THE VILLAGE lies in the heart of Transylvania, north-west of Brasov. Set in a lovely valley, this is a perfect starting point to visit Mesendorf, Roades, Cloasterf and other Saxon villages with fortified churches. The Viscri church is UNESCO designated and its origins date from 1100 when the Hungarian Szeklers first settled in the village. The Trust has restored part of the church and at least 50 facades, barns, walls and buildings in this beautifully intact village. The village has a rough bar, museum and coffee/clothes shop but no general store.
THE HOUSE sleeps 4. Two separate buildings opposite each other within a courtyard - each with own shower, hot and cold running water and internal WC. Kitchen separate with wood and/or gas stove.
THE JOURNEY: Drive from Bucharest through Brasov, through Rupea towards Sighisoara. Turn left at Bunesti for Viscri. Duration: Approx. 4 hours
THE VILLAGE is very well preserved due to its isolation, set far away from any town 13 kilometres down a country road, which eventually leads into the hills and forests. It is a perfect starting point to discover other secluded villages with fortified churches. Malancrav has the highest proportion of remaining Saxons in any village in Transylvania. The Lutheran church has rare 15th century frescoes and the oldest entire altarpiece (1520) still in original location in Transylvania. Close to the church is a hitherto abandoned Hungarian princely Manor House, beautifully restored by the MET. Adjacent to the Manor is an ancient orchard - now organic - also managed by the Trust. There are three small shops in the village selling basic food.
THE HOUSE sleeps 5 + 1 child under 8. It consists of two houses set together in courtyard, with a stable and barn leading into an orchard. Two large rooms in first house plus shower and WC (sleeps three). In second house one room (sleeps two) connecting to a basically equipped kitchen, and a dining room with a wood-burning stove. Outdoor summer kitchen.
THE JOURNEY: Drive from Bucharest to Brasov, and through Sighisoara towards Medias. Turn left at Laslea. First left in Laslea and then branch right to Malancrav.
THE VILLAGE is set among wooded hills, close to Malancrav. There are beautiful walks to Malancrav and Cris. With only 70 houses and 140 inhabitants, the village had been scheduled for “rural systemisation” (i.e. being bulldozed over) during Ceausescu’s regime. Luckily, the 1989 Revolution put a stop to that plan.
The 15th century Saxon church contains a plaque commemorating a member of the Transylvanian Bethlen family. The remains of the old altar (1550) are in the Sighisoara Museum.
THE HOUSE sleeps 3 and has recently been restored and refurbished, with indoor WC and shower. An outside summer terrace is being built.
THE JOURNEY Drive from Bucharest to Brasov, and through Sighisoara towards Medias. Turn left at Laslea. First left in Laslea and then branch left to Floresti.
THE VILLAGE - first mentioned in documents by King Carl in 1322. The fortified church is situated on the west hill of the village. In 1810 the old church was taken down and a new spacious one built. The organ of 1822 was made by Johann Thois from Râsnov. There is a rough bar in the village and the Suciu family will welcome you and provide wonderful food if required.
THE HOUSE sleeps 4. It was once the ancient site of the first village church and is set in a courtyard with plum orchard and barn. Indoor kitchen and outside summer kitchen. Internal bath and WC.
THE JOURNEY: Drive from Bucharest through Brasov, through Rupea towards Sighisoara. 14 km after Rupea turn left to Crit. Duration: Approx. 4 hours
THE VILLAGE lies in a valley 8km to the south of Saros and is set among former terraced vineyards. It is first mentioned in a historical document in 1283 and as a trading centre in 1397. The magnificent church of Mary is 44m long and surrounded by two circular fortified walls with a third one on the west-south-west side. The altar piece in the church is exceptional. The church was restored in 1943 and in 1993 it was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
THE ACCOMMODATION consists of two quite separate large rooms containing two beds in each room with shower and WC. The rooms overlook a cobbled courtyard and stable. On the right of the courtyard there is a kitchen, which is part of a quiet shop selling local crafts, lace embroidery and painted furniture.
THE JOURNEY: Drive from Bucharest to Brasov, and through Sighisoara towards Medias. Turn left towards Biertan.
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