Count TIBOR KALNOKY, Transylvania, 2002:

The story of our family goes back quite far up to 1252 in the Transylvania; we have been always nobles in Transylvania. Since then we have take part in the history and in the shaping of this land. Actually, what my ancestors says have been doing for a long time was to keep Transylvania as a part of Europe and, I think my responsibility to its them and also to it my children is to continue in this path, not to let everything be forgotten and be destroyed. For me the feeling of Transylvania is like discovering the cradle of Europe. What you have here in this region is not only a genuine wild life, genuine villages as they have been 100 years ago, lots of different cultures, different ethnic, different people living together absolutely peacefully and rather completing each other and incredible riches of colours, of traditions.

You can see that Transylvania is a very deeply rooted tolerance of humanity and a very deeply rooted sense of hospitality.

When we came in '87 the reason was really to see the old stones, to see the setting where are my roots. And I expected to see ruins of course, to see perhaps an old house. And that was all. As I did not grow up here I knew all this only through stories and old pictures, and very few old pictures because my parents and my grandparents did not have the possibility to take away with them anything. They have to leave the country with in 24 hours.

For me it was very emotional experience to see that, well there are not only old stones here, but there are actually living people. And for me it was a very, very big motivation to try to do whatever I could in order to come back and try to participate in the development of this region. And this is what I'm doing right now. We try to finance our renovation efforts through very unusual sort of tourism in the village. We have very beautifully restored the guest houses inside of the village and people who came to visit us, are become part of the village and have activities like tourist to the neighbour villages to just learn and know our old culture and our environment in the way that we are living.

We try to steak of course as much as possible to the original, the structures of the rooms were maintained; we use the old furniture with new comfort.

The interiors depend very much on the detail. The detail is something that is messing in most hotel rooms, in most public places. The detail is something that needs an effort and a detail is making the differences from my point of view. The detail is personalising the whole thing, it is making something more human, especially in this world today, were everything is unify somehow. The whole thing is made out of details, and the details reflect the whole thing.

The first impression of the castle here in Micloshoara... first was a sensation of wonder as I think it is very beautifully and then immediately a very sad sensation because I saw how it was literally falling to pieces and to see how it was been used in this 50 years that have gone, and to see that actually nobody was take care of it.

50 years of communism of course have influenced to lot of mentality of the people. And this is way the younger ones were a little bit more sceptical what we are doing here and why we did came back. The problem really is that the mentality could not understand why we would come back from the West there everybody wants to go.

During communism the castle was used in several purposes: they used as deposit for agriculture machines, for potatoes and other seeds, they used as offices for the local co-operative and also for the communism partied main office. So first what we have to do is getting an architect to see the state of quality of the buildings, so to make the plans of what the building is like right now.