Mara Guest House

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
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About Mara Guest House

Our favorite guest house in Maramures is the go-to place for a magical experience in the land of wood. Panoramic views over Creasta Cocosului, a splendid garden along the course of river Mara, a glimpse of the UNESCO Heritage Site church from the terrace, and the best home-cooked meals in the region. Plus, an amazing host and a homely feeling that makes you want to stay longer.

The guest house is located in historical Maramures, 45 km from Baia Mare and 24 km from Sighetu Marmatiei. It's an ideal base for day trips across the land of Maramures, whether it's cycling, walking, or hiking.

What's special

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Delicious home-cooked food

Traditional home-cooked recipes with an eye for healthy ingredients, refined taste, and impeccable look. Large portions prepared with skill and love, decadents cakes, and plenty of options for both meat lovers and vegetarians.

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Organic ingredients

Only natural and pesticides free ingredients from the garden of the guest house or from local suppliers. The real taste of vegetables, fruits, cheese, yogurt, butter, milk, and meat from free-range animals fed the right way.

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Excellent location

Desesti is a great base for taking day trips across Maramures, whether you plan to walk, drive, hike, or cycle on the marked trails that connect the village with historical Maramures.

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Excellent hosts

Kind and helpful hosts are not easy to find. We can guarantee this is the real deal at Mara Guest House. Maria is a lovely and gentle person who will make your stay there truly special.

Who makes it special

Maria Merca


by Eugene
Rich, simple, and satisfying

Many guests have mentioned how helpful and sweet Maria is and I absolutely agree. She has much useful information to give and is able to understand just what you are looking for personally. She and her husband's cooking is excellent, very tasty and plentiful regional fare. The grounds are wonderful and the views of the haystacks and farms beyond. It's also a few hundred meters off the main road and feels like an island unto itself, with the Mara river at the edge of the property and footpaths just beyond.

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by diamondsprings
Peaceful, relaxing stay in the country

Maria and her husband serve excellent, tasty meals. Breakfast always had fresh dairy products: milk, cheeses, and during the spring fresh sheep's milk yogurt, along with homemade breads, excellent fruit preserves, and meats. Lunches and dinners included the best soups I've ever had. Each meal was exceptional and plentiful. The delicious desserts are made by Maria and are pastry shop pretty. Her husband is an accomplished chef who also makes his own aged cheeses. It was a totally magical experience.

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