Zalánpatak (Valea Zălanului) was founded about 400 years ago by the Kálnoky’s as a glass manufacture in the middle of the forest. The manufacture was closed in the early 1900s but around 150 persons still live there today. The Prince of Wales owns the property that had originally been built for the former ‘judge’ who was overseeing the manufacture and the village. It is composed of several buildings, and has a patch of forest and extensive flower meadows with mineral springs and small brooks belonging to it. The property is characterized by its rich biodiversity of plants, mushrooms, insects, birds and large mammals including bears (sometimes crossing the back yard). Wolves can be heard howling at times in winter nights.
In the village of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch), The Prince of Wales owns a traditional Saxon house. When it became a guesthouse, we used the original features to recall the atmosphere from times when the previous inhabitant was still alive, and arranged the courtyard in a similar way. We added little more furniture, some rugs, and three beds. We tried to make the house comfortable enough to be used as a guesthouse, yet keeping it in line with what it may have been like previously. We even repaired the old radio so that it is working again.
The house has now three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. There is also a terrace with benches and a long table.
Viscri Guesthouse is currently not available for bookings as it is being converted to a traditional crafts training centre by The Prince of Wales Foundation Romania.
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The Prince of Wales hopes that his guesthouse in Viscri will encourage more people to visit Transylvania and in this way promote sustainable development.