Stylish log house in RUSSIA, 3.5h from Saint-Petersburg
|Living Area:||90 m²|
A stylish new house built with large wooden logs is situated in a picturesque place, North-West of Russia, approximately 3.5 hours drive from Saint-Petersburg. The house stands on a plot of 4000 m2 and has 90 m2 floor area. There is a large open-plan lounge/dinning/kitchen area (42m2), 2 en-suite bedrooms, an entrance area and a terrace with a porch over front door. The kitchen is hand-made of pine wood, very country chic.
The lounge has two large French windows overlooking the river. Fabulous views all around! Our plot is surrounded by fields, river and forest, nearest village is 250 meters away, another one is across the river. Very private, quiet, safe and comfy.
It is lovely and hot in summer and beautifully white with snow in winter! For those of you who appreciate long nature walks or mushroom/berry gathering, or even fishing and hunting - this will be ideal. It's also a bird-watcher's paradise. Some amazing birds come into our garden.
Within ten minute drive there is a small old town (30k population) where Dostoevsky holidayed and wrote, there you can buy groceries and necessities. This place is very old and full of history. In the olden days (Peter The Great times) it used to supply Russia and most of Europe with salt. There are amazing mineral water springs here. In fact, there is an 18 century balneo centre in town. People from all over are coming here to tend to their health. A salty warm mineral water fountain comes up several meters from the ground, and never freezes in winter! Impressive
One hour drive and you are at an ancient city of Veliky Novgorod (The Great Novgorod - 1000 years old, the cradle of Russia) which still remembers the Russian Tzar Ivan Grozny, or Ivan The Terrible as we know him.
Hop on an overnight train with sleeping compartments and fresh linen, and in 7 hours you will be in the fabulous Russian capital - Moscow. Saint Petersburg, the northern capital, is only 3,5 hours drive (depending on traffic). The famous Valday lakes are within 1.5h drive, and an enormous lake with sandy beaches Ilmen is 25 km away.
The property has a water well, electricity (own electric poles). Life here is inexpensive. Property tax is only 20 euros annually (!), water is free, burning wood is free (just pop into nearby forest), electricity in average 35 euros a month (in summer only 5-7 euros!), unlimited internet 5-9 euros a month. A family can live comfortably here for 400-700 euros a month!
So, take advantage of owning a house that we lovingly built and the garden that we tried to establish in the last two years.
There are still some bits and pieces to do but, overall, the house is ready to move in. We planned to build a nice big wooden deck/terrace overlooking the river, and some gravel paths around the garden. There is already a spacious wooden shed outside where we air our burning logs and keep the tools. Obviously, we are going to leave the garden equipment and some household stuff like fridge, washing machine, cooker, kitchen extractor etc. An old but fabulous Bang & Olufsen system will stay too, it needs a bit of looking into after we brought it here in a container from England.
Despite of the worldwide media attempt to create a certain image of this country, you will soon learn that, in reality, Russia is a beautiful, free and peaceful country, with friendly people, especially when you get to know them. Those, who visited Russia for the recent World Cup 2018, will certainly confirm that.
if you have any questions, ask away!
Looking to swap for: We are an adventurous British couple who travelled and lived in many different countries, currently living in Russia, and loving it. However, the time has come to move on, and we are itching either to go back home or to continue exploring the world, if offered an interesting new place for us to experience.
If you think your property might spark our interest, please contact us!
We will consider any offers in Europe (Spain or UK properties will have our special attention).
Look forward talking to you :)
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