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The eastories farm – guestshouse
Our small family farm is located in the village Buguldeyka, north east from Irkutsk, 60 km from Olkhon Island. It’s a small typical Siberian settlement surrounded by mountains and Lake Baikal. The tourism here is not developed yet, so there is a good opportunity to experience authentic atmosphere of the village. Apart of accommodation we offer our home-made organic food; shuttle service from Irkutsk with our military soviet van; day and multi-days excursions around the region; car rental.
Here we are…
Buguldeyka is a small place where live just few hundreds of habitants; include my family that enjoys cultivating their lands and taking care about domestic animals.
Coming to eastories farm means be totally immerse in the local community, eating our traditional food and enjoying the Russian sauna called “banya”.
eastories farm on Lake Baikal
It has been a really good experience. Ilja was not there during my stay, however was the communicator and the translator via (Hidden by Airbnb) . That was really good as my Russian is very basic and the family’s English is basic as well. This is not a five-star-hotel, however if you are looking for a genuine Siberian experience and great hospitality, that’s your place! I also tried the banya which was amazing. The family will always try to accommodate a request. Excellent!
What an amazing weekend spent in an incredible and peaceful farm. Ilja and her family are very kind, they did a lot for our comfort, and his uncle brought us to the lake for an extraordinary sunrise. You have to taste the meals (with local products), it’s so fresh and delicious ! Moreover, the village is very beautiful and calm, and inhabitants are so generous. I clearly recommend it !! 🙂
the quiet side of the baikal lake. we were there beginning march, and it was an unique experience, far away from everything.
But, no worry: Ilja and his family are present and are awesome guests. Their food is excellent and they help you to go around.
It can't be better!!!!!!
Expect to come back, maybe when the lake is not frozen......
Marcus & Hervé from Luxembourg
A uniquely located air bnb in a beautiful part of Lake Baikal. The air bnb was spacious and very clean. Would recommend paying for meals as they were very tasty, generous and great value for money. We would love to come back and would recommend anyone looking at visiting Baikal to stay here
We were very happy staying at Ilja's place for two nights in winter. We were hosted by his very kind family. They cared a lot about our comfort, and they prepared excellent home made meals with local products. They did not hesitate to tell us stories about Baikal and the surrounding region. They took us on rural excursions to the lake and mountains. Although the price of the accommodation exceeds local standards and did not cover meals and excursions, we still had a great time at Ilja's place.
If you are travelling through Siberia, Eastories Farm is not to be missed. It is an extraordinary village, breathtaking scenery and authentic in its cluster of old and new wooden houses. Eastories farm is a working farm. You will literally be in the farm environment. In autumn, this was not the picturesque greenery of a European farm, but the spare practicality of a farm in a part of the world with a harsh climate. You will share the outside toilet and be treated to the wood fired sauna in the evening. If you choose the family will cater for you. What catering! Simple, plentiful farm food. Each meal was a delight. In Autumn, the main activity was walking... to the lake, in the mountains. I would have loved to have been there in warmer weather for a swim in the pristine waters of the lake. Or in winter to walk on the frozen lake and river. But the colours of Autumn were beautiful, the sky crystal blue, and the weather conducive to walking for hours.
Don’t miss this opportunity if you have the chance. Much more than just an AirBNB, its the opportunity to experience a remarkable lifestyle in a magic place.
It really was a wonderful experience staying with Ilja's family. They really were incredible hosts and we enjoyed every moment. Bugul'deyka is an incredibly beautiful and scenic place and as good as any place we've visited on Lake Baikal. Even though Ilja couldn't be there himself at the time of our visit he made sure that he was readily available if we were to have any issues. He was also on hand to give us helpful suggestions before our trip to Olkhan island and his uncle Valera made sure we took the correct ice road when we left the following morning instead of the usual now frozen ferry route. What was an added and unexpected bonus was the quality of the Wi-Fi which we very much appreciated. Food was really nice and his cousin Elena couldn't have done any more for us and we were never left wanting anything. Thanks so much for letting us stay here and we would love to come back at some stage again in the future.
I spent three days in this wonderful farm with my boyfriend and it was a very unique experience. We had the felling to be far from everything, in an immaculate and beautiful nature. Out of time.
Ilja’s family is very kind. They take us to the baikal lake and to the mountains with their car because with the hard and cold weather of winter, we were a unable to walk outside for more than 20 minutes !
They also prepared very good local food for us, and put some wood in the fire place every hour to get sure we get not cold inside. (Around -30 outside !!)
The sauna / shower experience were also very funny !
Well, nice and friendly people and beautiful location. I highly recommend it 🙂
What can you expect?
We also offer our home food and transport possibilities around the region if you would like to make excursions and trekking.
Surrounded by mountains, impressive rock, marble quarry and the river makes the surreal landscape of Buguldeyka and the farm.
In the morning, the sun rises early and the sunset comes very late, drawing different colors on the sky before the darkness comes.
Who are you going to meet?
My father, the man with the blue shirt, was born in Olkhon island back in the year 1957, when Buryatia Republic was part of the USSR. During his studies in medicine he decided to join up the Soviet military army to have more job opportunities. Along the way he met my mum and in the mean time my sister and me were opening up the world, respectively in 1982 and 1986. Due to my father’s career we grow up in west Europe but we always felt connected with our Siberian roots, coming every time we could to visit my gramps, uncles and cousins.
Such a different world in Baikal Lake! I always felt to share those feelings and traditions with other people. Already in the teenager time, I brought my first friend to Buguldeyka and it was interesting to see how such different traditions can meet and communicate even without having any word in common. From this moment eastories farm became a spot where people exchange cultures and learn about Shamanism and ancient Buryat traditions.
Who do you see on the picture above?
During your stay you will probably meet my cousin Lena, who is a great chef and my uncle who is going to be your guide to the unpredictable nature of Lake Baikal. My two uncles, Valera, the one with the “liquidator” in the back, and Volodia, who is grabbing my grandma bag. Most of the time they like to bring our hosts on the frozen lake by car and telling old stories of Buryatia. Also you will find my Grandma around, in the middle, teacher and strong supporter of the Soviet Union.
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