Authentically celebrating love
30 special places in Romania where to share the joy of traveling in the month of love
There are many ways in which we can travel and even more reasons to choose traveling. Weekend getaways, visits to places we miss, reunions with the loved ones, sports events or activities, the one-year desired planned trips or, simply, those for which we spontaneously prepare our luggage in ten minutes. Regardless of the journey we choose, it has something for each of us, enjoying and fulfilling ourselves in different ways, as we are as human beings. But beyond the stories and personal choices that lead us to discover new places, we believe that the road deserves to be shared every time. Traveling in two gives you a certain lightness, joy, relaxation and helps you, from time to time, to discover something new about the other, but also about yourself. The shared journey is more beautiful and for sure more full of life, emotions, memories.
So what better month to travel in two than February? Valentine`s Day or the traditional Romanian Dragobete are at least two beautiful reasons to plan something with your favorite traveler.
We have made a list of 30 places dear to us, visited and lived personally, in two, which we consider suitable for a shared and meaningful journey. We present it to you, being glad that Romania has indeed something to offer in terms of special places, niche tourism, premium experiences, good services, passionate people and last but not least, romance.
Conacul lui Maldăr, discovered in Măldărești, Vâlcea County, is the place we associate with beauty, tranquility and authentic Romanian tradition. The perfect mix of delicious food, impeccable stories and services. Here you can watch the fire in the old fireplace – the soul of the mansion, enjoy a good wine, read, live the mornings on the old porch, beyond the beautifully carved solid wood doors, which tell so many stories. The romance of the last boyars.
Zabola Estate attracts you to every mysterious and romantic corner of the place: by the fireplace, inside the fairytale rooms, around the lake, along the forest, discovering the green field, simply following nature. The rooms made available to guests are wonderful, each with its own spirit, story and color.
Amfiteatrul Transilvania, the 100 ha ecological complex, reveals stories from the moment you travel the hills to discover it. Traditional houses restored, 200 years old, the view of the mountains surrounding the place, connection with nature, good air, locally produced food. The perfect place for walks for two, on the paths that lead to the spot with the most beautiful view.
At Bethlen Estates we found a different world: The Caretaker’s House, a restored 300 years old building transformed into a luxury home, with gorgeous details, original wooden beams, traditional stoves, handmade beds, an elegant library, a bright living room. The morning can be spent on the wonderful terrace, in the fresh air, with the unique tranquility of the village. For wine and brandy tasting you will reach the original cellars of the house of Count János Bethlen, spaces magically lit by huge torches.
Das Fort Boutique is a wonderful ensemble of reborn houses, transformed with style, knowledge and good taste into guesthouses, with an impeccable gourmet restaurant and carefully arranged seating areas. Each object and piece of furniture has a certain line, note, style and signature. The star of the bedroom here is the William Holland bathtub, a wonderful piece in which you can let your worries, fatigue, pressure pass quietly. The bedroom is upstairs, from where on the small roof windows that turn into a balcony you can admire a different Râșnov.
At Saivan Bio Retreat & Farm you return home, on the hills where you used to run and love. This time in wonderful Bucovina. The beautiful location with three traditional guesthouses is the perfect place to get lost together, with touch of romance. The air here heals everything that is not healed, and life is simple but complete.
Conacul Archia is a beautiful boutique hotel that you can find in Deva. The first detail loved here is the design of the rooms, their careful arrangement. Each has its own theme and personality. Archia is a place suitable for all seasons and in winter it has a special magic inside the place, while you enjoy a Romanian red wine, in Carol restaurant. The food is delicious and a new menu will be waiting for you.
The House of Prince Charles from Valea Zălanului can also be included in the list of perfect destinations for celebrating love in a different and authentic way. The place has kept its Transylvanian authenticity, being carefully restored with traditional methods. Rooms are decorated with antique furniture from Transylvania, and the porch is the perfect place for coffee in the morning. The most appreciated room here is the one used by the Prince of Wales when visiting Transylvania – a simple room, with a special style, seated but precious.
