Palaga Lodge is managed by Volker, the owner.
70 - 120/night
Suitable for 2-4 people

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Palaga Lodge exterior - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Volker: “Maramures Lodges have a special atmosphere that immediately draws you in. It’s like lifting off to another time. When I’m here for a few days, it’s a bit like time travel, with a simpler, slower pace.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe Maramures Lodges including Palaga Lodge?

Volker: “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.”
Palaga Lodge exterior - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Palaga Lodge exterior

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

Volker: “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.”
Bedroom - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Bedroom

— Please describe the layout and the rooms of Palaga Lodge.

Volker: “Palaga Lodge is nestled into our park-like estate and is surrounded by a small grove. The two hundred year old house has been completely restored and adapted to today's requirements. We kept as many of the original features as possible, such as the ceilings and doors to pay homage to the old, regional craftsmanship. There are only a very few houses left of this size in Maramures and the 180 sqm offer plenty of space for four people.

The interior has been furnished with original pieces and antiques from France and Germany, complemented by art pieces from Romania.

Due to the vastness of the land surrounding the house, it is the perfect place for those who seek peace, relaxation and space.”
 - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania

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

Volker: “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.”
Maramures - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Maramures

— What about the facilities at the lodges?

Volker: “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.”
Kitchen - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Kitchen

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

Volker: “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.”
Palaga Lodge dining area - Palaga Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Palaga Lodge dining area
 
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