The smaller house.The smaller house.


Entire home/apt

5 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds


Entire home/apt

5 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

A cosy cottage 70 km from Tallinn in the beautiful Lahemaa National Park right by the sea and beach. Nearby places are the Võsu beach town (7 km), the famous Käsmu fishing village (9 km), beautifully restored Palmse and Sagadi manors (15 km) etc.


The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 10PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $17 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: $33 / night

Description

The space

This is a two-storey summer cottage by the sea. Upstairs is a bedroom with two larger windows on either side, two couches (183 x 80 cm) and a roof window. Downstairs is a cosy room with a fireplace and a sauna with a separate washing room. If necessary, the upstairs room can accommodate two additional guests, who would be sleeping on mattresses (183 x 64 cm, personally I have found the mattresses to be quite comfortable).

Downstairs also has a fireplace, which you can use to create a cosy atmosphere, grill sausages on or just plain heat the house if the weather gets chilly. You can also use the sauna to get a good Estonian washing. Combined with the fireplace, some cold drinks and a quick dip in the sea, this is the closest to heaven on earth you can get.

If you arrive by car, I can provide you with GPS coordinates. If you arrive by bus, the easiest way is to take the bus from Tallinn to Loksa (where you can also shop for all the food and anything else you may need during your stay) and I can meet you there with my car to take you to the cottage.

Guest access

When accommodated in the smaller house, you'll have access to the sauna, the washing room, the downstairs room with a fireplace (and two mattresses if needed) and the upstairs room with two sofas. Even though the smaller house does not have a full kitchen, it has a refrigerator, a steamer (plus a special recipe book, so you can cook almost anything with it), a small stove (in case you don't feel like using the steamer) an electric water kettle, also a toaster, a microwave and a coffee pot are available upon request, so you can basically cook any food you want there. The main kitchen with a fridge, an oven, a stove and other kitchen utensils is in the bigger house and will not be available all the time (we use it ourselves to prepare three meals a day), however it can be used upon request or when we are not using it ourselves (for example when we are away from the cottage).

Please note that we may need to use the washing room or sauna a couple of times during your stay but will do that with the least amount of inconvenience for you.

Interaction with guests

I love boardgames and always love to teach and play with new people (simple fun social games like "Dixit" are my favourites). We can also sit around a bonfire in the evening and tell stories. I can show you around in the immediate surroundings. I can also accompany you to the nearby attractions of Käsmu, Võsu, Sagadi, Palmse and more if time permits.

The neighborhood

The sea is about 200 metres from the two houses and safe to swim in. There are also some 3-4 small and private sandy beaches nearby which you can use for sunbathing or staying by the sea for the whole day if you wish. The National Park of Lahemaa (where the cottage is situated) is an absolute beauty of untouched nature, with beautiful mixed and coniferous forests full of all sorts of berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and lingonberries, which are perfectly safe, free and legal to pick) and mushrooms (most are safe, but check with a guidebook or my mother before cooking and eating any), wildlife (you may even spot deers, foxes, hedgehogs and rabbits from your bedroom window in the evening if you're lucky) and friendly private beaches.

I have compiled a list of my favourite and best things to do and see further from the cottage (you'll probably need a car) in a guidebook which you can see at the very bottom of the listing page for the cottage. You can move the map around with your mouse and click on the icons to see my recommendations. Additional things to do and see near the cottage house can be found in the house manual, which you can read upon your arrival.

Getting around

The bus drives by a few times a day and can take you to Käsmu, Võsu and Loksa, but you can either hike in the immediate surroundings just to take in the beauty of the nature or use the bike/car to take longer trips. If you don't have a car but have a driver's license, I could also loan you my car provided you add some gas. The closest grocery stores and places to eat are in Loksa and Võsu (both either a 30 minute bike ride or 7-15 minute car ride away).

Other things to note

NB! Important information for September 2014 and beyond. I am at the cottage usually only during summer months. Originally I wasn't planning on hosting outside of that, but I could do it on the following conditions:

- You'll be able to to find and get to the cottage yourself (I can provide GPS coordinates and a (website hidden) Maps location). When I am at the cottage (usually from late June to August), I can pick up people from the nearest town with my car, but since outside of those times I am not there, you'd need to find a bus to take you to the nearest bus stops of Eru or Tammispea or have a car of your own.

- You'll be fully self-sufficient at the cottage. The house should have all the basic things you need (kitchen appliances, a washing room, fresh water, beds, blankets, pillows, firewood etc), but just in case, you may want to bring some fresh water bottles with you in case you don't like the color of our water. Also you may want to bring some bedsheets to use with the existing blankets and pillows, since I won't be able to provide bedsheets as I am not at the cottage myself. Additionally please use only one powerful electric appliances at once (like water kettle, water pump or stove), because using two or three high wattage appliances at once may cut out the power from the small house and then it can only be restored from the big house, which is locked since we are not there.

- Also I won't be able to clean the house after you leave, so I may ask you to do some basic cleanup (taking out the trash, sweeping the floor, unplugging the refrigerator, emptying water containers etc) before you leave.

