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Friday, February 02, 2007
Hunting Manor in Miclosoara?

Every once in a while I amaze myself with how much I don’t know about my country. What is even more amazing is that some truly appealing travel destinations are never promoted. Thus, lots of Romanians don’t know about them. So it took a visit to CNN’s Travel Section to see this:

“There is only one count in this remote Transylvanian village of 512 souls nestled in the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains -- and it isn't Count Dracula.

Meet Count Tibor Kalnoky, a dashing 40-year-old entrepreneur and son of Transylvania descended from a noble family which settled in these misty lands in the 13th century and lived there until communism forced the family to flee.

Kalnoky's manor, which opened in 2001, lies deep in southern Transylvania, an area where myth and reality are loosely entwined. But you'll hardly hear a word here about Dracula, the Romanian warlord Vlad the Impaler or Bram Stoker's novels.

Instead Kalnoky lures guests with the old world of Transylvanian customs.

Many visitors come from Britain and the United States to feast on tasty fare of pork or chicken stew, mashed potato tinged pink by paprika pepper, home-baked cakes served by women dressed in traditional costume.

Dinner is washed down with red Romanian wine and guests are warmed by a roaring log fire in the wine cellar before snuggling into decades-old goose eiderdowns in rooms decorated faithfully in the style of the Szeklers -- the ethnic Hungarian minority to which Kalnoky belongs.

(Photo from here)

Take a hike in the hills and you may come across bears and wolves. Bird lovers can look out for eagles, black storks and woodpeckers. You can also travel in a horse and cart for a mountain picnic, cycle to nearby Transylvanian towns or visit the Kalnoky family hunting lodge. Just north of Miclosoara, there is the cave where the legendary Pied Piper lured the children of Hamelin.

When visitors return to the manor at sundown for dinner they are serenaded by Szekler music in the soft green drawing room, with antique furniture and dark wooden floors. It's low-key and relaxing.”

I wanted to learn more about Miclosoara and the manor, so I did a little research. Not much to find on Romanian sites though. But I did find this presentation of the Kalnoky hotel. Take a peak, it’s all fascinating. And a 49 Euro price for bed and breakfast is really cheap by Romanian standards, given there is no real competition in the area.

So, my immediate plan is to get there sometime soon. And then keep recommending it to Romanian and foreign tourists.

The CNN article is also mentioned on Core Target.

Labels: Tourism, Travel Destinations, Kalnoky Hotel, Miclosoara, Romania

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posted by Alina @ 1:26 PM  
  • At 2/02/2007 3:16 PM, Blogger Cristina Banu said…

    This tourism attraction seems interesting...I didn't know about it.

  • At 2/02/2007 3:39 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Me either. It should be seriously promoted.

  • At 2/02/2007 6:11 PM, Blogger Fyurien said…

    Oooo...looks really nice. I also like the fact that they are not jumping on the Dracula band wagon. I think the idea of promoting old Transylvanian culture is really great. This is one of the things I look for when I travel. To experience the culture as purely as possible. No funny commercialism or marketing hooks. Just the people and places as true to their culture as possible.

    Looks cold there!

  • At 2/02/2007 6:18 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Yes, it is a really great place to experience. That's why no one knows about it. It seems that promotions refer to expensive places and fake expectations only when it comes to Romanian tourism. And yeah, I guess it's quite cold right now :P

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