Projekt-Kodu Retreat & Eco-Hostel
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Projekt-Kodu Retreat & Eco-Hostel

Metsa, Hara, Lahemaa National Park 74810 Estonia
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ecological Accomodation & facilities including Sauna, hot showers, fully equiped outside kitchen & bike rental all included. Explore the local area on our bikes: Beach 1km, Two lakes within 3km, Abandoned Soviet Submarine Base 4km. Enjoy evening meals from on-site grown local organic produce with other guests, then unwind in the night with a luxury sauna. Two night minimum stay recommended.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Sauna
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Restaurant
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Estonian

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Metsa, Hara, Lahemaa National Park 74810 Estonia
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Martina F wrote a review Jul 2020
Bogota, Colombia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friend stayed at Projekt Kodu for two nights and it was perfect. Although the price seemed quite high at first, once you count in the free yoga session for us both in the morning and the cool facilities such as warm outdoor baths or free bike rental the whole day, it really pays off! More than that :) The staff is very friendly, accommodating and flexible. If you chat with Morgan make sure to ask her about different herbs she's been picking up for the homemade tee ;)
The location is absolutely amazing, only 5 min by bike to the beach and there are also couple lakes to explore nearby or an old Submarine station cca 5km away from the Hostel (easily accessible by bike, but don't forget to take 5EUR with for the entrance fee ;))

Overall we were very satisfied with the service, location, facilities and I highly recommend it to anyone who decides to visit Estonia to escape for a day or two into this forrest paradise. We certainly will do so again in the future!

Thank you!
Martina & Salome
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Sylvain Pomme wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've been to Projekt-Kodu after a friend invited me for an event.
And the place simply blown my mind ! We really feel a care of every detail to make the time in the nature as relaxing as possible. Food was delicious, the sauna & traditional spa are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ! The sleeping area is appart from the living / Shared area, So you can sleep ONLY surrounded by forest sound ! And the bed are extremely confortable with warm blanket in case of fresh days. The all service is of a very good quality. I recommend this to all my friend, local Estonian as much as traveller. Morgan & Jim
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Diana Berholts wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: the hostel is located 25 minutes by bicycle from the village of Loksa. An hour from Tallinn by transport. Around the hostel there are many wonderful sights that can easily be visited by bicycle.

This is a place for real relaxation and wellness. Delicious food, wonderful new acquaintances, bonfire, communication, nature, playing the guitar, yoga, wine, festivals, great sunsets and good mood - this is about Projekt-Kodu. Here are collected all the nationalities of all the continents of the world. Therefore, the Projekt Kodu is a place of unity not only with nature, but also with the world. I spent 2 weeks here and it was great. I plan to come here every summer.

I definitely advise everyone to visit this unforgettable place!

For Ukrainians: there are many immigrants from Ukraine in the village of Loksa, and there are Russian-speaking people here.
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: any room is good
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Jen wrote a review Aug 2019
Durham, United Kingdom229 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Projekt-Kodu for 3 nights and enjoyed every moment of our stay. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. They explained how everything worked upon check-in and were available for help or questions at any point. Our tent was lovely and very comfortable and clean. The outdoor baths, saunas and hot tub were wonderfully relaxing and a highlight of our stay.
Free yoga classes were on twice a day and were a great idea.
The food was healthy, homemade and delicious. The dinner was 14euros per person for two courses and was great value for money. The breakfast was included and was really tasty and filling. We are vegans and were catered for really well without a problem.
The camp is located in a great place, close to many walks and sights.
We had a great time here and the whole atmosphere and ethos was great.
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michelle L wrote a review Aug 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom57 contributions76 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, the location is amazing. Its in the middle of the forest and you can rent bikes (10 euro per day) and cycle to lots of amazing beaches and through forest trails. We particularly enjoyed the long Estonia summer evening which allowed us to cycle after dinner to a very quiet beach for a sunset swim.

On arrival at the resort/hostel the staff were very friendly and we were impressed by the secluded nature of the tents and also the overall look of the retreat. We were checked in, given a tour and sorted with our bikes very quickly and were soon on our way round the forest trails.

We booked the evening meal which was 14 euro each. This was vegetarian and very good quality with a lot of homemade elements. Someone put out some beers but didn't really explain whether these were for sell or included with the meal. Eventually people started to help themselves. We took one each and then were charged 4 euro per beer on checkout. I guess we should have asked. More confusion was what to do with our plates. We weren't sure whether we should wash them ourselves (as per the sign in the communal kitchen) or whether as we had paid for the meal that they would be done for us.

After our sunset swim we used the sauna and hot tub facilities. This was lovely and the highlight of the retreat. Although the baths weren't setup and we weren't sure if we should ask to have one or whether they generally weren't running that night.

We had high expectations for breakfast given the homemade elements in the previous nights meal but it turned out to be very disappointing. Some basic (brown) fruit, dry bread and jam and some boiled eggs. And what we assume was some grey porridge. Again we weren't sure what to do with our plates so we washed them ourselves. I don't mind doing this in a backpackers hostel but for £90 a night we weren't expecting to.

