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We had a wonderful stay here.
Nikola was so welcoming. A bowl of cherries from the garden and also a bottle of local wine.
The house is large, comfortable and also cool when it is very hot.
There is plenty of space for at least two families.
Outside is so lovely with a terrace for eating and also a swinging seat for chilling out.
What made it for us was the pool we could swim even when the weather was cooler.
Lots of nearby places for wonderful walks and Cesky Raj was stunning.
Nikola and Pavel should be very proud of their hard work in making ones holiday a magic time.
Also we enjoyed your dumplings, Nikola.
Wish we could have stayed longer.
We will be back.
This house was very comfortable and well-equipped with everything we needed as a base for our 2-week summer holiday in the Czech Republic and for driving to nearby countries. It would also be a good choice for a winter holiday, as the pretty mountain ski resort of Harrachov is a very short distance away.
The cottage sits in a nice, quiet, wooded and secluded setting, on a hillside but it is not totally isolated from neighbours nearby. It is situated on a small country road (leading directly to Tanvald) just outside the village of Velke Hamry. It is an easy 2-hour drive from Prague Airport, mostly on motorway.
Velke Hamry itself (like many other places in the Czech republic, which suffered from neglect under Communism) is rather run down, with some formerly beautiful but now dilapidated buildings. Tanvald has a few supermarkets and it is also a fairly short drive to Liberec, a larger town with more amenities. Bear in mind that the roads can by windy, local speed limits are very low and the Czech drivers abide by them religiously. Therefore, getting anywhere can take longer than anticipated.
The cottage is ideally located to allow day trips to various local attractions, as well as further afield to Prague, Dresden (Germany) & Wroclaw (Poland). There is much to see and do in the area and there is also a wonderful and affordable array of Bohemian glass and crystal (still made in some factories in the vicinity) available to purchase from local shops. When visiting Prague, we would strongly suggest you use the park and ride facilities at Cerny Most and take the metro in and out of the city. We found this the most stress free way to visit.
The arrangements for arriving and leaving the house were very straightforward and Ivan, the key manager, was very helpful (despite our inability to speak Czech!). The owners of the house were very friendly and accommodating, in helping to arrange our stay.
This was our first trip to the Czech Republic and it proved interesting, enjoyable and memorable and we may be back. We would warmly recommend this cottage and location, if you want to see the real Czech Republic and also take in the busy tourist sights of Prague.