5 Star Luxury Travel for Singles: Take advantage of luxury in Central Europe. The prices are much lower than you can find at such a high quality level in Western Europe. This is a pet-friendly property, but contact the Chateau Heralec when booking to ensure your best friend has a great trip, too!
I fell in love with the Chateau back at the time I started Solo Trekker 4 U in 2012. With one look at photos of the imposing facade and turrets, I was taken back to my childhood days. This was just what I imagined Cinderella’s castle would have looked like! Fast forward to the lead up to Christmas 2019 when I arrived for a solo traveler’s pre-holiday celebration. Luckily, this was just before the Covid-19 lockdown when travel throughout Europe was still unrestricted.
The easiest way to get to the Chateau from the Prague Airport is to take a rental car or book a car service. While the latter was pricey, I chose that route since I did not have a European driver’s license. (This is an important document if you choose to drive in the Czech Republic and have even a minor car wreck.) After an hour and fifteen minutes drive, the gates opened and I had arrived at the Chateau Heralec in the heart of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands! After my long overseas flight, I was offered a glass of champagne and a long-stemmed red rose. It only became even better from there. The solo-priced large standard room I had booked was one of the most elegant I had seen. In addition to a queen sized bed, there was a large sofa with side chairs providing the real feeling of a suite but at a much lower price! In the cozy dining room, meals were made from scratch from the most extensive menu I had ever seen. There was a wide choice of wines and a seemingly unending choice of baked goods and pastries. Service was warm and friendly and quickly noticed when I was trying to get their attention!
I was fascinated by the history of the Chateau Heralec. It was purchased and is not operated as a family-owned business. They lovingly restored every brick and stone within the Chateau over several years. While the building is centuries old, much of its beauty dates to the nineteenth century art and prior renovations. Rather than “decorator art”, each guest room has an original painting by a Czech artist. Inside each room has wall paper that copies that artist’s works in a very clever but subtle way. Even the bathroom door was beautiful! (For a modern day step by step replay of what it takes to renovate a castle, see “Escape to the Chateau”. A very creative British couple is featured every step of the way, including all the challenges.)
While I was traveling “dog-less” having left my shaggy dog back home in Washington, I enjoyed playing with the owner’s dog and others accompanying their families. There were a limited number of guests at a time which made me fit right in although I was the only singles traveler. The owner was very welcoming and even greeted me personally saying “You must be Elizabeth!”.
The history of the Chateau is one of its most remarkable features. Since the Nov. 9, 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the “Warsaw Pact” countries, a new Czech Republic has emerged from the former Czechoslovakia. However, the Chateau was also at the crossroads during World War II and later during the “Cold War” as part of the Soviet-dominated Eastern bloc. When the Castle was renovated, artifacts from that period were found in the surrounding buildings. One such item was a very large hammer and sickle which for years was in place to represent the Soviet power. Earlier, during the German occupation of the region, the Chateau was similarly dominated once again by a foreign power.
Fortunately, the Chateau Heralec is an independent and gleaming survivor of the 20th-century upheavals. I highly recommend it for a great standalone vacation or to connect within the Czech Republic or throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
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The Chateau Heralec:
The Chateau Heralec is nestled in an English-style park. This fairy-tale castle combines elegance with affordable pricing. The Chateau Heralec has been renovated as a 5 star hotel. It is located in the Czech Republic’s Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. It is only approximately one hour from Prague. This is a great standalone solo vacation destination. Alternatively, it can be a refreshing add-on to a European business or vacation trip.
You can enjoy the Spa by L’Occitane. It has a hot tub, sauna and a large indoor pool. It is protected from the weather under an ancient vaulted ceiling. It, of course, offers massages for your relaxation. Afterwards, stroll the gardens and extensive grounds. Try out the on-site golf simulator. In warm months, take the late model Mercedes convertible for a spin. You can have a leisurely visit to five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Make it a day in Prague!
All guest suites and rooms have large replicas of historic paintings. The modern bathroom comes with plush slippers and bathrobes. Each room features a mini-bar, flat-screen TV and a coffee/tea maker.
The seasons bring multiple options. In winter, you can ice skate in the palace courtyard. In warmer weather, you can swim in an abandoned quarry. Looking for more adventures or activities? The concierge can arrange hot-air balloon rides, helicopter flights and horse riding.
Prices vary widely by season and type of room available. Plan ahead for best prices for an elegant stay in a real castle.
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