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Bill and Ewa invite you to stay at our lovely Polish house, don't take our word for how beautiful it is please check 10 years of our reviews below they say it all. We designed the house for our own use and live in it ourselves every year for a month so it is not bland and empty but comfortable and full of character. We or our Polish, English speaking father in law meet you on arrival and live two miles away and are available if needed, Some rentals have little support, everyone has commented on how nothing is too much trouble. Its good to know for example if you do need to see a doctor for some reason we can get you or your children straight there, translate and get the medication. We have our own family and understand that occasionally you need support fast.
Also our location is noted by everyone, we are rural with beautiful views but 30mins to Krakow 5 mins to Myslenice and close to access the rafts to Slovakia, the salt mines and all the main attractions in this part of Poland.
SIGHTS
There is so much to do in this part of Poland, most comment two weeks is not enough time and we have regular returning visitors to our properties from all over the world. Krakow with the largest square in Europe, its castle, the Jewish quarter are a must for a couple of days. the rafting between Poland and Slovakia is breathtaking and not dangerous, Polish mountain men in traditional clothes punt you down river for two hours between the high mountains.
The salt mine with its endless carved chambers and underground carved church and museum is everyones favourite. Zakopane with its high mountains and James Bond cable car to the summit, the restaurants mountain men and summer walking or winter skiing. Aushwitz and Berken are an hour away sobering but most agree a life changing experience to visit. the local town of Myslenice is very much a Polish town where you will not be charged tourist prices like Krakow. A top restaurant comes to roughly ten pounds a head for a good steak and a couple of pints or glasses of wine or of course polish vodka. A taxi to Myslenice is 5 pounds if you want to leave your car behind.
There is a new ski slope a mile from the house and plenty of other slopes within an hours drive, we are having more guests each winter for the ski season as the prices for passes and good ski equipment hire are fantastically low still . A great place to get your kids taught by English speaking instructors, our children learnt snowboarding and skiing at a local slope 15 minutes away at 10 pounds for one hour including instructor and hire of equipment. Please e mail us via villarenters to ask any questions about the area or house, we can arrange pretty much anything for you , bike hire, horse riding, white water rafting, mountain climbing, ski instruction etc. regards Bill

Summary:

Bill & Evas 5x2 bathroom home with panoramic mountain views, close to Krakow, The Salt mine, Aushwitz, Zakopane, check our reviews they say it all. All bedding, towels and cleaning included

Facilities

Property type: House

Room details

Bedrooms:

5 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 4: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 5: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
Seats:
Room for 8 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
Radio
Telephone
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Garage
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (This property has outstanding panoramic views of the mountains and hills.Built to the English/Polish owners specification Large balconys on two of the bedrooms an outdoor patio entertaining area via french windows from the dining room. Large grass garden and big garage with plenty of room for other parking inside the gates. It was built in 04 and has underfloor heating on the tiles in the living and dining room and kitchen and both bathrooms. All other rooms are wooden polished floor with gas central heating and radiators. The master bedroom has a four poster bed. Big corner bath and shower in large main bathroom. Feature hand made wooden stairs to second floor.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Climbing
Cycling
Fishing
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Skiing
Sports Center
Swimming
Tennis
Walking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Museum
Night Club
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 52 Weeks 5%
Late Booking Discounts
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1st January to 31st December 1 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 5%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
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1st January to 31st December 31 Days 10%
1st January to 31st December 16 Days 5%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
single day All year N/A £70.00 per booking

Paid with booking

We can organise extra beds, price per day per extra person when your party exceeds eight people is 20 pounds per day All year Occupancy: more than 8 people £20.00 per additional person

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Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest ski lift: 3km
  • Nearest supermarket: 1km
  • katowice Airport: 105km
  • warsaw Airport: 321km
  • Krakow city center: 29km
  • wieliczka salt mine: 29km
  • zakopane tatra mountains: 77km
  • aushwitz: 68km

