Nobody believed that this old barn could have been rescued. Yet we tried, hoping it would be possible to bring back the building from ruin and change it to our summer house in beautiful and peaceful Mazuria district.
So how does it look right now? Well... the cows from nearby villagers are still walking on the streets of quite village, old German apple trees are still giving fruits in autumn, and people who pass by are still stopping by and sometimes even joining us for a coffee.
The building itself changed. In the rooms where livestock used to live, there is a bathroom and sauna right now. The attic changed to a living room, where in peaceful nights our guest enjoy watching movies and three bedrooms. The room where the old lady used to sit most of time to watch the passing neighbors - there is a spacious kitchen and dining table now.
Enjoy a real village without air conditioning, swimming pools and spa. And an old barn with a history that turned into a lake house summer home.
Ola i Marcin Szałek
Both born in Szczecin, close to German border. Soon we realized travel was our passion and we spent decent amount of time travelling and looking for adventures in different remote places all across the globe.
Soon we realized that having you own place can be an adventure itself. And so we created our own, small place, somwhere totaly remotelly in the Masuria lake district. In a place where neighbor helps, where sometimes you have to stop and just enjoy your time waiting for a group of cows to pass your way and where you can really enjoy what we love most - running barefoot to clean waters of nearby lake - both in summer and winter.
Of the things that are worth emphasizing is, that it is a lake house in the middle of the village. There is a neighbor on the left and there is a neighbor on the right, but in front you would see only the lake.
The house is ideal for two families 2 + 2 or a group of friends. There is a bedroom at the... ground floor with an entrance to the orchard, bathroom with sauna, kitchen and dining room. Next to the bedroom there is the entrance to the so-called kits, where there is a washing machine with a dryer (and washing powders). At the top (former attic) there is a mezzanine with a TV, projector and screen. You can lie down there and listen to audiobooks, watch Netflix and play cards. There are three bedrooms upstairs. Two lockable (double beds), and one with a bunk bed (great for kids - but mostly likely they will fight who sleeps upstairs ;). There is a small toilet next to it.
There are some watch outs for each guest thinking about visiting Krzywe...
First of all, the home can be noisy. The ceilings are wooden, so if you sleep downstairs and your kids are acting like crazy upstairs, it might be difficult to get good rest.
Secondly - we are located in the countryside. There are flies and mosquitos around you. Yes, obviously we will equip you with some mosquito nets in the bedrooms, nut nevertheless expect to experience some living creatures around you.more
What will I eat?
Along with the barn you get several places where you can cook yourself:
- modern kitchen
- traditional wood-fired kitchen with old faucets (it works and you can make a great chicken soup there)
- bake bread and pizza in the garden
- place for a bonfire on the beach
Fresh milk can be bought... on the farm nearby, eggs as well, honey from Antoni's grandmother. Just ask in the village ...
And if you feel like eating something cooked by someone else, we recommend:
- a restaurant on the lake in nearby Olecko
- or a fish restaurant opposite oposite to it
- Mazurian restaurant in Oracze
- Restaurant Zorza in Prostki (little bit far away - maybe take this one on a way to our place)
- Jazz Club in Elk
- a little further the Restaurant Stara Kuznia in Gizycko (with Top Chef in the role of chef)more
How will I be entertained?
What do we do in summer?
- Let's swim to the power in the lake Krzywe, to which we have 50 meters, so we run there on barefoot on the stone path
- We jump to the lake from the deck
- we swim on SUP boards (2 available onsite)
- we walk around (plenty of interesting trails nearby)
- we ride on bikes... (2 available onsite)
- we lie in the orchard
- we make bonfires
- we do party in the orchard with handmade pizza
In spring and autumn we warm up in the sauna and run to the lake. We collect mushrooms, pick up early and late fruits from the garden and cook.more
What's for children?
The kids have just plenty of space to play - they swing in the garden, play football, jump to the lake and swim, play with dogs and cats from our neighbours.
There is also a nearby stud where you can arrange horse riding lessons.
How much will I pay?
The price for renting the whole house for exclusive use
Price / night
900 PLN / house
Long May weekend, June weekend (minimum 3 nights)
700 PLN / house
Other dates from April to October (minimum 2 nights)
700 PLN / house
Minimal rental period
Wakacje - min. tydzień (sobota-sobota), pozostałe terminy min. 2 dni.
Payment and booking conditions
Advance 30% non-refundable in case of resignation. Payment by bank transfer.
Arrival and departure times
Check in from:16:00
Check out till:10:00
How to get there?
You have to head to Elk, then to Gołdap and in the village of Straduny turn left to Piaski and Sajza. Just before the Denis guesthouse, turn right and continue to Krzywe village. The house is opposite the blue door nearby the lake.
The place is absolutely fabulous! The interior is stylish and cozy, until you want to live there
The house is beautiful, climatically furnished, larger than it seems in the pictures. A large place around the cottage, a nice place for a barbecue, very near the lake, which was warm at this time (surprise for me) and it was easy to bathe in it. Same at the top, nice place to watch the film / s; pleasant kitchen, everything is well-equipped. We also swam on SUPs, many of us for the first time and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We definitely recommend this place and will be happy to be back! :)
Krzywe 3 is an amazingly charming place. The area is beautiful - calm and full of attractions. The house itself is one of them. Warm and cozy - perfect for a woman's weekend. We and my girlfriends celebrated a bachelorette party there. The weekend has gone brilliant!
A definitely magical place. Pure nature and beautiful views. House decorated really masterfully. Garden in front of the house with many places to sit and relax in nature. A swing that looks like an old movie and is an ideal place for really atmospheric photos, gives the garden a whole new feel. The two supks that are in the equipment are great fun. We tried it for the first time and after many unsuccessful attempts, we decided to sit on one and paddle like on a kayak - it was the best adventure from the whole trip, we visited the corners of the lake calmly swimming on the slat. In addition, the water in the lake is really clean. For peaceful evenings in the cottage is organized a great corner for cinema sessions with quite a large collection of very good movies! I recommend for people who want to cut themselves off from the city run and rest in the bosom of nature. We were two of us, but for a large team the house is ideal. And for those who want to spend time with their other half, the house and the beautiful surroundings are really good for romantic moments. We will be back for sure :)
Magda Lena Artysiewicz
Hmmm ... I fell in love with a beautiful approach to stone, brick and wood :) In the autumn where the colors are so intense that no summer will give it. In the village where behind the last home is a bend on the fields ... wonderful fields. In the fact that when you go to the village you are a little like Smażowski, a bit like a settlement from over 100 years ago. And thanks to Ola and Marcin for the hospitality, just for the fact that you are coming and feeling good :)
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