“ Address: ul. Namiotowa / 78-132 Grzybowo / Poland / Tel: 505 615 820 „
In June of this year we visited Grzybowo on the Baltic Coast and fell in love with the place. When September came around we decided we wanted to visit again and take our granddaughter with us - her first holiday with her grandparents on her own without Mum and Dad. The original plan was to go back to the accommodation we used in June - Zula Chalets. As it was September we thought there would be plenty of vacancies but we were wrong the complex was fully booked so we decided to go with Camping Bursztynek instead.
~~~~Introduction to the campsite~~~~~
Camping Bursztynek is in the same village straight across the road from Zula Cottages. This entrance on Namiotowa is for rough camping (tents), caravans, campervans etc. The entrance we used is on the road at the back which is the main road leading into Kolobrzeg.
I had noticed the campsite in June and we in fact went on the site to have an evening meal at the pizza place, Giovanni's, belonging to the site. I liked the look and feel of the site then so had no qualms about asking our daughter-in-law to reserve a chalet for us in September. Good job she did phone as when we arrived there was only one chalet free.
On arrival we found the entrance to the chalet part of the site a bit tricky as you have to turn into the site sharply or otherwise get booted up the back end by fast moving traffic. The path is a tight squeeze and as we entered we weren't sure where to go so my husband drove on the grass in the front of the trampoline, play area. Immediately a young guy came out of one of the chalet's with a worried look on his face. He was the owner of the site. He could only speak Polish and German and a smattering of English. We spoke to him in a mixture of Polish and English and he then understood who we were from the phone call and immediately his worried frown turned into a smile. He went into his house which is on the site and returned with a bunch of keys and led us to the vacant chalet. He left us to have a good look round and decide if we liked it or not.
There are three sizes and sorts of wooden chalets; chalets suitable for 3-4 people, bungalows to fit 4-5 people and then there are luxury chalets with jacuzzi etc for 6 people.
Our chalet was in a complex of 3 other chalets and was 30 square metres in size - suitable for 4-5 people. This may sound small but there was enough room for what we wanted to do as we were based outside on the wooden terrace most of the time when on site - other times we were out and about.
The chalet consisted of three rooms plus bathroom and toilet.
The lounge was small and rectangular in shape with a bed sofa, pine drawers, nice cosy rug on the floor. This room had two windows which were simply curtained and a heavy wooden door which led out on to the terrace. Problem - the TV was in the bedroom probably because of the cable situation but it would have been better if it had been situated in the lounge.
Our bedroom consisted of a single bed which had a cover and pillows laid out on the top and opposite was a good quality sofa bed made from solid wood as a base, covered in a heavy velveteen material with a jazzy pattern This opened out into a double bed. Nice pine wardrobe with extra blankets, umbrella and deckchairs inside. Plenty of shelves for storing clothes and shoes in. There was a table with the TV and another side table which I used for my granddaughter's toy post office and somewhere where she could place her photos of her Mum and Dad and her Golden Retriever, Sniffy. Two windows here too with nets and silk curtains in a golden shade. All very cosy. Fresh linen and duvet covers came later - hand delivered by the owner.
The kitchen was small but big enough. There was no table or chairs because obviously in this sort of environment you eat outside on the terrace where a table and four chairs are placed. Plenty of lower and upper cupboard space. No microwave, a two ring gas cooker (like a camping stove) sink and gas water heater. The floor was wooden but there was a rug on the kitchen floor which was a bit of a nuisance as I kept sliding around on it and my granddaughter fell when running through to the lounge so in the end I took the rug up. The cupboards were much better stocked here than at the Zula complex with plates, cups, serving dishes etc and some of the dishes were very pretty designs which always pleases me. What pleased me even more was that there was a salad bowl and a corkscrew. I was happy with the kitchen and liked the fact that I could peep through the window to the other chalets at the back of us to see what was going on. They couldn't see in because lacy net curtains covered the window.
As for our bathroom it was a bit cramped - like everything had been fitted into the smallest space possible. However, everything worked. The shower was hot, powerful and the cubicle doors closed. Apart from the sink and toilet there was a free standing unit to place all toiletries, a mirror above the sink and glass shelves at the side of the sink but because of the proximity to the shower cubicle I found this shelf useless and got fed up of things falling off it every time I walked past to get into the shower.
