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“I had such a fabulous time. I learned so much more about the culture and history than I had expected, and that added a very special dimension to the riding, which also was fabulous! I loved the expansive open landscape, the miles of meadows, the cathedral-like beech forests, with the beautiful vignettes of a forgotten pastoral life sprinkled around the valleys. Mihai was such an engaging host, on so many levels — it was fantastic to be able to meet a new generation of enthusiastic Romanians and hear their visions of the future. The lodgings were very comfortable, the food excellent, the James Herriott-style barnyard charming. “
"Dear Mihai Now I am officially back State-side I can write you properly to send a million thanks for such a fabulous week with you at Villa Abbatis. Everything was super - great people with you, great horses, great riding country, great tack, and great hospitality, accommodation and food. On the last subject, I was really touched first that your team sent us on our way with a food pack and second, and even more, that my little pack included a jar of your mother’s very special rhubarb and walnut jam - it is just the best: please tell her and please thank her. Also, I’d love it if you could possibly send me the recipe for that and for the very lovely nut cake she sent us on one of our picnic days. People always ask when I come back if I had a good time - well - this time, you can be sure - they get huge smiles from me and huge praises of Transylvania, Romania and you, your horses and your place. Thanks again. Ann "
"Dear Mihai We are back home now after our trip, with lots of catching up to do, but I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time that we had with you in Apos. You and everyone at Villa Abbatis looked after us exceptionally well. We hugely enjoyed all the expeditions to the different places and the food and experiences that we had there were very special. The musical evening that you arranged with those incredible musicians was fantastic. We so much enjoyed meeting and talking with your friends, and of course William Blacker. As it was we all had a great time and bring back with us many happy and lasting memories. We were beginning to feel part of the ‘family’ and missed you all when we were back on the tourist trail, even though we saw and did some interesting things during the few days we had left. Thank you so very much for giving us such a fun and interesting week. It was a wonderful and memorable experience. All the best from all of us Briony and Alexander "
"Time is flying! Nearly three weeks since I am back from a lovely holiday in Transsilvania... Feels on the one hand like I was there just yesterday and on the other hand like it's been already a long time ago and I just could go again... Why Transsilvania...? I don't know. Somehow it was in my mind and by fortune I hat the chance beginning of June to join a group of Susan from Imagine Riding. I didn't expect something very different, oriental or special and was focused on the nature. So I arrived there and it was really nothing special - on the one hand... but something very special on the other hand. From the scenery/landscape big stretches look similar like it does in my country in south east of Germany. But the nature! <3 I was so happy and fascinated to see the COLOURFUL (and not only just green) meadows, rich of flowers... you even can smell it! That's the kind of nature I know from my childhood and what I am really missing nowadays when asking myself "where have all the flowers gone". Nature just like it should be. Huge, healthy mixed forests, also the paths through the meadows and forest soft and with a sound ground. Not overfarmed and compressed like the grassland, fields and dirt roads we have it nowadays in most of the areas in Europe where big farming is a big business... What else to say? The rides are providing different impressions of the beautiful landscape, big forests, rolling hills beautiful meadows, you are not getting tired with watching and enjoying. Intresting, old and small villages where the buildings having their own charm, history and stories. So you become somehow for a little time part of it while getting intresting information about the history, culture and background. The rooms are basic but charming and comfortable. Meals are fresh and tasty. The horses are well trained, well cared, lovely and in good shape. Mihai is a great host, supported by a great team. His open and friendly way taking care about his guests makes you feeling welcome from the beginning, treated as a friend and not just like a "number" and giving you the impression like when leaving you are leaving as a friend. To sum it up: It was my first time there but I am sure it won't be my last time there 😉 "
Dear Mihai, Yours is the most beautiful part of Transylvania, and is of course the part in which my book is set, and so close to my heart ... and where in the old days I have ridden so often. I have heard only the very highest praise for your trips from many friends and am longing to come and ride with you too ! It is exceedingly kind of you to support, through your rides, Prince Charles's and our work to preserve the historic architecture and landscape in the villages all around you, and to build traditional tile and brick kilns like the wonderful one in Apos. The balance is so delicate, but if we can all work together sensitively to save this we will truly have done a great and worthy thing. Anyway I am very impressed with all that you are doing! So 'spor la treaba!', with friendship, William
Just two words: utterly incredible! I and my two girls - aged 10 and 14 - are horseback riders at home in Istanbul. This place was recommended to us by a Romanian lady who used to live and work in Istanbul. Mihai and Bianca are no ordinary hosts. They welcome you with open hearts as if you are a distant relative. The horses are wonderful - very good breeds - and they select the right horse for you. The nature is incredible. You ride for 3 hours to arrive at the next village. In between, you only see plains, forests and fields with incredible fauna. You encounter deers, foxes, bird life and even bear paw prints on your way. No fences, no buildings in sight until you reach the next village. It is pure paradise and a cultural delight. Mihai knows what pace to take, whether to trot or canter or even gallop depending on your level and the mood of the horses (and sometimes your own mood). The cooking is home cooking and delicious. My girls enjoyed all food presented to them and so did I. The farm has a range of different dogs and is therefore perfect for kids to play when not on horseback. Congrats to such achievement and conservation efforts! We will surely come back soon.
Highlight of Sibiu! We came for the horses - but stayed an additional hour for the puppy. Would definitely recommend to anyone traveling through Sibiu! The stables are beautiful and the horses are happy and well taken care of. This was unlike any other horseback riding tour I’ve been on. Mihai has a vast knowledge of the area, history and wildlife - making it a very educational ride. The trail itself is dynamic, showcasing the wooded and more rural parts of the area. Mihai and Bianca are two of the most welcoming people we met in Romania, would love to cross paths again.
Excellent riding holiday in Transylvania We were looked after for 5 days by Mihai and Bianca including a 3 day riding tour of Transylvania. The horses were good quality, the overnight stops very good indeed and the local food, wine and schnapps first class. Mihai is very knowledgable and passionate about traditional Romanian architecture, history, customs and the future of his country. The scenery was fantastic and we were lucky enough to see bears. The riding is adventurous but not difficult and Mihai and Bianca could not have been more attentive.
Amazing riding tour I have just returned from a 3 day riding tour of Transylvania organised by Mihai and Bianca from Villa Abbatis. It was just incredible. Wonderful horses that were looked after so well, fantastic riding through forests, pastures and traditional villages. We stayed the first night at Villa Abbatis which was lovely and very comfortable and then did a circular horse riding safari staying in excellent guest houses. We met very interesting people and ate delicious local home cooked food. We learnt about the history and local culture from Mihai and Bianca. If you love riding you should book this wonderful adventure.