— How would you describe Maramures Lodges including Maris Lodge?
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.”
— Maris Lodge exterior
— What was your inspiration to acquire these country lodges, deconstruct them and and turn them into holiday rentals?
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.”
— Maris Lodge
— Please describe the layout and the rooms of Maris Lodge.
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.”
— Please tell us a little bit about the interior of the holiday homes.
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.”
— Maris Lodge
— What about the facilities at the lodges?
— Harvest in Maramures
— To you personally, what is so special about these traditional Romanian country lodges?