~ the Chateau ('Zamek' in Czech) is situated about an hour travel time from Prague and offers private historical gardens on close to twenty acres, beautiful frescos (which date back to the seventeenth century) and diverse apartment options - this is a single bedroom with interesting architectural structure and bathroom next door ~
~ What is it? ~
Zamek Konarovice was reconstructed in to its current form in the 1600's, although there is record of construction on the site that dates back to the 1000's. The Chateau has a rich history echoing through its walls that includes famous composer Bedrich Smetana's composition of the first Czech language opera in the 1800's under the patronage of Count Jan Harrach. It is an historical monument and in progress of being carefully reconstructed. Beauteous sculptures and frescos that date as far back as the 1700's provide an unique feeling. Flora and fauna enclose the estate, a balustrade with statues and a parterre flower garden is made alive by peacocks that reside on the almost twenty private acres. The park has an historical botanical garden of ancient trees and two scenic ponds where one is able to fish. Benches are at the right spots and sheep are in the park to be befriended.
~ Where is it? ~
Zamek Konarovice is located sixty kilometers east of Prague, close to the city of Kolin. The Kolin train station is a forty minute train ride from Prague. Kolin offers a bus stop at the train station that takes one directly to the heart of Konarovice and thus close to the gates of its historically most fascinating building: the Chateau Zamek Konarovice.
Trains between Kolin and Prague run at least every half an hour, connecting peacefulness and urbanity beautifully.
Worth mentioning is that the city of Kutna Hora - the famous Unesco protected city with its historical silver mine, St. Barbora Cathedral and the well known bone church, the Sedlec Ossuary - is reachable via Kolin's rail station or even for an adventurous bicycle ride. Also close to Zamek Konarovice is Zamek Kacina which is open to the public as museum.
~ Details ~
The kitchen in very generous dimensions invites everyone to prepare their own breakfast or any further meal. The refrigerator, stove and all instruments from blender to plates needed are in place and shared by all guests who want to energize in grand yet comfortable atmosphere.
Communal space likewise is the 'Stain Glass Room', an unique conflux of light and art and antique furniture. Its vast table is perfect for paperwork or meetings of any kind.
~ Good To Know ~
The Chateau's gymnasium is open to anyone with a passion for fitness, it is efficiently equipped and accessible at any time.
The centre of Konarovice includes a small shop where most necessaries of daily life can be found.
While the Chateau is not the best place for dogs, cats are allowed.
Respectful behavior towards all living creations and all historical heritage is expected. Drugs or partying will lead to dismissal.
There is no smoking allowed in the rooms or close to the Zamek itself but merely outside in the garden.