There is magic everywhere. Next to the old fireplace, in those rooms designed like stories, lying in a chaise longue near the lake, breathing the wild air, walking in the forest, discovering the beautiful domain, simply watching the nature.
When people ask us why we have visited Zabola Estate so many times, we always tell them that it is about the feeling. This place is constantly bringing back memories from childhood when kids were spending in Zăbala village two months every year, in summer camps. And we were among those happy kids with a colourful childhood. As back in times, all the parents were looking for a nice place to keep the kids away from dusty Bucharest during summer, this is how we first met Zabola Estate, in Covasna county, as children.
But many years before all these, Zabola Estate was owned by Mikes family, leaving the place in 1949, during the communist period, as this is also a sad story. In 2000 the family descendants came back and let London away for beautiful Zabola. It was the choice that offered Zabola Estate a new life.
A place with the same beauty and magic over the years
After many years Zabola Estate, dating from the 16th century, became a beautiful 34 hectares domain and guesthouse for tourists. So we found ourselves happy to come back here and compare some memories with what we could see now, almost 30 years later. Zabola Estate has the same beauty, even if the buildings and the surroundings are not used with the same purposes anymore.
It became modern, yet cozy and welcoming, the entire domain having seven historical buildings to admire and a wonderful natural park. The old stable is nowadays an event hall and the main building became The Machine House, the first guesthouse of the domain. Later on, the old big building we remember from childhood was transformed into the yellow beautiful guesthouse, actually looking just like an amazing boutique hotel, with many rooms and a restaurant with a magical centered fireplace inside.
You will find plenty of accommodation options and it is very interesting to try a different room every time you stay here. You can choose between the houses in the park – The Machine House, The Old Saddle House, The Garden House and the new building restored recently with many new and more spacious rooms or the magical houses in the forest. You will be in love with the noises that the wooden floor is making, the smell of the burnt wood inside the fireplaces and the taste of palinca, the Romanian traditional alcoholic drink. 🙂
Beautiful fireplaces. Vintage bathtubs. Old pictures all over the place
We have, of course, our favourite rooms: The Red Room, The Blue Room and The Brick, in the old part and also the big, modern rooms in the new part of Zabola Estate, where you can also find apartments available. We are delighted every time by the beautiful and original fireplaces, the amazing vintage bathtubs placed in the middle of the rooms, in contrast, the modern showers, the old pictures of Zabola Estate all over the place.
There are some nice things you can do around Zabola Estate and on their domain. Not to miss: the sauna in the afternoon, placed in the forest, walking in the forest, watching deer, owls and bears, the boat ride on the lake.
Fresh bread and milk for breakfast
The best place to eat in the area is inside the estate. The food is very good, prepared by a local chef, with many local ingredients. Breakfast is our favourite, as you can get a traditional Romanian one, with fresh bread and milk. Back again in time… Also try the mushroom soup and after this, the oven beet.
Around Zabola Estate have a beautiful walk in the forest, next to the domain, visit the local church, visit Saint Ana Lake, the only volcanic lake in Romania (50 km away), or Băile Tușnad, an important spa town (45 minutes away).
After crossing the big iron gate and entering the Zabola Estate property, you find yourself in a different world. A natural paradise. A story. We discover the story in a different way every time, as this place offers a rainbow of feelings: history and magic, nature, simple pleasures and joys, modern designs and old memories coming back to life. We find it amazing, unique, bold, simple and sophisticated, complete – every single time.
Zabola Estate, Zăbala, Covasna county
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