Copsa Mare Guest Houses: Enchanting Stays in Transylvania
Copsa Mare is a small village from the Saxon part of Transylvania where vacations become a wonderful experience of relaxation and active discovery of a specific lifestyle, particular architecture, nature and local traditions still carried on by talented artisans. Staying in the guest houses managed by the Bassetti family is the best choice to live at the fullest this special experience as you’ll get all the modern comfort while living in a traditional Saxon house.
Plus, you get to go truffle hunting in the woods – a rare delicacy only few people know where to look for –, learn how to cook local dishes or take horse cart rides around the village. In a nutshell, you’ll have a great time discovering what makes Transylvania such a unique place to visit.
The story of these guest houses is essentially one of restoring traditions and promoting responsible tourism. The guest houses dating from the past centuries were carefully renovated with the outmost respect for local architecture by the Bassetti family who fell in love with the village in 2005.
The guest houses are excellent examples of combining modern utilities like WiFi connection and private bathrooms while preserving essential traditional construction materials: wood, clay, terracotta roof tiles and bricks. All the houses have rustic furnishing and decorative objects that were either bought from the local villagers or from antique collectors. They all have a story to tell, making your stay here even more memorable.
Accommodation and services
The painted-pastel guest houses can accommodate up to 16 people in two suites and six double rooms. All of them have a private garden where you can relax and, upon request, you can also serve lunch and dinner prepared with ingredients from the gardens or the village.
The White House, located on the main street at number 148, has a capacity of up to eight people. It’s located right in the center of the village, close to the Orthodox Church, and has even a vineyard in the garden. The renovation works transformed the old stable into a sunny living room with a romantic fire place and the barn into a complete kitchen. The bedrooms offer direct views over the fortified church and the surrounding hills.
The Yellow House, located on the main street at number 146, serves up to four people. It’s the place where dinner is served for all the guests in a modern kitchen – the barn before renovation – with wooden tables and a large fireplace. In the Yellow House you’ll learn how to make traditional bread baked in the original brick oven as well as many other local and delicious dishes. You can also pick by yourself fruits and vegetables from the garden.
The Red House, located on the main street at number 128, is perfect for visitors looking for privacy, having two large bedrooms with private bathrooms, a kitchen and a dinning room with a typical fire place. It serves up to four people who can also enjoy the quiet garden of the house.
The services offered include, besides meals and cooking classes, horse cart rides, truffle hunting, cultural visits and visits to local artisans.
Things to do
The village is one of the best locations to stay if you want to explore the region while avoiding the city rush or more crowded tourist destinations. But before you go anywhere else, dedicate some time to the village, first mentioned in the 13th century, and its fortified church that dates from the early 14th century. Read more about Copsa Mare
The village is only 2 km away from Biertan and 28 km from Sighisoara, both part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their unique patrimony. Biertan made the list with its impressive fortifief church, the largest of all fortified churches in Transylvania, while the entire old town of Sighisoara is on the UNESCO list. You can take advantage of the many cycling trails that link the Saxon villages from Tarnavelor Plateau to combine an active vacation in the scenic rolling hills landscape with cultural visits in the most beautiful villages of the area.
You can also take one day trips to Sibiu, only 60 km away, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania and one of the seven citadels founded by the Saxons starting with the 13th century. Besides the medieval monuments and other major attractions inside the city, you can visit the open-air Astra Museum, with its rich ethnographic collections, and walk in the small villages around Sibiu that are well-known for preserving their traditional architecture.