When our local heroes, a creatively talented Czech couple, serendipitously stumbled upon this 200-hundred-year-old dilapidated mountain house - it was as if it had just been waiting for them to find it. An architect and interior designer paired with an antiques collector, gardener & foodie were instantly spellbound and it was just what this ill-fated house required to not only restore the property, but to give it a new sense of purpose and love, lots of it: Mezi Plutky was creatively born.
Set against the dramatic canvas of the forested Carpathian Mountains and the high Beskydy (Beskids) range, Mezi Plutky is a tiny boutique hotel that sits on the county ‘fence’ of Wallachia and Lachia, where one folk architecture connects to the other. The house is surrounded by meadows and a canopy of mature trees that shade in summer.
You can tell that the owners are prolific restorers of historical buildings: the poetry of it has been considerately preserved so that the original bones of provenance continue to cradle Mezi Plutky; including reconstructing the shingle greyed larch roof tiles, exposing the once thickly-painted beams, refurbishing the doors using local crafted Czech oak and rediscovering the gorgeous old sandstone floorings.
Inside, the filtered design of Mezi Plutky gleams in limed whites, flagstone milky-greys, honeyed gabled beams, planking and lots of putty-coloured linens and throws. There is an obvious sense of connection to the heritage and spans both old and the new.
Passionate custodians of culture, the arts and the crafted, Mezi Plutkys’ owners filled it with curated furnishings by the likes of Karl Andersson Soner, Hay, Ronan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola and the bemusing rocking-sheep by Povl Kjer. Music hums throughout the house as you would expect, as does the art which completes the circles of culture and heritage with pieces dating from 1613 to a wonderfully large Moravian tapestry.
The library, lounge, kitchen table and winter garden with large fires burning are as enticing as the countless perches found in the herb gardens around the natural outdoor pool.
A home of dialogues between the past and present, old and new, the grassy meadows to the Beskydy Mountains, from indoors to the gardens – the credo of Between Fences makes for a casual ‘barefoot’ den for those who share a passion for heritage, nature and a smooth design narrative of composed elegance.
Mezi Plutky has four generous suite-style boutique rooms in the original house that have a ‘loft’ accent to the design. Two suites - Suite Guest with a stone floor and a bath tub and Suite Parents on the first floor (70m²). The two other smaller rooms are named Daughter (36m²) and Son (44m²). There is also a “Summer House” bedroom located in the newly built barn.
As passionate foodies, the sustainability of the produce is close to their hearts, as does who and where it came from, and organic at Mezi Plutky is naturally a no-brainer.
Breakfast is prepared with the love of food in mind - Petr bakes dark bread, the housemaid makes blueberry jam and bakes the cake of the day, and the farmers deliver their cheeses, yoghurts and cured meats. And then there are famous Petr’s eggs with lard – perfect before hitting the famous Beskydy.
Mezi Plutky is casual, so make a pitstop anytime for tea/coffee with your afternoon cake or pour yourself a glass of wine from the oversized Smeg honesty wine fridge.
Dinner is optional, chosen over breakfast from the daily menu that co-owner Petr conjures – and be warned, he is a true foodie with a talent for the kitchen. Alternatively, the owners have complied a listing of their favourite foodie haunts in the area.
Daniela (architect & interior designer) & Petr Hradil (antiques collector, gardener & food lover) are the fortunate owners and creators of the Mezi Plutky – one of the Czech Republic’s best small design hotels. It all started back in 2001 when the husband and wife duo moved from the town to the countryside seeking a better life balance out in the natural countryside – ‘besides our new home, we found a new way of life. Spending most of the days outdoors, taking care of the garden, meeting friends around the big table, perceive nature, exploring the surroundings.”
“We noticed, during one trip to a nearby valley, a white abandoned house with a 'For Sale' sign and we believed it to be the place to realize our long-desired dream: to own a hotel. To create a place that we had always dreamed about during our travels. To create a similar place to our home, a mountain hideaway, far away from everyday life, very close to nature.”
Mezi Plutky is close to the picturesque village of Čeladná set within a natural setting “where you meet more deer and hares than people, find mushrooms, pick blueberries. From the other windows you will see the highest peaks, deep woods and soft meadows.”
Home to the highest Carpathian Mountain range, called Beskydy (Beskids) and in one of the best preserved hill landscapes of the Czech Republic, Mezi Plutkys is located between forests and meadows of the silent Podolanky Valley. There are several nature parklands closeby including the national reserve Knehyne. The village of Čeladná is just 35 km from the third largest Czech city, Ostrava.
Čeladná is the perfect base from which to explore the Carpathian Mountains, summer hiking, horse-riding, a round of golf and equally in the winter months for ski, cross-country walking and escapism to the snow-capped Beskids.
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