Cincșor Guesthouses are the living image of the specific beauty of Transylvania, of the Saxon culture and traditions. The former Evangelical School, the former Parish House and the Peasant House today offer accommodation and a wonderful experience to the guests. The place is full of history, charm, stories. You can also enjoy the wonderful white library and breathe the fresh air, outside, in the garden, admiring the beautiful Fortified Church in Cincșor.
Veseud 11 is a place with happiness, well hidden in Sibiu County: the guesthouses that surround the courtyard, the beautiful old Saxon style and the traditional barn, the atmosphere and the details of the old life. The old barn will conquer you, being so beautifully transformed into a spacious restaurant, full of stories and a fireplace burning every night. Bonus: enjoy the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen in a village, on the terrace of Veseud 11.
The small Guesthouses of Count Kalnoky from the 1800s have been beautifully restored, while preserving the original elements, the beauty of the past and the Transylvanian details. We were accommodated in the Blue House, authentic and welcoming. We remember the winter days we spent there, surrounded by the first big snow of the year, like in a white fairytale. Here you live in the Transylvanian style brought today, in an open courtyard, in the untouched peace and nature.
Daniel Castle, in Tălișoara, Covasna, is a special place, with a similar story. 350 years of history, 20 unique rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a slow down spa cellarium, history, old elements, combined with the new type of comfort of the contemporary era. If you love romantic fireplaces, we recommend Castle Gate Room. Swan Suite also has a special beauty, with a king size bed and a quiet fire burning in the fireplace.
At Pines Boutique Villa the pines are always green and the panorama of the city of Brașov looks splendid at the window. In Apartment 4 in the morning you can enjoy lazily on the couch, nestled quietly, over the hustle and bustle of a city that is just waking up. We like the ideas, the style, the lightness and the nature of the place. Relaxation, slow living and love.
Mer Guest House is actually a chic villa that brings to mind the concept of chalet. Elements such as wood, large windows, warm light, details somehow bring you home. Time spent outside, even in winter, on the terrace, with a good book, retreat and relaxation, at least for a few moments, from the city life.
Satul Banului Guesthouse, a large and green area, is revealed to you like as the old people’s households used to be. Quiet, the full air, beautiful energy around. A barn built with traditional details, wooden beams, old objects and guesthouses that have so many emotions: Wallachian style, with materials, shapes, elements of yesterday, just brought back here and now, beautifully adapted to present.
Alma-Via Guesthouse is today a beautiful traditional guesthouse, of Saxon origin, restored and transformed, for three years, from an old household, specific to the Saxon villages of the area. Located right in the heart of Transylvania, between Sibiu and Mediaș, Alma-Via can be a beautiful starting point in discovering these lands. The old beams are surprisingly combined with large, modern windows, through which the light and colors of each season penetrate charmingly.
Located in the village of Apold, with one of the most beautiful fortified churches we have seen in a Saxon village, Trappold House welcomes guests and travelers in an open and generous courtyard. There are two parts of the property here, an old one with traditional rooms, specific details and decorations and a new one, adapted to modern tastes. We love the wooden beams in the large barn, used today as a restaurant and resting place.
Domeniul Drăgași is indeed our perfect Tuscan landscape, a seven ha vineyard that stands at your feet. The perfect place for enjoying wine and for contemplation, here it is said that “a glass of Drăgășani wine calls you home… with the Olt river that waves in the distance”. The estate has an amazing position on a beautiful hill, facing the river. Infinity has so many colors and shapes here that we would sit for hours just watching the view.
In your trip we also recommend Oberwood, in Porumbacu de Sus, the village that is said to be the one to which you will always return, once you drink its water. Oberwood is actually a wonderful property, right next to the clear and fast-flowing river, where five traditional houses have been relocated and restored, open to all passionate travelers. The guesthouses offer in their own way a lesson about the past, about the values and the simple order of things that must not be lost.
At the Meșendorf Gasthaus we discovered the perfect courtyard, even in winter: an open natural space, surrounded by Transylvanian guesthouses, the oldest dating from the 1700s. A quiet oasis, in a village that seems to sleep all the time. There is no room for noise or hectic life here. The property has been restored, keeping the Saxon way of life, with the beautiful wooden guesthouses having high ceilings.
