Toby and Emma Tennant spent 3 days in Transylvania staying in one of the MET guesthouses in Malâncrav. To read the notes of their stay, please follow the link below:
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.
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