Casa Mica – Sleeps 3
Casa Mica sleeps three adults comfortably. There is a twin room upstairs with a large en suite bathroom and the sofa in the living room is also a bed. You have the whole house to yourself where you can cook dinner in the kitchen/dining room and relax in the living room that has not changed much since it was moved here 50 years ago. The house sits on a private plot along with Casa Veche in the middle of the village of Breb, with a steam running through the property that is within a 5 minute walk of the church and the main bar/shops in the village. From € 13 pp per night - Make an enquiry here
Casa Mica is 7m x 5m, around 100 years old and was originally located in another part of the village. It was moved to it’s current location around 50 years ago. The last person to live in the house was a Nun. She was married at one point but her husband was… a little mad from what we can gather and so she lived in the house for many years on her own. Maria’s mother told us the story of the Nun and said it was always a happy place to visit, full of love and prayer. The Nun (we don’t know her name) used to weave and sew in the room on the left that is now white washed as well as cook and sleep in it. The room on the right was purely for keeping firewood and had an open ceiling to the roof. Watch our video below called ‘The house that Penny Built Part 2′ further down and see Maria’s mum telling the story when she visits the house for the first time in many years. To see a 4 minute video showing you around the inside of the house, watch this
When we bought the house and land, it was in a pretty poor condition and falling apart. It took us (OK – Penny and Maria) two summers to restore it. From the outside it still looks as it was originally, except for the new roof. But the inside has been completely renovated and in places is totally new, for example the bathroom and fitted kitchen.
Make an enquiry for Casa Mica The cost of staying in Casa Mica starts from € 40 per night for the whole house and includes ingredients for cooking and house keeping.
Casa Mica was finished being restored in September 2011. If you are thinking of coming to stay, I suggest you watch the three videos below as they show how it is now and what went into making the house what it is today. They also give you an insight into our style of doing things.
The Village Hotel
- Casa Mica
- Casa Veche
- Lăcşoare – Tree house camp in Transylvania
- Zăpode – Sheppards Cabana
- Breb Team
- Casa Mica – Make an Enquiry
- Casa Veche – Make an Enquiry
Casa Mica Accommodation (4mins) - Video showing each room inside of the house.
The house that Penny built. Part 1 (10 mins) – Shows what Penny got up to in 2010 when she started renovated Casa Mica and the problems she had getting things done the way she wanted.
The house that Penny built. Part 2 ( 1:09 mins) – We pick up the story in May 2011 and follow Penny’s adventures through to The Village Hotel’s first guests arriving. Did she get it all done? If you want to watch this video, I suggest you make a cup of tea and watch it like your watching a TV program as it is over an hour long
The Living Room is the main living area of the house. Our Nun lived, worked and slept in this one room. The wooden shoes the old lady used to use to power her sewing machine are still sitting on the same shelf where she left them. We have kept many of the original fixtures and fittings and re hung the plates in the same places as they were when we first crow barred our way in through the front door. The walls and beams have been completely restored as you will see in the two videos below.
The living room is very bright in the mornings with the sunlight coming through both windows bouncing of the white walls and lighting up the room.
There are board games, cards and an ipod station for you to use. The sofa doubles as a bed. Sleeping in front of the wood burning fire can be a very romantic option.
There is a modern wood burner in the Living room as you can see in the picture. It will keep you warm as toast on even the coldest days of the year. There is a plentiful supply of wood from our own renewable source of firewood from the 25 hectare of land we have outside the village we are slowly learning to farm. So don’t feel guilty about putting another log on, there is plenty. The bedroom is directly above the living room, so all the heat from this room that escapes rises into the bedroom keeping both rooms warm.
The kitchen was originally a room for just keeping firewood with a dirt floor and no ceiling. Penny designed the layout using old oak beams from another house and persuaded the local carpenter to keep the original finish to the wood when building the fitted units. It’s a cosy room with views out over the garden and stream next to the land. The kitchen is just for you to use, so if you rent Casa Mica, you have the house to yourselves!
The dining table seats six people and we have cutlery, plates, bowels etc also for six. The plates hanging from the roof beam are from a house originally from Calanesti. The house has been relocated to a zone called Zapode, but as it is up the mountain, we keep the plates and valuables down in the village.
There are several small shops in the village based in peoples homes where you can buy supplies for cooking but if you want fresh meat and vegetable you either need to get them from people in the village, we can show you how, or from Ocna, so plan ahead for any meals you wish to cook yourselves.
The twin bedroom is upstairs and has a bathroom across the hall so if no one is staying in the bed downstairs then the bathroom acts like an en suite. The beds are traditionally made,by Georgi, a talented carpenter who lives in the village, and the mattresses are..brand new and very comfortable. We did have the original straw mattress, but we thought we’d update that bit.
The bedroom is simply decorated, again in keeping with the traditional design from around 100 years ago. There are built in shelves ,drawers and a cupboard for your clothes. There are reading lights above each bed and a great view down the garden from the large window making the room bright and cool in the hot summer nights. All the blankets and rugs are locally woven and from Breb. There is a radiator to heat the room in winter if you have not lit a fire in the wood burner directly below the bedroom.
The bathroom is opposite the bedroom,upstairs.Hand built oak cupboards and shelves provide plenty of places to leave towels , cosmetics etc.
The water supply which comes directly from the mountain springs hundreds of meters about the village, is very high pressure so gives us a ‘power shower ‘without the pumps., very eco and more importantly, still works when the electric goes off in the village:)
You will find towels, shower gels and soaps already here and a hairdryer. There is an iron and ironing board and Claudia will do all your ironing for you if your briber her in the right way, or just ask nicely.
We should mention too,if you need clothes washing, we can provide a laundry service.
You will be welcomed by our neighbors during your stay.Pop in and see how they live their harvest in the summer, milk the cows in the evening and get the loom out for weaving in the winter. People you meet in the village are really friendly and all you need to know is how to say ‘Boona, che fach?(hello ,how are you? ) They will smile and spend the next five minutes telling you exactly how they are and want to know all about you.
There is one full time bar in the village,where everyone goes on Sundays after church,which also sells a few stores. There are other shops and bars around the village but they are hidden away in peoples houses, look out for gas bottles outside or a table and bench where workers drop in for a beer at lunchtime and let the pub crawl begin.
What ever you want to do when staying in Breb, if your on a romantic weekend away or fancy a bit of luxury on your travels, we hope you will enjoy our hospitality and what Penny, Maria and Nicu have created over the last two years.
If you want to make an enquiry for Casa Mica please click on the button here
To see where Casa Mica is located in the village of Breb, have a look at the map below and zoom out to see that you really will be staying – Somewhere Different