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Villa Rihuini (winehouse), Authentic saxon house Experience

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Wine tourism in Transylvania

Villa Rihuini is a traditional Saxon guesthouse located in one of the most charming villages in Transylvania, Richiș (Sibiu county).

The German name of the village – Reichesdorf – alludes to the richness of these places. The surrounding hills were in the past the home for vast vineyards, occupying more than 300 ha. Moreover, the many orchards and sustainable agriculture practices contributed to the fame of this Saxon village.

Neither is our guesthouse named by chance: Villa Rihuini, as the village was first mentioned in Latin historical documents, will offer you a truly enchanting experience of Transylvanian wine tourism, in pure spirit of this age-long local tradition.

Our family grows the largest and one of the last noble vineyards in the village, and has laid the cornerstone of local, rural ecotourism, with over 30 years of experience.

We make wine using original tools and equipment, and the entire process is by hand, just as it used to be back in the day. Therefore, a vacation here will not only bring you the joy of local wines, crafted with care, hard work, and passion, but also the opportunity to support the further development of our village’s winemaking tradition.

Stay in an almost two-century-old traditional house

At Villa Rihuini you will stay in a traditional Saxon house, restored by our family with the help of local craftsmen, using 100% ecological materials (linseed oil, natural wax, water-based paint, lime and water whitewash).

The furniture has also been carefully restored, in order to preserve its authentic charm, typical for Saxon craftsmanship. Also, most of the decorations are handcrafted.

Our guests will be accommodated in three double rooms, with separate access. The house includes two  bathrooms,one with shower and one with big tub (modern, this time) and two fully equipped kitchens.

The courtyard is full of flowers, from early spring till late autumn. The colors and perfume of tulips, roses, honeysuckle, and many other seasonal flowers complete the picturesque scenery of Saxon households. A true small paradise.

Here you can relax in a hammock, in the handcrafted porch swing, by the camp fire or in the restored barn. In the evenings, you may enjoy dinner along a glass (or two) of our wines, or organize small parties and private events. In the morning, coffee or tea can be accompanied by a delicious, organic breakfast.

Our household’s cook is one of the most skillful and experienced in the village. You may certainly expect to have a taste of the local authentic cuisine, based on ingredients grown in our own garden or in the surrounding area.

One of our purposes is to support local producers, as we believe this is the only way to develop a sustainable community.

Other activities in Richiș, at Villa Rihuini

We can rent you bikes for exploring the surroundings, with spectacular landscapes and medieval sites characteristic for the region. The trails marked by Colinele Transilvaniei are also perfect for hiking. We can also organize horse-cart trips to our vineyards, the nearby sheepfolds or neighboring villages.

We offer local wine tastings, campfires with brandy and sizzling bacon, and other locally flavored entertaining activities.

And since you are here, you may pay a visit to the closest neighboring village, Biertan. There you will find the most visited rural citadel in Transylvania, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage landmark.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Don’t hesitate to contact us via Travlocals!

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Barbeque area
Bike rental
Children playground
Dish washer
Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Laptop friendly
Luggage support
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Check In 4:00 PM
Check Out 12:00 PM
Hotel Policies


Pets are not allowed.


Please no shoes inside the rooms.


Please throw the toilet paper into the garbage and not into the toilet. Please separate your trash. We don't throw away bottles, pets of beer or water - we collect them for recycling. Rest of vegetables for the our chicken. Paper can be used as supply for fire wood or recycling.


Parties or event just with the owner around.

Booking Policy

In order to confirm your reservation, you need to pay a 50% deposit via bank transfer or Paypal. If you cancel your reservation in with more than 24h before the check-in, you'll receive a full refund.( I will refund your money, If you cancel because of pandemy situation!)
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Review score

Based on 27 reviews

Traveler rating

Very Good


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Mihaela Gruia


5.0 "Excelent!"

