Apafi Manor: A Guest House with a Centuries-Old History

The Apafi Manor is maybe the most impressive of the local guest houses from Transylvania’s Saxon villages. This centuries-old aristocratic residence from Malancrav was restored by the Foundation Mihai Eminescu Trust with the greatest respect for its original architecture, using only traditional techniques and materials. Located just a few steps away from the Evangelical Church, one of the most important in the region, the Apafi Manor is not only a guest house, but also one of the main cultural attractions of the village.

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© the Foundation Mihai Eminescu Trust

The village

Malancrav is the village with the largest Saxon population in Transylvania. It was founded in 1305 and belonged from 1340 until the 18th century to the Apafi family. Following the political changes in the region, Malancrav eventually went into the property of the Hungarian royalty, the countess Susanne Haller being its last owner. The main attractions of the village are its large Romanesque church, a three-naved basilica with a 23 meters fresco in the central nave, the ecologic apple orchard, the traditional architecture and talented local artisans like Maria Nistor and Elena Neagu.

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© the Foundation Mihai Eminescu Trust

Accommodation and services

The mansion completes the list of village attractions, being located just above the church and next to the apple orchard. The Apafi Mansion accommodates up to nine people in five rooms, has a balcony, a drawing room, a splendid garden and a spacious library with original decorative frieze paintings. The furniture and the decorative objects either originally belonged to the guest house or are made locally, conserving the typical cultural heritage of the area.

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© the Foundation Mihai Eminescu Trust

As its name indicates, the mansion was the property of the Apafi family. After the last descendant of the family died, the residence was taken over by the Betlen family whose members ruled Transylvania back in that time. Along time, the house suffered several changes and renovations, especially during Graf Haller’s time. After the First World War, the community took ownership of the mansion that served as a cultural center until 1949 when the communists confiscated it. After five years of thorough renovations, the former manor was fully restored and opened as a guest house.

Things to do

Malancrav is included in the cycling trails that link the Saxon villages of Transylvania, and is a good mid-point for longer cycling tours. You can also spend one day vising the artisans, enjoying the delicious local recipes and taking a photo tour of its beautiful streets. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Sighisoara and Biertan are also easily reached from Malancrav.

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