The Vibe: Part hotel, part gallery, and all artistic splendor.
The Area: Set in Poland’s northeastern Masuria lake region, a 2.5 hour drive from Warsaw.
The DNA: Free spirited designers Małgosia and Wojciech Żółtowsky are the talents behind Galery69. Together in partnership and life, they form the Manufaktura69, which is the awe-inspiring workshop where they produce their handmade creations. Galery69 is serenaded with artwork that the couple create, with the main focus being on new ideas and introducing visitors to a side of Poland they want to boast publicly. Staying with them is a creative process in itself – and you will leave infused by their passion for this beauty spot. Lovingly tailored, perfectly fitting the authors’ lifestyle, and to the lifestyle of all unfettered dreamers.
The hotel, clad in whitened wooden planks, has a large terrace, a pier extending out across Lake Wulpinskie and its own beach. The designer interiors are inspired by natural materials of timber, stone and sand while vast windows take in the views of the lake and open skies. Not only art aficionados but nature lovers too will be happy to learn of the forest that encompasses the lake; there is swimming, sailing, fishing, horse riding, and ice skating. The restaurant serves Polish, Mediterranean and Scandinavian cuisine, reflecting the style of the hotel and its surroundings. In summer enjoy al fresco dining out on the large terrace. Breakfast, included in the rate, is hearty and includes those delicious Polish jams, alongside cured meats and cheeses that this rural region has to offer in abundance. There is an indoor blue mosaic pool surrounded by rough gray stones. Equally exclusive and utterly private are the hotel’s jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath.
Throughout, the handcrafted furniture is made by the owner’s Manufaktura69 brand using recycled materials. Artist friends from around the country are regularly invited and paintings, photos, sculptures, jewelry and beyond sit at ease against a backdrop of milky whites, salvaged woods, knotted textiles and simple polished concrete. All available for purchase through the online shop.
Suite-Me-Up: Light filled rooms range from an intimate single with countryside views to spacious lakeside rooms and junior suites with hammocks and deck chairs on the balcony. Room facilities include a 32 inch LCD TV with Internet access plus HDMI, DVD cable, comfortable desk, sofa or armchairs, and a coffee table. The suites also come with a kitchenette with fridge, coffee machine, and electric kettle.
Your hosts: Małgosia & Wojtek Żółtowsky
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 20 rooms (15-28m2) (161-301 sq ft) ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • children 12 years and older are welcome, though there are no facilities