About This Listing
A main guest room in a centrally located apartment with all the main attractions a 5-15 minute walking distance away (the room is private in the sense that nobody else stays there and an extra wall can be added for privacy).
I offer accommodation in a large, roomy living room of a 3-room apartment in a newly built house. Perfect for two but can also accommodate a third person. The room has WIFI internet, a huge window, a fireplace (wood for the fireplace can be found on the balcony), a gym corner, a library of coffee table books ((website hidden)) and a collection of boardgames ((website hidden)). There is a terrace in front of the living room with a patch of lawn right next to it. I can also give you the key so you can come and go as you wish.
The room doesn't have extra beds, but two comfortable mattresses plus a sofa are available. Although most guests have found them to be perfect, I can also provide a third and a fourth mattress for extra comfort. Pillows, blankets and towels are also available if asked for in advance. A temporary wall is also available that can be used to split the main room into smaller areas or to create additional privacy.
The bathroom has a washing machine, electric floor heating and a steam sauna with a bathtub, a jacuzzy, a regular shower, a programmable massage shower and coloured LED lighting. In the kitchen the guests can use a roomy refrigerator with a freezer, a microwave oven, a toaster, a steamer, a water boiler and a ceramic stove with a programmable electric oven. Since the house is situated near the edge of a hill, the kitchen and its glass-walled balcony also offer a picturesque view of the city below.
A parking lot is available for your vehicle. Parking is free, access to the parking lot is protected by a gate with a keycode and the parking lot offers the best view in Tartu. If you wish, we can also make a separate arrangement for the use of my car, which you could use to tour the city or explore the countryside nearby. Same goes for my two bicycles, which is actually the preferred method of exploring Tartu if you want to go beyond just the centre.
The fenced and secure yard around the house is lit and although the house is situated almost in the middle of the city, it is away from noisy traffic and offers peace and quiet almost 24/7. The only sounds you will hear are the singing of birds and you it is even possible to meet squirrels and hedgehogs near the house.
All the important places in the centre of the town are just a 5-15 minute walking distance away from the house. The bus stop is 50 meters, pub Krooks 200 meters, the Tartu University main building 400 meters, pub Zavood 500 meters, the Town Hall square 800 meters and Emajõgi (the river) 900 meters away from the house. I'd be happy to show you the nightlife in Tartu, help you meet local people and can take you to almost any nightclub for free if you wish.
NB! Please note that this listing is for a living room of a three room apartment. It is private in the sense that there won't be anyone else sleeping in the room, the sleeping is in a hidden corner, a temporary wall can be used to create even more privacy and the guests can have the room all for themselves, but the doors of the two smaller rooms open into the living room and sometimes the smaller rooms might be occupied.
Please inquire about availability in advance.
A note about the bathroom: a recurring theme in some reviews is that the bathroom was not very clean, but that is only because of the bathroom sink and the mirror in front of it. In fact they almost always been cleaned, but the water in the area is quite coarse and mineralized, so even after using tap water just a few times, the sink and the water splashes on the mirror once again show mineralized water residue. To keep the bathroom looking clean, the sink and the mirror would have to be cleaned after every single use, but that is not very practical.
The guests will have access to a gated parking lot with free parking (the code of the gate is 7531), the main guest room, the kitchen, the bathroom and the balcony. My own private bedroom will not be accessible if I am there myself. The other private bedroom will not be accessible since there is where my flatmate lives.
Interaction with Guests
I'd love to have a friendly chat about your plans when you arrive, give you some pointers and suggestions based on your plans and help you with some tourist brochures about Tartu and Estonia in general. If I have the time, I can also take you to some of the nearby pubs and cafes or get you into a few nightclubs.
Although the flat is a centrally located, it is a very nice, quiet and picturesque neighbourhood with lots of 100+ years old wooden houses everywhere (many of them protected as part of national heritage). Right next to the house is the only Catholic school in Tartu and across the street is the only Catholic church. Towards the centre, the beautiful university main building, the Town Hall and the Town Hall square are just a 5-10 minute walking distance away and the nearby Rüütli street comes alive with the most popular pubs and bars in Tartu during the night.
All the main attractions are a 5-15 minute walking distance away, so you probably won't need any transport if you stay in the centre. I personally prefer a bicycle for my day-to-day business and since I have two, I can rent you one for cheap, so you can use it to extend your coverage. If you are interested in shopping, then the Lõunakeskus shopping centre is the biggest in Tartu and located a 15 minute bicycle ride way.
