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Bolshie Koty



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"BOLSHIE KOTY CHALET" is located in Bolshie Koty village 20 km north from Listvyanka. The lodge build in 2005 out of siberian pine logs combines the simplicity and traditions of Siberian wooden architecture and comfort of the modern house. There are ten twin rooms with the balcony, shower cabin and WC in the room. Great view to the lake from all rooms, spacious dining room, superb cuisine and traditional Russian banya (sauna) are the most remarkable advantages of the Koty Chalet. Peaceful atmosphere, bright colors, forests full of mushrooms and wild berries, sunsets over the great lake will take your heart forever.

Poor tourist infrastructure gives you limited possibilities to dine and stay overnight in the village. "Bolshie Koty Chalet" is one of the best options to enjoy the marvelous place with comfort and pleasure. There are 10 twin rooms with shower, hot and cold water, W/C. All rooms with balconies and view to the lake. Good location, friendly family, Siberian cuisine, bikes for rent, Russian saune. Joyous walks along the shore and into the valley to see the old drag, small Baikal Museum, majestic viewpoint.

Address : 10 Podgornaya str, Bolshie Koty. On the left bank of the Koty river, underneath the hill slope, 150 meters from the lake.

The easiest way to get to Bolsie Koty is a boat. In July-August there are public hydrofoils, cruising from Irkutsk to Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty daily at 9.00am and at 2.00pm from Raketa jetty, Solnechniy district, up the city dam. In June and September there is a boat on TUE, WED, FRI, SAT, SUN leaving to B. Koty 9 o'clock in the morning. In Spring and Autumn, when regular boats are not available, we can arrange a private boat or a hovercraft for transfer to the village. In the high season of July and August tickets for the public boat are usually sold out well before and booking the tickets in advance is a good idea. In winter an ice trek to Bolshie Koty is possible.

Bolshie Koty village was founded in the second half of the 19th century as a gold extracting area. For about hundred years the gold was cradled, later dredged in the bed of Koty and Sennaya rivers. The rusting drag can still be seen 1.5 km up river from Baikal. That time the settlement had own bakery, saw-mil, small glass-works.

Nowadays this tiny, picturesque village is home to less than 70 people, mostly retired, living from agriculture and fishing. Food, products and materials are brought by boats from Irkutsk or Listvyanka. Irkutsk State University and Limnological Institute research stations are located there. Scientists and students have their studies and practical work done in Bolshie Koty in summer time. There are also quite a few holiday houses of university teachers and professors in the village. In summer place is getting busier with tourists, having a day boat trip or camping around. There is no automobile road to Bolshie Koty, and one can get there only by feet or by water transport. The trail is a beautiful 20 km hike along the shore, slightly going up and down.

Surrounded by woody hills and picturesque cliffs this solitude place has its own life rhythm measured not by hours and days but with the sunshine and seasons. Crime free and healthy microclimate, Bolshie Koty is ideal against stress, for getting in shape and having rest from the city noise and traffic. Quitness and the natural beauty of the area will charm you and leave the peace of mind and unity filling deep in your sole.

    "Baikal Chalet Listvyanka",     booking tel/fax: +7 3952 46-15-57,     mobile: +7 914 8 951 961,     address: Gudina str. 75, Listvyanka, Irkutsk region, Russia
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