From Country Mansion to Village Hall and Back Again

An old country mansion dating from early c20th, built by the local aristocrat/ landlord, in what was perhaps initially a neo-classical style, for use as his residence and farm administrative headquarters. Olt county. (©Valentin Mandache)

The mansion in the image above was confiscated by the communist regime in late 1940s as part of the communist takeover of the private property in Romania, subsequently used as a village hall until early 1990s, then given back to the descendants of the pre-communist owners and now as the result of a lingering property bubble that affects the country, is on the market for huge price tag, much higher than better quality period property from Southern France or Tuscany, left to deteriorate and out of reach of anyone willing to properly restore or renovate it. This is the usual sad trajectory followed by many of the historic houses that dot Romania.


I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.


If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

2 thoughts on “From Country Mansion to Village Hall and Back Again

  • I have been looking for quite time now for country mansion close to Bucharest, around this size, not to big but very old, and the prizes are like in Hollywood where you would have movie stars as neigbours or something, these owners are way out there.

    When are Romanians going to understand that their are no buy’ers for these old villas, if they couldn’t sell them when the frenzy was, they sure can’t sell them now or in the next coming decade that is coming or atleast not for these prizes.

    These owners should sell these houses for very cheap so people that are really into these buildings can fix them, so they can be a pride and joy of Romania again.

    Too me it is not wort it to buy a old mansion for more then 50 000 euros that is not in Bucharest.

    By the way, I love you blog, it’s very nice too see man that is very passionate about old buildings like you are, i just discovered your blog and i am really impressed by your work.


    • Thanks for your nice words about my blog and work! I could not agree more with you regarding the unrealistic prices for country mansions and excessive infatuation of the sellers. In my opinion it will take some years until the market will go down to its more real value, which as you said, should gravitate around 50000 euro for a medium size mansion with a couple of hectares land around it. VM



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