Americans Bryan and Mimi Jardine first came to Romania from Los Angeles in 1996 and travelled extensively around the beautiful country side over the next several years. However, it was only in late 2003 that they decided to realize their dream of owning their own “home in the country”.
Their wish list was fairly basic—they needed something close and accessible to Bucharest to make weekend stays feasible, accessible by both car and rail if possible, and ideally with some land to accompany the house. In particular, they were both attracted to the famed Romanian wine region of Dealu Mare, situated about 100km northeast of Bucharest, at approximately the same latitude as Bordeaux and home to some of the finest vineyards in Romania.
The home they found in November 2003 was ideal for their needs, nestled in the lovely rolling green hills of Valea Scheilor—about 8 km north of the town of Mizil in the heart of Dealu Mare. The house and region ticked all the boxes—proximity to Bucharest, access to shopping and rail station in Mizil, electricity, indoor plumbing, a well and an international phone line.
The property was actually one house with an incomplete second story and a second smaller adjoining house suitable for a guest cottage together with 2.5 hectares of land, including some older vineyards and fruit trees. After buying the property in February 2004, they began renovation works on the main house in April of that same year.
Over the years, “Jardine Hills” developed into a desirable getaway for family and friends and Bryan and Mimi spent many wonderful days and evenings creating lasting memories there.
Finally, in 2014, they decided to take the next step to develop the venue further and to share the beauty and serenity of this location with others.
Accordingly, ground was broken on the construction of the new Jardine Hills compound in July 2015. The concept was to create three cozy but fully equipped guest cottages in which a couple, family or friends/coworkers could spend a weekend, a whole week or even longer together in their own home. Close to the main house, but with their own privacy, these new cottages would feature all the modern amenities of a modern home, but with the rustic charm of the regional surroundings. The houses would have privacy but also intimacy—sharing a pool and Jacuzzi area as well as outdoor barbecue and entertaining areas.
Our vision was realized when on July 4th 2017 we officially opened the Cottages at Jardine Hills. Now you can enjoy what we have created–the peaceful serenity of the famed Romanian wine region in the comfort of your own home…
For those of you looking for a wonderful weekend (or longer) getaway, only about an hour's drive from Bucharest, why not consider the sensory and bucolic delights that await you in Dealu Mare? (...)
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