Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs we stay in all over the world. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. We stayed in this homey apartment for two weeks in late summer 2019.
Tallinn, Estonia. In summer 2019, Chad and I flew from Switzerland to northern Europe to apply for long-stay visas in Estonia. As usual, we stayed in Airbnbs while exploring Tallinn and waiting for our visas to come through.
The first was one of the more awful rentals we’ve had, but the second – booked after we arrived and had already fallen in love with its neighborhood – was something special.
In fact, the day we left, Chad (who was leaving a few hours after I did) sent me a message saying it was the first time in a long time he had a hard time leaving a place. It just felt so homey.
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The first reason that this place was so perfect was its location. Tallinn is a huge, sprawling city. And if you, like us, want to be near nature, you have to be careful where you choose to live. Once we had a sense of the city, we focused our search in a neighborhood called Kadriorg.
The neighborhood sprawls out around the city’s most beautiful park and there are plenty of quiet side streets. This apartment is just off the main street, but far enough back and facing away from the street that it was still quiet. The walk to the tram line was less than five minutes. The walk to the park? Less than five minutes. The walk to my favorite coffee shop for cinnamon rolls? Less than five minutes. And the walk to the ocean? Maybe like eight minutes.
Now, the apartment itself:
The kitchen was spacious and well-equipped. (We did have an issue with the oven, but the host is aware of it and I’m sure they’ll fix it soon.)
The living room was comfy, with a huge TV, an L-shaped couch, and a bean bag that I draped my blanket over because I knew it was going to become Luna’s favorite spot so snuggle up.
The bed was comfortable and large. And there was plenty of space for us to unpack and stretch out, filling drawers and closets with our things. This is important to us for a number of reasons – including the fact that unpacking just makes a place feel more homey. And a lot of Airbnbs don’t take this into account and leave space for our stuff. We appreciated that this one had its fair share of empty drawers.
The only downside to this place? It’s a little low on the natural light side of things (all the windows are on one side of the apartment).
Going to Tallinn? You can find this place on Airbnb. (And if you’ve never booked with Airbnb before, use this link to sign up and we both get a nice little credit toward our next trips. When you’re ready to book, here’s the listing.) It books up fast (we wanted to extend our time and, sadly, it was already booked months out), so book early!