Sobibor doesn’t bring the best associations forward. In Holland it’s known just as a concentration camp. Nevertheless, Poland goes on and with a booming economy the most unexpected branch of tourism flourishes… even there. Yep, I’m talking about agrotourism. It’s a tourism focused on enjoying nature, simple surroundings and life. That’s exactly what Siedlisko Sobibor is all about.
It used to be an old, forgotten farm but with a lot of love and hard work it became something special. Rundown buildings were brought back to their glorious times with traditional carpentry and restored furniture. Every single accommodation is different, yet together they create a peaceful, well balanced rural experience. There is a big farm house that has been there for more then 100 years, smaller log houses and an old stable. The new addition are two stilt houses hidden a bit in tree branches.
We decided to stay in one of the two studios in the old stable.
Lace studio, in which we stayed, has its own kitchenette, tiny living room, bathroom and of course a bedroom. it was all very tastefully decorated with lace and in our bedroom, we had a true masterpiece, a huge rosette window… over 200 years old. It might not be the best choice for people who like to sleep long, the window lets a lot of light in. We loved it though, we could wake up naturally and enjoy the beautiful view of the rising sun over the fields.
The meals served in Siedlisko Sobibor are not included in the price, but we would recommend at least trying them once. Breakfast is a feast of local produce. There is always a selection of local cheese natural or with herbs, meat cuts, pancakes, fruit and home baked bread. Heaven! It’s served as a buffet so there is plenty for everyone. There is also an option to sign up for dinner. The dishes are different everyday but it’s mostly hearty polish food made with love. Depending on the season you can expect mushrooms, variety of vegetables and homemade juices. The menu always included a soup, main course and a dessert.
Siedlisko Sobibor is a destination on its own. It’s meant to slow you down, make you relax, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the simple nature. The is no reason to come here if blissful nature is not your thing. There are no massive attractions nearby. You can go kayaking, bird watching or walk in a nearby forest. There are also lakes nearby but the biggest one is a typical example of cheap, polish tourism. There are plastic water bikes, plastic restaurant, mediocre food and all that set up in the most cheesy way possible.