POTECARII, near Transalpina, Northern Oltenia

POTECARII, near Transalpina, Northern Oltenia

Potecarii, Novaci Transalpina, Novaci, Romania

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10 guests * 5 bedrooms * 5 beds * 3 bathrooms

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Description

The accommodation we offer to our guests is a traditional Romanian household, in a neo-Romanian style, typical to Northern Oltenia and built by POTECARI, who once guarded the border with Transylvania, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The household is located on the Road beneath the mountain, the northernmost road in Oltenia and with access to Transalpina, the highest driveway in Romania and one of the highest and most picturesque asphalt road from Europe, also known as the King's Road because it was restored on the initiative of King Carol II, moment captured with enthusiasm in the paintings exhibited in the guestroom.

The paths that start in front of the house and furrow the Parang mountains, marked as bicycle and trekking routes, are just as picturesque.

Traditions are still very much alive here and our guests can meet MONUMENT people, shepherds who still practice transhumance, folk craftsmen including wood carvers, icon painters and sculptors, traditional carpet weavers, folk dancers and singers. And if they choose the right time, our guests can take part in the celebration of these traditions such as The ascent and descent of the sheep from the mountain, the Tocan Festival.

The products we offer to our guests are carefully chosen from traditional local producers, specific to the area, the famous Novaci cheese, wines from the solar vineyards at the foot of the Parang mountains, handmade bread, jams, syrups and canned food carefully prepared by the locals.

Oltenia beneath the mountain is a place of great spirituality and you will find here important monastic centres such as Lainici, Crasna, Icoana, Bistrita, Hurezi, Arnota Monasteries. Nearby there are numerous caves such as Muierii Cave, Polovragi Cave, via ferrata routes (Baia de Fier), Oltetului Gorges, Galbenului Gorges, Ranca resort, Ranca Adventure Park located at the entrance of the resort and in the wintertime you can practise winter sports.


Accommodation

The accommodation consists of 3 different houses:
 
  • The large house - Novac house (two bedrooms with double bed, for 4 people)
  • The medium house - Gruia house (two rooms with double bed for 4 people)
  • The small house - Hires house (for two people with double bed).
 
Each house has its own bathroom, a common space quite generous for dining and resting (shed), a fully equipped kitchen, a courtyard and a meadow with hammocks and sunbeds and most of all with a very relaxing view. We have fruit trees and vines from which guests can serve at will.

All rooms are decorated with care and great love with unique pieces of furniture, extremely old and fragile, with also unique carpets, handmade from organic wool dyed with natural pigments by one of the last weavers in the area, so we ask our guests to treat these objects with the same love and care.

Facilities are: barbeque area, wi-free, hair dryer, dishwasher, fully equipped kitchen, heating (wood stoves and electric convectors), free parking, bike rental nearby (300m) and in winter we can offer ski and snowboard lessons on request (the owner is also an instructor).
 
On demand we can offer breakfast prepared with tasty and fresh local products.

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Rental type

Traditional homes

Facilities

Restaurant Restaurant
Kitchen Kitchen
Free parking Free parking
Free parking on premises Free parking on premises
Outdoor activities Outdoor activities
Kids friendly Kids friendly
Free Wi-fi Free Wi-fi
Laptop friendly Laptop friendly
Breakfast Breakfast
Garden Garden
Terrace Terrace
Balcony Balcony
Heating Heating
Fireplace Fireplace
Barbeque area Barbeque area
Remote work Remote work
Luggage support Luggage support
Cafe Cafe

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Rules

Check In
4:00 PM
Check Out
12:00 PM
Hotel Policies
Smoking
No smoking inside.
Pets
Unfortunately, even if we love them, pets are not allowed.
Party
Parties or events are allowed only with the prior consent of the host.
Children
Children of any ages are welcome.
Booking Policy
Cancellation
Strict
Payment
100% payment in advance.
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Check In
4:00 PM
Check Out
12:00 PM
Hotel Policies
Smoking
No smoking inside.
Pets
Unfortunately, even if we love them, pets are not allowed.
Party
Parties or events are allowed only with the prior consent of the host.
Children
Children of any ages are welcome.
Booking Policy
Cancellation
StrictImage

Payment
100% payment in advance.

