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Tibor Kálnoky by Catherine KarnowOriginally, I didn’t want to appear on this website at all. I believe this venture is all about the villages, the people (including our team), and our cultural and natural heritage. Then, I became aware that what we had created here was so personal, that I should provide some background information on the essence of our venture.

We came back to Transylvania to preserve what can be saved of the values created by our ancestors and indeed nature itself, and not merely in order to recuperate assets of some speculative financial value. We renovated and decorated the first houses for our own use in Miklósvár. When we moved to the other village, where the ruined family residence is, we decided to open our houses to guests, leaving everything as we had created it for ourselves. We didn’t wish to live in a sterile museum, and tried to combine inherited values with present comfort, and fill the old walls with life again. The function as guesthouse fits this aim perfectly, and I hope you will feel comfortable in these ancient yet functional and certainly unpretentious premises.

When I happen to be in Miklósvár we might enjoy a glass of local brandy together. I am sure the team consisting of managers, guides and staff will take care of your wellbeing and introduce you to the peculiarities of Transylvanian culture and our natural environment.

You can read the story of how we came back to Transylvania.

Looking forward to welcoming you here!

Tibor Kálnoky

Kálnoky AnnaMy wife Anna Kálnoky is not only the undeniable source of  female influence you can feel has shaped the interiors and is pulling strings in the kitchen, but most importantly, she has set up everything that has to do with riding and the horses. An experienced rider since childhood, she founded the riding centre at Korospatak and set up week-long, quality trail rides through the riding-heaven of our countryside.




On his first visit to Transylvania, The Prince of Wales was immediately struck by the precious legacy of this area and said he was “totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily rich heritage.” His Royal Highness is well-known for his commitment to preserving traditional rural communities and their way of life, both in the UK and overseas. He now hopes that his guesthouses will encourage more people to visit Transylvania and in this way promote sustainable development.

 

Managers

Karcsi is responsible for ensuring our guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay, as well as managing the guesthouses and the staff. He divides his time between Braşov, Barót and Miklósvár. He spent the last 2 years working aboard a cruise ship as a host, but decided to swop the high seas for deep forests of Transylvania. Aside from making people feel comfortable at the guesthouses, he is also passionate about wildlife.

Csaba is a part of the team since 2008. He is originally from the central part of Transylvania, the town of Turda. Before coming to Szeklerland he worked in a hostel and was also a guide, taking guests all over Transylvania. He is married to the Unitarian priestess of Kálnok and they have one son. His job is to make sure the guests are well looked after and together with Karcsi, he manages the Miklósvár estate. 

 

Guides

Laci comes from Csíkszereda.  He is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the Sapientia University and works for the guesthouses on a part-time basis as a nature (and hiking) guide.  His interests include traditional land use, environmental education, herpetology, ornithology, and the study of large branchiopods (i.e. fairy shrimps), which is also the topic of his PhD.

 

 

Mona comes from Székelyudvarhely and is the youngest member of the team.  She studied history and art history in Romania and Budapest, and possesses an extensive knowledge and passion for Szekler culture. Mona is a country girl at heart and enjoys living in Miklósvár, where she finds lots of peace and quiet for reading! She is also responsible for developing the culture tours and ensuring our guests have both an exciting and informative time in Transylvania.

 

 

Domestic staff

All the cooks, waitresses and chambermaids’ originate from Miklósvár or the nearby villages of Középajta and Köpec.  The cooks have learned local Szekler recipes from their mothers and grandmothers.  Some have previous restaurant experience.  Together, Anita, Ági, Marika, Kati, Mária and Piroska, ensure that the guestrooms are spick n’ span, the extensive kitchen garden is tended, and our guests are well-fed morning to evening. 

 

Driver

Josef is the driver for the Guesthouses and often he is the first person our guests meet when they arrive at the airport. Prior to joining the guesthouses, Josef worked as a professional driver. He is also extremely knowledgeable about vehicle mechanics, as well as Romanian roads (which is a talent!). When not transporting guests, he might be found driving a tractor on his farm in Kozepajta.

 

 

Carpenter

Sándor is the carpenter and carver at the guesthouses, where he is responsible for restoration of antique furniture and decorative fittings on the buildings.  Previous work included designing and building traditional Szekler gates, Baroque style carving and folk pieces.  He originates from Kézdivásárhely, but now spends his time in Miklósvár and Kőröspatak.  Sándor has worked at the Kálnoky Estate for 2 years.

 

 

Groundsmen

István and Pali are responsible for ensuring the guesthouses function, collecting and chopping firewood for the long winter, as well as looking after the gardens.  They are all round handymen and are able to put their hand to almost any practical task!  They are both Miklósvár locals.

 

 

Builders

Pityu and Andris are responsible for all building work related to the guesthouses. Their recent projects have included building an outhouse for laundry, as well as restoring the blue guesthouse and a traditional style well.

 

 

Horse and cart drivers

 


Pityu, Mihály and Miska are the horse and cart drivers for the guesthouses and are responsible for taking our guests on excursions in the countryside surrounding Miklósvár.  Each owns his own traditional wooden cart, inherited from his father or grandfather, as well as a pair of sturdy horses.  In total, this amounts to 6 feet, 12 wheels and 24 shoes!

 



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