How would you describe Mezi Plutky in a nutshell?
Mezi Plutky is a boutique hotel in Čeladná, in the Czech Beskydy Mountains. This cosy, two hundred year old house has four guestrooms with space for up to 12 adult guests. Deep embedded in the Podolanky valley, it is a place ‘between fences’, which is the direct translation of Mezi Plutky. The name says it all, the hotel contrasts traditional wooden fences with modern design, an old house and a new perception of space.Mezi Plutky is a boutique hotel in Čeladná, in the Czech Beskydy Mountains. This cosy, two hundred year old house has four guestrooms with space for up to 12 adult guests. Deep embedded in the Podolanky valley, it is a place ‘between fences’, which is the direct translation of Mezi Plutky. The name says it all, the hotel contrasts traditional wooden fences with modern design, an old house and a new perception of space.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Mezi Plutky?
Even though we are not by the sea, the feeling of being barefoot is something that comes to mind. Actually, some of our guests feel so relaxed that they often come to breakfast barefoot, as even in winter the natural stone floors are tempting to be touched and felt. The same goes for our oak doors and furniture, the linen pillows, and the herbs in the garden.
Mezi Plutky is an old rural house, yet we didn’t shy away from adding many contemporary pieces. You can sit on the Karl Andersson’s Soner chairs in the dining room, on Hay bar stools in the kitchen and Hay armchairs in the bedrooms, on Palissade chairs by Ronan Bouroullec in the garden, or swing on Patricia Urquiola’s Comeback near the fireplace, or the rocking sheep by Povl Kjer.
What’s your background and what was your inspiration to open Mezi Plutky?
For the last ten years I have been designing conversions of historical houses. I see architecture as a conversation with the place and its history, not as a something set in stone. It is not a coincidence that many of the places that I have visited, such as Alemanys 5 in Girona, Moravola in Umbria, Malatesta Maison in Le Marche, Locanda al Colle in Tuscany, and many others, I’ve found thanks to Welcome Beyond. And it is for certain, that these places have inspired me. Mezi Plutky was developed from these inspirations. It is a story about the refurbishment of an old house set into pure nature. Mezi Plutky is the first one of the places I have dreamed of.
Please tell us about the interior design/architecture. How would you describe it?
Mezi Plutky embeds two motives. The first one is the process of time and space. The reconstruction of the house into a boutique hotel respects and renews its original layout; with its traditional shingled roof, old-fashioned ceiling beams, sandstone floors, and the original windows and doors. The same plants that are depicted in botanist Basilius Besler’s works from 1613 are grown in our herb garden. Wool, the traditional local material is included in the tapestry by Czech graphic artist Petr Nikl. It was made in the nearby Moravian Tapestry Manufactory in Valasske Mezirici. The furniture and doors were made by local cabinetmakers using Czech oak.
The second motive was a pursuit of light. The old mountain houses used to have small windows and doors to keep the heat inside. We have decided to replace all main doors with glass ones. Thanks to those doors, the house not only lets the light come inside but also makes it flow through the old stone terraces into the garden.
Is Mezi Plutky best suited for couples, families, or groups? What’s your policy on kids?
We intended Mezi Plutky to be a calm place, somewhere to hide and dream, escape far away from everyday reality. Here you will listen to music and the calmness around, read, enjoy a glass of wine, swim in the pond and watch the mountains around you. Some guests say that time ceases to pass here; others say that they feel more alive here than anywhere else. That is why all of our guests are older than 12 years. However, if a bigger family or group of friends decide to rent the entire house, they can certainly come with children.
What is so special about Mezi Plutky to you personally and based on feedback from guests?
Mezi Plutky is very personal. It reflects what we love and our guests seem to agree. The ingredients we use for cooking, our bed linens and the body care products — there is nothing that we wouldn’t use in our own house.