Reviews

31 out of 31 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 16 August 2014 with Family
Just back after our second visit and, once again, a perfect house in a great location. Krakow is about 45 minutes away and is beautiful with masses of things to see and do but dont miss out on some of the local attractions - Myslenice (lovely square and restaurants), Zarabie (great chairlift to the mountain top) and Dobczyce (castle and museum worth a visit). Bill and Jerzy could not be more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and Bill was so helpful given his local knowledge. Part of our reason for going to Poland was to try and trace our family history. We are so grateful to Jerzy for his help with this. The house is clean, spacious, light, airy and enjoys views over the surrounding mountains. It is well provided with everything we wanted and Bill was easily contactable with any queries that we had. Would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone and we look forward to another visit soon.
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Stayed Monday 26 May 2014 with Family
The house was just what the doctor ordered after a very hectic wedding schedule, at the castle in Niepolomice. The owner was kindness itself and was so helpful with the bike hire. The space was great for our needs and the location superb. Thank you again
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Stayed Monday 26 August 2013 with Couple
We very much enjoyed staying here. Wed like to return some day.
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Stayed Thursday 06 June 2013
The property is larger and more spacious than appears on the website. Great location for visiting all the tourist sites. Bill the owner was extremely helpful and gave us invaluable local info, parking, restaurants, shopping etc He was available by telephone and offered to organise horse riding etc. We had a fantastic time and would happily recommend this to anyone. .
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Stayed Wednesday 05 September 2012
The Retreat is a comfortable, good sized house, furnished and decorated in an attractive style. The situation is beautiful - surrounded by fields and trees with a view of the distant mountains, but at the same time bordered by other houses, and within easy reach of local restaurants. You will find here all the equipment you will need for a family of six or more. Our only very minor disappointment was the TV - very few entertaining channels to watch, and virtually nothing but the news in English. The local town of Myslenice is well worth exploring, and it is an easy days excursion to Zakopane in the Tatra mountains, or to the Wielikzka salt mines, also to Auschwitz which is an unforgettable experience. The Retreat is a very good centre for visiting so many places of interest - and good to come home to at the end of the day!
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Stayed Saturday 11 August 2012
Location was great. We landed in wroclav. Not far from krakow and not that far from zakopane. Owners speak perfect english and went out of there way to help out. Definitely would revisit but i would split up the holiday in two, to reduce travelling times. Long distances kept us away from the comfort of this villa. We would suggest some kind of cooling system though as we had two very hot days.
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Stayed Saturday 07 August 2010
The property was clean and very comfortable. The enclosed garden and quiet location was ideal for our young son. Amenities and attractions were close by. Thank you Bill and Ewa
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Stayed Wednesday 09 June 2010
Enjoyed our stay at The Retreat, meet & greet could be improved, we phoned to be met at the Spar which had changed hands, we waited by the Euromart and the man waited by the other shop. We decided to see if we could find it ourselves, after going over the hill and two speed ramps we did not know where to go and were helped by some people that lived near. The Retreat is 75 mtrs after the second speed ramp. A name plate on the house would be the answer, as the numbers are random.Weather was lovely and we liked Myslenice, had 2 meals at Stek which were excellant.
Owner reply:

Unfortunately the Spar had just changed owners to a new supermarket chain and name, its the first time we have had a short delay finding anyone in 7 years, we have updated our directions to the shop which is now carrefore. Bill and Eva

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Stayed Saturday 11 July 2009
Very nice property : confortable, well equiped and well placed to visit Malopolska.
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Stayed Saturday 16 May 2009
It is a very comfortable house with plenty of space and kitchen equipped to cater for 8 people. Good views and lovely walking from the house to lake and forest paths. We had an enjoyable holiday. We found two faults on arrival which we reported to the owners representative when we checked out and mentioned in the visitors book: - DVD wasnt working with our DVDs - Shower head fixture in upstairs bathroom was broken (we supported it with a cable clip.) Fairly quiet area, although some visitors might be disturbed by barking dogs in the neighbourhood. The directions to the house from Myslenice could be clearer and more detailed. We arrived in a downpour and found the landmarks we were given hard to see. We intend to send some photos/distances to the owner which he could add to his directions.
Owner reply:

