- The Prince of Wales owns a guesthouse in the Carpathian mountain foothills
- Anyone can stay there from as little as £104 per night, full-board, with activities
- It may not offer palatial luxury, but the natural scenery is like a real-life fairytale
We’re hoping,’ said the man at the dinner table, ‘to see a bear.’
I tried to nod politely as I swallowed a mouthful of stew.
I was not hoping to see a bear. I didn’t even know there were bears in Transylvania.
I planned to see lovely countryside, explore pretty villages and eat lots of wonderful local food.
I was also hoping to find out more about the place that already seemed very different to anywhere else I’d visited.
We were sitting under oak beams in a cottage painted a soft cornflower blue.
This was Zalanpatak, location of the Prince of Wales’s nature retreat and guesthouse in the Carpathian mountain foothills.
After a bumpy ride up a dirt track, we had arrived just in time to toast the sunset.
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