Our first glamping experience at Dragonfly Gardens, Brasov

RO: Dupa intoarcerea acasa din Olanda (cand ne-am expus destul de mult pe parcursul calatoriei, oprindu-ne in diverse locuri, mai mult sau mai putin turistice, prin urmare mai mult sau mai putin aglomerate), am decis ca vara aceasta sa nu ne facem niciun plan de calatorie inafara tarii, indiferent de ce avea sa se intample si incotro se va indrepta situatia cu pandemia. Pur si simplu ne-am impus sa nu plecam din Romania, chiar daca anumite tari aveau sa isi redeschida granitele, chiar daca unele destinatii si companii aeriene aveau sa ajunga la preturi mai mult decat tentante sau chiar daca am fi putut sa vedem unele locuri extrem de renumite fara aglomeratia anilor “normali”. Am decis sa oprim putin pornirile noastre impulsive de a calatori intotdeauna inafara Romaniei si sa profitam de situatia actuala ca sa facem acele lucruri pe care le lasam intotdeauna pe mai incolo. Fie pentru ca erau prea la indemana, fie pentru ca mereu dadeam vina pe drumurile din tara ca sa nu calatorim in Romania sau pur si simplu pentru ca mereu se ivea o ocazie de calatorit pe care o consideram mai buna decat sa descoperim locuri noi in tara.

EN: After our return back home from The Netherlands (when we were quite exposed during the trip, as we stopped in different places, some of them a bit more touristic and crowded) we decided that this summer we will not make any abroad, no matter what would happen and where this pandemic will go. We just decided to postpone any plans for travelling outside the country, even though some of the countries might have opened their borders, even though some destinations and airline companies would offer tempting prices and even though we could have seen famous places without the crowds. We decided to stop our impulsive habits of travelling only outside Romania and to take advantage of the current situation to finally make those things that we used to always postpone. Either because they were too handy, or because we were always blaming the Romanian roads for not travelling in our country or just because there was always some other opportunity of travelling abroad that we considered better and more tempting. Glamping_1
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RO: Si cum in aceste prime luni inapoi acasa ne-am dorit in primul rand sa petrecem timp cu cei dragi noua, cu familia si prietenii, calatoritul a trecut in plan secund. Dar chiar si asa, am conturat inca de la inceput niste idei de vacanta pe care usor, usor, le punem in practica. Am vrut sa mergem neaparat la mare, la plaja Tuzla, apoi in varful muntelui, in pustietatea de la Hadar Chalet, am vrut sa stam intr-o casuta in copac, apoi ne-a suras ideea de a dormi o noapteΒ  in glamping si bineinteles, highlight-ul vacantei in Romania, sa calatorim cu autorulota prin taraΒ  (care urmeaza si pe care o asteptam cu mare entuziasm, la finalul lunii septembrie). In acest articol insa vom vorbi despre experienta noastra in glamping, un loc de campare mai… glam πŸ™‚

EN: And during these first months back at home we mainly wanted to spend time with our dear ones, with our family and friends, so travelling is now on a second place. But even so, we made some vacation plans from the beginning of summer and slowly we’re starting to put them in practice. We desperately wanted to go to the seaside, at Tuzla beach, then in the mountains in the wilderness from Hadar Chalet, we wanted to stay in a tree house and then we were attracted by the idea of sleeping in a glamping and then of course, the highlight of our Romanian vacation, to travel with the campervan around the country (which will happen soon, at the end of September). But in this article we will only talk about our experience in a glamping, a… glamorousΒ camping site πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Din fericire, exista multe variante de cazare in corturi glam in Romania, si chiar am scris acum cateva luni un articol despre cele gasite de noi (link aici). Si pentru ca suntem incepatori in ale campatului in natura, am vrut sa alegem o varianta mai confortabila (avand in vedere ca voiam neaparat sa mergem cu Alexei), unde sa avem parte de o experienta in glamping dar sa avem totusi si toate cele ce ar putea sa ne fie de folos la indemana (si cum fix inainte de plecare Alexei a facut o alergie uratica la niste muscaturi de insecte, ne-am bucurat ca am decis asa). In plus, auzisem destul de multe pareri despre glamping, atat pozitive cat si negative, astfel ca nu am vrut sa ne aventuram din prima catre variantele de glamping in pustietate (oricat de minunate ni s-au parut privelistile de la Ursa Mica, Wegloo sau GreenCamp) ci am preferat o varianta mai… urbana. De test πŸ™‚ Dragonfly Gardens este de fapt singurul glamping urban din Romania, aflat in Brasov, la 20 de minute de mers pe jos de centru (sau 6 minute cu masina). Se afla intr-o gradina discreta (poarta este inchisa intotdeauna cu cheia, doar cei cazati pot intra) si este un proiect de familie, lansat anul trecut.

