Sucha Gora log cabin

Zawoja, Babia Gora National Park, Southern Poland
Guests: 7       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Sucha Gora log cabin

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The Best Place to Stay in Poland says the Guardian. Traditional Polish log cabin holiday home with fabulous interior near to the best value low-cost skiing in Europe. Amazing value and full of charm.

The perfect mountain home for summer or winter - a traditional log house for up to 7 near Poland's best skiing and hiking routes. Zawoja is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in the Beskidy mountains south of Krakow, picturesquely situated at the foot of the 'Babia Gora' mountain. 

Guardian Newspaper UK chose this property in their 'Top 40 Places to Stay in Europe' with the following review,

"If you prefer hiking to sunbathing, this country cabin has good access to lovely hillside paths, or if you're after more speed, mountain biking trails and Poland's longest zip wire. Inside, it mixes folk art with local antiques."

We've restored earth-built houses, thatched cottages, many stone and even tin cottages...but had always dreamed of restoring a traditional log 'cabin' farmhouse in the mountains. We found the perfect house for this in the unspoilt mountains of Southern Poland and bought the house with a hectare of land around it.

Sucha Gora sits in a small hamlet (shop open 7 days) upon Sucha Gora ('Dry Mountain') on the edge of the famousBabia Gora National Park (there aren't houses actually IN the park) at Zawoja. Just 15 minutes to the longest ski-run in Poland that becomes one of the country's finest downhill mountain bike trails in summer, or 20 minutes to Poland's longest and most exciting zip-wire adventure forest park. The main village (10 mins) of Zawoja has long been a popular tourist destination and has a mountain centre, ice rink, summer bathing beach (on the river), restaurants specialising in mountain food, and one of many local wooden Churches for which the area is famous. 

A fast-flowing mountain stream runs through your land and you can fall asleep to its sound. The area is home to amazing wildlife (salamanders, fireflies, slow-worms, many deer, bears if you are lucky) and fine landscape views. You may not have heard of the area, but let us assure you it is easily accessible, beautiful, affordable, and a great location for a relaxing alpine holiday - scroll down for our list of local activities. The surrounding area caters well for the tourist in summer (hiking, horse-riding, open-air museums, forest adventure park etc) and winter (very affordable skiing and snowboarding, ice rink, 'karczma' log restaurants open year-round). All this just 90 minutes from Krakow (less from its airport); maybe you'd consider a two-centre holiday with our Artist's Apartment there.

We've restored the house to meet modern expectations, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, furnished with a collection of antique mountain furniture 'repatriated' from antique shops across Europe, and a state-of-the-art German wood-fired stove central-heating system that easily keeps the house snug all year round. The master bedroom enjoys a kingsize bed made from the local silver birch trees and a huge bath large enough for two. The second bedroom also has a similar over-sized bath for two and bedroom three has a very large walk-in wet-room.

Skiing is remarkable affordable here and without the pretentiousness of many European resorts. A full day ski-lift pass is around £16 (£12 for half-day or £8 for 2 hours - enough for most) and ski or snow-board hire prices are among the lowest prices in the EU (typically under £10). Instruction is also affordable and there are easy, learner slopes for children. The ice rink in the village costs around 80 pence for an hour or take a horse-drawn sleigh into the woods for a traditional fireside feast.  We learned to ski as adults here and nobody laughs when you fall over! One of the lifts has a webcam. In the summer the slope (Poland's longest) converts to an amazing downhill mountain bike trail, and there are outdoor hot-tubs, the chairlifts still work, and zorbing for the small ones. 

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A great place to rest and contact with nature. We were the second time after 3 years and it's still magical. The house is stylishly decorated, very clean, warm. An ideal base for mountain excursions a...

September 2020

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guests
7
7 nights from
£382 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£783 (based on 2 staying)
pets
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Single (ground floor), Sofabed (double) (ground floor)

facilities at Sucha Gora log cabin

bathroom
bath
general
farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
activities
pub nearby (walkable)
cleaning services
washing machine
infants
young children welcome

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in detail

The property has a new central heating system (wood provided), triple glazing and superb insulation, and is snug year-round.

Ground Floor

  • Salon - with fireplace, quality double sofabed, good views
  • Kitchen - with balcony off. New traditional wooden cooking stove as well as modern type electric oven and hob. Toaster, kettle, table for 8, fridge with small freezer compartment, radio
  • Bedroom 3 - single with antique alpine bed (full length, standard width)
  • Shower room - with substantial newly fitted walk-in shower wetroom area, handbasin, toilet

First Floor (note - short run of steep stairs)

  • Master bedroom - with super kingsize four-poster bed and large double-ended bath in the room, hand basin in the room. Hairdryer.
  • Bedroom 2 - with double bed and en-suite bathroom off
  • Toilet - as with all bathrooms, newly fitted

Outside - a hectare of private land with direct access to forest and mountain stream. Parking. 

