When I moved from the city to the countryside, it turned out that my current skills do not actually apply much here. It depressed me until it turned out that the new circumstances were extremely inspiring, and at the same time seemed to develop me in an important – from my point of view – direction.
The attractions awaiting you in the Lavender Cottage include a cozily fitted interior, lavender-pink sunsets, bird song with a concert of croaking frogs in the background, and additionally:
The cottage comes equipped with the following:
In the bathroom you will find a shower, hair dryer, washing machine, clothes dryer, hand and bath towels, and liquid soap.
The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker, electric oven, cabinets and sundry items such as plates, glasses, pots, cutlery, etc., as well as a fridge with freezer.
Other details: the mezzanine has a low ceiling, is equipped with two 90 x 200 cm beds and bedside tables. On the ground floor there is one double bed (160 x 200 cm) with a soft headboard, a 42 inch monitor with Netflix and YouTube functions, a soundbar (so bring your laptop), a work table for someone using a laptop, a table and 4 chairs, a wardrobe, a furnished terrace, and Wi-Fi.
The cottage area is surrounded by a wooden fence, and your pets are welcome here. But do let us know in advance if you intend bringing a pet with you, by e-mail to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to bring bedding and bowls for your pets.
Lavender Field HOUSE RULES:
To ensure a harmonious atmosphere at Lavender Field, please follow the rules listed below:
We also encourage you to abide by the rules concerning environmental and climate protection:
Water savings when using the bathroom
Remember to turn off taps when running water is not needed (for instance while brushing your teeth, or while taking a wash) and use the “stop” function on toilet flush cisterns. Thanks to this feature, when the entire content of the cistern is not needed, simply press the flush button a second time to stop the water flowing.
Heat and electricity savings
When cooking, please select the appropriate size burner for the pot being used (the pot’s diameter should be 2 cms greater than the burner) and use lids on pots (a 30% energy saving). Let’s remember to only boil as much water as is needed.
When using the refrigerator, please remember to:
Please turn off any unnecessary lights and electrical devices (including chargers for telephones and stand-by chargers).
Keeping things clean and tidy:
All kinds of rubbish, even small items, such as bottle caps or cigarette butts, should be thrown in the trash bins provided – and not on the ground, as this requires us to pick them out of the grass by hand and could hurt anyone walking barefoot.
Avoiding waste and segregating trash:
Let’s try to keep trash to the minimum by buying produce with the minimum amount of packaging, and by avoiding disposables. It’s best to choose goods in large, returnable or recyclable packaging.
We segregate our trash: 1. plastic, metal packaging and aluminium cans, 2. glass bottles, 3. paper, 4. biological waste, 5. mixed trash – please put them in the appropriate marked bins located in front of the cottage.
We encourage you to drink tap water instead of buying it in plastic bottles. Our tap water is delicious and safe to drink. Producing bottled water consumes a lot of energy, water and fuel for its transportation. And besides, bottled water is not always safe for health.
For bonfires please use only the wood intended for this purpose.
Please leave with reception any used batteries, electro-waste, expired medicines and other hazardous waste so that it may be disposed of properly.
Keeping the noise down:
We kindly ask you to respect the rule concerning noise levels between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m., i.e. by closing doors without slamming, and listening to music at a volume that won’t disturb anyone else. Parents are asked to supervise their children in this respect.
It’s best to use toilet paper and other necessary articles made of recycled or ecologically certified paper. Please put aside any unnecessary newsprint or cardboard containing no plastic, as this can be sent for recycling.
Let’s try to use local products and services where such are available. Whenever possible, choose products certified as ecological, organic and fair trade. If possible, choose goods in the shops that haven’t had to travel long distances to get to us. It’s best to use reusable fabric bags for shopping, or baskets or even empty cardboard boxes. Let’s make larger purchases at one time instead of driving by car to the store several times a day. We also encourage you to shop locally instead of bringing provisions from your home town and to avoid processed foods with preservatives and dyes.
If we are driving a car, we should use “ecological driving”, that is, by keeping to a moderate driving speed, and if possible – taking a full complement of passengers, attending to many matters during one trip, and turning off the engine during longer stops. We encourage you to limit use of the car in favour of walking, cycling and canoeing.
When relaxing in the garden, please apply the following principles:
You can light bonfires, but always with the utmost caution and only in designated places. Branches for the bonfire are available, so please ask reception.
Please don’t break branches off living trees and bushes for the bonfire, and don’t use chemicals to light the fire, such as grill lighters, petrol, etc. Bonfires shouldn’t be lit in strong winds and dry weather. After a bonfire is over, cover the embers with sand or pour water on them.
PLEASE NOTE! Under no circumstances use water to extinguish a fire in the cast iron stove in the cottage. Fire in a cast iron stove is extinguished by simply adding no more wood.
Day trips and walks
Dogs may be taken on a (long) leash for walks in the area around Lavender Field.
During your walk, please do not destroy plants, frighten animals, make too much noise or drop litter, and please observe the applicable regulations and the rules regarding environmental protection. We ask you to act responsibly in protected areas, such as the Kamienna Góra Reserve. Outside protected areas too, we ask you to care for nature, the environment and local residents.
When taking a walk, please take a bag for your own rubbish and – better still – also for any other litter found along the way.
Please refrain from using cosmetics if you intend to go kayaking or swimming in the lakes.
If you don’t encounter a toilet during your walk, please remember the age-old solution of digging a shallow pit and covering matters with earth, and ladies please also remember to take any used hygiene products home with you.
Please pay attention to any “illegal garbage dumps”, note their location and take a photo – that way we can together report such incidents to the village authorities or foresters.
During trips to the forest, it is easy to get close to wild animals (birds, foxes, moose). Therefore, you should drive carefully, especially in the dark. Large mammals are active at night and a collision with one could have tragic consequences. In late summer, when young birds are just learning to fly, they are regularly hit by speeding cars, so please be careful and reduce your speed.
In the event of an encounter with a wild animal:
In the event of knocking down or finding an injured wild bird or other animal, the person on duty at the Olsztyn Straż Miejska (Police) should be notified immediately by calling (89) 52 28 112 / mobile 603 777 858, who:
Picking herbs and wild mushrooms
Picking herbs and wild mushrooms is possible under the following rules:
Participation in local events
We ask our guests to behave in such a way during their trips around the area that do no harm to nature and don’t in any way offend local inhabitants.
When observing or participating in local celebrations (especially religious ones), please behave responsibly so as not to interfere with or obstruct such celebrations, and at the same time this will give you a chance to learn about local traditions and develop tolerance and respect for the same.
Active measures to protect nature include, for example, reporting any illegal garbage dump to the village authorities, helping to clean it up, reporting the discovery of a protected species site to the village authorities, reporting the discovery of a natural monument (some outstanding natural feature) to the village authorities, etc., according to one’s abilities, ideas and skills.
We kindly ask guests to share with us their opinions about their stay at Lavender Field, preferably during their stay. We will be grateful for your suggestions and comments.