If city life in Moscow is getting you down, a trip to the countryside might be just the ‘pick-me-up’ that you need and Russia certainly has no lack of countryside to choose from. However, if you cant speak Russian, it can be hard to find a really comfortable and interesting place to stay near Moscow, as the range of accommodation and activities aimed at foreigners is quite sparse.
The Bogdarnya Farmstay, near the small village of Petushki is one of the better options if you are looking for a relaxing weekend away rather than an adventure into the unknown. John, the owner of the farm complex and boutique hotel is British and runs the business with his Russian wife. This gives you the best of both worlds – an authentic Russian farm experience, with all the facilities and options that foreign visitors expect.
There are a wide range of activities on offer at the farm, or you can simply relax in the idyllic surrounds, unspoilt by the sound of Moscow’s constant traffic. If you visit the farms website, you will find the full range of activities and facilities on offer and if you have any questions, they are always quick to respond.
How you reach the farm itself is up to you. It can be a nice leisurely drive from Moscow, or you can be a little more adventurous and take the train. Be warned that the express trains don’t stop at the nearby station very often throughout the day, so you may end up on the local elektrichka (or электри́чка in Russian), which is a very Soviet style regional commuter train. Elektrichka’s are the perfect storm of dirty, uncomfortable and crowded, so take them at your own peril! Another option would be to take an express train to Vladimir and then have a driver bring you out to the farm.
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