The beauty of staying at our house is the support network available during your stay from either us or my father in law unlike many other Polish rentals. If you have any problems like the above you can call straight away and we will come and rectify them dont wait until you leave! Whilst i have used a few cable ties for emergancies in my time the shower head wasnt broken, the clip that holds the head needed the screw tightening which I did in two seconds. Weve put in a new DVD and updated our arrival details, please keep your suggestions coming for improvements we want to provide the best possible holiday stay.regards Bill and Eva

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Stayed Monday 16 June 2008
House in a beautiful setting and very convenient for sightseeing in southern Poland and easy access to Krakow and Tatra Mountains.
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Stayed Wednesday 21 May 2008
A superb location with beautiful scenic suroundings,an ideal house for those who want to get away from it all an have a stress free break.The house itself was to a very high standard with contempory interior and a lovely bathroom suite.The owners were more than helpful when we asked for information ,nothing was too much trouble for them.The polish people are warm and welcoming,we would recommend the place to anyone.it has the beauty of Austria without the price tag as the cost of living in poland is great value for money.We shall return.
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Stayed Saturday 07 October 2006
We all loved this house, it was very light and spacious and quite central for all the places we wanted to visit. We're thinking of returning next summer as we just ran out of time to see everything and would definately consider coming back here! Thanks Bill
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Stayed Wednesday 27 September 2006
We would like to give a 5 star rating to our recent booking at Retreat Osieczany. The home was very well set up for visitors and the local support was outstanding. We received excellent value and we would recommend it unconditionally.
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Stayed Saturday 24 June 2006
Good rural location, nice views with no traffic noise. Good access to Myslenice (5 min by car). Spa Supermarket within 0.5 km that was open long hours, even on Sundays. Property was spacious and very clean with lovely modern bathrooms.
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Stayed Saturday 10 July 2004
This is a wonderful house in beautiful setting. The owners could not have been more helpful. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed Poland immensely! Go to Zakopane,the salt mine and Auschwitz. - But the traffic is not too good around Krakow!! - though it is a lovelely place. Thanks Bill and Ewa - we will return!!!
Thanks Bill. The house was just what the doctor ordered after a very hectic wedding schedule, at the castle in Niepolomice. Jerzy was kindness itself and was so helpful with the bike hire. The space was great for our needs and the location superb. Thank you again Maggie (Stayed June 2014 for one week)
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The house is really beautiful with wonderful views of the mountains and countryside and excellent facilities. Bill and Eva went out of their way to make things easy for us and answer our queries and all went smoothly. The house is well placed for visiting Krakow, Zakopane and surrounding attractions, including Auschitwz and the Salt Mines, but we got just as much pleasure from hanging around Myslenice and swimming in the outdoor pool.
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Excellent house in the town. Bill thank you wery much
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This was an excellent property. I had made an error in my dates and the owners were wonderful about accommodating us. They met us and gave us directions to various sights and needed facilities in the area. We were able to visit many areas quite easily-only the road works were a problem. Our stay in Poland became a wonderful part of our holiday because of our home away from home. This property would be a wonderful place for a family!
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our second visit to this property,had an exellent time .Visited the salt mines,Auschwitz and the old krakow square,all well worth seeing,the owners where very helpful with any information we required a fantastic location to unwind and relax Food and beverages are still exellent value for money,its a great location for people of all ages with plenty to do ,we love poland and the friendly atmosphere.the house is always clean and tidy with a great interior,thanks again for a wonderful stay.
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Really lovely house and very spacious. Bill and Ewa looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble. The house is well placed for visits to Krakow and to the south for rafting and the mountains. Plenty to do to suit all ages. Would definitely return.
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We all thought that the house was great, clean and very spacious. We enjoyed having the garden especially since we got some nice weather . The boys enjoyed playing football and tennis. Overall everything about our holiday was great and we hope to return. Thanks again Bill The Thomas Family
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Thank you all for an excellent holiday in a wonderful home away from home! We honestly cannot fault a single thing about our time spent in both the retreat and in Poland itself. It was one of the best holidays we have had and I certainly would love to return and would recomend the retreat to anyone thinking of visiting Poland. The owners were most helpful in the extreme and very friendly. Thank you Bill and family for your hospitality xxx
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This property was in an exceptional location within half hour drive from krakow and 10 minute drive from the local town (Myslenice), we did walk and it takes approx 1hr 15 minutes from house to town square. Property was spacious, clean and well furnished, patio overlooks the mountains nearby and backs on to a large garden. Our only complaint was the fridge did keep the food cool but not quite cold enough for our lovely Polish beers (however the freezer did the trick!!!). Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a base in southern Poland, and the price is excellent. We had an brilliant holiday in Poland and are looking forward to returning.
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A beautiful villa, very clean, spacious and comfortable to live in. Surrounding area of countryside very pleasent with excellent bus connections to nearby town of Myslenice and on into Krakow. Villa owner extremely helpful in making arrangements and giving information about the area. Ideal for families. Owner or agent on hand in nearby villa to help with any issues. Thanks again for your invaluable help with our daughter Miriam. Would certainly recommended this villa to my friends.
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Nearly new, clean, spacious home in a peaceful area. We loved it! A big yard for the kids to play in; beautiful views; and wooded trails for hiking just down the road. 30 minutes from the driveway until we were parked in downtown Krakow. The highlight for the kids was the chairlift that carried us to the top of the nearby hills to hike. We were well cared for by the owners' family -- wonderful people. Our fifth vacation rental in Europe and by far our favorite.
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we had a fantastic holiday in the snow, house was very warm with all the facilities (another setee would of been nice). location good for all sightseeing. will stay again thanks.
Owner reply:

