Popeci’s Manor from Padea – a fairytale land

A tour aiming to popularize the European funds investments through PNDR started yesterday. The first such objective visited was Padea mansion, restored with European money, but also with the new owner’s, Constantin Popeci , own funds. The mansion was restored with 2.1 million lei.

The Agency for Payments for Rural Development and Fishing (APDRP) organizes, on 6-9 May 2014, in Dolj County, a visit illustrating the accessing of European funds on projects funded through the Rural Development National Programme (PNDR). On the first day, 28 people attended the event: representatives of Local Action Groups (GAL), of some NGOs and few farmers. APDRP organizes such visits in the territory for potential farmers or entrepreneurs who want to access European funds to be in dialogue with the beneficiaries of EU funds and officials, in order to understand the accessing mechanism


The mansion in Padeaseems a fairytale land

On the first day, those interested in attracting European funds via PNDR went to Dranic commune, where they visited the mansion in Padea, modernized with funds from the PNDR by the entrepreneur Constantin Popeci from Craiova.
Surrounded by a forest of chestnut trees, the renovated mansion reveals it’s visitors a fairytale land. Built in 1907, the mansion belonged to Nene Pop, who would have built it in honor of his wife, Relly, whose name is engraved on the front side of the mansion.
All that is known with certainty is that, in 1945, the building was converted into a preventorium. Children from poor and broken families were hosted there and were cared for with great love by a family of doctors.
A few years ago, Constantin Popeci bought the mansion, and now tries to recover the original furniture, which is in the homes of the villagers. The representatives of the owners say they found rooms showing that school activities were organized in there.


Currently, after being renovated with European funds through a PNDR project, the mansion was converted into a four daisies hostel, already introduced in the tourist circuit. “The mansion covers an area of ​​four hectares, including the surrounding park. The mansion was converted into a four daisies hostel. Several events have already been held here. The hunting enthusiasts are interested in it, because they can practice hunting in the area, but the mansion is for all those who want to organize family events, conferences and other events”, said Mihaela Gogoasa, project manager within Popeci Tour SRL.
In front of the mansion there is a forest of chestnut trees blooming this time of year and where bees are continuously swarming.
Legend has it that in the old days, the mansion would have hosted the king, participating in a hunt on the land of the area. To find out the truth, Constantin Popeci hired specialized personnel to make a thorough documentation of the manor’s past, in order to present a story of the places corresponding to reality.

How a ruin turned into a touristic jewel, accessing European funds

The building was completely renovated with European funds, maintaining the architectural style adopted by the man who built the mansion.
“It is a project that aimed at renovating a beautiful building. It was approved in 2010, and the implementation period was of 24 months. You can see the result: a particular building, a great property and a special location. The European funds were used to restore the mansion – it is a building built in the early twentieth century – which was remade. The project value was of 2.1 million lei, of which 840,000 lei were grant funds “, said Catalin Voiculescu, associate in the consulting firm Financial Corridor, a company that made the financing project for Popeci Company, the one that manages the manor.
At the end of yesterday’s visit of those interested in funds through the PNDR, the owners of Padea mansion received a proposal that could not be refused: to introduce that objective from the village Padea in Dranic commune in the international tourism circuit, so that more foreign tourists would be attracted in the area.
Popeci is considering to extend the domain in Padea, in order to provide even more comfort to those who are going to spend time in the oasis of greenery and tranquility. He wants to buy the land in front of the mansion, where a puddle is designed for those who want to go fishing. Currently, tourists who come to the mansion have the possibility to play tennis, go to the pool, hunting or simply to rest in nature.


Funding new PNDR: is launched a new session on May 20

The Director of The Agency for Payments for Rural Development and Fishing (APDRP) Dolj County, Daniel Popescu, explained that this month a new projects session is launched: “This year, there are funds for the modernization of farms, both for small farmers and for large farmers. On May 20 opens up a new session, which will end in mid-July. Those interested can opt both for activities in agriculture, which means the acquisition of agricultural machinery, establishment of vineyards, vegetables, fruits, but also related to animal breeding, animal shelters and others. ”
The novelty compared to previous years is that the PNDR funding applications may be submitted online, so the beneficiary no longer has to travel to Bucharest, as in the previous years.
For now, on the new PNDR website the guide of the applicant was not published and the representatives of APDRP from Bucharest, present yesterday in Padea, said that the projects will be filled out on the old guide, available at the previous program (PNDR).


Other investments using PNDR funds

In the following days visits to other places are scheduled: Dabuleni, Giurgita, Segarcea Tuglui, where visitors can see other investments made with European funds.
This event takes place in the EuroAgricultura campaign launched nationally by APDRP, to present and multiply information regarding the accessing and implementation of the European funds in Romania for Agriculture and Rural Development, said the organizers.


About the network of information multipliers

In Dolj County a network of information multipliers will be created, composed of about 50 representatives of the civil society.
Some of those present yesterday in Padea were skeptical about realizing an “operational” network of information multipliers about accessing European funds, especially since there is, at national level, another network similar to the one that EuroAgricultura wants to set, called the National Network for Rural Development.