We stayed at this hotel three times during our pilgrimages to Yelan.
They refurbished the hotel in 2010 and connected it to the electricity at last.
The hotel (or you can call it hostel) does not charge any price. You can only offer a donation.
The rooms were tidy and nice.
But we experienced one challenge: the old Cossacks oven proved to be too sophisticated for us. We simply put out the fire by stuffing all possible firewood and coal into the oven according to the principle "The more, the better". But it didn't work and we woke up in a very chilly room.
As another pilgrim said, the oven has several sections inside where you should add firewood.- This hotel is the place where Elder Philip of Luhansk used to stay;
- it's an old Cossacks' house,
- it has a central location,
- the church and the fields behind the church (Old Yelan) are across the street,
- the house has a big garden (neglected).
- it has an old well that is 25 meters deep.
We were warned not to step onto it accidentally.
We stayed at this hotel/hostel three times during our pilgrimages.
There are two rooms: a men's room with foru beds and a ladies' room with four beds.
The oven is in the ladies' room. It is heated with firewood and provides a lot of heat.
When we stayed there, just the two of us, we did not heat the oven at all.
We were provided with two buckets of water and with food by laysister Lena who is a household manager at the church.
The place where Elder Philip of Luhansk used to stay;
Old Cossacks' house,
the church and the fields are across the street,
big garden (neglected).
St.John the Evangelist - this is my name for that church hotel.
The villagers simply call it a church hotel.
We were privileged to stay at this village hotel as pilgrims.
To be able to stay there, we had to ask Father Sergiy for his blessing, as required by the Orthodox pilgrim rules.
Father Sergiy lives in the neighboring village of Mozhayevka located six miles away.
He is the dean of three village churches in the vicinity.
We had to hire a car in Yelan to be able to meet him and to ask him for his blessing.
Laysister Lena accompanied us and received orders from Father Sergiy.
He blessed us to stay at the church hotel and the church laysisters brought the keys.
The hotels occupies an old Cossacks house in School Street and is located right opposite St.John the Evangelist Church.
The hosts provided us with bed linen, cutlery, water, and meals.
According to Orthodox pilgrim rules, there was no charge, we could only offer a donation.
Philip of Luhansk used to stay here in the thirties when he visited his friends in Yelan.
The hotel is located opposite the church and is close to the pond and to Lena's house.
Lena was our host there.
There is no electricity in the house, so we used a kerosene lamp.
And, of course, I brought a flashlight that was useful during our evening stroll.
Surprisingly, old benches are still preserved in the house. So we sat at those benches under what used to be the traditional icons corner and had our tea. There are no icons anymore, but the fixing screws are still there.
This old Cossacks' house would make a good hotel provided some repair is performed inside and some cleaning outside.
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