Receive a warm welcome from Daniel and Dana and shake off the journey with some fresh, homemade lemonade. The rooms are all decorated in traditional style with mainly wooden furnishings and beds covered with handmade wool blankets that will keep you nice and cosy under the clean soft sheets. Bathrooms are basic but clean. The terrace and gardens are peaceful and inviting with little nooks and crannies in which to read the newspaper or enjoy a drink.
Lunch is not included but pay a small amount and Dana will whip you up a lovely meal complete with local wine and vegetables picked from the garden – think blushing red tomatoes and fresh spring onions. Delicious. It is worth noting that the Guesthouse does not actually sell drinks like coca-cola or beer, but they are more than happy to order them in for you with some advance warning. Alternatively, you can choose to stock up on supplies before your arrival and Dana will happily keep them nice and cool in the fridge for you.
Get your hands dirty with clay and water on the Pottery Experience under the expert guidance of Daniel, one of only two potters left in Romania to use traditional techniques. You’ll get to watch the master at work before trying your hand at making a bowl, plate, jug or even a vase! Sign your work of art before leaving the masterpieces out to dry ready for the next stage of the process. Head into Daniel’s workshop and take a look at the wealth of ceramic treasures adorning shelves, tables and floorspace. You’ll be rather impressed and you’re more than welcome to purchase any items that take your fancy. Remember that you’ll also get to take your own work away with you as a souvenir.
What: Traditional Romanian guesthouse and pottery workshop
Where: Strada Luncii nr.1, Baia Mare, Romania
When: 2pm check-in, 11am check-out
Why: For genuine hospitality and traditional charm, to try your hand at some pottery
Who: The Couple, The Romantic, The History Buff, The Culture Vulture, The Explorer, The Family, The Time Traveller, The Free Spirit, The Independent Traveller
Untravelled Paths Ltd is a UK registered company. Registered Address: 24 Ferncroft Avenue, London, NW3 7PH.