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POTECARII, near Transalpina, Northern Oltenia

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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) and the small house – Hires house (for two people with double bed), each house with 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.

Don’t hesitate to contact us via Travlocals.com!

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Facilities

Barbeque area
Bike rental
Breakfast
Dish washer
Free parking on premises
Garden
Heating
Kitchen
Laptop friendly
Wi-Fi
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Rules

Check In 4:00 PM
Check Out 12:00 PM
Hotel Policies

Booking policy

To confirm your booking, you need to pay 50% in advance. If you want to cancel your booking in the first 48 h, you can do it with no fee. Then, you can cancel your booking minimum 7 days before your check-in and you will get 50% of your advance back. Please, book our location with more than 48h before the check-in, in order to have time to welcome you in the best conditions.

Minimum stay

The minimum stay is 2 nights and rooms are not booked individually, but only houses as a whole (in order to respect each guest’s privacy).

Children

Children do not have to pay, but they will be accommodated according to the number of available beds in the room.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed inside or in the shed, but in the specially arranged areas.

Events

Parties and events are not allowed.

Other rules

When you go inside the houses you need to take your shoes off. At the bathroom, toilet paper will only be thrown in the trash cans as we use ecological pits. We sort our garbage so we ask guests to do the same.
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Deals

Potecarii – Entirely (10 Guests)

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The small house – Casa Hires (2 Guests)

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The medium house – Casa Gruia (4 Guests)

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The big house – Casa Novac (4 Guests)

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Reviews

Review score

5/5
Excellent
Based on 17 reviews

Traveler rating

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Summary

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5 /5
Location
4.9 /5
Service
5 /5
Cleanliness
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Rooms
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17 reviews on this Hotel - Showing 1 to 17
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Arthur Tintu

13/04/2022
5.0
Prima descirere care imi vine in minte este legata de viata tihnita de la tara. Daca vreti sa va rupeti pentru o perioada de agitatia orasului, de galagie, trafic aglomerat, TV si alte tehnologii (exista totusi un acces la WiFi pentru dependentii irecuperabili :p), nici ca puteati sa nimeriti mai bine. Veti gasi acolo o gospadorie traditionala generoasa, cu absolut tot ce ii trebuie, reconditionata cu multa inspiratie si bun gust, ce reuseste sa imbine cu succes spiritul locului si al unei vietii de odinioara, cu elementele de confort specifice traiului modern cu care suntem cu totii atat de obisnuiti (curatenie, pat confortabil, apa calda, etc.)…iar ultima pe lista, dar cu siguranta nu cea din urma, este mancarea fabuloasa!!! si nu doar gustul isi spune cuvantul, dar insasi prezentarea ei da de inteles ca este preparata cu pasiune si talent, dar si cu multa atentie la detalii! Pot spune deci ca oamenii acestui loc, Cosmina si Bogdan, au facut o treaba excelenta prin insufletirea acestei oaze de serenitate. Se vede ca au pus mult suflet acolo si ca isi dau toata silinta de a fi niste gazde de nota 10, ceea ce le si reuseste din plin…in final, dupa cum spune si vorba din batrani, “omul sfiinteste locul”.
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LiviuM

09/01/2022
5.0
Am trecut in anul nou in aceasta locatie si a fost superb! Cosmina si Bogdan sunt niste gazde minunate care au grija de oaspeti asa cum se cuvine! Mancarea a fost delicioasa, preparata cu ingrediente proaspete si de casa, locatia foarte frumos amenajata ce chiar mi-a oferit experienta pe care o asteptam. Mentionez ca am fost si cu copii, iar baietelului meu de 3 ani i-a placut extrem de mult de la mancare pana la locatie si curte...a alergat alaturi de ceilalti doi prin curte pana la epuizare, iar faptul ca faceam focul in soba il incanta extrem de mult. Este un loc in care te intorci in timp si asta face locul minunat atat pentru cupluri, cat si pentru familii alaturi de prichindei. Cu siguranta vom reveni si la vara pentru a lua la pas toate obiectivele turistice din împrejurimi. Va multumim frumos pentru ospitalitate!
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Lucian Toma

01/08/2021

5.0 "Departe de lumea dezlantuita"

1 saptamana cu prietenii la Potecarii, descriere in cateva cuvinte: 3 ore de Bucuresti, localizare facila, aproape de activitati diverse in zona pt adulti si copii - pesteri, Transalpina, parcuri de aventura, trasee mtb, baie in rauri de munte, vizite la activitati ca mulsul caprelor, etc. Activitati si pt cei dornici de explorari, posibiilitati de relaxare pentru cei care vor sa se odihneasca. Cazare in 3 case restaurate excelent, care ofera tot confortul - bai private, bucatarie full echipata inclusiv cu masina spalat vase (necesara cand sunt multi copii), cafea la discretie ( f f f buna), mancare excelenta - gatita de gazde, procurata local (zacusca, ciuperci murate, lactate proaspete, paine de casa, supa de ciuperci si paste de casa, o tarta de portocale PERFECTA : ). Gradina mare in fata, gradina maaaaaare in spate, cu sezlonguri, hamace, pomi fructiferi, fiecare anotimp are un farmec aparte in acea locatie. Copiii s-au simtit excelent, parintii la fel, mai ales in hambarul amenajat ca loc de luat masa. Gazde minunate, multumim vinul oferit, discutii, cafea, pentru experienta oferita, sper sa revenim. Recomand Potecarii din toata inima.
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Cristian Stan

07/07/2021

5.0 "Un loc de poveste"

Petecarii este un loc de poveste care reuseste sa te intoarca in vremea bunicilor, dar care iti ofera totodata confortul din zilele noastre si o curatenie la superlativ. Acest loc te invita la relaxare indiferent ca alegi sa stai afara sau in interior. Fiecare corp de mobilier sau element de decor a fost ales cu grija. Gazdele....sunt oameni minunati care te pun in centrul atentiei si te rasfata pt ca experienta ta sa fie completa. Singurul regret pe care il ai la plecare, este ca nu ai stat mai mult in vizita la cei care, nu mai sunt acum doar niste gazde! Va imbratisam cu drag de la distanta, pana la urmatoarea reintalnire.
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Mihaela

06/05/2021

5.0 "Un loc primitor unde te poti bucura in liniste de natura."

