The ‘Gulbji’ Sēļi farmstead, located in Rubene Parish, Jēkabpils Municipality, is a place the the time has stopped. Nature, a small ethnographic museum, a decorative garden, an orchard and a collection of medicinal plants fit well with the old buildings and complement them. No-chimney sauna, sauna massages with wild plant bunches gathered at the meadow, and a plant-and-honey based scrub; churning of butter, preparation of old Sēļi dishes, baking of real rye bread, rope laying, sowing of grain in a way done by our ancestors: all of these activities are offered to the visitors of the farmstead. Here you can find out about ancient Latvian magic signs, traditions, join celebrations in a traditional environment, with the right songs, dances and games. There are two semi-enclosed canopies, a fireplace, a grill, and firewood. The farmstead has a path for walking barefoot, a playground and a volleyball field, a trampoline is also available. The ‘Gulbji’ Sēļi farmstead has its own and well-cared for water spring, a few ponds and a lake for swimming and fishing. There are a few areas designated for tents and campfires, with all the necessary equipment.
Visitors of the farmstead can also watch an outdoor performance of ‘Tēva meita’ (‘Father’s Daughter’), a play based on the works of Danskovīte and produced by the local amateur theatre group Kumode.
If booked in advance, the farmstead can provide catering, and tasting of home-made preserves, Sēļi dishes and drinks.
Average object visiting time: 2 hours
Visiting the ‘Gulbji’ Sēļi farmstead requires prior booking