The Good House is a natural house, built in the strawbale technology (a wooden structure filled with straw cubes), with natural clay and limestone plasters, allergy-friendly and for all those who value surrounding themselves with natural materials.
The house is located among forests and fields, on the south-western edge of the Bialowieza Forest, in the Protected Landscape Area "Bialowieza Forest" (the map).
Such neighborhood obliges! Our home does not burden the environment excessively. We have a ground heat pump, thanks to which the house does not smoke, and a domestic BIO sewage treatment plant supplying our orchard with purified water. We do not mow grass, we like spiders, we do not iron bedding and after laundering we dry it with wind. We compost as much as possible and at full strain. We take care of our land, introducing permaculture principles, we grow vegetables without chemistry, we feed vegetarianly, ecologically and locally if possible.
Werstok-Good House is also a Creative House with the painting studio. Art workshops, plein-airs and meetings take place here.
Why is it worth to come to our place?
We have fresh, healthy air - the house is a few steps from the forest and the meadow. Staying with us is a real relief for the lungs and eyes.
Our house has a pleasant, healthy microclimate. The outer walls are filled with straw and covered with clay plasters and wood. The walls have a thickness of up to 60 cm! Really!
Here is peace and freedom from civilization annoyances - asphalt ends near us :).
You can relax in a hammock, arrange a bonfire, ride a rented bike (near Werstok, there runs the Eastern Bicycle Trail "Green Velo"), go on a canoeing trip along the Narewka River or relax in one of the nearby lagoons.
We run delicious, vegetarian, colorful cuisine. Our Guests get meals in straw baskets of the local production. The products we use to prepare dishes are of local origin. We buy eggs and cheese from our neighbors, we make preserves at home, most of the vegetables and herbs are from our garden - but the market in Hajnówka also helps us.
Each breakfast and dinner looks different and depends on the season and the fantasy of the cook. The morning feast can consist of black lentil pate, hard-boiled eggs, blackcurrant jam and bread from a small local bakery.
In the spring we serve wild (bear's) garlic pesto, asparagus soup made of white and green asparagus and cocktails with young nettle. In the summer - dumplings with blueberries, tomatoes in a delicious combination with sunflower dumpling, capers and oil of camelina, marinated young beets, radish salsa, goat's cottage cheese from happy goats from our neighborhood.
When it gets colder, you can enjoy hot soup. We have sunny zucchini soup with red lentils, baked pumpkin accompanied by sage chips, pasta with buttermilk and marinated beetroot with goat's cottage cheese. We use homemade flavor vinegars throughout the year.
You can buy or order organic, tasty products from our friends' farms (cheese, eggs, oils, honey, etc.).
You can track wild animals - there are bisons, deers, elks, roe deers, lynxes, foxes and wolves. Deers, roe deers and bisons can be seen from the windows of the house. Our winter night record is... 52 deers and over 20 bisons in sight!
Werstok is located in the buffer zone of the Białowieza Forest - the only natural object in Poland from the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In Werstok there is a historic, charming, eighteenth-century Orthodox church.