You can find dozens of chateau hotels in the Czech Republic. They offer the option of staying in an environment in which our country’s history was made. Only one chateau hotel, however, can boast a park with unique giant sequoia trees. Ratměřice Chateau.
The newly-modernised Ratměřice chateau is in the picturesque area of Podblanicko in Central Bohemia. The fairy tale landscape is an oasis of calm and relaxation, where history mixes with the present day. This is because Podblanicko has an important part in our country’s history. It is even where the National Theatre’s cornerstone comes from. Ratměřice Chateau was built at the start of the 18th century, in the twentieth century is was re-built by Count Otto Chotek, in the style of late classicism. In 2010, the decaying chateau was bought by an entrepreneur in the printing industry, Tomáš Novák. This started the long journey at the end of which was a fully rebuilt chateau and a revitalised chateau park. “I have always been very interested in history and historical buildings. Buying this chateau was, for me, the fulfilment of an ancient dream, but primarily a great challenge. The aim was not only to repair the chateau, but, in particular, to renew its past glory, revive it and also open it to the public,” said the new owner of his motivation.
The chateau was re-built into a luxury, four-star hotel, which offers accommodation in 16 double rooms and three apartments with premium fittings and fixtures. The chateau interiors are an example of how to combine historical elements and modern materials. Top of the range is the Exclusive apartment with a residential area of 135 m2, its own terrace and private access from a lift. It is ideal for lovers of romance. From the terrace there is a beautiful view of the fountain and the chateau park, the pride of which are two giant sequoia. Their height of over 42 metres and age of more than 160 make them a rarity in the Czech Republic. The chateau park is an ideal place for walks and relaxation. For example in the form of a picnic. Picnic sets can be ordered by guests and other visitors in the hotel.
The hotel offers all comfort and luxury. It naturally contains a modern wellness centre in which guests can relax in the pool with a jacuzzi and regenerate their strength in the tepidarium. There is also a Finnish sauna with aromatic essences for six to eight guests. After therapy in the wellness centre the guests can order a massage.
For corporate clientele the hotel also has a large conference room and a smaller room with modern presentation equipment.
Gastronomic experiences for guests and other visitors are prepared in the 70-seat Sequoia chateau restaurant. Seasonal “à la carte” dishes from the best quality ingredients from local suppliers are prepared by a creative chef with experience from a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Guests can play sports on a multifunctional pitch in the chateau park that is for ball games and has a shower, toilet and refreshments pavilion. There is a special area for pétanque. A generously-designed biopool with a length of 25 m and a heated children’s pool is a rarity. The water in the main pool is cleaned in mechanical-biological filters that capture big dirt particles. A HYDROBALANCE filtration system is used for fine cleaning.
The area around the chateau also offers sports options. Cyclists and skaters can have lots of fun. This is because in the nearby area there are newly-modernised roads and cycle paths. At the chateau it is possible to borrow cycling equipment, including bikes. For lovers of historical inheritance the ideal route is through Romantic Chateau Parks. Cyclists visit the chateaus and parks in Konopiště, Jemniště, Vlašim, Odlochovice and Vrchotovy Janovice.
Ratměřice Chateau resort is basically an ideal place to spend your free time. Genuinely everybody will find what they want.