EN: Luckily, there are plenty of glampings all around Romania and a few months ago we even wrote an article about the ones that we found (link here). But because we are newbies when it comes to camping in nature, we just wanted to choose a comfortable option (especially because we wanted to go with Alexei) where we could have a glamping experience but also have everything that we might need at hand (and it was a good decision for us, especially because few days before our trip Alexei had a pretty nasty allergy from some insect bites). Besides, we read quite a lot of reviews related to the glamping sites, some of them positive but also quite a lot of negative feedback, so we didn’t want venture in the wilderness from our very first glamping experience (no matter how gorgeous the views from Ursa Mica, Wegloo or GreenCamp might have been) so we preferred the… urban option. Just as a trial πŸ™‚ Dragonfly Gardens is actually the only urban glamping in Romania, in Brasov, at 20 minutes walk from the center (or 6 minutes drive). It is placed in a discrete garden (the gate is always closed and only the guests can enter the garden) and it is a family run business and project, launchedΒ last year.Β 
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RO: Sunt zece corturi mari in gradina, fiecare amenajat ca o camera de hotel. Sunt mari, spatioase, au pat, saltele, lenjerii, perne, electricitate, prosoape, paturici, oglinzi (da, oglinzi :D) iar decorul este facut in totalitate de ei. Aproape tot ce se afla in corturi si inafara lor este facut manual de Kinga si Janos, cei doi proprietari, amandoi extrem de talentati si creativi. Ideea lor este de a oferi persoanelor mai urbane experienta de a sta la cort, avand insa toate conditiile de care ar avea nevoie. Baia este la comun, ca in orice alt camping, insa este extrem de curata, ingrijita si dotata (au inclusiv uscator de par). Bucataria la fel, arata minunat si spre deosebire de alte glampinguri, micul dejun este din partea casei, stil bufet (si este foarte ofertant). Exista si o sala de jocuri iar in curand se va face si un mic atelier de olarit, ca distractii pentru turisti in zilele mai putin insorite πŸ™‚Β 

EN: There are ten tents in the garden, each one of them decorated as a hotel room. They are big, spacious, they have beds, mattresses, bed clothes, pillows, electricity, towels, blankets, mirror (yup, mirror :D) and the decorations are entirely made by Kinga and Janos, the owners, both of them very creative and talented. Their idea was to offer the experience of staying in a tent for those who prefer a more urban life, but having all the conditions they might need at hand. The bathroom is shared, as well as in any other camping, but it is very clean and equipped (they even have a hair drier). The kitchen as well, it really looks lovely and unlike other campings, breakfast is on the house, buffet (and quite generous). There is also a game room and soon enough a pottery workshop will be available for the guests so that they can have fun during the rainy days πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Avand si ei trei copii minunati, curtea este plina de jucarii si de diverse activitati pentru copii. Un Paradis, fara sa exagerez :)) Alexei s-a jucat incontinuu weekendul cat am stat acolo si nu ar fi vrut sa plecam niciun moment (am facut insa o plimbare in centrul Brasovului :D). Multe masinute, groapa de nisip, un cart pentru copii, activitati de urcat prin copaci, cules fructe din pomii fructiferi (chiar in fata cortului nostru aveau un par, un prun, multi meri si ciresi). Seara este pur si simplu minunata atmosfera, sunt beculete colorate peste tot, atat in exterior, in curte, cat si in fiecare cort iar noaptea se pornesc “licuricii digitali” din copaci, niste proiectii simpatice care arata ca niste licurici in noapte πŸ™‚ Alexei a dormit neintors in cort (de regula se mai foieste si trezeste noaptea, insa acum a dormit fara nicio trezire pana dimineata) insa pentru mine a fost o noapte destul de grea, chiar daca patul era foarte confortabil. Nu a fost deloc frig (aveam oricum o aeroterma ca sa ne incalzim daca era cazul) insa a plouat si a batut vantul foarte tare. Chiar daca ploaia pe cort se auzea foarte placut, m-a speriat destul de tare vantul, pentru ca simteam cum se misca intregul cort si aveam mereu senzatia ca se va darama peste noi (nu cred ca era posibil sa se intample asta dar… panici de incepator in ale cortului :D).

