Many years ago, being on an excursion to Velikii Novogorod we had a 'getaway' from the group to see an open-air museum of the Russian traditional wooden architecture. It was the end of September at the sunset so the place, quaint wooden buildings and churches in a kind of forest, seemed like a piece from a fairy-tale, but as we were pressed for time (just half an hour or so before the closing time), I promised myself to come back again to explore it. And when together with my daughter we made up our minds to visit the same ancient town in summer, I tried to find something close to this "Vitoslavlitsy" museum and Yuriev Monastery that was founded by Great Prince Yaroslav Mudry (the Wise) and boasts a cathedral as old as the 12th century.
And among quite a few Novhorod hotels, I spotted this wooden 'terem' (old Russian for mansion or palace), on the outskirts of the town and immediately opposite the wooden architecture museum. Needless to say, I booked a room at once. And we didn't regret our choice.
However, our first room was not a lucky choice, it was rather small with a low ceiling with a window on it. You can't close the window,as it may be too stuffy, but in the event of rain, your beds (right under the window) get wet. But when we requested another room, we were promptly given one without extra payment. It was small but quite cosy, and had everything we needed.
The hotel staff appeared to be extremely helpful and professional: when we arrived early in the morning, long before the check-in hour, the receptionist let us sit in another room and offered us some tea and cookies to relax after the train journey and we got in the room in about an hour after the arrival. They will also provide you with a special fumigator-device, to kill mosquitoes in the room and tea bags absolutely free (hot water can be taken from the water dispenser in the hall). If you travel with children they can organise some traditional handicraft classes for you, and they are ready to help in any possible situation. They are also good at English.
The restaurant staff didn't seem to be that good, and breakfast could have been more varied, although the food 'ala carte' is super, though not so cheap. Try cowberry cakes - it's a speciality, but order them before lunch, in the evening all of them will definetely be eaten up by numerous foreign tourists coming there in coaches for a meal before of after visiting the 'VItoslavlitsy'.
This place is especially convenient for those who travel between Moscow and St.Pete in a car and want to have a short but unforgettable stopover in this beautiful ancient Russian town of Velikii Novgorod, a Hanza member.
- Also Known As:
- Yurievskoye Podvorie Novgorod Oblast/Veliky Novgorod, Russia