Another disappointment was the toilets. I don't mind a composting toilet and have used loads in the past but these stank. They also didn't feel very private with just hessian coffee sacks hung up for doors. Also people should be aware that theres no hot water for showers until the evening.

To summarise, we're glad we stayed one night, mainly for the novelty value and location but were happy not to be staying longer. I really think the breakfast should include more given the cost. It also sounds like bike hire and the evening meal are included if you book on the main website (which we didn't) and this would have made it better value for money. Generally I think the website markets it all as higher end than what it actually is but if people come with the right expectations (and the price is right) then its definitely a nice place to stay.

More generally we got bitten by more mosquitos than i've ever experienced and there are no mossie nets in the tent. Mosquito repellent is an absolute necessity.
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Date of stay: July 2019
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring mosquito repellant and come with the right expectations (its camping, and facilities are...
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Ben T wrote a review Feb 2018
16 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an incredible experience.
Myself and friends came here and it quite simply didn’t disappoint.
You can be either a helper or a guest, or a guest who wants to help... either way you’ll get involved as Jim and Mari (the owners) were so welcoming it felt like we’d known them from way back.
Based in the Estonian Forest the facilities, surroundings, atmosphere, and animals where absolutely awesome from start to finish.

We were told and shown about some of the local area and its history. Did we explore it? Hell yes!
Over the weekend we went on the free rented bikes and went deep into the forest and found the soviet marine base, caught and ate our own fish at a local fish farm (took some back to the camp for later) and went to a local clay lake where the owners hand collected the clay to help build the amazing strawbale sauna and pizza oven.
Later we all sat together shared stories and laughed a lot whilst having some amazing Estonian beers.
I slept in a bell tent, which to be honest I felt it was very
luxurious and comfortable, that I could even bring the Mrs here for a Romantic weekend.

If you’ve got a little sense of adventure and a willingness to get at one with the surroundings you will love it!

You will definitely leave with some great memories.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Meg P wrote a review Dec 2017
11 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had such a great stay at Projekt Kodu. Both of the owners Maari and Jim were super friendly from the moment we arrived. They showed us around and explained a number of things to do in around Lahemaa (which we did and were all really cool!)

The hostel itself is an amazing outside living space, with all the structures built from tree branches, wood and recycled furniture and other goods. Really gives it a special feel.

There's free bike rental which is great to explore.

The beds were comfortable and the sauna was amazing at night before you go to sleep! I had the best nights rest in ages.

Thanks guys!

Hope to return one day :) wish I could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Jim S, Owner at Projekt-Kodu Retreat & Eco-Hostel
Responded 10 Feb 2018
Such loverly words to read Meg, thank you! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. It would be wonderful to have you return oneday in the future!
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Jessisaw wrote a review Sept 2017
372 contributions189 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly staff, a perfect setting, bike rides, lakes, nature and relaxation galore. This is the ultimate place to get away from the daily grind and enjoy some time off the grid. Highly highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jim S, Owner at Projekt-Kodu Retreat & Eco-Hostel
Responded 10 Feb 2018
Thankyou for the recommendation Jess! really means alot!
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Matt bell wrote a review Aug 2019
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Chirping crickets, beautiful scenery & friendly people.

This hostel is the perfect back to basics, outdoor showers, fire heated baths under the stars, sunrise coupled with daily yoga classes.

Eco-friendly with the use of compost toilets, off grid water supply, roaming chickens and free eggs in the morning..

Staff always ready to help, with tips for the area and happy attitudes, added with super comfy beds in spacious tipis, this is the perfect back to nature getaway

Many thanks Matt & Melodie
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Glendiglendi wrote a review Jul 2019
Lucena, Spain201 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a lovely time at Projekt Kodu. Here all is magically relaxing- comfortable, warm beds, great outdoor baths, morning and afternoon yoga, sauna, helpful staff and overall a great feeling of comfort in the middle of nature!! The work they have done is truly a marvel! A perfect place for getting back to nature, exploring the woods or beaches nearby or just chilling out. I stayed two nights but I felt it was a pity to have to leave... every single screw, every single piece of wood has a lot of work, love and determination in it!!! It is amazing to think they had this project once and it is now so fantastically alive!!! Do not miss the details, not only in nature but also in their incredible work!! Amazing!!!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dom_Smith12 asked a question Mar 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom159 contributions77 helpful votes
Is this easy to reach by public transport? Or is having a hire car necessary?
Diana Berholts wrote a tip Jan 2020
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"any room is good"
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Michelle L wrote a tip Aug 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom57 contributions76 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring mosquito repellant and come with the right expectations (its camping, and facilities are rustic)"
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René Armas W wrote a tip Apr 2018
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"private tent housing"
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Eric P wrote a tip Mar 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you go visit the old soviet submarine base!"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Projekt-Kodu Retreat & Eco-Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Estonian.