If all of this is ok with you, I'd be happy to host you in the cottage house.

(The following are original notes for summer months, when I am also there myself)

During summer, other people at the cottage besides myself may include people from my family.

Please note that there is no running hot water in the cottage. However, the smaller house has a sauna with a huge hot water kettle, which once warmed up with firewood, can keep the water warm for up to two days, so it is always possible to wash with warm water. Cold water is available at the push of a button (pumped from a well in the yard) and is safe to drink, although it may have a yellow tint (due to swampy areas nearby). If you prefer your drinking water completely colourless, you can also purchase bottled water in nearby towns of Loksa or Võsu. Instead of a water closet, a traditional outhouse is ready to serve. I can set up temporary shared wireless internet from my smartphone (usually with an OK connection), although I don't have permanent WIFI internet installed yet.

If you come to the cottage via the town of Loksa (where I can come meet you and pick you up with my car if I am also at the cottage), you can do your grocery shopping right there, so no need to bring groceries from Tallinn for example. You can find one grocery store right across the street from the bus station. There is also another grocery store if you walk 100 metres back towards Tallinn, then turn left and then turn right. You can comparison shop if you want, since the other shop may have a slightly different selection of groceries or discounts. Apart from these relatively larger grocery stores, you can also find various smaller stores along the main street to your left and right, if you walk back towards the sea.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 10PM

Please no outdoor boots / shoes (please use slippers or walk in socks), smoking or using candles inside the house. Thanks!


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Guillermo User Profile
April 2017
The place is lovely, ideal for two (we end up being five, and is tight). Sauna was not working and we miss a frying pan... but Anton was very nice and helpful all the time. Highly recommended once sauna is fixed!

Ruud User Profile
March 2017
Me and my girlfriend spend 5 days in Anton's cottage. We got everything we were hoping for: a really lovely small house in the middle of beautiful nature. Our stay was during the winter and even though it was cold in the beginning the fireplace heated the house enough to be very comfortable. Even though we haven't met anton his descriptions were plentiful and helpful and he made our stay comfortable. We would highly recommend the cottage to everyone looking for a cosy hut close to nature!

Katta User Profile
January 2017
We spent three nights in Anton's cottage and enjoyed it very much. Even though it's winter there's still a lot to do and see in the National Park (given that you have a car). Anton's directions were very clear and the cottage is nice and cozy. The kitchen could use some improvement (e.g. a shelf), but they are already planning on changing things. Very recommendable.

Франк User Profile
November 2016
The stay in the cottage in Eru by the sea was great! It was a unique experience to be able to stay in such a great house! Anton as a "host" was systematically preparing the stay via thoroughly thought-through instructions and tipps on what to experience in the surrounding area. Beautiful experience to stay there in winter! The house was cold at first (stay in November) but after you manage to heat it up it stays warm and the sauna experience is even better when you can go outside to shock the body! Overall it is a very recommended place to stay. Make sure to stay at least for 3-4 nights in order to enjoy the house and the surroundings in its total bandwith!

Richard User Profile
October 2016
An amazing location and a wonderful place. Cosy and quirky. A delightful and interesting location close to so much amazing nature. Anton was most flexible and the experience was perfect. Highly recommended to those who like a little bit of adventure in their lives.

Jarrod User Profile
September 2016
Anton's family cottage is a great place to stay. It's location is fantastic, right on the coast and a quick drive to many good walks. In some ways it is a little like camping. The water comes via a hose in the back room, there isn't a real kitchen, stiff old single beds, and there is a pit toilet. If you come prepared for this you'll have a great time as it has heaps of charm. It is romantic and cozy place to stay. Anton wasn't there when we visited but his mother was, she was lovely! It is clear Anton has had some negative experiences with past guests and his communication style reflects that as he has written lots of rules in what is a long house manual. There are all fair and were fine with us, it just sets a different tone. I would recommend staying here :)

Markus User Profile
September 2016
We had an enchanting stay and highly recommend the Sauna House. Lovely stay in lovely surroundings. If you're looking to get away from it all for some peace and quiet in a remote location, then this is the place for you. The Sauna House is great and Anton has thought of everything that you might need (even, he was not there during our stay).

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Anton User Profile

A lawyer by day and a photographer by night.

Passions - passionate about getting organized, becoming disciplined, life-long learning and improving myself physically and mentally in every aspect in order to be all I can be.

Sports - daily push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups should pretty much cover it. And cycling, although that's really mostly for transportation. I'm also into squash, football/soccer and mixed martial arts, although the ability to practice has lately been severely limited due to other obligations.

Books - manuals, how-to's, summaries, best-of's, coffee table books and audio books.

Music - contemporary symphony, club & dance and classical rock ballads.

TV shows - when I still used to watch TV (or rather download episodes to my multimedia player), it used to be 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' and 'The Amazing Race'. Lately reading longform articles on my e-reader has surpassed watching documentaries on my multimedia player (or tablet, which is what the modern PMP has morphed into).

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 - very seldom and only socially.

Response rate: 100%
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