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Maris Lodge is managed by Volker, the owner.
100 - 140/night
Suitable for 2-4 people

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Maris Lodge exterior - Maris Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Volker: “Nowadays, old houses are demolished or burned down to make room for modern houses. The traditional village centres are disappearing, so we wanted to help to protect this traditional type of building.”
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— How would you describe Maramures Lodges including Maris 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.”
Maris Lodge exterior - Maris Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Maris 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.”
Maris Lodge - Maris Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Maris Lodge

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

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

— 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.”
Harvest in Maramures - Maris Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
— Harvest in Maramures

— 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.”
 - Maris Lodge, in Maramures, Romania
 
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