Weve added another sofa for you thanks for your suggestions.

you couldnt wish for a more relaxing place to stay with excellent views, places nearby are great value, prices for food and drink you will be hard pushed to beat, this is a beautiful home in a great country with so much to see and most nearby via a bus ride.
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A great location just outside Krakow with good local facilities. Could have better wardrobe space, in the bedrooms.
Owner reply:

We realize some people are on long trips and have more luggage so will provide some extra wardrobes this year.Regards bill neal

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House is spacious, light and airy, and well equipped, although I have suggested that better pans would be appreciated by guests who enjoy cooking as well as eating out. The property is very well situated. Rural setting and scenic outlook are very relaxing. It is quiet and peaceful, and yet convenient for Kracow, Zakopane, the Salt Mines and Auschwitz (although we did not choose to visit the latter). We were given an excellent welcome by the visiting owner, and by the friendly caretaker who lives nearby. This is a property to be greatly recommended.
Owner reply:

Thanks for your suggestions, we will buy some new pans for the house for all you chefs!Regards bill neal

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Lovely house in superb location. Ideal location with easy access for sight seeing. The owner Bill could not have been more helpful.
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In 14 months of traveling around Europe, this was our nicest rental. It was very spacious, and the manager was very friendly and accomodating. It was well situated for our drives to Wadowice, Krakow, and Auschwitz.
This is a beautiful house in a beautiful area. Its worth knowing you can eat out at the top restaurants in Myslenice and drink your fill and its hard to spend 10 pounds each for a whole night everything included. The restaurants are really special and the equivalent night in uk would cost you about 100 pounds each. Culturally everything is close, I recommend Krakow castle and the huge square, the trip down the river on a raft which takes you into slovakia and back through huge mountains. The salt mine at Wieliczka which is one of unisco's world wonders. There is so much nearby a week wasnt enough, we are coming back soon. The Poles are very very hospitable and you can normally find someone who speaks English. You will have a fantastic time.Gary Eastman Ivybridge Devon England

Owner

About the owner
Weve been booking the house out since 2005 and everyone whos stayed has loved the house and area. Check out the reviews as they say it all, the support in Poland from our local family during your stay is noted by everyone as really helpful.
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