Gallery

Color photography is still in its infancy, making photographs is not suitable for greenhorns so we furtively use modern methods to document the beauty of House 550.

Interior a exterior

The place for your coats, top hats and bowlers

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Bar with selected spirits

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Bar with the doors to the terrace

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Please sit down and we will take care of you

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Chambre séparée

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A place for a rest and a small talk

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You can write here novels, poems or letters

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Caretaker and Grand Chef are looking forward to your visit. Stone faces while photographed were a norm.

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House 550 in the 21st century, for better identification of our hide-away.

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Gastronomy

Potages
Potages

Purée d'oignon à la Russe / Onion purée with pike quenelles

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Potages
Potages

Kalte bouillon / Cold jellied bouillon with double cream

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Hors d'oeuvres
Hors d'oeuvres

Mayonnaise de volaille à la Ravigote / Chicken with mildly sour herb mayonnaise

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Poissons
Poissons

Saumon à la Vénitienne / Salmon with venetian sauce

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Relevés
Relevés

Faisan à la Périgord / Pheasant with truffle sauce

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Entremets
Entremets

Artichaut à la Barigoule / Stuffed artichoke with bacon

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Entremets
Entremets

Käsestangen / Cheese sticks

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Entremets
Entremets

Bonbons de marrons / Chestnut bonbons

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Desserts
Desserts

Mohnpielen / Silesian Christmas poppy seed dessert

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Details

 

The most modern technology of flushing water closet

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You can make your coffee even in the most complicated way

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In a need of a fire?

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Which verse comes to your mind?

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Would you like it hot or cold?

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The count cought up the dawn of electricity. Replacement of candles is already finished.

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Gilded detail

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Just eat

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A place for resting your knife between the courses

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Back to the 1890

Based on your request we can switch our time machine to another year but first we have to consider all security and hygienic constraints.

Our count follows new trends so you can enjoy quite modern inventions at that time as flushing toilet and electric lights. On the other hand he refuses some of the modern developments, for instance he insists to get hand-made paper from his favourite paper mill.

The secret parlour in Kladno is built by him to organise unofficial events and celebrations. And he found it very useful as a hide-away when time-machine was discovered. Most of the time he travels or spends time on his other manors and it gives us the opportunity to welcome you here.

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The story of our time-machine

Taking her usual shortcut home, a woman rushes through the streets of a sleepy Bohemian town. Pausing for a moment before an old house that’s recently caught her attention, she spots a familiar figure. “Oh, there’s Masaryk. Last week he was pretending to be Dvořák.” If only she knew what secrets he and the building really conceals …

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

In the dusty corner of a mouldy basement suffering from centuries of neglect lies a rusty machine among the junk. It remains undiscovered until a middle-aged man accidentally happens upon it one bleak afternoon. Although the stale air makes him want to leave, he catches sight of something strange.

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Allow us to formally introduce the caretaker and grand chef of the majestic House 550 in Kladno. They’ve decided to reveal what life was really like during the heyday of the imperial monarchy. Unbeknownst to their master and with strict rules enforced to maintain historic integrity, they now invite you to accompany them back in time. Welcome to a secret hideaway, where clandestine soirees and exclusive entertainment are conducted away from prying eyes.  

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Intrigued, he returns to clean the contraption and reassemble its mysterious parts. The last of these are four stone dice engraved with elaborately carved numbers. Inserting them into the worn slots of the device, he watches dumbfounded as something inexplicable happens …

On that fateful day he vowed to only share his secret with persons he could trust. 

​For these privileged few have done what most can only dream about. That’s right: travel back in time. You might have passed them on the street unaware they straddle two dimensions: the here-and-now and a distant, forgotten age. A time in which the Habsburg monarchy reigned and dedicated attendants served benevolent masters.

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How does the machine work?

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Practical tips for blending in among imperial high society

I. Act like you belong. It may be a different time, but it’s yours to enjoy

II. Heed the special instructions and follow our dress code. Discard all “modern accessories” before entering lest you attract the unwanted attention of the royal guards. Mobile phones, car keys, chewing gum and plastic items simply won’t do.

III. Audio frequencies intersect in the drawing room, so ensure your phone is off. We don't want to pretend we’re carrying live larks to and from the kitchen!

IV. Utter a word in modern Czech or German and you’ll be revealed as the foreign guest you are. Far better to whisper in hushed tones. Think of yourself as a distinguished visitor from the distant reaches of the empire.

V. Careful which door you open. Pass beyond the room and you risk shattering the most precious of illusions

VI. Refrain from making too many “irreversible” historical changes!