Spend a unique vacation...
as a guest of The Prince of Wales and Count Kalnoky!
Transylvania's first authentic
heritage accommodation introduces you to the marvels of living history and nature itself.
in a forgotten world that you probably believe has ceased to exist in today's Europe. Experience the luxury of simplicity!
Count Kalnoky and the Prince of Wales
, offer accommodations in their guesthouses and activities allowing travellers to discover the cultural and natural diversity of Transylvania at reasonable rates. The guests can explore both the Saxon and the Szekler areas, and nature itself at Prince Charles's Transylvanian retreat nestled deep in the Carpathian foothills.
In the region between Sighisoara and Brasov, The Prince and the Count
, offer accommodations in the villages of Viscri (The Prince Guesthouse
- 3 double rooms), Miclosoara (The Count Guesthouse - 10 double rooms)
and Valea Zalanului (The Price Guesthouse - 5 double rooms).
Most guesthouses date back to the 1800's, although some of them are much older, as indicated by the presence of medieval shooting embrasures. The buildings have been carefully restored and furnished with authentic antiques and textiles from the region in order to preserve their original Transylvanian charm and character. The guesthouses are situated within spacious gardens, some with storks nesting on nearby rooftops.
All rooms have double beds with specially manufactured mattresses of pure wool and duvet covers. In order to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, the rooms do not have television or radio; instead, you will find plenty of interesting books on the shelves. Each room has an electric kettle, with tea and coffee provided.
The bathrooms respect western standards of comfort (hairdryers, some with floor heating and softened water, except Viscri), some with bathtubs, others with showers, and have a beauty and charm of their own.
Transylvania is the land where you will find live history in unspoiled villages; discover recently unveiled medieval frescoes and impressive fortified churches. A large choice of nature-bound activities will make you get back in touch with genuine natural environment: Everything from bat watching through to bear tracking and horse-cart driving.
Not a day without something new, not a day without a trip or activity. Welcome to Transylvania!
Day trips & activities
The Land of the Szeklers (Miclosoara)
The eastern Carpathians is the traditional home of the Szekely, a people closely related to the Magyars who speak a distinctive Hungarian accent and cherish a special historical identity. During this excursion you will meet a family of woodcarvers and furniture painters who have been handing down their profession from father to son since the 1500s (oldest in Europe), see the totem poles in Fule's graveyard, and visit a church in Bibarcfalva with historic frescoes and sample natural mineral water. In the afternoon, you will visit a Unitarian fortified church in Nagyajta, before returning to Miclosoara to see the Kalnoky Family Chapel and Crypt. Finally you will be taken to the Hunting Manor, where you will see the restoration work that is taking place.
The Bird Walk (Miclosoara)
This bird walk around Miclosoara is more of an excuse for your host (Tibor Kalnoky) to know you and spend some time together (in the rare cases he isn't available, another activity or guide will be offered). Miclosoara and surroundings harbor a multitude of different birds, including the beautiful Golden Oriole, the Great Grey Shrike, the Fieldfare (only found in the Carpathian part of Transylvania), the Lesser Spotted Eagle, White Stork, Raven, etc. The bird walk is suitable for anyone with an interest in nature, as well as more serious birdwatchers.
Charcoal burners (Viscri)
In the morning - Short walk via charcoal burners to see wild flower meadows, how sheep is being milked and cheese is made. Lunch - Traditional Saxon picnic (horse and cart supported). In the afternoon you will visit Viscri church and museum / explanation of garden & courtyard activities / visit blacksmith and charcoal burner. Dinner in Viscri.