We were a group of 8, extended family and friends, ages 31 to 71, from the US, Mexico and Romania. We stopped for two days while on a tour of Romania, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic.
The stay was great overall. It's essentially a good bed and breakfast. Better than a couple B&B's I went to recently in San Antonio, TX. We rented the whole place, so we were the only visitors at that time. The house is pretty old, but it was cozy and well kept. We found bath robes and new toothbrushes in the bathroom. The owner was pleasant and not too intrusive. She seemed to be keeping the staff on a very tight leash. There was a ping pong table and a dart board in the backyard. There were cold drinks and bottles of wine at very reasonable prices. Breakfast was good.
We booked a package with three events. First, we took a ride in horse carriages through the fields and climbed a hill to have dinner with the shepherds. This was perhaps the best experience in our whole trip. They cooked sour creamy polenta with cheese, a delicious lamb dish, and served fresh sheep cheese, sausages, bread and plum brandy flavored with local berries. All this at sunset at the top of the hill, with great views of the river and valley. Second, we went to visit a local painted monastery. Nice, though they are not too different from each other, unless you're there for the details. Before we left, we visited the local Peasant Traditions museum. I had low expectations from a small town museum and was pleasantly surprised. The director gave us a tour in French. We ended up spending almost a couple of hours. The place was small, but well organized as a circular route through the four seasons and the way life was shaped around them in that region. Although the area is now mostly Christian, the museum abounds with pagan artifacts and traditions, and the curator gives an excellent presentation.
I'd definitely stay there again. This place was a nice break after a few not-too-good lodging experiences in Romania. After reading the previous reviews, I guess we were lucky to have paid cash in Romanian currency, thus avoiding odd surcharges. Having traveled to Romania before, I knew it was a pain to use credit cards in most places.
[I just looked at their website, www.lucy.ro, and noticed there are many changes since my stay there. The number of rooms increased by a factor, there is more staff and more activities. I hope the owner keeps managing it herself, as she was clearly the one who made the difference there.]
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- Born out of a fortunate series of childhood's desires, mixed with mature and assumed plans, Hilde's Residence appears now as a small, but very stylish and cosy residence in the heart of Bucovina. The concept of BOUTIQUE HOTEL allows us to offer our guests ambiance, comfort, delight, relaxation. We, Hilde's TEAM welcome you into our large "family". We dedicate our soul and skills to create the familiar and cosy atmosphere of "home". We are very pleased when our guests notice the difference! ... more less
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