At Haller Castle you will find an elegant restaurant, a wine cellar, modern rooms and an authentic SPA area with salt produced in the castle’s underground. The whole field is a story. You just have to sit at a table, order a glass of Romanian wine and try to imagine how things were arranged hundreds of years ago. Sunny days are a blessing, because the beautiful yellow color of the castle looks much more beautiful in the light.
Cuibul de Lemn was built in close connection with traditional values and the beauty of intimate spaces, located in an open area, with stunning mountain views. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. The place invites you to stay around. But you can reach Râșnov Fortress, the beautiful Cheile Râșnoavei or Bran Castle in just a few minutes.
At Avincis we recommend at the beginning of your romantic dinner their new sparkling wine, then Fetească Regală, and at the end a beautiful Negru de Drăgășani. We suggest here to stay on the field and charge yourself with as much good energy of the place as possible. As soon as you pass the main gate, you will enter an architectural universe and you will discover Villa Dobrușa, a small elegant mansion, used today by the owners.
Casa Savri is a wonderful historical monument, in fact the oldest building of the fortress, dated in 1568, inherited by the young owners from their parents and previous generations, today a real guesthouse, with old objects and furniture. Enjoy coffee in the morning on the interior terrace, watch the light of day coming and going on the facade of the beautiful Clock Tower. The courtyard is our favorite place, area with objects, family history, and traditional colors.
Cloașterf Haus is a small, comfortable guesthouse, full of stories and beautiful people as hosts, with simple bedrooms, local food and a large courtyard. “At Cloașterf Haus we expect you to slow down, not to be in a hurry, in a beautiful place, with delicious food, friendly people, everything lived at a slow pace”, they say. Hand-painted furniture, old objects, a small and hearty kitchen where all kinds of goodies are cooked.
Only two hours from Bucharest or Brasov, near Paltinu Lake, you can also discover a place where to get lost all day long: ATRA, a boutique hotel that offers a true gastronomic experience and an amazing view over the lake. Built in steps, in Nordic style, Atra Doftana impresses both with the design and with the view offered, each room having a balcony overlooking the lake. Find time to just sit outside, open the window, enjoy the peace of the morning with a coffee or tea. Time here seems to stop.
Conacul Brătescu is a cozy boutique hotel. Each room has been designed in a different way, has a special story and offers a special feeling. Blue Room is romantic, and the quiet evenings spent on the small terrace, breathing the strong mountain air, will be perfect for a relaxing sleep. You can also choose Rhapsody, Charming Vista or Imperial Suite.
Valea Verde Retreat domain is imagined and organized today as albergo diffuso or the Italian “scattered village”, an idea that brings to life history and traditions, in a sustainable form of ecotourism. So here you have several beautiful restored Saxon houses, redesigned in a simple and traditional style.
Hadar Chalet is an oasis close to nature. Between Buzău and Brașov counties, more precisely in Gura Siriului, 25 km from Întorsura Buzăului, the location is a hidden corner, far from the noisy cities. The detached cottage dates back to 1985. Hadar Chalet has 12 comfortable rooms, including a Zen House, located next to the forest, each adding something special to the location. Choose a room with fireplace, the most beautiful and romantic element of a room.
Villa Katharina is perfectly hidden near the Schei Gate in Brașov, a wonderful bouquet of emotions and romance, as it is said that the beautiful Katharina was in the past a young woman who stole Vlad Țepeș’s heart. The 22 years of love and legend between the two are still felt at every step taken on Poarta Schei Street. Read, enjoy an afternoon in one of the comfortable armchairs, just enjoy. And if you are passionate about antiques, you can find a wonderful boutique with antiques right at the entrance.
Regardless of the place that will inspire you or that will arouse your joy and curiosity, choose to travel accompanied this year and even more in the month of love. The journey brings us closer and reveals us, as we learn more and more about ourselves. What other better time, more suitable for authentic travel, close to the Romanian land, to the values and the people here? Love has thousands of shapes and colors, but it certainly becomes more beautiful, deeper, more like us on the journey. Be inspired and captivated by each experience and celebrate once again, in the chosen place, the reasons why you travel, wander and love.