Am fost șase persoane o săptămână între Crăciun și anul Nou. A fost exact așa cum mi-am închipuit. Absolut special sa știi câtă istorie este in aceste case minunate. Serviciile gazdei noastre Alex au fost excelente, am gustat vin dintr-o vita de vie bătrână de 90 de ani, am vizitat satul și am avut un mic dejun și o cina ca la bunica acasă, sau chiar mai bun 😉 Ne-am simțit foarte bine și sigur o sa mai venim vara.
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5.0 "Quiet and authentic place"

It's a very nice restored old house, with a warm vibe. All the wood is very calming. The garden looks really well also. Alex and his family are friendly and welcoming. The food and the wine were exceptional! :)
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Andreea Antohi


5.0 "Felt like grandparents' home"

Villa Rihuini was an unexpected, pleasent surprise for us. We've discovered this place somehow by accident and we're so glad we did. We've chosen Villa Rihuinni based on our curiosity for an authentic saxon experience and the good reviews, with the expectation of nice surroundings and good food, but we've discoverer much more. This time it was not about the place, it was about the people. Alex is one of a kind host, ready to share his stories about the house history and the village, not to mention the hospitality and attention paid to details, from cleanness of the house to the respect shown towards traditions. Good to mention that there are two shared bathrooms, so preferable go as a group, but nevertheless, even if you are a couple, you still have privacy. The garden was definitely my favorite spot, so alive and relaxing. Alex's mother is a wonderful cook, so make sure you buy some products at the end of your leisure. The excelent food, meals in the barn and their own label wine were on top of all the above and we also appreciated how open the people are when recommending other services of the community, in order for you to have a full experience. We definitely will return here, next time for more than just 2 nights and for sure will have the wine tasting, as this time I had to pass due to my pregnancy :) Thank you, Alex, for having us!
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5.0 "Paradiso!!!"

Una esperienza meravigliosa in luoghi magici ed intriganti Una gentilezza incredibile offerta da una famiglia di persone favolose e con un grande cuore La location perfetta, curata ed ineccepibile La colazione buonissima e molto abbondante. Possibile prenotare la cena e devo dire merita perché e buonissima Profumi e sapori di un tempo, che si mischiano con la storia di un paesaggio bellissimo, che grida genuinità e Valori veri. Una bellissima esperienza. Dimenticavo Alex, il ragazzo chen si occupa dell'accoglienza produce un ottimo vino super naturale. Consigliamo a tutti questo luogo.
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Rona Cleofe


5.0 "Perfect scape from the city life "

It's my second visit at Villa Rihuini. The first time was in autumn and this time around (summer) is the Best ever! Perfect season of the year where the garden is full of colorful and different variety of flowers that I enjoyed and start my morning ever relax at the hommack. The homemade food that prepared by the family host is amazing. And the wine from their very own cellar is perfect for a relaxing night in the yard dining table.the rooms were perfectly clean and the whole place is well organize. Alex itself is amazing guide who showed all around the area that offers historic Transylvania authentic urban culture. If you are looking for amazing place to stay and hassle free environment this is highly recommended!
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Dylan Peter Thomas


5.0 "Wonderful Cultural experience "

We had such a wonderful stay with Alex and his family! Alex is extremely passionate and knowledgable about his village it’s culture and the surrounding nature which made for a really fun and memorable stay. The villa a superbly restored Saxon house which the family have done themselves using traditional methods, you can feel the pride in the amazing results. It is extremely clean, spacious and cozy, ideal for families The garden is large with a huge variety of plants and vegetables which the children ( and adults) really enjoyed exploring The hospitality was absolutely fantastic breakfast and dinner were delicious home cooked meals prepared by Alex’s mum which we enjoyed eating in the covered outside dining area. We also enjoyed trying some of the Family wines and liquors made by Alex’s dad from their vineyard and a trip to the cellar under the house. One of the best stays we have had in Romania and what rural tourism should look like ! Highly recommended ! We will be back as soon as possible for more of the same!
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5.0 "If you’re looking for Transylvanian perfection, this is it 💥"

It was the perfect weekend getaway for me. I wish i’d stayed for a whole week but planning on it :) I loved the peace of garden too and the overall experience was simply blissful ❤️ It has a unique authentic vibe that has to be experienced, it cannot be put into words. Everything is so calming, the food is simply delicious (doamna Geta is the best cook😁) and the hosts are so warm and nice, you instantly feel like home. I loved it 💙
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5.0 "An incredible place to stay"

