In Poland there are over 2 million rural households of which about 10,000 welcome guests.
Most of the rural accommodation farms are associated with the Polish Federation of Rural Tourism "Inviting Farmhouses".
Local agro-tourism associations operate in many regions. A list of available accommodation can be obtained on the website www.agroturystyka.pl
There are more than two million farms in Poland, and approximately 10,000 of them offer agritourism services. Many of these farms are run by people who are passionate about living close to nature — they often used to live in urban areas before deciding to change their lifestyles. Their passion not only makes them well-acquainted with the natural environment, but also helps them recommend local attractions and organize excursions around their region. It doesn’t matter if you’re excited about river rafting, bird watching, cross-country skiing, or bike riding — you can count on them to supply the best ideas for spending your leisure time in a natural environment.
Polish farms usually provide meals and you can try fresh, organic products. If you’re dreaming of bread baked in burdock leaves, fresh natural milk, homemade cheese and butter, honey straight from local apiaries, freshly picked and fried saffron milk caps or fresh-caught grilled trout, you can be sure to find all of these in Polish farm households.
Accommodation options are extensive and range from simple rooms to entire, furnished houses often featuring more than 3 bedrooms rooms, a fireplace, a kitchen and a dining room. Saunas and jacuzzis are often available as well. Offers primarily include rooms in family households, separate buildings located on farms, or campsites. Prices range from PLN 40 to PLN 140 for room and full board – PLN 20 to PLN 60 per person.
Many farm break sites also offer additional attractions such as miniature zoological gardens (often featuring exotic animals), playgrounds for children and the option to help out around the farm by feeding poultry or milking cows. More active visitors can enjoy horse riding or angling in ponds, lakes, and rivers. Workshops in apiculture, pottery, sculpting or painting are also often available.
Farm break enthusiast advice
Before you rent a room or a house, here are a few tips that will help make your stay a pleasant one, and ensure that all formalities are completed.
Remember that agrotourism farms are also private residences and working businesses. Right from the start, make sure you find out which rooms are available for general use. Also find out which spaces are only for your private use, which can be used under supervision, and which are entirely off limits.
Agree on a price, payment method and payment terms. Householders will usually want the entire sum up front. However, this does not discharge the householder from the duty to return part of your payment if the services provided are not up to standard (e.g. if water is not always available, or if there are other inconveniences). If you are booking a place to stay in advance, the deal usually involves an advance payment that may be forfeit if you change your mind. On the other hand, a sum equal to twice the deposit should be paid by the householder if they are not able to honour the reservation.
Agrotourism lodging providers usually accept advance payments in cash only, paid in person. Postal orders or electronic payments are also sometimes accepted. Credit cards, despite being regularly used by foreigners, and increasingly used by Poles, require suitable equipment and a billing facility, which not all agritourism businesses have.
Responsibility for guests’ personal belongings, and deposits. The householder is responsible for organizing your stay in a manner that will keep your personal property protected. Householders are responsible if your loss is attributable to their failure, or if they have undertaken to protect your possessions (e.g. keeping your car in their garage). Undertaking to protect your property also includes situations in which the householder has ensured guests that possessions may be safely stored at specific locations.
Pay attention to rules and regulations. Rules and regulations are regarded as binding as long as you have been made aware of them and agreed to keep to them. General rules might cover issues such as: pets, conditions for young children, smoking, consuming alcohol within the household and meal times.
Agritourism farms provide multiple unique attractions and leisure activities thanks to their close proximity to ponds, rivers, lakes, and forests. Check out the selection below, and be ready for more to make your holiday a unique one.
- Enjoy the silence, greenery, and sights
- Hiking and biking trips
- Boat and pedalo trips
- Campfires, grilling, and roasting piglets, pork legs or pork hocks
- Angling or fish feeding
- Mushroom, bilberry, and forest fleece picking
- Farm animal feeding (cows, hens, pigs, sheep, goats)
- Clay modelling, weaving, sculpting
- Making cheese and butter, or baking bread
- Horse and donkey riding, etc.
- Weeding, scything, mowing, wood chopping