The Larchwhite Lake Residence

lake snagov, bucharest
5 bedroom - 5 bath
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€450 - €650 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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Perks for the Parents

This charming lakeside residence with a generous and peaceful garden is just a few miles away from Bucharest. The property is divided among the main house, the annex, the garage studio and the boat house. The gardens are great for kids and adults alike; there is a BBQ grill plus terrace with seating for 10 and beer garden tables with benches for 8 adults or 10 kids. Books and board games provided. Cooking classes can be hosted on the property by consultation with a Bucharest chef, for adults and children alike.

Why Kids Love it

There is a fantastic lawn for ball games and soccer. There is a playground built around a willow tree, designed by the owner and built in England by a treehouse company. Great lakeside location with a rowing boat, 2 paddleboards with 4 paddles (for adult + child), 2 wakeboards (1 adult, 1 child-size), wetsuits for ages 2- small adult female, life vests and 2 canoes. Plenty of garden games including a ping pong table, fussball table, boxing bag and boxing gloves, racquet ball and a small climbing wall.

Things to Know

Mountain bikes available - 2 adult sized and 3 for children aged 2-12. For younger kids, 1 crib and 4 high chairs are available. There are no stair gates. Given the lakefront location, younger children may well need supervision. The residence suits those with an au pair or extended family traveling with them, as it has self-contained bedroom studios beyond the main house. The closest airport is 30 minutes away in Bucharest. Car hire recommended.

About the Location

This residence is on the waterfront of Lake Snagov in the small village with the same name. The lake offers a natural distraction and entertainment both in the warm and in the cold seasons. During summers swimming, paddling and boating are popular activities; in the winter the lake is frozen and becomes a natural ice rink for skating, sledging, and walking. The nearby forests are good for bike riding and local equestrian clubs offer horseback riding trips.

Accommodation Details

This 5-bedroom home has a main house, annex, boat house and garage studio plus large gardens. The main house has an eat-in kitchen, with a table seating 8-10, with a bedroom sleeping 1 and a full bathroom with shower on the ground floor. The first floor has 2 bedrooms with 2 ensuite bathrooms, one master bedroom with kingsize bed and a kids room with 2 single beds which can be converted to sleep up to 4 kids together. All bedrooms have AC units. The annex has a double bedroom plus ensuite bathroom and terrace; the garage studio is above the 2-car garage and has a bedroom area, a small living area and kitchenette plus a small bathroom. The boathouse has a sitting/living room on the top where there is wifi, TV and a small kitchenette, plus a balcony and pontoon overlooking the lake.

Style Notes

A combination of homely comfort and warmth and uniquely selected items of furnishings and art make this an inspiring space. The living area is very generous, designed in an L-shape form that connects to a small home office. The home office has built-in wall-to-wall oak shelves. Interior design, architecture, art, photography and travel are found in various forms from magazines to books to catalogues and brochures. The dining table in the kitchen is an old oak frame table; there are many style details, from stunning lighting to adventure-themed wallpaper, to enjoy.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 10
1 king
2 full / double
4 twin / single
Medium
Monica M.
Member since April 26, 2014
I greatly enjoy beautiful properties in great surroundings around the world. Buildings have stories to share about the place, and living for a while in a lived-in space, helps tell the story. I was brought up in Romania, Germany and in the US. I relocated back to Romania more than 10 years ago. My three kids (11, 9, 4) enjoy greatly our lake house in Snagov, Ilfov, Romania. We named the lake house Larchwhite because of the four Canadian Larch trees that we found on the property. A charming place in a serene setting. I found that if you name Bucharest a paradox, then you could name this house a statement.

Lake Snagov, Bucharest

Cycling, boating and the supernatural

Around 40km north of Bucharest, the beautiful woods and lake itself are ideal for family bike rides and boat trips in this, one of Romania’s most beloved countryside areas. Superstitious parents might like to pack some garlic in their luggage - the region is best known for its monastery, one of the alleged burial sites for Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.