Couple create their dream home in Lithuania based on the hit Chernobyl TV show


A young couple who saw their apartment on hit TV show Chernobyl decided to re-design it with Soviet decor and rent it out for £61-a-night. 

Linas and his girlfriend Rasa live in an apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania, in a neighbourhood which featured in the show – but only realised when they spotted their balcony on the series. 

The one bedroom, one bathroom property originally belonged to Linas’ grandparents for more than 40 years, but since their passing very little has changed inside, according to the couple. 

‘Everything in the flat – the interior, cutlery, even the bedding are all exactly the same as shown in the TV series.’ explains Rasa. 

‘It was so surreal to watch the show from home. The experience was so immersive, we felt like we travelled back in time.’ 

A young couple from Lithuania have re-designed their entire apartment to mirror hit TV series Chernobyl and are renting it out on Airbnb

A young couple from Lithuania have re-designed their entire apartment to mirror hit TV series Chernobyl and are renting it out on Airbnb

The property originally belonged to Linas' grandparents for more than 40 years, but since their passing very little has changed inside

The property originally belonged to Linas’ grandparents for more than 40 years, but since their passing very little has changed inside

Linas and his girlfriend Rasa live in an apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is part of an apartment block that featured in Chernobyl, the TV series

Linas and his girlfriend Rasa live in an apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is part of an apartment block that featured in Chernobyl, the TV series

The home has now been designed in a classic Soviet style, to mirror the Chernobyl TV series. Pictured is a scene from the show in an apartment

The home has now been designed in a classic Soviet style, to mirror the Chernobyl TV series. Pictured is a scene from the show in an apartment

The couple designed their dream house and even replaced modern trappings and items with some from the Soviet era where Chernobyl took place. Pictured is a scene from the show

The couple designed their dream house and even replaced modern trappings and items with some from the Soviet era where Chernobyl took place. Pictured is a scene from the show

The couple were watching the hit Chernobyl TV show when they realised that their apartment was featured as part of it

The couple were watching the hit Chernobyl TV show when they realised that their apartment was featured as part of it

This encouraged them to redesign the place, replace some of the modern trappings for things more suited to the Soviet era

This encouraged them to redesign the place, replace some of the modern trappings for things more suited to the Soviet era

There is only one bedroom in the apartment, which belonged to Linas' grandparents for more than 40 years, before he and girlfriend Rasa moved in

There is only one bedroom in the apartment, which belonged to Linas’ grandparents for more than 40 years, before he and girlfriend Rasa moved in

The couple saw their apartment's balcony in the TV series - leading them to realise their neighbourhood was featured on the show

The couple saw their apartment’s balcony in the TV series – leading them to realise their neighbourhood was featured on the show

The couple swapped a lot of items out of their apartment, replacing them with authentic Soviet era items to complete the experience

The couple swapped a lot of items out of their apartment, replacing them with authentic Soviet era items to complete the experience

The apartment, which claims to offer an authentic Soviet experience for fans of Chernobyl, is available to rent for £61 a night currently

The apartment, which claims to offer an authentic Soviet experience for fans of Chernobyl, is available to rent for £61 a night currently

After finishing the show the couple decided to change ‘modern’ parts of the flat and swap them for authentic Soviet era items, even swapping their brand new fridge for an old Russian one. 

After posting about their home on Instagram, a local journalist interviewed them, which generated interest in their apartment. 

People then began gifting the couple Soviet items they no longer needed – from curtains, cups, books and even furniture.

The apartment also has original magazines, vinyls and appliances, such as a working Lithuanian potato grating machine which won a design award in the USSR and was exhibited in the national gallery. 

To make it feel more authentic, they filled their apartment with vinyls and magazines from the Soviet era

To make it feel more authentic, they filled their apartment with vinyls and magazines from the Soviet era

The cutlery and appliances were replaced for Soviet ones and fans of Chernobyl will be able to stay at the apartment for the experience

The cutlery and appliances were replaced for Soviet ones and fans of Chernobyl will be able to stay at the apartment for the experience

The apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom and is now available for fans of Chernobyl to stay in

The apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom and is now available for fans of Chernobyl to stay in 

After posting about their home on Instagram, a local journalist interviewed them, which generated interest in their apartment

After posting about their home on Instagram, a local journalist interviewed them, which generated interest in their apartment

‘The bathroom was recently refurbished and modern technology like WiFi and kitchen appliances were installed but they are hidden out of sight for you to experience the life of the Soviet citizen with Western comfort,’ says Rasa. 

‘Still, you have to wash your clothes in an old-school Russian washing machine and store your food in a Soviet fridge’. 

The couple have started listing the apartment on Airbnb to give fans of the TV show the full experience.

Two people can rent the one bedroom flat for £61 per night. 

Modern kitchen appliances are installed but they are hidden out of sight for you to experience the life of the Soviet citizen with Western comfort

Modern kitchen appliances are installed but they are hidden out of sight for you to experience the life of the Soviet citizen with Western comfort

The couple have started listing the apartment on Airbnb to give fans of the TV show the full experience

The couple have started listing the apartment on Airbnb to give fans of the TV show the full experience

Rasa, who runs the Airbnb with her boyfriend, said: 'Everything in the flat - the interior, cutlery, even the bedding are all exactly the same as shown in the TV series'

Rasa, who runs the Airbnb with her boyfriend, said: ‘Everything in the flat – the interior, cutlery, even the bedding are all exactly the same as shown in the TV series’

After seeing the show, the couple said: 'It was so surreal to watch the show from home. The experience was so immersive, we felt like we travelled back in time'

After seeing the show, the couple said: ‘It was so surreal to watch the show from home. The experience was so immersive, we felt like we travelled back in time’

The bathroom was recently refurbished and modern technology like WiFi is also available, though it is kept out of sight so it won't ruin the experience

The bathroom was recently refurbished and modern technology like WiFi is also available, though it is kept out of sight so it won’t ruin the experience

The apartment is popular with local people who have donated Soviet items they no longer needed - from curtains, cups, books and even furniture

The apartment is popular with local people who have donated Soviet items they no longer needed – from curtains, cups, books and even furniture

The apartment also has original magazines and books from the era, which add to the immersive experience

The apartment also has original magazines and books from the era, which add to the immersive experience 

As well as a vinyl player, there is even a working Lithuanian potato grating machine which won a design award in the USSR and was exhibited in the national gallery

As well as a vinyl player, there is even a working Lithuanian potato grating machine which won a design award in the USSR and was exhibited in the national gallery

The oven, fridge and several other appliances were all replaced with older ones to add to the authenticity of the apartment

The oven, fridge and several other appliances were all replaced with older ones to add to the authenticity of the apartment

So committed were they to an authentic experience, they even swapped their brand new fridge for an old Russian one

So committed were they to an authentic experience, they even swapped their brand new fridge for an old Russian one

The couple went out of their way to make their house appear as if it from the Soviet era, and were helped by eager locals

The couple went out of their way to make their house appear as if it from the Soviet era, and were helped by eager locals



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