The original Red House was built in 1943 by Rudolf Pachl, the owner of a chocolate factory in Prague. In 2010, Otto Hofmann, the son of the famous Czech screenplay writer Ota Hofman, completely renovated this beloved house where his father used to do some of his creative work. While the house was thoroughly modernized, Otto kept the layout similar to the original one he knew as a boy. This means that the second story consists in part of a loft which overlooks the living room which contains the TV. (As a boy, Otto used to lie in the loft of the original Red House and watch some of his father’s work on television.) The loft contains a double bed and comfortable reading chair. The second bedroom contains a daybed and can be completely private as it is separated from the loft and the third bedroom by two doors. The third bedroom is the largest and contains a double bed, a single bed and a sofa sleeper in addition to plenty of storage for clothes. Downstairs are two comfortable living spaces separated by a fully equipped, modern kitchen. As mentioned earlier, the first living space contains a flat-screen television, a home theatre system and a collection of both books, DVDs and audio CDs. Of particular interest are the DVDs of Ota Hoffman’s best known children’s series “Pan Tau” and “Lucie”, which were born in the original Red House. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Tau for more information). The second living space contains a comfortable sectional sofa and a romantic fireplace. Finally, a spacious shower room is also on the ground floor which contains a washing machine for your convenience.
The Red House is a lovely cottage, rich in Czech cinema history, located conveniently 20 minutes (by car) from Prague and 35 minutes (by train) from Prague city center in the pleasant town of Ricany. This two-story, three-bedroom home sits at the back of a beautifully landscaped, 2000 square-meter, private garden that features a roofed BBQ, attractive statues, an outdoor shower and plenty of garden seating.
This thoroughly modern property is perfect for a couple or a family with children of any age. There are numerous amenities located within both walking and biking distance of Red House. For example, Red House is located:
• less than 100 meters from a community park containing a volleyball court, a small football pitch, a paved track and a well-appointed children’s playground
• 300 meters from Lake Juracek, a popular and safe local swimming spot featuring a charming restaurant that serves excellent continental food and 10 kilometers of walking/biking trails around the lake and through the nearby forest
• 400 meters from tennis courts
• 500 meters from a pizzeria and a Chinese restaurant
• 2 kilometers from bowling
• 6 kilometers from Aqua Palace, the largest indoor aqua park in Central Europe
The owner of Red House will welcome guests at the airport and transport them to the property at no additional charge. He and his family live at the opposite end of the property, ready to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible with a variety of services available upon agreement such as cleaning, food delivery from local restaurants and breakfast service.
You will be completely comfortable at Red House any time of year thanks to automatic, gas, central heating.
Ricany is a small Czech town close to Prague. It is a popular place to live due to its easy access to Prague and the countryside. Ricany is characterized by both modern conveniences and country living. This is particularly true of Red House. From there, you are never far from a local restaurant, a cozy café or a lovely nature walk. Ricany town center has an office for tourists to help you explore the town and on the weekend there is an excellent farmer’s market full of local produce of all sorts.
The Red House is 35 minutes from Prague Airport and 20 minutes from Prague Centre. We can meet you at Prague Airport and transfer you to the cottage.
If you do take a taxi, then use either AAA Taxi (telephone 14014) or Profi Taxi, both of which are reliable and honest. If you are driving, follow the signs from Prague Airport to Brno using the highway that circles Prague. Exit on to the D1 heading to Brno then just follow the signs to Ricany.
Continue straight through two roundabouts. You will pass under a railway bridge, then you must turn right and following the sign for 'Kostelec n C/L'. After 800 meters you will turn left about 60 meters before coming to a traffic light.
After 200 meters, you will see a 2 story family house on the left and a wooden wall on the right side. The cottage is in the rear of the garden of the family house.
If you go by train from the central train station in Prague, take the train in the direction of Benesov. It takes about 35 minutes from the central train station in Prague to the station in Ricany. From there it is a comfortable 12 minute walk to the cottage.
Detail map of the town will be emailed on request. Trains are very frequent during the day and leaving every 30-35 minutes both directions.
Ricany is a comfortable little town not far from the following places of interest:
Aqua Palace, the biggest indoor aqua park in Central Europe – 10 minutes by car (www.aquapalace.cz)
Golf Club Podebrady – 35 minutes by car (www.golfpodebrady.cz)
Pruhonice Botanical Institute and Castle-10 minutes by car (www.ibot.cas.cz/index.php?p=pruhonicky_park&site=en)
Konopište castle - 35 minutes by car (www.zamek-konopiste.info/en/)
Cesky Stemberk Castle - 45 minutes by car (www.hradceskysternberk.cz/?en.index)
Karlstejn Castle - 1 hour by car (www.hradkarlstejn.cz)
Hluboka Castle – 1.5 hour by car (www.zamek-hluboka.eu/en/)
Orlik Castle - 1 hour by car (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orl%C3%ADk_Castle)
Podebrady, a town with both a castle and a spa - 35 minutes by car (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podebrady)