Award winning travel blogger and international travel writer Zoe Dawes – aka The Quirky Traveller – experienced her very own Peace of Eden on a trip to a little known part of the Czech Republic.
Zoe, writer of one of the UK’s TOP 10 UK travel blogs stayed in the luxury holiday home, Peace of Eden in a beautiful part of the Czech Republic known as the Czech Eden or Bohemian Paradise.
Just an hour from the eternally popular and stunning capital Prague, the Czech Eden or Cesky Raj is set in a UNESCO Geo Park and area of outstanding natural beauty.
There are many activities to experience all year round and it is a must for lovers of culture and history as well as hikers, ramblers and mountain bikers owing to its rocky outcrops, wooded trails and rolling countryside with swimming-friendly lakes.
“The area is beautiful, especially during the peak of autumn when I visited. It’s great for the outdoors for mountain biking and walkers of all levels and what I also loved was the area’s amount of history and culture. There’s so much to see and there’s a definite gothic feel to it,” said Zoe.
During her stay, Zoe did gorge valley walks and visited four of the region’s many medieval castles including the famous Trosky Castle and the fascinating rock villages of Hruba Skala and Mala Skala.
She added that the local tourist board provided a wealth of information on what to do and where to go but advised that a Czech guide book with English translations would be important, as she found out when dining at a local traditional restaurant where there was no English translation of the menu – making the experience truly authentic.
Zoe stayed in a traditional but luxuriously renovated Czech chalet called the Peace of Eden by its owners, who refurbished the property into two separate bedroom suites with an additional two twin suites with separate bathrooms, sleeping up to eight.
There is a large, fully equipped kitchen diner, lounge area with a wood burner to keep visitors cosy in colder months and a brick vaulted ceiling to keep out the heat of summer.
The accommodation is perfect for families, extended families, groups of friends and retirees looking to explore the area’s culture and history. The chalet is set in three acres of meadow near forestland, making it also an ideal escape from the rat race and somewhere to completely relax. English speaking guides are also available.
Zoe concluded: “The house is really beautiful and has everything needed for a great stay, including tourist information, well stocked kitchen and cooking and dining facilities. Visitors will definitely need to hire a car, preferably with sat nav as the signs are in Czech, but I would recommend it as a destination in its own right or a relaxing break after a weekend in Prague.”
She writes regularly for a variety of online travel websites and her articles have been published in The Guardian, Psychologies Magazine and The Cunarder among many others.
In her travels she looks for the more unusual, curious and inspiring.
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