Am revenit a doua oara in acest loc linistit unde te poti relaxa si respira aerul curat de la tara. Camerele sunt curate si gazdele primitoare, iar mancarea gatita acolo, nu ai cum s-o uiti. Sunt multe activitati de facut in zona si e placut sa te intorci pe seara si sa vezi apusul din gradina care se intinde in spatele casei. As reveni cu drag oricand.
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Ana

05/05/2021
5.0
Locatie superba ,mare atentie pt toate detaliile la renovarea caselor nu exista obiecte la care sa nu vrei sa le aflii povestea si sa nu-ti capteze atentia Gazdele extraordinare, in fiecare zi cel putin o surpriza placuta la masa -paine calda,branza locala f buna Cu toate ca totul aduce sminte de casa bunicii exista tot confortul , curatenia impecabila iar zona(indrumati de gazde) ofera multe locuri de vazut in afara zonelor aglomerate Grupul nostru isi va aminti cu drag de serile in hambar si trandaveala in gradina imensa
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Ana Florea

31/01/2021
5.0
The traditional Romanian house, with wonderfully restored furniture and a really big garden, big comfy beds and a spacious kitchen, equipped with all the appliances you need, is the perfect place for a peaceful holiday. The beautiful fireplaces added a lot to the comfort of the house, creating a relaxing atmosphere, especially in the nice reading spot, decorated with really comfortable armchairs and a big bookshelf. The food was delicious, cooked by Cosmina herself with a lot of local products and amazing desserts. The hosts were really nice and welcoming, making us feel pampered from the second we got there. The location is also really close to Rânca.
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Andreea Pavel

19/01/2021

5.0 "One of the best authenic and traditional accomodation & services we’ve ever experienced in Romania."

Since our arrival the host attended of all our needs and made us feel pampered with a worm welcoming, home cooked meals using only local sourced ingredients and ensured we benefit from all the comfort this wonderfull location has to offer. The location is a wonderfuly restored +100year old house with a big garden and vintage furniture / decorations. It felt as we were hosted in a museum :) We had high expectations from this short holiday near Ranca, and Bogdan & Cosmina managed to exceed them by carefuly looking on every little detail for our staying. We are looking forward to return and experience the summer facilities such as hammocs and sun beds, an amazing garden with fruit trees and plenty of relaxation.
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Mircea

12/01/2021

5.0 "Authentic place, in very good shape"

We saw Potecarii and decided that’s 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 don’t 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 can’t 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 it’s also possible to have dinner there, in summer. The back yard also promises to be a great place to stay and relax, it’s 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. We’re 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.
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Amalia Pais

02/12/2020

5.0 "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.
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Damian Alexandru

01/12/2020

5.0 "Peace, nature and beauty in simple things"

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.
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Adriana Lungu

01/12/2020

5.0 "A beautiful household for great vacation"

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.
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iulia.hordoan@yahoo.com

06/09/2020

5.0 "A truly unique place where you can live an authentic rural experience"

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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Carmen Maria

22/08/2020
5.0
Locul perfect pentru o experienta autentica si de calitate. Casele, desi renovate si utilate( inclusiv cu un espressor de calitate), pastreaza aerul gospodariilor oltenesti traditionale. Cosmina si Bogdan sunt niste gazde extraordinare, ne-au pregatit in fiecare seara mancaruri delicioase cu produse proaspete de la localnicii din sat. Zona este foarte potrivita pentru plimbari in padure( unde gasiti mure la tot pasul), plimbari cu bicicletele sau pur si simplu pentru lenevit in hamacele din poiana aflata in spatele caselor.
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Georgiana Copil

13/08/2020

5.0 "Lovely place where tradition meets comfort "

Bogdan and Cosmina are the best possible hosts, and what they offer is not only a house in the mountains, but an experience: it's like you're in great-great-grandma's house, with all today's amenities, and with her respect for tradition and food (best-tasting local ingredients, made by Cosmina into traditional dishes with a touch of modern cuisine) . Their attention to detail and love for heritage makes the home into something you nowadays only see in museums and documentaries. I sincerely recommend this experience!
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Daniel Moldovan

13/08/2020

5.0 "Amazing place for a quiet and relaxing experience in the mountains"

The location is awesome. Accessible by car, but very quiet. The forest is accessible by foot in a couple of minutes. The houses are very nicely renovated and have kept all their charm and character. The garden is fantastic. And the hosts are incredible, friendly, and cook awesome food with local încredinents. This is a place where you can relax an entire day in the garden enjoying the fresh air, or relax after a mountain trip.
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danielacraciun

11/08/2020

4.8 "Recently renovated place to discover "

Our initial plan was to stay two nights at Potecarii but we fell in love with the place and extended our stay to five nights. The house is a delight, recently renovated, you feel like going back in time and the furniture could be easily placed in a museum. Nevertheless, the house has all the modern equipment in the kitchen and bathrooms and a nice garden with hamacs and chill out area to watch a beautiful sunset. The owners are very welcoming, always at reach for advice with activities to do in the area and support for the house while giving guests their space alone with the house. They arranged for locally made delicious food! I am looking forward for the next opportunity to go back.
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