Location - in the forest, on the foot of the mountains, silence, all green, a little river, good sights nearby. 30-40 minutes with the car till the Red Lake (20 km), 5 minutes from the main road.
Rooms are ok, small and clean, view from the room - trees, nothing special. We were 2 adults + 1 child and they gave us a small room with a small bed.
Bar/Restaurant - small, 3 tables, in the morning if the house is full, no place to eat.
Food - breakfast included - nothing special, eggs, sausages, yogurt, in other places much better - with traditional or special food. Dinner - very expensive and nothing special, homemade food, traditional goulash, schnitzel, soups, sarmale. I don't understand why they put twice prices like in nearby restaurants. Bad palinka and afinata, warm wine and drinks.
Very disturbing - a dog near the entrance that barks all-day. The first night we cannot asleep till 23-24 until they took him somewhere. In the afternoon also you cannot sleep/stay or walk on the territory of this house, in silence, because of that dog.
Good Wi-Fi, no GSM signal.
This is a beautiful location and the family that run it are really nice people but I feel that this doesn't give the best value for money, especially if you have dinner there.
The surrounding area is fantastic, especially during winter when you can walk without bumping into too many people. Nice forests, lovely little creek and you can just wander as you like.
Where I was disappointed was in a few things. The room I was staying in is right beside the dining room/meal preparation area, which means you get to enjoy the noise of dishes being done at 1030pm. Also if you're in bed any earlier you can hear as the other guests eat their dinner. Also the family this is the families living area so it can feel a little cramped.
Regarding the food, the breakfast was included in the original price and I will admit it is a great selection. Plenty to choose from and all nice. It is a cold buffet though. The dinner is where I had issues. The first night it was 3 courses and the second only two, but no one explained why? We paid the same for both nights? The cost of dinner is very expensive for a Romanian meal especially because it is very "simple". Don't get me wrong, it was very nice but just extremely overpriced especially when you compare with nearby restaurants (which we did after).
Twice I ran out of hot water while trying to use the jacuzzi and the plug in the bath would not drain unless totally dismantled. They also have a "health suite" with a small sauna (2 persons sitting side by side) that does the job and a larger jacuzzi. Unfortunately you can't use the toilet or shower in this location as there is no water supplied.
Overall it is a beautiful place with a lovely family but the "value for money" definitely removes a star from their rating. If you want quiet, ask for a room upstairs. If money for you is no option this is the place for you. If not, I would recommend doing some research and finding something a little more suitable.
We discovered a warm and friendly oasis almost in the middle of nowhere. The lady was attentive and welcoming and offered us a delicious breakfast. The surroundings are really nice, quiet, full of green. The room was not very spacious, but comfortable and clean.
If you prefer a small family run pension set down a side road in a forested valley in the mountains, you will love this place. Armella the hostess is warm and hospitable and speaks reasonable English. We had soup, trout and pancakes as our choice for dinner and it was excellent and reasonable value. Our room was nicely decorated and the bathroom was adequate size. Some reviewers said rooms were too small, but I think they are sufficient. There are other rooms to select and each slightly different.
It's worth mentioning that the stairs to the upstairs rooms are quite steep so ask for a downstairs room if necessary. This place is so much nicer than the larger places at Red Lake which is 20 kms further up the mountain.
Wish we had spent more than one night. Hospitable owners and staff (who we believed were family).
Comfortable bed. Rustic yet modern room with a balcony. Huge clean bathroom.
Food was great. Mountain stream outside with the sights and smells of pine.
What more could we want?
Only thing I personally wished were different were I can't get used to short pillows.