A couple of weeks ago we discovered on internet pictures of a beautiful place nested in the middle of nature, in Apuseni Mountains, Romania. We liked a lot what we saw in pictures so we decided to go and see with our own eyes this fairytale place.
We made quick reservations for a weekend and we jumped in our car and headed to Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania.
How to get to the village
To get here you definitely need a car. The village is located up in the mountains so there is no other way to get there than by car.
I would say the easiest and fastest way to get to the village is to take the plane to Cluj Napoca and from there to rent a car.
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The location is about 1 and a half hours away from Cluj. No worries! The road is in good conditions, you don’t need an SUV or a 4×4.
The property send you precise information to reach the village, so with a GPS and their instructions you won’t have any problems in finding the property!
The landscape on the road is incredible! Once you left the last village and head up to the mountains, the view is amazing! You just cannot get enough of it! You are on top of the world!
At the end of the road, there is a barrier. You have to call at the indicated number to open it because it is a private property with restricted access.
Arriving at the property
Once you pass the barrier the fairytale land starts to reveal its wonders. At the entrance gate, a nice and friendly guy was waiting for us and invited to get in!
An old wooden gate is a masterpiece which marks the entrance in Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania.
Once you open the gate you enter the village where life went back centuries ago. On the property, there are 3 guesthouses, all built-in traditional style and in the middle of the green yard, there is an octagonal house, which is the restaurant of the property.
Everything is built and decorated in Romanian traditional style! Traditional manmade paintings beautify the interiors of the houses. The atmosphere is chill and relax. Suddenly, you forget about your daily problems! A peaceful feeling surrounds you!
We finally arrived at the centrepiece of the village, the restaurant.
Everything was so authentic and nicely arranged that we could not believe it!
We were greeted by the barman who prepared for us very tasty welcome drinks. They offered us homemade syrup of blackberries, cranberries or raspberries! Yummy! They were really tasty!
They knew we were hungry so they prepared our lunch! I felt like I was visiting my grandparents! Only they were so attentive and hospitable!
Eating at Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania
Our first meal was very tasty, a reinvented traditional meal; three courses meal including the dessert!
It was one of the best meals we have ever eaten! And it was just the beginning! During the entire weekend spend here the food was incredible! We could hardly wait for the next meal to see what other pleasant surprises we had!
The food was very tasty and varied! They even had a vegetarian menu and a normal one! You just have to say in advance which are your meal preferences and they do their best to please you!
For me, food is big stress when travelling, but this time was a very pleasant surprise! Here going to eat created me the same feeling like when I was a little child and I received a present! I cannot wait to open it to see what it is! Each time a pleasant surprise!
But food is not the only good thing from here! The location, the landscape, the facilities, the rooms, actually everything is impressive! And besides that, there is the quality of the services and the personnel. I have only good words about them, too!
After the first meal, we were invited to rest in one of their traditional rooms prepared for us.
Our room from Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania
We had a very cosy traditional room on the first floor in one of the traditional houses. Inside the room, there is a bed, a table and a wardrobe all in traditional style. There is no TV. But honestly, who needs a TV?!
Each house has a shared porch and a shared living where you can sip a glass of wine while you read a book or listen to nature vibes.
A very important aspect to mention is that all the houses were once inhabited by villagers. They were bought, dismantled and reassembled on top of the mountain. The inside structure of the house was customised for 21st century needs. So, each room has an individual bathroom shower and with eco-friendly toiletries.
But enough about the room, let me tell you more about the surroundings and village facilities. We were very anxious to explore the location.
Ravens Nest facilities
I don’t know what to start with! There is an incredible spa, two wonderful decks with outstanding views over the mountains, an outdoor cinema and many places where you can relax. Oh! I forgot about the campfire place! Indeed magnificent!
Let me tell you a few words about all these spots from Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania! It took us the whole weekend to explore the area!
First of all, I was amazed by the view from the hot tub! Keep in mind that the spa area is located in the middle of the forest, on top of the mountain, overlooking the whole area. Imagine yourself in the hot tub, sipping from a glass of wine and looking at the endless landscape! It’s just breathtaking!
Let’s not forget about the sauna! It is a very interesting experience but unfortunately, you don’t have the same beautiful view as from the hot tub. Personally, I stick to the hot tub! We admire an incredible sunset from the tub! Was a very romantic moment I must say!
The Eye of the Raven and The Lovebirds’ Hideout are the most emblematic places at Ravens Nest Transylvania. Both are hidden in the forest on top of the mountain overlooking the area.
They are so well camouflaged that from the valley you cannot even guess where they are! You are hidden in the forest overlooking the valley without anyone can see you!
We relaxed a whole day on the deck from Eye of the Raven. There are bin bags and chairs where to lay down and enjoy the view! I loved these places a lot! The only thing which convinced me to leave these two places was dinner time! I was too curious about the food and to be honest, I am a little scared about the dark! So, in the end, I went down to Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania restaurant! But on the next day, early in the morning, I climbed up there to drink my coffee!
In the middle of the forest, there is an outdoor cinema. Instead of chairs, there are hammocks and bin bags hidden between the trees.
After dinner, you can watch a movie or a documentary in the middle of nature! It was one of a kind experience! We laid in a hammock and enjoy a movie! To be honest, I cannot tell you much about the movie! I was too fascinated to listen to forest sounds in the night! It was for the first time when I was watching a movie in the middle of a forest!
On the other night after dinner, we had a campfire. Around the fire, there are wooden benches to sit and look at the fire! It is the best way to end your day!
If you are a mountain lover you can do hikes. Very close to Raven’s Nest the hidden village of Transylvania are some interesting spots to see. There are also a few trails which cross the mountain and pass very close to the property. If you have the time and energy you can hike Apuseni mountains, an untamed area of Romania.
We tried just one trail, very close to the property, a trail which leads to a spectacular waterfall. It took us half a day for the round trip to that waterfall. But it’s worth the effort!
The weekend ended fast! We felt that we needed a few more days to explore better the area!
We left Ravens Nest the hidden village of Transylvania promising to ourselves that we will come back next year!
I could write hundreds of pages about this property and its surroundings. I have no words to describe its beauty and wilderness!
I can tell you one thing: if you are looking for traditional accommodation when visit Romania, then this is the right place!
Let yourself lost in time and experience Romanian traditions at Raven’s Nest! It is an experience that you will not soon forget!