EN: As they also have three lovely children, the courtyard is full of toys and all sort of activities for children. A Paradise, without any exaggeration :)) Alexei played all weekend long and didn’t want to leave the courtyard (but we managed to walk a bit in the city of Brasov :D). Lots of cars, sand box, activities for going up in the trees, picking up fruits from the trees (right in front of our tent we had a pear tree, a plum tree, lots of apple trees and cherry tree). During the evening the atmosphere is absolutely gorgeous, there are colorful lightnings all over the place, in the courtyard but also in the tents and during the night there are some “digital dragonflies” in the trees, some cute projections that look like real dragonflies πŸ™‚ Alexei slept through the night (he usually still wakes up several time, but now he slept until morning) but for me it was quite a hard night, even though the bed was very comfortable. It wasn’t cold at all (we actually had an air heater in the tent if needed) but it rained and it was very windy. Even though it was nice to listen the rain on the tent, I was quite scared by the wind because I could feel how the tent was moving and I was constantly imagining that it will fall on us (I don’t think that could have been possible but… newbie panics :D)20_Glamping
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RO: Cum ni s-a parut noua, novicilor in ale campatului, aceasta experienta? Ne-a placut foarte mult. Da, nu a fost in natura, insa nu ne-am dorit sa fim foarte izolati. Am vrut sa avem orasul aproape (ca sa putem merge sa mancam la restaurante, sa nu gatim la cazare – desi am fi putut sa o facem in bucataria comuna, daca ne doream), supermarket si farmacie (in caz ca s-ar fi agravat alergia lui Alexei). Prima reactie cand am intrat in gradina a fost foarte sincera. Am remarcat din primul moment blocul care se afla aproape lipit de gradina si chiar am spus ca ni se pare ca strica putin din atmosfera locului. Insa proprietarii erau complet nederanjati de prezenta lui, ba chiar considerau ca accentueaza si mai mult conceptul lor de glamping urban. Practic ei nici nu vor sa concureze cu alte glampinguri din Romania aflate in natura, ceea ce ii deosebeste pe ei de alte astfel de locuri este fix faptul ca se afla in oras, printre cladiri tipice unui oras. Ca sa fim sinceri, nu ne-a lipsit nimic in acest loc. Bineinteles, baia la comun ne-a adus un mic stres, mai ales in contextul actual, insa era curatata si dezinfectata de mai multe ori pe zi si existau sticle de dezinfectant la fiecare chiuveta. Este putin incomod cu un copil mic care inca mai poarta scutec (mai ales pe timpul noptii) insa noi am avut norocul de a avea un cort foarte aproape de baie. Probabil ca ar fi fost mai putin confortabil daca stateam mai mult, insa pentru o experienta de weekend, nu ne-a lipsit absolut nimic πŸ™‚

EN: How did we find it, as camping beginners? Well we loved it. Yes, it was not in nature but we didn’t want to be isolated. We wanted to have the city close (to eat at the restaurants, to avoid cooking at the camping site – even though we could have done it in the shared kitchen), supermarket and pharmacy (in case Alexei’s allergy would have been worse). When we entered the garden, our first reaction was honest. We immediately noticed the block of apartments that is almost glued to the garden and we actually said that it feels like it ruins the atmosphere of the glamping. But the owners were completely not bothered by its presence, actually on the contrary, they were considering that it emphasized their concept of urban glamping. Basically they don;t want to compete with other glampings in nature, because what sets them apart from other glamping sites is precisely the fact that it is in the town, among typical urban buildings. To be honest, there was nothing to complain about this place. Of course, the shared bathroom was a bit stressful considering the times that we’re living but it was cleaned and disinfected several times per day and there were sanitizer gels at every sink. It might be a bit uncomfortable with a young child that still wears a diaper (especially during the night) and we were lucky to have the tent closer to the bathroom. It would have been a bit problematic if we would have stayed longer, but for a weekend experience, it was absolutely lovely πŸ™‚Β 28_Glamping

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