Experiencing Baroque Brukenthal Palace Romania

It is with sad regret said good-bye to all our new Romania friends we met over the New Year period at Biertan.  Meeting such lovely people has been a delight, but saying farewell, and never knowing if we shall see them again is one of the hardest parts of travel.  Romania has proven to be a surprise for us.  We planned on coming here for maybe one or two weeks, and here we are in our third week.  How does time fly so fast?

We are loving this country of Romania, and also loving the Romanian people who we meet too.  Each day is full of wonderful experiences and new places to discover.  In fact we decided to extend our stay because we feel so at home here.

But for now, we are moving on again, and we will be experiencing the stunning Baroque (Baroc) architecture of Brukenthal Summer Palace in Arvig, Romania.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery Building where we stayed

A friendly greeting awaits us from the little snowman on the front door as we head inside.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery entrance

It is after lunch and the dining room at Brukenthal Palace is bustling with tables celebrating the end of the New Year break in the Transylvanian countryside.  Explorason decides he wants hot chocolate with whipped cream, and a slice of their home made dessert, and I go for a nice glass of Romanian wine with freshly prepared torte that is covered in berries. These, I am told were picked locally in the gardens here.  We relax and enjoy the fire and the beautiful view outside.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – Lovely fireplace

We head into our room, and are just delighted at how spacious it is. The view is over the gardens, and the room is naturally well lit, and the heating is cozy.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery – our spacious room

I think they downplay the excellence of this property.  Lovely toiletries and towelling slippers are provided, and Explorason was delighted to find a chocolate treat on each of our pillows too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery – modern en-suite

Once unpacked we decide to go for a walk around the garden of Brukenthal Palace.  It is a large property, and I have heard plans to renovate the other buildings is currently the buzz conversation.  But we find it delightful just as it is.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery – view from the garden

There is a tiny creek running through, and Explorason enjoys racing around over the little bridges and through the garden archways. The sun is just starting to sink in the distance, and the colours light the sky beautifully.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery – the creek

We take a walk to the fountain. The water is freezing, and the view down towards the Orangery is just incredible.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The fountain and steps

This is the view looking back toward the main building of Brukenthal Palace where we are staying. There are plans we are told that this will soon expand, and the other buildings on the property renovated.  If that occurs, it will be incredible.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – The Orangery – distant view

With rosy cheeks, we head up the driveway toward the store which is quite nearby.  I love the moon rising in the distance.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – walking to the nearby store

We head in for dinner. I discover an incredible stew with mushrooms that come from the garden. It has breaded balls inside in a creamy thick sauce topped with finely grated parmesan, and over the next few days I enjoy this as my favourite meal.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace, Romania – Tocanita de ciuperci in smantana cu ceapa si galuste de paine

With full tummies, we head off to bed to our lovely warm room, and I enjoy the white fluffy soft pillows and quilt.

We wake to the aroma of coffee slowly wafting down the corridor.  Time for a hearty breakfast.

This day we are heading to the Hotel of Ice, where we will sleep that night (I will write about this separately) so we are glad of a full breakfast.  There is a cooked choices, fruits, muesli, juices and a really lovely roasted bread with different choices of cold platters and traditional savoury and sweet spreads. I really like the aubergine / eggplant spread, and find it quite addictive.  They also have some great traditional fruit spreads, and these are also part of the range that are available as bottled produce that you can purchase here too.

I took the photo below, but more dishes came out even after this.  It was a great selection.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – scrumptious breakfast

Outside it was snowing quite heavily, but thankfully the staff all set to work assisting me with a cleared track to get our car out. They helped me too with a push of the vehicle when the wheels skidded in the slippery snow.  Nothing seemed too much trouble for them.

If you are planning to come to Romania, this is ‘a must ‘ to add to your itinerary.  It is a once in a lifetime experience.

You only live once and this experience is just incredible!  What are you waiting for?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace Summer Residence, Romania – our snowy last day

BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES: Book this hotel here

Accommodation Name: Palatul Brukenthal Avrig

Location: Str. Gheorghe Lazar nr. 39  555200 Avrig  jud. Sibiu, Romania

Date stayed: January, 2015

Dining facilities including breakfast: Yes

Bar: Yes

Wi-fi: Yes

Child friendly: Yes

Disclaimer: This review is based entirely on our own experience, and does not reflect the opinions of the owners.  All opinions and information stated are intended to be correct, but are our own, and in no way is intended to mislead or misinform.
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Exploramum and Explorason – Brukenthal Palace, Romania – selection of produce for sale made on the premises

 

 

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