Maris Lodge

  • Location: Countryside
    Maramures National Park: 50km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Sighet Marmatiei, the closest bigger town: 45km (1h by car)
    Rodna National Park: 30km
  • Cluj-Napoca Airport (CLJ): 170km (2h 45 mins by car)
    Baia Mare Airport (BAY): 100km (2h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Maris Lodge

How would you describe Maris Lodge in a nutshell?

Maramures Lodges are traditional wooden houses in Romania that have been restored with all comforts and turned into unique holiday homes on a large 100ha property facing a monastery. They are highlights of Maramures architecture. There are five houses in total and we got them from different villages in the area several years ago, deconstructed them and rebuilt them on this piece of land.

They are absolutely traditional and we love them because they are masterpieces of Maramures woodworking crafts. They are also unique because of their size and one of them is very special because it is L-shaped and this type of house is very rare. They are between 150 and 300 years old.

What was your inspiration to acquire these country lodges, deconstruct them and and turn them into holiday rentals?

When we started, we had no plan. It was only passion. Nowadays, old houses are demolished or burned down in order to make room for modern houses. The traditional village centres are disappearing, so we wanted to help to protect this traditional type of building.

Later on, we devised the plan to provide nice holiday accommodation for guests. We did this for two reasons. One was to share the houses with others, and the second was to have some help with reducing our costs.

Please tell us a little bit about the interior of the holiday homes.

My wife is an architect and a carpenter, so she is in charge of the design of the buildings. We discussed for a long time what to do, wondering whether to be more traditional or modern. My wife and I both love French antique furniture and paintings, so we purchased things in the northwest of France and Paris and combined them with traditional furniture from our village Botiza.

For example, in Maris Lodge we also have an original desk from Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, the famous British travel writer. I was always inspired by his many travels and when there was an auction of some of his belongings, I bought his desk and some original books.

To you personally, what is so special about these traditional Romanian country lodges?

Maramures Lodges have a special atmosphere that immediately draws you in. It’s like lifting off to another time. When I’m here for three or four days, it’s a bit like time travel, with a simpler, slower pace. It’s like living 50 years in the past.

What about the region of Maramures in Romania made you fall in love with it?

The smells, the hospitality of the people, the rich landscape and the animals. It took me back to my childhood, and it does that for others too.

Since we are so close to nature, we sometimes have wolves and bears, among other animals, near the houses. When you are lucky, you may get a chance to meet them.

Romania isn’t the obvious choice for a holiday...

You cannot compare it with an island like Majorca or Jamaica or something like that. When you want to go to the sea, you need to go to the sea. When you want to ski, you need to ski. But when you’re looking for an outstanding place that’s different, not mainstream, our place provides solitude and peace off the beaten track.

People from all parts of Europe come here, people who are looking for that something special and who want to live with nature. It’s an amazing place.

Prince Charles even has invested in two houses in this region of Maramures. We hope he will visit us soon!

What’s the biggest reward for you about the renting out these holiday homes?

The most impressive experience for me was to work together with the Romanian craftsmen. It’s another way to work — more emotional and in a good mood.

We have a lot of friends here and a very good relation to the people of the village. We had a party with friends to celebrate the completion of the three houses last year, and every year we celebrate with friends and people of the village when we finish cutting the grass. This has already become a tradition. We and all of our holiday guests appreciate the barbecue, traditional music, dance and a big fire in the night.

Maris Lodge exterior
Veranda
View from veranda
Kitchen
Bedroom
Upstairs living area
Interior
Maris Lodge
Maris Lodge
Harvest in Maramures

Maris Lodge rooms & rates

Maris Lodge was the first cottage we completely restored. From the hill it offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and the mountains creating a feeling of remoteness, space and peacefulness. With 220 sqm in the cottage and another 90 sqm in the barn, Maris Lodge offers plenty of space for up to 4 people in two bedrooms. It is furnished with beautiful antiques including Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor’s writing desk. In the 1930s he travelled through Romania and later described his journey in his famous book ‘Time of Gifts’. The interior is complemented by some beautiful Romanian artwork.

  • Maris Lodge for 4-5 people / 200 m²
    170 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower room
    • 2 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates include all taxes and fees, for gas, water, electricity, firewood, linen and towels, cleaning, as well as consumables such as detergents and cleaners, toilet paper, spices etc.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. An extra bed is available at EUR 15 per night.
Minimum stay
3 - 6 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

The holiday rentals are equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms, traditional heating on the upper floor and a wood stove on the first floor. However, there’s no television or music because we wanted to create a calm and quiet place.

Things to do in Maramures & Botiza

  • Art / Culture
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing

Five years ago, I read a very fine advertisement that read: Today, I will do something special — nothing. That’s often also the philosophy of our holiday guests. You can visit the traditional houses and villages here, you can hunt, fish, go horseback riding. There are a lot of old monasteries and old cities to visit. There’s an old train here that’s very famous; you can do a lot of hiking in the countryside, have a fire at night, sit back and read. You can do all those things, or nothing at all.

The location of Maris Lodge

The holiday homes are near the village of Botiza. They are situated on a hill in a 100ha property, similar to a park. The area is calm and relaxed and has a very fine view. The nearest town is Sighet Marmatiei, which is about 40 kilometres away. The next bigger city about 80 km away is Baia Mare with 150,000 inhabitants and the closest airport. Another airport is in Cluj, which is about 170 km away.

When is the best time to visit Maramures?

The best time for a holiday in Maramures is from May to September. Winter is okay too, but it’s very, very cold. Last winter we had -32 degrees and one and a half meters of snow. But if you like that, for example to celebrate Christmas, it’s great.