We spent two perfect days in Richis at Villa Rihuini. Alex and his family are wonderful hosts. The home cooked food is so good and the family are so generous and rightly proud of their wines. The Traminer and Riesling in particular are delicious. It’s an incredibly tranquil place to stay. We will be back!
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Alice Wright


5.0 "Amazing house and family"

We stayed for 3 nights as a family of 6 (4 children under 7years). The truly beautifully restored Saxon house was comfortable, clean and a wonderful experience to stay in. Alex our host was so welcoming and kind. His mum made delicious breakfasts and dinner, and the family wine went down very well! He also organised a fantastic horse and cart ride for us. The children loved the garden and exploring up the hill behind the house, as well as around Richis. We would highly recommend this stay to anyone who is looking for an authentic Saxon experience, time with wonderful people, or to reconnect with nature.
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5.0 "Girls getaway in beautiful Transylvania"

We stayed at Villa Rihuini for an extended weekend and enjoyed what our guest and Richis have best to offer - quiet, no urban noise, re connection with nature, local cooked delicious food, a beautiful Saxon house and lots of sun.
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Ana Maria


5.0 "Nice experience, nice people"

Me and my family stayed in Richis at Villa Rihuini for two nights and we enjoyed every moment that we spent here. Alex and his family made us feel like home. The food was excellent and we enjoyed the home made wine. Alex provided us useful information about the location and about what can we do and what we should definitely visit. All provided information helped us to enjoy our stay here in Richis and we had the opportunity to visit the surroundings (Alma Vii and Biertan). The house and the decorations made me travel back in time in my grandparents house to remember my childhood. This experience was great also for my kids who discovered a lot of interesting things around the house and in the attic.
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Ionela Cristina Moldovan

I stayed at Vila Rihuini for one week. I went there to have an online mindfulness retreat by myself. As one of my friends put it, I don’t think I could have chosen a better place for having my retreat. Surrounded only by sounds of nature for the entire week, I loved how I was given the chance to reconnect to myself and to my inner wisdom. The hosts made sure that I was properly fed, even if this was a silent retreat, so I could not communicate properly my needs. The food was amazing and the hosts are lovely! Definitely will visit again, next time for trails and forest tours!
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Alexandra Adochitei

We stayed at vila Rihuini two nights and it was a great experience. The food and the wine were great and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful. I really recommend, beside staying there, to ask for dinner and breakfast.
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5.0 "Amazing place"

A great restored house with all the facilities needed for a good stay. Friendly hosts, good location, from where you can easily reach Richis, Biertan, Sighisoara. Should I mention the wine? It was my favorite part. :) No headache in the morning. Will I be back? For sure? Do I recommend it? Yes, with an open heart. Congratulations for all your work!
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5.0 "Such an authentic experience! "

We had a great experience at Ruihini, thanks to our hosts! It is a very authentic place, an old saxon house, where every item, every furniture, every cloth has been restored. The yard is also a wonderful place to be, especially during autumn, when you can admire the whole nature from the swing. If you are a wine lover, you will love their assortments. They are derived from the famous Richis Wine. They also have a pantry, where you can try the local jam and zacusca. Totally recommend!
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Pieter Bult


4.8 "Welcome home"

Me and my family stayed for a week at Villa Rihuini, working from home, enjoying the country life, and taking some time away from the busy city. Despite this being our first time at the Villa, we felt home from the moment we walked in. Both the village, the house with all its comforts and Alex and his family make sure your stay was relaxing and worry free. Our young children enjoyed the rural scenery, feeding the chickens, playing with the dogs and bunnies, and taking horse carriage rides into the hills to chase the sheep and enjoy a picnic with views of the Saxon villages and their towering fortified churches. Highly recommend Villa Rihuini to anyone of any age. Thanks Alex for your hospitality and mom for the wonderful meals!
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5.0 "Wonderful authentic saxon wine house"

Rihuini is a fairytale place, full of history and positiv vibes. I really love my experience in this house and I will come back for sure. People are very nice and friendly and the wine very tasty and natural. I really recomand an experience here! Cheers
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Marina Elena


5.0 "Great experience!"

