Herbal Nook is the kind of place you think about coming back here before you even leave ;) Although we ended up here in the winter, the place so charmed us that we plan to come back here at a warmer time of the year. So if you’re looking for ideas for a holiday getaway, it’s worth thinking about the Herbal Corner.
It’s hard to describe in one sentence what Herbal Corner is. It is both accommodation, botanical garden, spa, playgrounds, open-air museum, restaurant, organic farm, animals, production of herbs, spices, teas and tinctures…. A lot, right? We were also surprised.
And right away we have to point out that this is not a sponsored post – we’ll be raving about the Nook for the next few paragraphs, simply because the place deserves promotion :) And we’ll also get straight to the financial side of things, as many of you will probably be checking right away how much it costs to stay here. Well, for two nights, for the four of us, with breakfasts, we paid 500 zloty, which is a very good price for our recent trips. In the summer, during the high season, prices can be a little higher and it also depends on which facility you choose to stay at. For this we bought lunches and dinners, but the prices in the restaurant are not exorbitant, and the food is very tasty.
The place was recommended to us by several people and we finally managed to get here. Admittedly, in winter, but it’s better than nothing. We were there one weekend in December, when the snow fell for the first time, everything was covered with a layer of white powder which made the place even more special.
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Location and access
Where is the Herbal Corner located? We had a hard time answering this question when someone asked, because there is no major city in the close vicinity, and Podlasie is, after all, quite large.
Ziołowy Zakątek is located between Ostrowa Mazowiecka, Bielsk Podlaski, Sokolow Podlaski and Siemiatycze, with Siemiatycze being the closest (about 30 minutes by car).
Below is a map with the location:
Getting there from the center of Poland is surprisingly easy and… fast! Since there is a decent road to Bialystok (S8), most of the way is traveled on a two-lane road. You get off the S8 after Wyszkow and further on the road is already a bit slower and less safe.
The trip from Lodz took us about 3.5 hours, with us driving late in the evening, so traffic was quieter.
Where to stay overnight in the Herbal Corner? Where you can find places :) Although there are many buildings on the site, with different rooms, not all are available year-round or some may be too cramped for a family with two children.
The most and cheapest rooms are located in the Education Building. The rooms are rather modest, but if you don’t need much to be happy then they are enough :) If you are going in a group of, for example, 8 people, it may be cheaper to spend the night at the Gate, but here there is a combined living room and bathroom.
We needed some space, especially since it was winter, so we assumed that we would, however, spend some time warming up in the room. We spent the night in a wooden building called Under the Thatch. At our disposal was a large room with a couch, a dining area (no kitchen), a bathroom and a separate bedroom. The room was warm and spacious with a view of the pond and the forest.
If you’re looking for ideas for unconventional lodging, how about staying in Trunks? In the Herbal Corner there is such an opportunity :) Admittedly, the cottage is only for two people and the accommodation costs 350 zl, but it must be an interesting experience. You can also stay in a 3-bedroom Earth House, Pond House or wooden cottages. There are quite a few possibilities, and it all depends on what you care about and what is available at the time.
Restaurant in the Herbal Corner
On the premises there is an Inn in a typical wooden Podlasie house. This is also the reception area, and upstairs is the facility’s office.
We were fortunate that we happened to be at a time when hotel restaurants could function normally for guests of the facilities, so we were given the opportunity to sit normally at a table in the inn and have breakfast, warm up with warm soup or eat something regional.
Breakfast functioned as a buffet. At first, the “buffet” for all guests seemed quite modest – one table of food, but as soon as we entered the inn, the staff began to add hot dishes, delicious pies, pancakes and it was delicious! The food was delicious, local herbs, vegetables, fresh meats and meats, and when we needed something it was immediately added.
The inn serves a variety of local delicacies and more. Thanks to the recommendation, we decided to have nettle soup, which was delicious! Anyway, other dishes are also recommended, and even pizza :) The only thing we didn’t like was the completely non-alcoholic mulled beer ;P
In season, it is also rumored that breakfast can be had in the barn, where there is also a hay playground, but we were not able to check this out.
Attractions for the big ones
What was quite a surprise for us is that there are so many interesting places on site that you do not have to go anywhere :) We are of those who, when planning a trip, always look at what there is to do in the area, and yet here you can safely stay on site for a weekend and you will not be bored. Add to this the fact that some attractions were closed in winter, or were not as charming as in spring and summer, yet we still recommend this place.
Because we could only imagine what a rose garden looks like when hundreds of roses are in bloom, or an herb garden when it’s full of greenery, or an enclosure with animals when it’s not covered in snow.
So if you like strolling among greenery then head to the Rose Garden, Podlasie Herb Garden or Vegetable Garden. Also, the surrounding forest areas encourage walks in peace and quiet. The historic 17th century wooden church in front of the Rose Garden is worth seeing, and right next to the church is another garden, the Bible Garden.
There is also a sculpture studio on the premises, and you can also take part in herbal or ceramic workshops.
For those in need of additional relaxation, the Nook has a spa offering herbal rituals, and there is also an outdoor swimming pool.
There is also a store on site where you can buy herbs, spices, teas and other products produced here.
Attractions for the smaller ones
Without attractions for toddlers not to move :) Your children will definitely not be bored here. If they love animals, the homestead will be a place that will be hard to leave. Here you can peep at geese, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, pheasants…. Some animals run around the yard, and some are confined to pens and cages. It is allowed to feed them, but only with special mixtures bought at the Inn.
Another place they won’t want to leave is a sizable playground, with swings, tunnels, stilt houses, bridges, a tyrolean and even a mini garden for the kids.
There’s also the aforementioned hay playground, which just happened to be off-limits (much to our regret!).
Also great was the garden in which there is a vantage point to which you walk up paths and steps.
Children here have plenty of space to run around, explore nature, observe animals and plants, and educate themselves.
Our 4.5 year old, since our return, keeps asking when we will return to Podlasie to the animals, to the forest, to the delicious food, so the recommendation is strong :)
Opinion on Herbal Corner
As you can read our admiration is endless :) This is definitely one of the most interesting places in Poland, to which we plan to return as soon as it gets warmer and the trees and bushes green up.
Have you been to the Herbal Corner yet? Or would you like us to check out other similar facilities for you? Write us about them in the comments!
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