak wood beams, dated between the second half of 19 century and the year 1927, furnished with antiques recovered from the region. The guest house has 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lounge and a terrace. We, your hosts, a genuine local family with old roots, live in the second house, where, in the dining room, we like to share our meals with you. Believing in slow food movement, we try to source locally and organic or natural, as much food and drink is possible. We also propose several tours, which intend to facilitate multiple direct contacts with local farmers and craftsmen. Having high door thresholds and steep stairs all over the place, Amizadil House is not suitable for disabled people. Also, there is no internet connection.
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We stayed 3 nights and it felt like visiting family/friends. There is so much to see in the area that I cannot imagine attempting it without a guide. Tao was amazing. He showed us sights that we will never forget - some well known, others lesser known, and still others that only Tao could take you to - including visits with local carvers/craftsmen, the town photographer/poet, and several other truly unique local residents. We opted to include meals with our stay and that was an excellent decision. Adela is a fantastic chef. Breakfast included eggs, bread, jam, yogurt, muesli, fruits, and other goodies. Dinner was 4 four courses, each excellent, and prepared with local organic ingredients. Thank you so much Tao and Adela!
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Response from Teofil I, Manager at Amizadil House Maramures
Responded Jun 10, 2019
Thanks a lot!
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The traditional accommodation (with modern conveniences), is set in an idyllic valley, surrounded by farms and nature.We stayed 3 nights, with Teo as our driver and knowledgeable guide for 2 days of intensive touring, while Adela prepared delicious, healthy meals from local produce. We attended local church services (the time spent can be adjusted to preferences), with the women decked out in their traditional finery, and even saw the occasional man in traditional dress. We admired the beautifully decorated wooden churches, monasteries, a unique cemetery, wooden gates and traditional houses; witnessed local crafts, rural industries and traditional farming methods up close. We experienced the markets, saw lots of horse drawn wagons, nesting storks, natural whirlpool washing machines and salt wells; not forgetting the fantastic scenery, with the countryside so unbelievably lush and intensely green. We were even able to enjoy some interaction with the local people, with Teo interpreting.On a sad but interesting note, we visited the museum in Sighetu,where Adela is curator, which is dedicated to the victims of communism. Adela and Teo are willing to answer questions about all aspects of Romanian life under and after communism, and although we spent one month driving around this amazing country, we would know much less about Romania, if it were not for our wonderful hosts at Amizadil House. We thoroughly recommend a stay as part of your Romanian experience!
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Response from Teofil I, Manager at Amizadil House Maramures
Responded Jun 1, 2019
Thank you very much!
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Once I had booked a reservation at Amizadil House, I knew we would be going to Romania as this was our first choice for going. We stayed five nights and were not disappointed! Teo is a passionate advocate for the Maramures lifestyle of self-sufficient farmers and crafts persons. We were the beneficiaries of Teo’s extensive research of the area, all his hiking through the countryside and his many friendships. He’s written five books focusing on Maramures; some of these books are used by the other guides! His and Adela’s two 100 year old houses that they painstakingly moved in pieces from other villages to the hillside overlooking a valley are manifestations of their commitment to their culture. We stayed in one with two cozy bedrooms and a bathroom up and comfortable room down filled with books and a wood-burning stove plus sitting porch the length of the house; we ate in the lower level of the other house which was a few short steps away. Wholesome cooked meals were created and prepared by Adela who is a wonderful cook who doesn’t use a cookbook but cooks seasonally. Without the distraction of internet, we were able to enjoy the sounds and visions of nature around us. Being here and meeting the craftspeople and self-sufficient farmers, left me with a deep appreciation for their knowledge and choices. With Teo as a guide, our understanding and exposure increased. So much to see here: wooden churches, museums in Sighet, stills making double-distilled palinca, waterwheel carding of wool, frescos being painted in a church, outdoor markets, cemeteries, churches, synagogues, weaving, embroidering, weeding by people and horse-drawn ploughs, wedding procession in full native dress, vistas, violin maker, wood-carving, blessing of the sheep by the priest, and more. For an authentic immersion in the Maramures culture, go to Amizadil House!
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Response from Teofil I, Manager at Amizadil House Maramures
Responded Jun 1, 2019
Thank you!
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This is more like staying with friends than a hotel, friends who have a nice self-contained part of their house which they turn over to you. It is very peaceful and quiet because it is out in the country. The house is actually two houses, traditional wooden houses that Teo and Adela have moved from other locations to their own land and refurbished. That makes it fascinating enough, but during the day Teo acted as a guide showing us around the farms, which still farm and garden in traditional ways, and churches with their amazing paintings. Teo seems to know everyone, so when we turned up at a church one elderly couple who lived next to it asked us in to see their cow, and next thing they have us inside feeding us pork fat, sheep cheese and polenka (serious firewater). The combination might sound strange but it was delicious. Another day we went to an Orthodox church service and the people were so friendly, and it was interesting (with Teo's helpful commentary) to compare their practices with ours at home. We also saw a working water wheel, a couple of stills making polenka, weaving and spinning and carving and a host of other things. In the evenings we joined Adela and Teo for dinner and chatted happily about Romania and lots of other things like old friends. I gather they are taking a break from doing evening meals for a few months though. An unexpected bonus was the museum to the victims of communism Teo took us to. He walked us through the highlights, adding his personal stories and it gave us much more insight into just what happened in those dark days. Don't skip it if it is offered, Teo will walk you past the very worst bits if you're squeamish. I expected this part of our holiday to be good, but it was better than I hoped.
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Amizadil House is two authentic wooden Maramures houses decorated traditionally. One house has the pleasantly simple and spacious bedrooms and a comfortable sitting room. You can also sit outside on the porch and enjoy the beautiful country setting. A stone walkway leads to the other house where breakfast and dinner are shared with Teo and Adela, the owners and hosts. When you stay the entire guest accommodation is yours--you don't have to share it with anyone. The food is local and fresh and wonderfully prepared. But the company is even better. Teo and Adela are kind and thoughtful, pleasant and insightful. They can tell you anything you want to know about Maramures. Teo is a guide who can take you into the villages, workplaces, homes, and churches. He seems to know everyone, and his ease and friendliness make every experience a pleasure. Marmures is the last bastion of traditional European village life in the countryside. It's not Disney, it's not a re-creation, it's real. And that's what makes it wonderful.
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Response from Teofil I, Manager at Amizadil House Maramures
Responded Jun 15, 2018
Thank you!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amizadil House Maramures
Which popular attractions are close to Amizadil House Maramures?
Nearby attractions include Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance (1.6 miles), Sighet village museum (0.2 miles), and The Elie Wiesel Memorial House - The Museum of the Jewish Culture in Maramures (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amizadil House Maramures?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Amizadil House Maramures?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Amizadil House Maramures?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amizadil House Maramures?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Iurca, Loca Loca Specialitá Piadine, and Carisma.