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Success story: how to open your own eco-hotel without experience in the hotel industry

Build your own hotel where people from all over the country will come to recuperate and find harmony? It sounds like a dream - and it was this dream that Karina Sevastyanova, a psychologist by training, managed to bring to life. We talked with Karina about how the Freegreen eco-hotel was born and grew in Karelia - from the idea of ​​the project to the prices for such a vacation.

Briefly about the hotel:

- Karina, let's start with how and when did you get the idea to create your own eco-hotel?

- My family and I have always traveled a lot. We visited hundreds of beautiful, atmospheric places, hundreds of incredibly cozy, authentic hotels, where you could talk for hours with the owners, examine the interior and admire every little thing. Some of them were in extremely profitable tourist places, while others were in some godforsaken small towns and villages. But they all had one thing in common - everything was done with such love and taste that they did not want to leave from there and really wanted to return.

Of course, every trip I was inspired, enthusiastically told about these amazing places to my friends, looked at the pictures, was upset that we have practically no such places, and deep down I imagined how I would do THIS. A few years later, in some magical way, the puzzle came together - in an absolutely amazing place on the shores of Lake Onega, we decided to build incredibly beautiful houses from Karelian dead pine - such houses are called Kelo.

- Tell us a little about how you organized everything - did you attract contractors on your own, with someone in tandem? What were the first steps?

- All construction issues were fully handled by my husband and his partners. They turned to a company that has been building Kelo houses for many years. We agreed on the project. The houses were brought, assembled, and then our professional craftsmen were already working - they inserted windows and doors, laid the floors, installed electricity, water supply and other global things.

While the houses were being built, I was already thinking with might and main, how to make them? I looked all over Pinterest, Houzz, and a bunch of other sites. But there were very few projects with Kelo houses, there was practically nothing to be inspired by.

Naturally, it was a little scary to "smart" - to make the houses too gloomy, too dark. Many acquaintances discouraged us from leaving at home in their natural form, arguing that living with logs inside without finishing is unpleasant and quickly gets bored. But we decided to make everything as natural and environmentally friendly as possible. Now I can spend hours looking at the tree inside our houses - each log is unique, each has its own drawing, twig, crack. And I doubt that I will ever get bored with it.

- What difficulties did you encounter in the process?

Success story: how to open your own eco-hotel without experience in the hotel industry

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Baza Otdykha Yar has a shared lounge, garden, private beach area and direct access to the ski slopes. It offers family rooms and a children's playground. Free private parking and ski equipment rental are available.

There is a wardrobe in the rooms of the mini-hotel. All rooms at the recreation center "Yar" are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

A continental breakfast is served every morning.

Guests of the recreation center "Yar" can use the barbecue facilities. You can play billiards and table tennis on site, and the area is popular for skiing and cycling.

The staff of the 24-hour reception of the Hotel Baza Otdykha Yar will provide guests with the necessary information.

Hotel Rooms: 8

Payment must be made via bank transfer prior to arrival. The property will contact you after booking with instructions. Please inform Baza Otdykha Yar in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details on your booking confirmation. The hotel offers full board meals.

Children under 3 years old stay free of charge, while children between 4-12 years old receive a 20% discount.

Mosquito net, Heating, Wooden or parquet floor, Waste bins, Non-feather pillow, Sofa bed, Clothes hanger, Hypoallergenic, Separate entrance, Seating area, Safe, Fireplace, Sofa, Wardrobe or wardrobe, Bed Power Socket, Cleaning Products, Soundproofing, Tiled/Marble Floor, Baby Cots

Bathrobe, Private bathroom, Toilet paper, Bath or shower, Hairdryer, Toilet, Shower, Additional toilet, Soap, Free toiletries

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