Sometimes when His Royal Highness comes to Romania, he spends the nights at Count Tibor Kalnocky’s restored family estate.
It is true that this retreat is in top most unusual hotels in Europe, next to cave style accommodation units, glass igloos and former prisons.
But not because Charles, Prince of Wales is an occasional guest and his son – Prince Harry – also stayed here.
Place of myth and legend, Transylvania is one of the most beautiful areas in Romania.
Here the wolves howling still gives you creeps at night.
And Miclosoara village is located in the most picturesque unspoiled valley of Carpathian Mountains.
Preserving its Renaissance architecture from the 16th century, the former hunting mansion in the village now belongs to a real Transylvanian count.
Count Tibor Kalnoky is an aristocrat known for his impeccable manners and ability to speak 5 languages.
Together with his wife, he was among the guests at the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Project manager for Prince Charles’ properties in Romania, the count has a family pedigree dating back to the 12th century.
Not to mention his great uncle Gustav was prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
So you’re in good company !
Traditional houses in the village of Miclosoara – The Count’s Cottages
Decorated in traditional style, rooms are amazingly comfortable.
At dinner, you will sit at a long table and enjoy country style dishes in a family atmosphere.
We guarantee you that you’ll spend an unforgettable evening in the company of total strangers, swapping stories over wine.
Next day take a wildlife walking tour in the neighbouring woods. Since silence is golden, guests rooms have no TV’s nor telephones.
RUTH CHEN: “The property was a world of experience. Staying in a little village, with different houses along the same streets, that was a refreshing change from city life.”
Take an evening ride amidst Transylvanian wildlife and rural paradise
Renowned for its rich variety, the natural landscape here remained largely unspoiled.
Rolling hills nest tiny villages.
They are covered here and there by forests and wild flower meadows.
No wonder you feel taken into another century.
In this spectacular landscape, the horses – Lipizzaner, Arabian and other noble breeds – are still the main mean of transportation.
Your small private group of riders will be accompanied by a Transylvanian count and villagers.
And you will make a charming stop at the count family’s manor.
While you appreciate the story of life in Transylvania (Beyond the Forest) and the architecture of this unique museum, your horse for sure will appreciate the flavored apples in the ancient orchards…
In the evening you will leave the castle’s wide park for another horseback riding trek.
Now you will spot and watch from safe distance, stags and deer and other wild animals.
Winter romance in the woods
Take one of the most unusual European hotels.
Add a candle lit dinner with champagne and nature trips for two.
Now you have the perfect recipe to fire up your partner !
The host welcomes you with homemade gingerbread and brandy.
Soon you will enjoy a romantic hike to the cave.
Or a short walk around the mysterious lake to admire the snowy hills.
Return to the cosy atmosphere of the lit fireplace to taste traditional winter products and organic dishes.
This candle light dinner with champagne and cake as dessert is really making your hearts fly…
New day, new activities in the middle of the nature !
This time a horse sleigh or carriage trip with picnic and mulled wine.
Depending on weather conditions you can even go hunting for traces of wild animals in the snow !
Yes, Zalan Valley charmed even Prince Charles.
So much that he turned a 200-year old property from the small village into a royal residence.
It has a series of small cottages surrounding a central courtyard.
And Vanity Fair included it in top 8 most beautiful private estates in the world.
Prince of Wales likes to sit in the comfortable chair from the curious internal balcony upstairs.
And contemplate the incredible landscape of outside forest.
He really likes Romania, the food, village life and it’s biodiversity.
They built the castle in the 16th century on the remaining of an early fortified building.
Some rumors say this burned down in the liberation war of Transylvania. In 1867 they extended and redecorated the castle. Then they covered all ceilings on the first floor with frescoes. Now these are painted over. Find out about the 50 m long tunnel connected to the castle and many other captivating stories. Taste dishes cooked after 100 years old recipes. And enjoy the beauty of the 18th century park with old trees and ponds.
Enjoy leisurely breakfasts and all sorts of less usual activities on the estate of this counts family and the surroundings:
- bear watching,
- coach / slade tour in the village,
- guided hiking tour,
- drawing with a bow hand made after the ancient ones of the Magyar tribes,
- picnics with wine,
- formal dining “al Fresco” under century old pine trees,
- classic or romantic movies watching in the park while sipping a glass of Veuve Cliquot bubbles,
- rowing on the lake,
- lake skating (during winter)…
From the first moment you step inside Talisoara Castle the fairy tale atmosphere mantles you.
Built in 1680 by a Hungarian nobleman, the castle preserved the charm of the old times.
This despite the fact that the communists transformed it into cooperative headquarter (CAP).
After the 1989 Revolution, it lost its bygone days brilliance.
Fortunately several years ago Racz family – a couple of only 25 years old – discovered it.
At the equivalent of an apartment in Bucharest, they bought the castle in Transylvania.
They restored it, discovered its tales and turned it into an oasis of tranquility for tourists.
Because now, the 17th-century nobiliary castle, found in A category of historical monuments, attracts more and more travelers.
Each of the 8 guest rooms has a history books worthy story.
And the walls still let you admire their hundreds of years old paintings.
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