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28.05.2013 |

Open Doors Day in Belarusian country homestays

This time country homestays open their doors to hundreds of tourists, showed their houses, described the services offered, attractions around their B&Bs and of course offered something special to taste. The action involved local tourism administration, craftsmen, folklore groups. more info
05.05.2013 |

The term ‘quest’ is now familiar to homestay owners

In the beginning of May Vidomlya rural settlement hosted an unusual training . The participants got acquainted with an innovative and quiet popular tourist product – questing. Quests are a sort of educational and informative getting one's bearings. After theoretical introduction training participants implemented their knowledge on practical experience: while walking around Vidomlya they defined the key points for a quest, tips and hints, directions. One can say that at the end of the day Vidomlya dwellers already had the first version of quest. more info

‘Zapovedny ostrov’ Homestay


Specialization: fishing, mushrooms and berry picking, horseback riding.

Services: double room, kitchen, indoor toilet, shower, sauna,  picnic place/BBQ, karaoke, TV,  fireplace,tourism and sport equipment,sports ground.


When you cross the bridge over the small stream, you fare in the different world without noise, hassles and worries. Here everything is different, simple and harmonious – already with the first sip of local air... Nobody stayed indifferent after visiting this place in first time… ‘Zapovedny ostrov’ homestay consists of 2 houses, which stay in the shadow of old pines, and bathhouse, which stay near the water. The lake laps before your eyes. There is a small field and forest nearby. The beavers built its dams and houses in the steams, with separate the homestay from the world. Here you can see wild animals. Birds singing doesn’t stop all summer. Nightingales gather here to compete in signing from all around. The homestay is situated on the island between two lakes - Ives and Sho. In the Soviet time there was a small recreation center here. Many famous people liked to rest in this place. For example, artists Eremenko (father and son) visited this place many times for fishing and rest.

One house and bathhouse remained from that times. We had reconstructed the house for guests’ comfort, but the style was conserved maximally. There are 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and WC in the house. Tourists can enjoy a big gazebo, brazier, hammock, and outdoor fireplace. We plan to build real Russian stove for cooking national dishes. We have an equipped summer kitchen.

The second house was built on the place, where the old house used to be. It is chopped house of
mansard type. There are kitchen, living room, WC and shower on the first floor. The mansard has 2 bedrooms, separated by light barrier. Home-made furniture is in harmony with interior. You can eat
outdoors on the small porch with table and chairs. There is the fireplace for grill near the house.

We have hot water and all necessary for cooking on the kitchen. We have the TVs, but nobody don’t watch it usually...
We heat the bathhouse with wood. After bathhouse you can plunge in the lake (in the ice-hole in winter). And then you can drink the herbal tea. What could be better?
There are nice sandy beach, clear water, berth, boat.
The big metal swing is for the fun of children.

There are different lakes around.  It is a paradise for real fisherman. You can catch bream, roach, tench and pike. Ide, carp, crucian carp can come to you. There are many lobsters in the lakes. You can try different ways of fishing.

Our region has a rich history. The settlement of the Krivichy tribe was situated on the bank of the lake Sho. The place for prays was in the territory of our estate. The trenches of the First World War could be found in the forest. Partisan’s region was around and Germans were afraid to come here. The partisan’s aerodrome is survived here too. There are Old Believers’ cemetery, old destroyed church, house-museum of Vasil Bykov etc.   
We propose you Belarusian national dishes. All products is natural and fresh. The portions are big. We can offer something unusual for you…

Welcome to ‘Zapovedny ostrov’. Everyone likes it!

Tsvirko Alexander

Vitebsk region,

Glubokoe district,

Sho village, Polevaya str.17

Tel.: +375 29 663 99 46




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