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Hotel at Weaving Mill. Public Private Partnership Project Launched in Kaluga

On December 25 a solemn opening ceremony took place in Dzershinsk District, Kaluga Region. Guesthouse of Goncharov Park Hotel was opened in a former building of coach house at Polotnyany Zavod memorial estate. This project is one of many successful ventures implemented in the form of Public Private Partnership. Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region, Anatoly Sekerin, Project Manager, Anna Lukina, Director of Public Private Partnership Center, members of Government of Kaluga Region, representatives of Goncharov family and other special guests participated in the ceremony.

The first and yet the only one concessionary agreement for cultural heritage facility was concluded in 2012 in the Russian Federation. Within the frame of the agreement concession operator – Alpinex Austria Investment Company, CJSC made a commitment to renovate coach house and weaving-mill of the memorial estate and grantor – the Ministry of Economic Development of Kaluga Region provided to it the right of possession for 49 years.

Thus, thanks to private investments a unique Pushkin memorial place – Polotnyany Zavod was almost entirely renovated. Goncharov Hotel was built and started operations, literary café opened its doors, home church of Goncharov family is under renovation on terms of Public Private Partnership. Museum of Paper will be opened soon. Rare interior elements, house items and furniture of Pushkin time are carefully kept at the memorial estate.  

Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region, noted that the hotel would open new opportunities for the museum and expressed hope that number of visitors willing to come to this historic place would increase each year. Anatoly Sekerin, Project Manager, in his turn pointed out that Polotnyany Zavod museum has all chances to become a touristic facility of all-Russia scale and expressed gratitude to the administrative team of the region for their support.

Anatoly Sekerin said, - “I had work experience in various regions, but I found such attitude for work only here, in Kaluga Region. This is true partnership, where everyone is interested in the project implementation. So now I understand why Kaluga Region is positioned so high in ratings”.

Polotnyany Zavod is a unique memorial and factory architectural complex, which appeared in XVIII century. Polotnyany Zavod estate is a rare example of architectural compound closely linked to the then existing production complex – Polotnyany Zavod paper mill, established upon an order by Peter the Great in 1718 and making an integral compound with it.

Polotnyany Zavod estate is associated with names of many eminent persons of Russian history and culture, such as A.A. Goncharov, Catherine the Great, M.I. Kutuzov, A.S. Pushkin, V.A. Zhukovsky, N.V. Gogol, N.I. Pirogov, A.V. Lunacharsky, O.L. Knipper-Chekhova, B.S. Okudzhava etc.; the estate has its authentic historical landscape and complex of household buildings of XVIII-XIX centuries.

The estate is especially interesting as it is the family estate of Goncharovs, who established and owned Polotnyany Zavod paper mill, it was the family who gave birth to Natalia Goncharov, wife of A.S. Pushkin. The poet himself visited twice Polotnyany Zavod (in 1830 and in1834), this fact turning the estate into one of the most renowned Pushkin places. Mainly due to this reason, Goncharov estate house was renovated almost from scratch and transformed in a cultural center in 90-ies. Now, there is a library, school of arts and museum, which was solemnly opened in 1999, when 200 anniversary of A.S. Pushkin was commemorated.

In addition to exhibitions, displays, evenings, scientific conferences, military and historic re-enactments, theatrical excursions took place at the territory of Polotnyany Zavod. 

Features of Goncharov mini-hotel

Hotel is located in the former coach house building of Polotnyany Zavod estate, historical and cultural heritage facility of XVIII century.

The hotel is a two-stories building with semi-basement level. Its total surface is about 1,000 sq.m.

11 standard twin rooms with extra bed option are located at 1 and 2 floors. Total capacity: 27 persons.

Semi-basement hosts technical services, office, laundry, and premices to store linen and household items.

The hotel has its own power station; preliminary water treatment filters were installed.

Onegin conference room for 60 persons is available for guests. It has equipment for presentations, separate entrance and its own lavatory. The conference room is convenient both for scientific events and festive purposes. 

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