Other Things to Note
Please note that this is a primarily a student apartment (with the two smaller adjoining bedrooms belonging to me and my flatmate), so the listing is probably better suited for younger people or at least those young at heart. Although we mostly like peace and quiet, we may still have a few guests coming over from time to time to watch a movie, play boardgames or have a little warmup party before heading out. You are always welcome to socialize and join these activities, but if you want absolute silence and total privacy in the whole apartment, then that may not always be possible.
Please leave your outdoor boots or shoes at the door. Estonians are like the Japanese - we only walk around in socks or slippers when indoors. No smoking inside (you can smoke on the balcony). No pets. Check-in and check-out times are flexible.
Please note that I also have a flat-mate living in another room of the 3 room apartment and we both have our personal belongings in the apartment. If you need a towel, please don't take a random (and probably used) towel in the bathroom, but ask me and I will provide you with a clean one. If you are missing an ingredient in your cooking, please don't take any food without asking (because it might also belong to my flatmate, who is not a host), but ask me and I will try to find it for you. Whenever you are missing something, you can always ask and I will try to help you out, but please don't take or use anything without asking first. Thanks!
Great place near the center! Anton is a great guy and managed to give us his home besides the situation of his family.
Super place in Tartu. Great host and enjoyable trip
The discription was acurate, good neibourhood, easy to find.
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About the Host, Anton
A lawyer by day and a photographer by night.
Passions - passionate about getting organized, becoming disciplined, life-long learning and improving myself in every aspect in order to be all I can be.
Sports - push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups should pretty much cover it. and cycling - but that's really just for transporation. and I just love squash and football/soccer (not that I'm any good at them though).
Books - manuals, how-to's, summaries, best-of's and audio books.
Music - contemporary symphony, club & dance and classical rock (website hidden) shows - documentaries, news, "60 minutes", CNN & Discovery, Horizon & Nova, CNBC & CNN/Money, "Yes Minister' and 'Yes Prime Minister', 'Dragon's Den', 'The Apprentice' & 'The Apprentice UK', 'The Amazing Race', 'America's Next Top Model' & 'Australia's Next Top Model'. And I've seen all the episodes of 'Sex & the City', I wonder what that's all about...
Movies - action, passion, suspense & love. You got'em? I want'em! "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon", "The Matrix", "Cruel Intentions" plus anything by David Fincher ("Fight Club", "The Game", "se7en"),
Cuisines - high carb in the morning, high protein in the evening, low fat throughout the day, anything that's both healthy and tasty fits the bill.
Humor - dry/sarcastic, clever/quick witted, friendly.
Fashion - alternative, casual, contemporary, minimal.
Smoking - no.
Drinking - socially.
A 100 meters from my place, this is a rock themed pub with a good atmosphere and varied patrons. At night, this would be your first stop on your way to the city centre and your last on your way back.
The best alternative pub in Tartu. Comes alive around 2AM at night, especially during the latter part of the week. A place to meet hipsters and geeks and babes and bums.Lai Tartu 51005
With delicious sweet or salty pancakes, Crepp has won the best restaurant of Estonia award more than once. Excellent location on the Rüütli walking street and a nice cozy atmosphere.Rüütli Tartu 51007
A pub and a buffet, a place to meet friends, to play boardgames, to listen to alternative bands or dance on the second floor, this is the embodiment of the carefree student spirit of Tartu.Magasini Tartu Tartu County 51005
This hole in a wall type of pub is one of the most popular ones in Tartu. Quite small and in fact most of its patrons usually stand right outside on the street. Has regular standup open mike nights.Rüütli Tartu 51007
The main walking street with lots of pubs and cafes. Comes alive especially from Wednesday to Saturday around 10 PM and 4 AM.Rüütli Tartu Tartu County
Friendly prices for food and drinks, the portions are generous and the taste is good. Recommended!Raekoja plats Tartu 51004
The Town Hall on the Town Hall Square, you can find the tourist information centre here during business hours.Raekoja plats Tartu Tartu County
A better alternative to MacDonalds, Hesburger is a clone but with arguably better tasting food.Vabaduse puiestee Tartu 51004
Here you can satisfy your craving for fries and burgers, although if you have to go for fast food, Id rather recommend Hesburger.
A kid-friendly science centre.