A July 2006 trip
to Brasov by fizzytom
Quote: A great base for skiers but also a town with plenty else to do, Brasov is one of the most attractive towns in Europe. It has quirky accommodation, a wealth of good dining, outdoor pursuits, and plenty of culture. A real little jewel...
-Exploring the wonderfully restored old buildings of central Brasov - this place was made for picture postcards.
-Braving the crowds and visiting Bran Castle - Dracula didn't live here but the castle itself is a wonderful building. Make you have plenty of money to stock up on really tacky souvenirs.
-Taking the "telecabina" up the hill for the most breathtaking views in Romania - and that way you'll avoid the bears!
Hotel | "Pensiune Ionescu"
High up on a hill overlooking the town, Pensiune Ionescu is a delightful place. Hidden away behind the attractive white house is a garden of surprises for it holds a series of divine little wooden chalets - think mountain hideaway which are absolutely gorgeous! One is big enough for three, two others are big enough for one person only. One more chalet is used as a dining area and kitchen for guests. This is well stocked with everything you could need to self-cater. It is cosy and pretty with lovely stencilling on the wooden interior and some lovely pottery displayed on the dresser. There are also some wooden tables and chairs dotted around the garden. It's nice to take out a bottle of wine and chat with other guests here in the evenings. The smaller chalets use the bathroom at the rear of the larger chalet. But that's not all -an extension to the house holds a huge bar/television lounge off which are three more bedrooms. All clean and comfortable.
This building also has its own bathroom and outside there is a patio with sun loungers. We arrived without a booking and stayed two nights in the extension and the third night in the owners house, in a huge bedroom downstairs which was decorated with some wonderful artwork. The owners seem to be quite arty and have displayed some lovely pieces of art and ceramics around the house. Everywhere you look you spot something else. The gardens are attractive and well kept. every morning the owner would be out watering the plants or tidying up the borders. The Pensiune is about ten minutes steep climb from town up a cobbled track. However you could take a taxi from town for about 5 euros - please note - some drivers know the Pensiune by the name Pensiune Anna - best to note the address and take it with you to be sure.
The nearest food shops are in the town so you might want to take a taxi back if carrying heavy shopping. The owners are helpful and friendly, speaking German, but no English and can help find accommodation in other towns. Beware of the dogs next door - they have a fearsome bark, although they are well fenced in. When all three start barking it can be terrifying. Pensiune Ionescu is the perfect retreat; calm, peaceful and in lovely surroundings. The price for this? Very reasonable - we paid around 18 euros for a double room per night. A small price to pay for such a lovely spot. We had hoped to stay in a chalet when we read about them but seeing how small they were we were glad none were available!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2006
Str Stejerisului 16
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom