Livonian homestead "Branki" - Summerhouse

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10 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath
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The Summerhouse is managed by the "Stūrīši-Branki" family and we have 4 households in the centre of the Livonian (Liiv) village Mazirbe. All houses neighbour each other in a beautiful landscape – the garden and the surrounding fields are for you to walk around in and enjoy. Each house has a unique history and style, varied types of rooms and amenities. Stay with us if you appreciate nature, wild sea, great local food and warm, loving hospitality from a passionate family. Our breakfasts are WOW!

The space
ABOUT THE SUMMERHOUSE
The Summerhouse was built as a passion-project imagined by our family, where we wanted to create the perfect cosy summerhouse, where you can immerse in and experience the beautiful nature and peace. The special focus is the living room with an amazing fireplace to enjoy when the weather is just right.

The Summerhouse has two floors (connected through the outside) with Sauna, living room, dining room and private toilet & shower.

The first floor houses the Sauna, living room, private toilet & shower and a double bedroom. Most likely, this floor will be your main hang-out spot due to the comfort and convenience of the layout. We make sure to keep the house warm and always give a bushel of firewood for free during the summer in case the guests want to have an extended use of the fireplace.

The second floor houses a terrace and a large studio layout, across the entire length of the floor below. At the very far end (furthest from the entrance) is a king-sized bed, followed by a living space with a couch, dresser and dining table. On the sides of the entrance are two sofas, which can be converted to very comfy double sofa-beds.

In total the house can comfortably manage 8 adults & children, if sharing the second floor is agreeable. We have a crib if needed, and we can also expand the capacity of the house to 10 people with roll-away beds. There is free parking next to the house.

The small kitchen has all the necessary dishes, cutlery, pots, pans and assorted utensils for cooking. Salt and some spices will be available and you are always welcome to borrow them from us. Just Google the Latvian name of the spice, before you ask. :)

IMPORTANT TOPIC: FOOD
You can order breakfast with us, for €9 per person. Please let us know about your dietary preferences as we can look to accommodate almost any diet or dietary restriction.
"Stūrīši-Branki" over the years have gained a reputation of our massive & tasty breakfasts. These breakfasts are large enough for you to have something left over for a lunch snack or a proper lunch, depending on appetites.

However, when it comes to food, you will be taken care of. Our family is famous with our food generosity. If you stay with us at a fortunate time, when the local farmers and produce growers bring us something interesting, we always look if we can share them with our guests. If our Chief has inspiration, we also frequently provide guests with side-dishes for dinner (such as potatoes, veggies, dessert and so forth).

We often host large groups, which visit the "Stūrīši-Branki" household to learn more about the Livionian history and sample some traditional food. On these days we can offer lunch or dinner. If you are interested to hear about this, let us know.

Additionally, Mazirbe has the only store in 20km radius and it is well-stocked with household items, food, drinks and cooking essentials. It is 2 minutes away from us and if you stay longer, you can order specific items with the store directly.

IMPORTANT TOPIC: BEACH
Our house is 5-15 minutes away from the beach, depending on which route you choose to take - the shortest distance will be more central and can get busy over summer weekends. Other routes will take you further away and you can enjoy near-seclusion.
Please note, we do not provide beach towels, please bring your own.

What this place offers

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washer
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed
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Where you’ll be

Mazirbe, Dundaga Municipality, Latvia

Mazirbe has a very rich past and has an important role as the main centre of Livonian culture. Our households are right next to the Livionian Community Centre where you will be able to learn further and see the impressive building, which served as a key point of many historical events.

Mazirbe village center is not completely rural due to the villages' history - in fact, it is one of the most developed on this side of the coast. Surrounding the village are forests, fields and the Baltic Sea beach which are all part of the Slītere National Park and are wild locations. Even in the densest tourist season, you need to really try to find more than 100 people on the beach. If you don’t mind extra couple minutes’ walk, you can find a spot where you won’t have any neighbours for 100m-1km. :)

The village is in a perfect location to explore Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre, Miķeļbāka, Ovīšu lighthouse, Slīteres lighthouse, Slīteres National Park and the surrounding villages which each are all significant to Livionian history. Košrags (& you can also include Pitrags) in Kolka direction and Sīkrags in Ventspils direction, are easily doable one-day walks.


MAY:
Flowers in bloom & they bloom later than in the city. Come to us if you wish to extend the beautiful spring for a couple weeks more. The weather is usually clear and crisp. It is slightly colder than inland. The village and nature are only occupied by locals, so it’s great to see how everyone is getting their spring chores done and to enjoy complete seclusion & tranquillity.

JUNE:
Flowers in bloom continue, the weather during the day is warm, often even full 20+C degrees, colder at night. This is the month when the days get very long; around the 21/22 of June, summer solstice can be observed – longest day and shortest night. It truly doesn’t get dark even when the sun is set.

In honour of this, the 23 & 24th of June is Latvian Summer celebration “Jāņi”or “Līgo”, where everyone in the country has a national holiday and goes full-out on festivities. Most people leave for the countryside, to light bonfires, cook food and enjoy beer. This is a very busy time and if you wish to book for these dates, please do so well in advance. Please be ready that there will be music and laughter until early hours during this time!
We suggest to stay up all night during the solstice and to observe how both sunset and sunrise can be seen setting & rising in the Baltic Sea! That is a very rare sight.

If you are lucky, you can find wild strawberries (very small & very cute) in the surrounding forests.

Be ready for mosquitoes!

JULY:
One of the warmest months in the summer. The Baltic Sea starts being warmer and, depending on the wind, the water can be very nice. However, please note that Baltic Sea is a Nordic Sea, so the water temperature will never be tropical! The weather is just divine, the sun is endless and the water is scarce. Events and festivals happening along the coast and there are many opportunities to visit crafts-markets, taste local food and learn about history.

A very bountiful time from local farmers and food producers.

This is the month when proper, wild blueberries get ready in the forest and you are more than welcome to collect and consume them (please check berry guides before doing so!). If you are lucky, you can also find wild strawberries (very small & very cute) in the surrounding forests.

Be ready for mosquitoes!

AUGUST:
1st of August 2020 (or every year on the first August Saturday) is Livionian Cultural Celebration (Lībiešu Svētki) where many prominent people from international politics give speeches, local groups and singers put on concerts and plays. Also, a crafts market is present, where food can be bought too. Get ready that this date will be very busy in the village (cars everywhere) and the night to the 2nd of August will be occupied with music, dancing and festivities.
On the same weekend, Ventspils City Celebration takes place as well.

August in general is a month of events and festivals across the entire country, so check-out what you are interested in.

August is the most bountiful time for vegetables and produce from the locals. Also the forests start producing mushrooms (such as chanterelles) after rain. At the end of August, lingonberries start growing in the forest as well.

August is very warm, hot during the day, all of the month. From, 20th date onward (depending on season), the nights start to get slightly colder. The Baltic Sea is very warm and depending on the wind direction, you can enjoy a lovely water temp. After the 20th, swimming will start to get more suitable for those that don’t mind colder temperatures.

The fireplace starts to become useful and cosy.

SEPTEMBER:
The Baltic Sea is at its warmest temperature at the first half of the month. The weather is usually very tame, last days of summer, warm during the day, colder in the evenings. This is a proper mushrooming season and lingonberries are available everywhere!
This is the perfect time if you prefer to go to a holiday after the summer rush, want to enjoy peace, have bountiful food and produce, as well as a warm sea.
Definite fireplace enjoyment month!

OCTOBER:

We close the 2nd floor of The Summerhouse as it becomes impossible to keep it warm. We heat the entire first floor and guests can stay in an autumn wonderland, with Sauna. Additionally, the leaves of the surrounding nature have an amazing golden-red colour, mixed with the green pine forest. Beautiful and reflective time to visit.

NOV-APRIL:
We are closed. However, Mazirbe remains a beautiful winter location to visit! Especially when there is snow.

Hosted by Igors

Joined in December 2015
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Family cook, designer, entrepreneur - I care about an authentic feel and taking care to add the right details and make our house a rare and unforgettable experience. I like to combine the best and the most interesting elements of various historical ages while retaining the traditions of Latvian and Livonian living. As a certified cook with over 25 years of experience in cooking for legions, restaurants and my family, I truly enjoy cooking in a proper countryside kitchen.
Family cook, designer, entrepreneur - I care about an authentic feel and taking care to add the right details and make our house a rare and unforgettable experience. I like to comb…

During your stay

"Stūrīši-Branki" family speaks Latvian and Russian fluently. Don't worry if you don't know these - we have mastered the art of hand-gesturing in all languages and appropriate keywords for your understanding in German and English. The AirBnB account is managed by an English, Latvian & Russian speaker. In case you have any problems during your stay, which cannot be resolved with keywords, you will have a contact person to help you any time!
"Stūrīši-Branki" family speaks Latvian and Russian fluently. Don't worry if you don't know these - we have mastered the art of hand-gesturing in all languages and appropriate keywo…

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