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Malyi Turysh village – guesthouse with a taste of honey

I’m glad to announce that there is a new interesting opportunity of a home stay in the countryside of Sverdlovsk Region, Middle Urals. The village of Malyi Turysh is located 220km South-West of Yekaterinburg and 30 km away from the Trans-Siberian trainstation of Krasnoufimsk that lies on the way between Perm and Yekaterinburg.

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In the Soviet Union Malyi Turysh was a large village but now only 16 houses are left with pensioners living there.

Guzel Shanzapova, a young entrepreneur from Moscow and the co-founder of Cocco Bello project is now putting here energy and efforts for the village of her grandparents  to survive and thrive again. Guzel and her parents have a family business in Malyi Turysh:  beekeeping farm and a little candy factory that employs the elderly people of the village. The elderly women collect wild berries and then the factory produces whipped honey with berries, jams and hard candies.

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Guzel and one of her local employees

Guzel and one of her local employees. Photo from Facebbok Guzel Sanzhapova

Guzel also organizes eco-tourism to the village. Travelers can stay at the guest house with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, living-dining room and a work area with wi-fi. Besides you can have a Russian banya with a little summer swimming pool (in winter Russian dive in snow after banya), a work shop at the factory: to make your own taste of honey with berries or caramel spoons with herbs, excursion to the beekeeping farm and a barbeque in the evening.

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With the help of crowdfounding projects Guzel is now collecting money for a social center with a library in Malyi Turysh and she has more ideas how to change a once dying village into a happy eco-place for the dwellers and international visitors.

Sabine and James stayed in the village in August 2018

Sabine and James stayed in the village in August 2018

Here’s a promo-video about Cocco Bello Honey company with stunning views of the village starring the famous babushkas of Malyi Turysh.

You can also read the feedback in the blog of Cedric, one of the first visitors of the guesthouse. He stayed with his family in Malyi Turysh in the summer of 2017. http://www.giftworldtour.com/2017/07/28/en-route-to-maly-turysh-stay-in-maly-turysh/

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