We chose this property for our first holiday in Poland due to its location and ability for us to take our dogs.
The house is larger than the external photos suggest. What we did not realise was that it is divided into an upper and lower apartment divided by a communal hallway.
We arrived quite late in the evening but Renata arrived quickly to let us in once we had telephoned her. She explained that we had the ground-floor to ourselves but later in the week, the upstairs apartment would be occupied. There also turned out to be a static caravan in the garden which was in use throughout our stay. This compromised our ability to enjoy the garden.
Had we known that we would not have exclusive use we would have not chosen this property but had no choice but to make the best of it.
The downstairs one bedroom apartment (twin beds) is furnished in a traditional style; very comfortable with the option of lighting a large stove if we chose. Our bathroom was located off the communal hallway so we had to be mindful of keeping it locked and being decent on our trips to the shower. The stairs to the upper apartment are off this hallway and the only security/privacy offered to those residents was a stairgate and a temporary screen. Although we had little interaction with the upstairs residents, we were conscious of their loud conversations and they would have obviously heard our dogs barking in response.
Renata is a very friendly and generous host and she made several trips to the property whilst we were there bringing us cake and beer.
The shower-room was modern and well equiped with an excellent shower. The kitchen was adequate for our needs with a gas cooker, fridge, microwave and sandwich toaster. The lounge is basically furnished with a sofa bed and dining table with chairs and benches. The TV worked well, but we would have liked a DVD player as all the channels were in Polish, including several very familiar programmes with a Polish voice-over sounding very like Terry Wogan!
The grounds are beautifully maintained with a massive garden which gets progressively wilder as the ground slopes away from the house. It houses a couple of children's climbing frames, a tree swing and two fire pits. There is secure parking on site, although with 3 cars needing to get in and out of the gates at various times of day, it got a little congested at times. The cottage is located in a peaceful, rural area just outside Wieliczka (worth visiting for the Salt Mines) but we spent more time in Krakow which is within easy driving distance and has many out of town hyper-markets such as Tesco, Auchan and Carrefour (there is even an IKEA!)
We loved our experiences of Poland and found the cost of living extremely cheap. We will definitely return to Krakow, but will look for more private accommodation.