We recently described a cruise on the Elblag Canal, but the tour of the region does not end with the cruise alone. OK, you can arrange it so as to come only for one day – just for a cruise, but once you have reached this area it is worth seeing a little more, especially since there are quite a few gems (the less and more famous ones) hidden here.
So we decided to stay here for a while. We also managed to find accommodation in a unique place :)
We haven’t written about accommodations very often so far, usually mentioning them on special occasions. This was the case, for example, during our visit to
. This will also be the case this time.
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Searching for accommodation near Elblag
The most extensive accommodation is, of course, in Elblag and in the immediate vicinity of the lakes (although still, surprisingly, it is not as large as we expected). However, it is also worth looking around smaller towns and looking for accommodation, somewhere where you can relax in peace, without a crowd of guests or any weddings behind the wall :)
We specifically looked for accommodation in the Buczyniec area (that is, where our Elbląg Canal route started) and ended up at Karczemka Manor. It was definitely a different place compared to those where we generally stay abroad (we choose as close to the city center or other attractions as possible, or with good access).
Location was important to us, but also comfort, tranquility and the surrounding countryside (it’s not why you flee the city to breathe the exhaust fumes). Although we were only looking for an overnight stay, the place turned out to be an unexpected attraction in itself, thanks to its unique history, area, room decor and, above all, hospitality.
Let me just add that the place is listed in the register of monuments of the Warmian-Masurian province! What’s more, it is the only renovated facility in the entire Elbląg Canal belt outside the slipways themselves.
Karczemka Farm is located on the S7 road by Lake Piniewo, there are signs along the road, but they may not catch your attention if you are not looking for this particular place. Taking the road No. 613 in the direction of Elblag there are signs for this place, turn left and follow the road to the very end, until you reach the gate of the Farm.
The farm is located on the edge of Karczemka and is surrounded by beautiful green areas, and to the north is Piniewo Lake, which adds to the charm of the whole place.
The history of the place goes all the way back to 1827, when a mill was commissioned to be built on the site where the Karczemka Farm is now located. The mill and its outbuildings were put into operation in 1837.
Currently, the biggest attraction in the area is the Elbląg Canal, but in those days, the construction of the canal (which began in 1837) caused the water level to drop by 5 meters and the mill was no longer viable. However, this does not mean that nothing has happened here since then!
It flourished in 1855, following a change of ownership that sought to expand the farmstead. The expansion of the network and railroad connections (including the establishment of the Malbork-Maldyty line) and the development of shipping were not indifferent to the manor, which was also experiencing its second youth. It was then that the name of the farmstead was established – Karczemka, from the inn that was located on the Maldyty – Elblag road.
A sawmill was also built on the site. Later, an inn, a distillery, a Miller’s Villa, a Gardener’s Building with an orangery, a Villa Farm Building and a boatbuilder were built on the manor. Today, the buildings have been adapted to accommodate visitors to this unique place. Currently, the mill building houses a restaurant and reception area.
We spent the night in the Miller’s Villa – the room was located on the first floor, at our disposal was a bedroom, living room and bathroom with shower. The room was well prepared and clean: in addition to a set of toiletries, bathrobes, flip-flops were waiting for us, all nicely decorated with gold and brown ribbons.
The furniture that is in the room is very stylish, wooden, the walls are decorated with painted pictures, and the whole thing gives the impression as if we almost went back in time. We definitely did not feel like we were in a hotel here, where every room is identically finished.
Here each room has its own soul, it is original. Even the corridors, vestibules are beautifully decorated without excessive decoration. The atmosphere here is very friendly, intimate, even intimate. We didn’t hear other guests at all, even though there was supposedly a full house.
There is also a spa, Spruce Banya, and a mini outdoor gym, so there is plenty to do. In addition, you can rent bicycles, kayaks, Nordic walking poles.
Please note, the Manor House is also inhabited by full-fledged four-legged friends – two cats who eagerly welcome visitors :)
Breakfast is served for guests – either in the restaurant upstairs or in the kitchen, downstairs in the main building. It surprised us, and in a very positive way :) Never before have we had breakfast, which was served directly in the kitchen of the restaurant. I guess that was one more argument with which the place captivated us.
Restaurants are also recommended for dinner. The menu includes a wide selection of meat dishes, fish (including grilled). You can also get a menu with vegetarian and gluten-free dishes (a big plus!). Also noteworthy is the large selection of wines, liquors and liqueurs (although the prices already knock down here ;-)).
We chose grilled dishes and a vegetarian risotto with mushrooms. Of course, they were not mushrooms ;) The Denmark were very tasty and flavorful, and the service was very friendly and professional. We were also treated to homemade liquor, based on honey.
Only the bikes were missing ;)
If you will be in the area looking for accommodation, we recommend the Karczemka Farm. We were there for a short time, only two nights, but it was a very pleasant stay. The place is very quiet, also suitable for families with small children and/or with pets.
If we had stayed longer, we would definitely have used bicycles, as the area is great for riding single-track! Oh how we regret that we did not have the opportunity to do so :(
As standard, we include some pics in our gallery :)