Kazachya Zastava (The Cossacks Outpost) is a small family guest ranch located on the outskirts of an out-of-the-way Ukrainian village within an hour drive from the City of Kiev. Launched as a charity and home for 5 rescued horses, the ranch has grown into the green tourism facility and riding school, which provides multilevel training program for beginners, as well as equestrian tours and unguided riding opportunities for experienced riders. There is also a mounted shooting show available on your request and unique opportunity to participate in historical reenactment of hunting on horseback game.
Aside from horseback riding, Kazachya Zastava offers a variety of other guest ranch activities like trap-shooting, sightseeing tours, hiking and fishing, so that your non-riding partners can enjoy other activities while you ride on horses.
We have available for rent a restored family farm house with a fire-place, brick stove and attached bathroom unit, which comfortably sleeps 6 – to 8 and a clapboard cabin for 3. Our ranch can accommodate up to 10 persons all in all. There is also a parking lot for 4 cars, sauna (Russian banya), arbour with campfire and children’s playground at your disposal.
We welcome you to experience the atmosphere of old days in Ukrainian village and to enjoy our hospitality, flavored with select dishes from the original Ukrainian and Russian national cuisine.
It has been a quite an experience driving out of Kiev to visit this green tourism site near Ukraine's capital. Called a horse ranch 'Cossacks Outpost', this place came at the end of our stay in Ukraine. We were attracted by comments on the web-site and it also comes up in Google search for 'green tourism' and 'Cossacks'. The reality of staying in Raykovschina (the name of the village may translate as 'heavenly place') is mostly about being and feeling the real countryside of Ukraine, with its unforgettable beauty and hospitality of the local people. Our hosts, English-speaking Yuri and Natasha, have taken an enourmously great care of our family and provided tasty meals as well as lessons in horse-riding. We learned a lot about a rich historic heritage of Yagotyn area and the host speaking English was of a great advantage.
This place is convenient for a quiet group rest, with possibility of travelling into Kiev and even such exotic places as Chernobyl Nuclear station which we did not do this time but if we come back we may consider going there. Overall, the hospitality was great, food all cooked in natural conditions and most is locally grown, so it was all fresh. Thank you hosts, for your great work!