Manor Houses in Parseta River Basin

The beauty of remoteness in Pomerania

Parseta River Basin

The river Parseta is around 130 km long and is located in the region of Western Poland. It springs in a place called Parsęcko and meanders north to Kołobrzeg where it flows into the Baltic Sea. It flows through riparian forests, meadows and peat bogs. The Parseta River Basin there is a special habitat protection zone . The Natura 2000 “Dorzecze Parsęty” area is located within the districts of Białogard, Kołobrzeg, Koszalin, Szczecinek, and Świdwin. It encompasses the areas of the Drawsko Lakeland, through the Łobez Upland, the Gryfice Plain, the Białogard Plain, to the Slovincian Coast. The Parsęta River is the main axis of the region, along with the valleys of its tributaries, such as Pysznica, Pokrzywnica with Młynówka, Topiel, Mogilica, Bukowa, Dębnica with Wogra and Lubatówka, Perznica with Łozica, Chwalimka, Kłuda, and Żegnica. The southern border of the area is marked with the sources of the Parsęta River near Parsęcko, about 7 km to the north west from Szczecinek, while the northern border demarcates the neighbourhood of Kołobrzeg and the coast of the Baltic Sea, to which the river flows.This very diverse area is worth visiting not only because of natural values. It can be admired from a kayak, but a part of river sections is navigable only for experienced canoeists. One can also mount a bike and go along the “Wzdłuż rzeki Parsęty” trail. On the route, there are castles, Slavonic fortified towns, humpbacked bridges made of brick and stone, old mills, old hydro-technical systems (hydraulic rams), and chapels to be seen.  (Text: source )

What to visit

From lost places to great hospitality

This region in Western Poland used to be Prussian (German) and the former landowners built a lot of Manor houses as a residential house for the large agricultural estates. In its present form, manors in the area of the Parsęta basin meet several functions. A lot of them are ruins and are still in the process of decay. Some have been restored and have nice hotel facilities nowadays. Some are schools, social welfare houses or training facilities or offer private apartments. If you are traveling from the West to this region, you may stay in beautiful Palace of Ryman, a hotel and restaurant, near Gryfice.

Virtual tour through Baltic Manors

The region’s manors testify to the neglect of the manorial heritage after World War Two and its revival after the fall of Communism. Today, these places offer a whole range of new uses and attractions from spa hotels in refurbished palaces to “sleeping beauties” in ruins. A  digital 360 degree application enables visitors to look behind closed doors and travel back in time to the heyday of what are now deserted locations. 

Palaces to visit

The Manor house in Bukówko, now a private hotel facility run by the former teachers, who taught here, when the house was used as a school after world war two.
Palace in Karlino, after the Second World War, the building became an agricultural base and now it is under renovation and it will perform as a hotel. Pałac Nosowo  (Schloss Nassow) was built in neo-Renaissance architecture by the patrician family of the Holkens from Kołobrzeg in 1850. After that the estate was held by several other families like von Münchow, the von Heydebreck and von Sprenger families until 1945. Now the Pałac Nosowo, which is located in a nice woody area in Koszalin County, offers hotels rooms and halls for weddings and celebrations. Kozia Góra (Gutshaus Cosesec) was built by Heinrich Friedrich von Podewils in Baroque style and a large park. By the end of 19th century the palace was rebuilt in a neo-gothic style, which was so modish at that time. Decorative galleries, towers and balconies appeared. The south facade is the richest one, there are knights’ sculptures as well as heraldic cartouches. The volume (cubature) of the palace amounting over 7800 m2 proves its grandeur. At present the palace is in a state of renovation, which shall lead to arising of an exclusive hotel. But it already hosted some concerts and festives. The palaces and manors  (pałac and dwór) are part of the cultural heritage in this region, that are still at the beginning of the development and promise a secret treasure soon to be discovered. In Siemczynie there is a Baroque palace, built between 1722 ans 1726 by Berndt von der Goltz as the center of a large agricultural estate with a park and farm buildings. The attraction in the park is the alley with hornbeam trees. Today it is still under re-construction, the palace itself hosts two exhibitions, one on the Baroque period and one the agricultural and peasant life of the days. Opposite the Palace is a hotel with restaurant, which offers lively cultural events for visitors and local people.

Visit Western Poland

The Baltic Sea beaches, the Odra River basin, the picturesque Sudety Mountains, bustling metropolises – Wrocław, Poznań and Szczecin, and numerous historical towns determine the tourist attractiveness of Western Poland. Throughout the Parsęta basin there are cycling and canoeing routes, rivers Radew, Parsęta and other smaller ones, some lead through the woods and meadows, others will lead to the Baltic Coast. Trips and horse trips are organized. If you visit Western Poland, you will soon appreciate the cultural, natural and spa assets of this region. Heritage attractions  is the Centennial Hall in Wrocław and the Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, as well as to outstanding works of wooden architecture. Let yourself get lost in one of the numerous historical towns, which will fascinate you with their monuments and ingenious and well-organised events. Solace for your body you will find in well-known health resorts – Lądek-Zdrój, Polanica-Zdrój, Międzyzdroje, Kołobrzeg and Połczyn-Zdrój.