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Homemade | Sile & Simona

Updated: Jan 25

The first guesthouse in the village owned by a local family.

Sile's dream has always been to do his own thing in the village where he was born. After a decade driving trucks all over Europe, cartloads of money and hard work, that dream is now a reality - his own guesthouse, Copșa Mare 122.

For the past 10 years or so, visitors wishing to spend the night in Copșa Mare had a choice of four guesthouses, each named after a different colour but all owned by the same Italian property developer. Last year, the choice became a little wider, when an English family, who settled in the village in 2015, began offering accommodation in their converted mobile bee pavilions, either in the grounds of their house, the former townhall, or up in the hills above the village.

But it was not until now that visitors could enjoy the wonderfully warm hospitality of a local Romanian family at home. Copșa Mare 122 is the first locally owned guesthouse in the village, the work of Sile Moga and his girlfriend Simona. It consists of three buildings in a garden: two large oak barns built from scratch by the village carpenter, Stefi Schneider, and the original farmhouse, yet to be restored. Together, the barns sleep up to ten people in five bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. There is a magnificent open plan living space on the ground floor of one barn, ideal for entertaining in colder weather. It is heated by a huge and colourful Kachelofen built from handmade and hand painted tiles manufactured in nearby Mediaş. The other barn has a long, shaded summer dining area for the warmer months.

Copșa Mare 122 is an ideal place for visitors with children who would like to be looked after by a friendly family in a relaxed and peaceful setting, and to eat typical Transylvanian food. Simona is well-known to visitors to the village, having spent more than 10 years as the resident cook at the Italian-owned guesthouses. She and Sile offer home-cooked meals using local ingredients including beef and pork from animals they have raised themselves, as well as their own vegetables, milk and eggs. And soon they will even have their own traditional bread oven - true homemade hospitality!

For bookings, write to Sile at or call Simona on +40 728 371 762

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