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Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • 8-bedroom boutique hotel

  • Incredible nature on your doorstep

  • Charming shabby-chic style

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  • Overview

    The Machine House, a small boutique hotel on the Count Mikes family estate, offers a truly unique experience. Nestled in the breathtaking countryside of Transylvania, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, surrounded by lakes and pools - this is a nature-lover’s paradise.

    Set in the old machinery building of the 18th-century estate, the 8-bedroom guesthouse has been stylishly renovated to combine traditional elegance with contemporary comforts. Enjoy the exquisite cuisine, warm atmosphere and exceptional service from the charming Mikes family, your wonderful hosts.


    Nestled in the heart of one of Transylvania’s largest private forests, the area is perfect for long walks and adventures to the wonderful natural sights nearby, including the breathtaking St Ann's Lake and the volcanic hills. This is also the perfect place for bear watching and you can book a day with a guide to seek them out along with wild boars and other wild species as well as an impressive array of rare plants and the forest’s famous mineral and sulphur springs and caves. Horse riding lessons and tours can also be arranged.


    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. Many of the ingredients are come from the kitchen garden and milk and meat are sourced from local farmers in Zabola village.

  • Facilities
    • babysitting

    • WiFi/Internet

    • car parking

    • gardens

    • restaurant

    • sauna

    • weddings

    Facility details:

    Accessible bathroom, Airport transportation (surcharge), Area shuttle (surcharge), Babysitting or childcare (surcharge), Barbecue grill(s), Breakfast available (surcharge), Coffee/tea in common areas, Concierge services, Conference space, Conference space size (feet) - 1938, Conference space size (meters) - 180, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Fireplace in lobby, Free WiFi, Free self parking, Front desk (limited hours), Garden, In-room accessibility, Laundry facilities, Library, Meeting rooms, Number of bars/lounges - 2, Number of buildings/towers - 3, Number of floors - 2, Picnic area, Restaurant, Sauna, Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge), Terrace, Total number of rooms - 8, Tours/ticket assistance, Train station pickup (surcharge), Wedding services, Year Built - 1400.
  • Location

    Zabala Nr 437, 527190 Zabala, Romania

    How to get there?

    Zăbala Railway Station is a 8-minute drive from the hotel (3km)Due to its rural setting, we would definitely recommend having a car to get here and around

    Nearest airport

    Henri Coandă International Airport (Bucharest) is a 3 hour 20-minute drive from the hotel (215km)

  • Rooms
    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    Offering a mix of traditional fabrics and furnishings, modern design pieces, exposed stonework and wooden flooring - there’s a charmingly shabby-chic feel to the eight, individually designed rooms at The Machine House. Some boast free-standing tubs within the bedroom and rather racy glass-fronted showers - perfect if you’re looking for a romantic retreat.

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Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)