Prince Charles has reached on Sunday night his manor in the Valea Zalanului village, the Covasna County, where he used to come for several years at the end of May or the beginning of June to spend a short holiday.
Prince Charles was welcomed by several local inhabitants, who wished him well, and he spent the night at his rural residence.
It is possible that the Prince will take part, on Monday in a mowing contest and a show delivered by the children in the area. It is also possible that the Prince will visit other places of Transylvania during the next days, where he has some properties, such as Viscri, in the Brasov County.
The Prince of Wales has began his visit to Romania on Sunday, when he was received at the Cotroceni Palace by President Klaus Iohannis.
Vanity Fair lists Prince Charles’s property from Valea Zalanului in the top ten “private paradises” in the world
The fascination of the heir to the British Throne for rural Transylvania is not a secret to anyone. Prince Charles first visited Romania in 1998 and since then he has returned almost every year, being involved in several sustainable development projects run by NGOs.
In 2006, Prince Charles has bought a property in Viscri (Deutsch-Weisskirch), Braşov, and in 2008, one in Valea Zalanului (Zalànpatak), Covasna. The two properties were restored in compliance with best practices. From time to time, Prince Charles retreats here for a few days to enjoy the refreshing simplicity of everyday life in rural Transylvania.
When not occupied by the prince and his retinue, that is more than 90 percent of the time, the Prince’s houses from Viscri and Valea Zalanului are available for tourists.
The management of the two properties is ensured by Count Tibor Kalnoky, the descendant of an old aristocratic family of Szekler Land. Raised in France, Count Kalnoky returned in Romania after 1990, where he restored several of his family’s houses in the village Micloşoara (Miklósvár), Covasna, which he introduced after in the tourist circuit.
Prince Charles’s property from Valea Zalanului (Zălanului Valley) was recently listed by the American magazine Vanity Fair in the top ten “private paradises” in the world. The property covers approximately 12 hectares and belonged to the former duke of the village being about 150 years old. “The guest house of the Prince of Wales are some old houses, farmhouses, restored and authentically furnished. Most rooms have private bathroom with modern equipment”, says Viola Harmati, representative of Count Kalnoky’s travel company.
The Prince’s property is bordered by forests, amongst Prince Charles’s “neighbours”, one can count wolves, lynx and a few brown bears, as noted by the London press.
The price estimated by Vanity Fair for renting the whole area of the Valley Zalan starts at 4550 dollars a week. For those who can not afford to rent the entire property, prices are more reasonable. According to Viola Harmati, a night with breakfast included costs 49 euros per person, dinner costs 18 euros per person, and lunch, 15 euros. So, one night accommodation with all three meals included, amounts to 82 euros per person.
This is the standard price of accommodation in Valea Zălanului (Zălanului Valley), but Romanian citizens receive a discount that starts from 10 euro and cand reach up to 39 euro per person for an overnight stay including breakfast, plus dinner and lunch (18+15 euro) for a general price of 72 euros / day.
“We offer tourists a traditional menu, specific to the area. Also, we provide transportation for our guests from / to the airport and from / to the nearest train station”, says Viola Harmati.
Optionally, those who come to stay here can enjoy cultural and nature tours. “Valea Zălanului (Zalanului Valley) is a small, Szekler village, hidden among the hills and woods in a quiet area, and is ideal for those who want to just relax in nature”, concludes Viola Harmati.