‘Vorobyi village’

The house I'm staying in was built in 1937. It's a family house, so it wasn't bought by the current owner, but was inherited from his grand-grandfather.

The house owner is a businessman that uses the house as dacha and as a means of additional income through inviting guests – both Russians and foreigners - via booking.com and airbnb.com. The majority of guests stay for 2-3 days, for fishing, banya, visiting Kizhi island and drinking. Another reason to stay here is the house itself: even though there are plenty of houses that look equally 'authentic' in the neighbouring villages, few of them are in a condition that could allow inviting guests – they are either in ruins or abandoned, or the owners are just not interested in renting them and do not see them as a source of income. The house itself is a mixture of traditional and contemporary items and interior arrangement customs. Thus, the center of the house and both the major 'tourist attraction' is the pech', traditional Russian kiln/furnace. It's not for decorative purposes, it really is used to warm the house up as there's no heating/boilers.

The garden beside the house has a pavilion (above) – something none of the surrounding houses have. The plants are in the garden mainly for decoration purposes, but the garden bears traces of Soviet gardening practices when gardens were used for growing food: here in this garden, the patches with flowers are interrupted by herbs used in cuisine and an apple tree’s harvest is also used at the owner’s house. This house was one of the few with a groomed lawn, otherwise the gardens in the village do not leave much of unoccupied space.