The Machine House


The Machine House, a small boutique hotel on the Count Mikes family estate, offers a truely unique luxury experience. Located in the old machinery building of the 18th-century estate, the guesthouse has been stylishly renovated combining traditional elegance with contemporary comforts. Surrounding this historical house, the estate is rich in beech trees, a burning gold in autumn and a beautiful vision in the snowy winters.

The estate is located in the breathtaking countryside of Transylvania just at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, surrounded by lakes and pools.  Guests will enjoy the exquisite cuisine, warm atmosphere and exceptional service. The Mikes family are wonderful hosts, and have lovingly restored the home since reclaiming it for the family once exiled during the revolution. Now surpassing its former glory, the guesthouse is open to guests who enjoy shabby-chic stylings and a good dose of country air.


Located in the centre of one of the largest private forests in Transylvania, the area is perfect for walking, hiking and exploring the wonderful nature surrounding the estate including the breathtaking St Ann's Lake and the nearby volcanic hills. This is also the perfect place for bear watching and you can book a day with a guide where you may see bears, wild boars and other wild species as well as an impressive array of rare plants and the forests famous mineral and sulphur springs and caves. You can also take a tour of the estate by Land Rover, a carriage tour or travel by boat with tailor-made guided tours in the region to suit your interests. If you would prefer to explore by horseback, lessons and tours can be arranged. For a taste of Medieval Transylvania, spend the day in Zabola, a magical village where time really seems to have stood still.


Guests can enjoy Transylvanian cuisine based on dishes from the family recipes of the old noble houses from across the region, sometimes with a contemporary edge, all served in the atmospheric dining room. Much of the ingredients are sourced from the kitchen garden and milk and meat are sourced from local farmers in Zabola village.

Why is it chic?
experiencing the best that Transylvania has to offer

6 x


chic treats

A welcome drink and room upgrade (subject to availability).

Rates at The Machine House are per room per per night including breakfast. Additional beds are available for EUR 20 per night. Lunch is charged at EUR 12 and dinner at EUR 18 per person. 


Unique benefits such as complimentary dinner or spa treatment

This is in addition to the usual boutique hotel benefits of complementary early check in, late check out, room upgrade when available and welcome drink


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