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Malvina nicu
Authentic place, in very good shape
Malvina nicu
We saw Potecarii and decided thatșs the place to spend winter holidays with some friends; it proved and excellent choice. The houses are really cute, the old furniture is well restored, but donșt worry about the beds: these are new, as are all appliances, including those in the kitchen. Since the houses were not really designed for tourism, some areas may seem a bit small, but to me this contributes to the authentic feeling. For instance, having more than eight persons around the kitchen table may feel a bit tight, but on the other hand it brings a family feeling to dinner. We were sleeping in Casa Gruia and spent most of the time in the the bigger Casa Novac, so canșt really tell a lot about the small Casa Hires. All fireplaces were working well and our room was quickly heated - we soon learned how to keep a constant temperature despite having very little experience before our arrival. The Ranca ski resort is 30 min away and may be OK for beginners, but the experienced skiers should not be carried away. If winter sports are not your thing, the area offers a lot of from a cultural and natural standpoint within a radius of 30 km. All three units are in the same yard and, when the weather is nice(r), people may gather in the old shed which we did not fully use at the end of December. I believe itșs also possible to have dinner there, in summer. The back yard also promises to be a great place to stay and relax, itșs huge and seemed tempting even in winter. Food was great, with a few nice surprises for the younger members of the group and I believe everything was produced locally. Weșre already looking forward to coming back in the summer. Final words about the hosts: they are a really enjoyable couple and have two cute and smart kids. We felt welcome and almost spoiled, as they were very helpful throughout. It shows this is more than business, which is always a winning approach in hospitality.
O locație de vis pentru o escapadă în natură
O cazare foarte frumoasă, căsuțele tradiționale au fost amenajate cu multă atenție la detalii și cu respect pentru tradiție. Zona este foarte linistită si se pot face plimbări în natură. Gazdele ne-au primit cu brațele deschise, au fost foarte atenți cu noi, ne-au oferit recomandări pentru diferite activități în zona. Mâncarea pe care ne-au oferit-o a fost extrem de gustoasă, gătita cu produse bio. Recomand cazarea Potecarii pentru un sejur linistit și relaxant, departe de agitația din oraș.
Miruna Gabor
Peace, nature and beauty in simple things
Miruna Gabor
Even if you are from Romania, or you just started exploring this country, Potecarii is a place that you must add to your Romanian experience. And this is why... It is a traditional household in a small peaceful village, carefully restored and decorated respecting all it's history and authenticity. When you arrive here you will feel relaxed and connected with the house, it's surroundings and with nature itself. The large back garden is perfect for a morning walk, while the courtyard and the barn are perfect for a gathering with friends or family. Even though it's very old and traditional inside you will find all the modern comfort you need for your vacation. I would also recommend a short walk to the forest on the nearby hills to add more color to you trip. A real bonus to this experience are the hosts, a couple filled with passion and interesting stories about this place and it's surroundings. Don't hesitate in asking for recommendations from them because they will make your vacation even better. And finally let's not forget to mention the local food that the hosts provide during your stay which is absolutely delicious.
Stefan U.
A beautiful household for great vacation
Stefan U.
Potecarii is a traditional and cozy place to spend a few relaxing days in a traditional house from Oltenia region. This place is perfect to visit in any season because of the beautiful nature that sorrounds it. All the attention to details, restored furniture, traditionial objects, a rich library, comfortable beds and green gardens will make your stay wonderful and will fill you with positive energy. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming people. It was a pleasure meeting them and discovering their little peace of heaven.
iulia.hordoan iulia.hordoan
A truly unique place where you can live an authentic rural experience
iulia.hordoan iulia.hordoan
A truly unique place where you can live an authentic rural experience. The 3 houses are restored, and the pieces of furniture combine the modern with the specifics of the rural world, making you feel like you're on a visit to the museum. We also found a perfect place to relax in the backyard, where the owners have provided hammocks where you can unwind in the shade of the trees. The food was definitely a highlight. The space where we had dinner sends you back in time, and the incredients chosen for dinner and breakfast are bought from the locals. The hosts were very hospitable, they gave us a short history of the place, of the pieces of furniture and how they were restored. They also recommended us places to visit in the surroundings. I was pleasantly impressed by this accommodation where I would like to return in the future!
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