Note - there is no WIFI but it is available free in all local restaurants or buy a T-Mobile SIM for approx £10 to create WIFI from your phone. There is good 'Roaming' phone signal inside the property, and you'll likely have free Roaming with your UK package, providing WIFI. 

local area

  • Walking - from the door following way-marked trails
  • Explore the local village with a wooden church, chairlifts, mountain centre, restaurants etc. (10 mins.)
  • Skiing and snowboarding in winter - see webcam - 10>15 mins and many many slopes within one hour (inc. bobsleigh).
  • An ice rink in Zawoja village in winter - 10 mins.
  • River bathing beach in the village in summer (or hotels with pools) - 10 min
  • Horse-drawn sleighs in winter through forest tracks - starts down in the village - 10 mins - for a forest fireside feast
  • Daytrip drive through the valleys following the signposted 'historic wooden architecture' trail- start in Zawoja at the wooden Church (10 mins). 
  • Choice of open-air museums of historic wooden architecture if you take day trips (nearest is c20 mins, just past Zawoja).
  • Zorbing, adventure park and outdoor forest hot tubs (summer only) - about 20 mins - just through Zawoja
  • Mountain centre in Zawoja with line park in the forest for kids or adults
  • Travel into nearby Slovakia for a day trip - eg to Tatralandia water park (one of best in Europe 1hr 45, great drive).
  • Fantastic regional restaurants - including famous Zawoja mountain river trout & locally smoked cheeses (walk to trad. cheese smokehouse).
  • Poland's longest downhill mountain bike trail (Zawoja) (15 mins) - the ski chair lift takes you up to top with bike, runs all year 
  • Inwald (50 mins- en route from Krakow) - huge amusement park, 'Dinolandia' and minizoo complex, great for kids.
  • Zakopane day trip (1hr 15) - famous mountain town, skiing, unique mountain culture and architecture
  • Szczawnica day trip (1hr 45) - great day trip into Pieniny mountains (water raftering, beautiful old 'alpine' spa town). 
  • Castle (with torture museum in the basement) in Sucha Beskidzka - 30 mins though you'll drive through here anyway

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customer reviews for Sucha Gora log cabin

A great place to rest and contact with nature. We were the second time after 3 years and it's still magical. The house is stylishly decorated, very clean, warm. An ideal base for mountain excursions and relaxation on site. I definitely recommend it! - Piotr

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September 2020

A great place with a unique atmosphere. Perfect for a romantic weekend for two or a trip with a larger group. The house is located in a small village. Great bathtub, fireplace, kitchen encourages cooking. Lots of peace and privacy. I recommend a trip to Babia Góra. - Marta

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September 2020

Truly unique mixture of polish tradition and modern comfort. Highly recommended. Thank You guys for an amazing stay. - Piotr

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August 2020

We had a great time at the property. We rested, enjoyed the fresh air and the calming surroundings. The place is quaint and has artistic touches. It is spacious and comfortable. An elk came to visit a couple of times, and the neighbours were very kind. On the whole, we loved it! - Beata

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July 2020

A warm, wooden house, on the edge of a meadow and forests. There are several other houses around, but you don't feel the presence of people. Just below the house is the entrance to the forest on the picturesque mountain route of John Paul II, and deer come to the house at night and in the morning. The house is wood-heated and extremely atmospheric and warm. The kitchen is fully equipped, we did not run out of cooking. A great advantage is also a lovely bedroom with birches at the head of the bed and a wide bathtub. Contact with the owners was easy, a key and a heated house were waiting for us. Everything in the cottage is shiny, bedding like new. Nothing but come back! I highly recommend this place, we already miss it. - Karo

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April 2020

A great place for a perfect holiday. Mrs. Jadwiga the housekeeper across the field, is wonderful! A place with an unusual character, worth visiting! :) Daria

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March 2020

480/5000 A really great house in the little village Search Gora! We had a lot of snow and the house was nice and warm. A hiking trail starts right at the house and is a great way to get to know the Beskidy Mountains. The small but well-stocked shop (with fresh rolls every day) makes it possible that you don't need a car on site. We came from Berlin to Makow Podhalanski and took a taxi to Sucha Gora (20 min). Our children were also very enthusiastic! - Elwira

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February 2020

We spent a wonderful long weekend here. The cottage is atmospheric and very nicely dressed. It is heated by means of a fireplace, which supplies radiators in rooms - and it is an extremely efficient system. You don't freeze in this house, just add wood every few hours. We were there in February and sometimes we had to open the window so that it was not too warm. The place is very nice - close to the forest, above the stream, on the trail. Other houses are visible from the windows, but it is ok. I remember this stay wonderfully and highly recommend it! We will definitely go back there.For people from Krakow (like us) it is simply a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Just an hour away and a different world. - Jakub

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February 2020

We stayed for few days and we really liked the house. It has some great ideas for interior design. Kitchen fully equipped. Place is very clean and instructions for stay are very detailed and clear. Shop nearby. We recommend. - Marta

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February 2020

Very nice and cozy place to chill out with friends or family - Marketa

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January 2020