Terraces are always my favourite feature of any log cabin - I love to sit outside. The terrace here was huge so consequently we put most things outside like my granddaughter's toys, fold up washing line, shoes, boots, all sorts of things. First job in a morning was to sweep the decking and tidy everything up from the night before. The view from our terrace was of the children's playground with swings, sand pit and a slide and a full size trampoline. Actually, my granddaughter was the only child who used all these facilities as every little complex of chalets had their own individual playground. It was great for the little one - she couldn't wait to get out of bed to go on the trampoline.
That's the run down of what the chalet was like and really we have no complaints at all. It was cosy, comfortable and we had a lot of fun.
Our only complaint was the TV. We are not usually bothered about TV except on Saturday we like to catch the football results and then on Sunday there is a favourite serial I have been watching on Polish TV. Seeing that we were in Poland even if it was 460 kilometres from Warsaw you would think we would be able to tune in to national TV. Could we heck. All the channels were Arabic!! I ask you. I have nothing against Arab TV but you think one station would be in Polish. I wonder what lorry this satellite package fell off. Very, very strange.
Forgot to mention the grounds. They are very picturesque in a French way. Basically the site is set on a large playing field which I think originally belonged to a school. I say this because the old derelict school building is still there. You might think that this doesn't sound too picturesque but it is a lovely old yellow ochre building with big square windows. I loved to jump up so I could see inside. The rooms were all empty but I could still see the coat pegs painted in red. The field is split into three or four avenues which have chalets lined at the side and in the centre the gardens have been artistically landscaped. Every now and again as you walk through the avenues you come face to face with an old apple or cherry tree. At the back of the field you can go through an opened gate to the area where tents and camper vans are allowed or you can take the path leading to a big gate which leads on to the front road leading to the centre of the village and beach. The path here is a bit rough and after rain will get muddy. The main waste bin and recycled bins are placed here also but there are other bin areas throughout the site so you don't have to trek miles to find a bin.
There are plenty of shops in the centre of Grzybowo but if you only want a few essentials then I suggest you take a walk through the path we entered the site on, turn right and there you will find a very good basic shop that sells bread, fresh cakes, cooked meats, frozen foods, fresh veg and fruit, beer, good selection of wines although a bit pricey, candles, matches, loo roll - everything you might need if you run out of anything and don't want to trail into Kolobrzeg or the main village area of Gryzbowo. There is also a smoked fish shop - an essential in Poland, a couple of bars selling food and a church. This is the part of Gryzbowo where ordinary folk live. I like it very much and hope before too long I will be able to move here away from the city.
~~~~Owners and other visitors~~~~~
As for the owners - they were perfect; very friendly but not too over the top. Always had a smile and a greeting when you bumped into them and if we needed anything they would come over straight away. Two other chalets were in our complex and both families were well behaved. They were polite, friendly but kept themselves to themselves. After 9pm we hardly heard a pin drop which was unusual as the middle section of the site was full with visitors but they were very quiet. This may be different in high season.
You can reach the campsite by public transport but it is a bit long winded and after a certain date in September (around 18th) trains from Warsaw to Kolobrzeg don't run as frequently. If you did want to use public transport then after an 8-9 hour journey from Warsaw by train you will have to catch a bus from the centre of Kolobrzeg into the main road running through the village of Grzybowo or to the road at the back of the campsite. The bus stop is opposite the campsite entrance. The whole return journey will cost you in the region of £100 per person.
We stayed here in the second week of September and the price of the chalet was 100 zloty per night which included gas. Electricity reading was taken when we entered and checked on our departure. The cost was 18 zloty (under £4 - for TV, lights, fridge, kettle). We parked the car at the side of the chalet and there was no charge for this although it does say on the website that there is a charge of 20zloty (£4). I think this is really good value and would love to go back again in June to get away from Warsaw when the European Championships are being played as the city will be crowded. Only snag - I won't be able to watch footie on Arab TV.