Between Covasna and Targu Secuiesc lies, in the Zabala Village, the domain which belonged to Mikes noble family since the XVI century. Today, Count Mikes Estate Zabola is under the care of Katalin RoyChowdhury of Ulpur, born Countess Mikes and her sons.
The domain spreads over 34 ha and it shelters many buildings with great patrimonial value. Among them are Curia Mikes family, whose origins date back to the eighteenth century, New Castle, built in 1904, and Villa Swiss, a building originally from Bern, exhibited at the World Expo in Paris, later moved to Vienna and after it was acquired by Countess Mikes to be transported to Zabala in 1890. But the list does not stop there, because at Zabala even the annexes became items of interest to the visitors: the so-called Machine house has been transformed into a charming holiday house.
Machine House now houses six guest rooms which are very spacious, with generously sized lounge, a dining room and a kitchen, decorated in shabby-chic style. All details originating from wood, such as windows, doors or floors have been carefully restored to preserve the authenticity of the building. Each room has its own bathroom and its location in the middle of the park offers every visitor the opportunity to admire the wild landscape from the windows, isolated from the speed and noise of the big urban areas. Traditional elegance, modern comfort, charming landscape, local history and warmth make Zabala a treasured destination for tourists.
The constructions of the past times belong partly to those who built them and partly to all generations who will follow us,” John Ruskin said more than a century ago. This idea influenced the doctrines on restoration and the Mikes family seems to share this principle when they declare: “Zabala is the oldest area of the family, so, obviously, saving and keeping it for transmission to future generations is a moral obligation. Investing all the energy and all the necessary effort in trying to save everything possible in this area was never an issue. “