If you dare to try another type of tourism, you might be amazed. Great place in Richis, in the middle of the Transylvanian fortified churches area, close to any point of interest: Biertan, Sighisoara, Sibiu, etc. Very comfortable place, the hosts make you feel better than home, food is all local product, and the big plus is that the owner is also a wine producer. All accommodation needed, great yard still full of flowers and green in October, at least an Owl in the trees around to fill the silence and a happy dog #Beny to make you smile.
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Marcus Eriksson

We stayed just one night but can recommend to atay longer. Fantastic old saxon house and very fresh and clean. Amazing host who got us wine tasting of his own wines and we felt warmly welcome. He and his brother took the whole night spending their time with us. Was great. The garden is amazing!! We will for sure come back!
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5.0 "Wonderful house with delicious wine"

Let's start with the house: beautifully renovated home with some modern touches that makes staying there really comfortable. One of the best sleeps I've ever had! That may be also due to an intense wine tasting Alex organised for us the day before :) all the wines were good, but one stole our hearts and taste buds especially! Alex is a very hospitable host and made sure we were taken care for and had everything we wished for. Highlight of our Romania trip!
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Madalina Steliana


5.0 "Excellent"

Excellent family business,for wine and food , travelers. Both , the wine and the food made with love from their vineyard and vegetable garden.Good choise for vegetarians . Try the Rihuini Villa if you are around Sibiu, Medias or Sighisoara 5*from me!
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Remus Tirlea


5.0 "Traditional authentic location"

I arrived at this location through the warm recommendation made by a friend who deals with tourism. A restored Saxon house, managed with soul and a lot of work by a wonderful family. Everything exceeded our expectations: the location in a quiet village, the prompt and attentive service, the traditional arrangement happily combined with modern facilities, the wine from their own production and the delicious food, cooked in house with fresh natural ingredients. Two generations, parents and two sons, perfectly synchronized, with a purpose: to make us feel at home. If you intend to spend a few days relaxing in the area, I warmly recommend you to choose this accommodation!
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Ioan Dumitrascu


5.0 "Good vibes"

The house has been renovated and is being run by two brothers, Alex and Ovidiu, who are some of the most cheerful and hospitable persons I met. It goes so well with their side business of local wine producers and wine tasting. There is always something to do and visit in Richis or around at daytime and evenings are charming on their veranda with a glass of wine and a bunch of interesting people around. Richis is really a curiosity of a traditional Transylvanian village where photographers, engineers, Bloggers and all kind of life vibrant people chose to spend their lives. During summer time there are also cultural festivals in the region and one can do also nice hiking and cycling. Villa Rihuini is in the middle of this and a great place to get into the Transylvanian vibe.
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4.8 "Transylvanian experience in a saxon house "

a completely renovated Saxon house, with refurbished old objects; a yard full of flowers, carefully cared for; very tasty breakfast and dinner prepared by the host's mother, Alex a very attentive and welcoming Host . Thanks for an authentic experience
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James de Candole


5.0 "Family Fare"

Whenever we have visitors, we treat them to a meal with the Andrei Family. The food is made by Mum, the wine is made by Dad, and the beds are made by Alex and Ovidiu!!!! The garden is magical.
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5.0 "Beautiful authentic saxon wine house"

Villa Rihuini is a beautiful authentic Saxon wine house with a spacious green garden, filled with lots of flowers. It's a place where you can spend magic quiet days, feasting on delicious home made traditional treats and drinking the best wine from the owner's cellar. Everything is made with love making it a perfect place to reconnect with nature and with yourself.
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Adrian Moisa


5.0 "Wonderful place and people"

My family and I stayed for 2 nights and it was a wonderful choice. We enjoyed the nicely restored saxon house, the sound of the owl in the night, the quietness of the place and most of all the welcoming nature of our host, who gave us some well appreciated tips to enjoy our stay.
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