Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
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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.
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.
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.
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.