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Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair

“It’s all too beautiful” – The Small Faces.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

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Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Poland continues to surprise me, day by day and week by week. My latest adventure inside the country that has become my home was to the tranquil countryside village of Ojców. Here in misty, magical Ojców there are a range of less commercial, touristic sites away from the more popular cities, sights and towns in Poland. It’s a totally beautiful place, very tranquil, peaceful, remote and rural yet a short drive from the huge city of Kraków.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Rural, tranquil Ojców

We spent a night in the totally beautiful village of Ojców and we chose to stay at the marvellous family run guesthouse – Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, which translates as “Guest Rooms from Grażyna”. Grażyna is our host for the evening, as my Polish friend Aleksandra and I arrive in darkness into the magic of Ojców, via Skała.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Here are some great reasons to stay at the Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny.

1.Tranquil Village Life

I loved the peaceful charm here. I live in Warszawa these days, and it’s years since I lived in a remote village or island so any time I get a chance to escape the big fast moving, commercial city life, I do it. We had such a relaxing time here in Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców. The views out of our window in the morning were stunning – so peaceful.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

2.Self Catering

We headed to the Zabka (frog local shop) in nearby Skała to buy food as this was self catering. We were able to use the fridge and freezer in the nice kitchen here to go self catering. There is also a microwave, a kettle and a cooker.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Self catering at at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Self catering at at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Self catering at at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

3.Compact and Cosy Rooms

I was here with my lovely Polish friend Aleksandra and we both live a busy city life day on day, so the escape to a compact and cosy room was great. We had a window to the misty morning world, our own ensuite shower room, a television, a desk and a cosy bed. Overall, our room was excellent, we were in Room 1.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Our compact and cosy room at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Our compact and cosy room at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Our compact and cosy room at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Our compact and cosy room at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

4.Within Walking Distance to Lots of Sights

We were able to walk to the marvellous St. Joseph’s Church (Chapel on the Water – Kaplica Na Wodzie), a monument to Mother Mary and the lofty Ojców Castle (4 złotych normal entrance, 2 złotych student price).

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

St. Joseph’s Church (Chapel on the Water – Kaplica Na Wodzie), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

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St. Joseph’s Church (Chapel on the Water – Kaplica Na Wodzie), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

St. Joseph’s Church (Chapel on the Water – Kaplica Na Wodzie), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

St. Joseph’s Church (Chapel on the Water – Kaplica Na Wodzie), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

The Castle (Zamek), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

The Castle (Zamek), Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

The Bridge to the shrine in Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Holy Shrine, Ojców

Aside from that we were also able to drive to the Rock of Hercules and the famous Castle of Pieskowa Skała. We also planned to have coffee and cake at the wonderful Boroniowka Cafe, but it was closed when we arrived (and later open on the way back). We drove to those sites as they are a wee bit further north.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Rock of Hercules near Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Castle of Pieskowa Skała near Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Castle of Pieskowa Skała near Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Castle of Pieskowa Skała near Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Castle of Pieskowa Skała near Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Lunch at Pieskowa Skała near Ojców

5.Friendly, family vibe thanks to Grażyna

Our larger than life host is Grażyna, who even apologises to me for her lack of English. Honestly, this is even a shame for me as my Polish language level is so low (now on A2).

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Friendly, family vibe thanks to Grażyna

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Friendly, family vibe thanks to Grażyna

There are four main rooms here and one larger room, on the upper floor which is life the “Penthouse Suite”. All five rooms are housed in one building. There is also free Wi-Fi and in the summer months, an outdoor bar and restaurant.

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Backpacking in Poland: Sleeping in the Countryside at Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Here are the details for booking a room at the Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny, Ojców

Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny website:

http://www.ugrazyny.com/index.html

Grażyna Piaseczna
Address: 
Ojców 3A, 32-047 Ojców [email protected]
Phone: 
692 443 970

Pokoje Gościnne u Grażyny on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ugrazyny/

Ojców tourist website:

https://www.ojcow.pl/

Here are some videos I made while backpacking in Ojców:

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