This is undeniably the longest list that we've created. So long, that you have to grab at least half a bottle of wine or drink a pot of tea, to read it all. Here are our places in the Sudetes: mountain hostels in the Stołowe Mountains, extraordinary guesthouses in the Owl Mountains, atmospheric little hotels in the Karkonosze Mountains, places in the Jizera Mountains, Kaczawskie Mountains and Paczków Foothills.
The common feature? Accommodation in the most atmospheric places on this side of the mountains, delicious breakfasts, awesome hosts, unique interiors and the interesting company of other guests. They're here to help you relax and unwind for at least one weekend.
This place was written about on a blog before it was revealed to the world. It all started when the hosts were looking for a house, then they found it and renovated it like crazy – they even walked from one heritage museum to another to see how it looked in the past. They even found a 100-year-old shower and it still works! There is not enough space here to describe all the things that we know about the hosts in Janice, so you'd better visit their profile on Slowhop and quickly book a night because, within a few months, they already had a fan club. If there was a benchmark of being a "slow" place, then Wild Roses would've been in Sèvres, not in the Sudetes.
"We felt special because Magda and Rafal made every effort to make each guest feel that way. Wonderful, healthy cuisine made from regional products. You can taste the products from local farms in their dishes: milk and wonderful cheese "from a neighbour", vegetables from their own or friends' garden, delicious jams and pastes, Guinea fowl eggs, great paneer cheese with a beetroot sauce and so much more..."
Slowhop's review: It has 16 beds, phenomenal eco-friendly meals, you can bring your dog, and children only over the age of five.
This is the first choice, which we recommend when someone asks us about a great place for holidays with children. We’ll just mention that there are plenty of paths to play in the mud. And a washing machine. And the apartments are actually located in an ancient watchtower for border guards and we guarantee that there is no way you’d get bored here. Besides, in Zieleniec there is an alpine microclimate, there is snow, even when there is not even a single snowflake in the rest of Poland.
"I do not even know how to briefly describe our love for this place, and we've been here in the winter and summer.. the best recommendation is that our 6-year-old son asked when we were leaving today "when we will return again here":) Among 12 adults and 12 children, everyone promised to return! Special thanks to Mrs Sabina for her incredible patience!!"
Slowhop's review: You can bring a dog, a few minutes to the ski slope.
Do we ever get tired of writing about Greta? We are doing this for the umpteenth time because this is our favourite wonder in the Sudetes and we like Krzysiek, the host. Together with his wife Ewelina, they are the types of “people who manage everything" and we suspect that they don't sleep, only hibernate for a while, and then get up and start working again. They've created a great place here for parents with children. You can eat the best slow food in the region and they even teach about all these minerals, searching for agates and other things. Super cool!
"Family atmosphere, delicious local food, wise owners who appreciate what nature and surroundings give them. It must have worked. We will come back!"
Slowhop's review: It’s 15 minutes from the ski area, great for cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, please leave your dogs at home.
Once, we were looking for information about the village Kłopotnica at the Kaczawa foothills and we were surprised by the information that in this small village the mayor was an American woman. Almost like in the TV series. Now we know a lot more about Kłopotnica, for example, that there is a luxurious house, which is considered agritourism. Our jaws dropped at the sight of the bookcase because it makes you want to only sit and read. And here there are also animals and incredible cuisine. By the way, congratulations to the hosts, because they're expecting a baby.
"Besides the fact that the place itself is a stunning beauty, the staff puts a lot of heart into the smallest details, providing an atmosphere that’s coherent with the decoration. Top-notch user experience:)"
Slowhop's review: Only 12 km to the ski area, a great place for cross-country and you can bring your dog. Kamieńczyk Waterfall is only 12 km away!
The kind of agritourism, where you can leave your children with the goats and go for a coffee. We wrote about them here, in the list of places for trips with children, but we recommend this place especially for the winter holidays because the Zieleniec ski lift is only 15 minutes away from Kowalowe.
"It's idyllic, delicious and an angelic place! Lovely hosts have created an incredibly friendly place, that turned out to be a small paradise for our children... For me, it was also heaven... in my mouth! After a longer stay, I would probably have to expand the doorframes to fit through them."
Slowhop's review: You can take the dog, you won't be disappointed with the interiors.
You can see on Slowhop how excited we are about the existence of Złoty Jar, because we never stop talking about it. The hosts are cool people, they do brilliant things, so why shouldn't we write about them? Get to know Małgosia and Maciek better, and because they have dealings with the gold mine in Złoty Stok, in addition to accommodation in an atmospheric place, there are some golden adventures and stories waiting for you. More here and here.
"Perfect for a couple that dreams of a wedding in a place that’s different than the typical wedding hall. Great place for those who want to rest away from the hustle and bustle. The strongest point of Złoty Jar is the people who work with passion and a smile. And they create an amazing atmosphere in this place. PS. finger-licking food!!!"
Slowhop's review: They like dogs in Złoty Jar and have various types of rooms, it's important that they’re the best and not expensive.
Crazy things happen here when lovers of adventure and former 4x4 drivers on the Moroccan desert decide to get out the sand from their teeth and go to Lower Silesia. At Antek's place, it will be tasty and nice because the house is old but good and the host is very interesting.
"Insanely good weekend – we were amazed by the surroundings and beautifully renovated old house "with real soul." An additional attraction is Mr Antoni, the host, who is an inexhaustible mine of historical knowledge on any subject."
Slowhop's review: Not only can you, but you actually must take your dog with you because it's a very dog-friendly place.
Near Dobków (where Villa Greta is) there is a wonderful place with beautiful interiors and amazing hosts. Your taste buds won't be disappointed, because they’re serious when it comes to food. Best if you come in the winter because skis and snowboards can be used after driving 11 km from Gościniec.
"Beautiful, atmospheric place - perfect for rest in the peace and quiet. Owners are very nice, you can feel at home. The rooms are tastefully decorated, very clean everywhere. I would recommend the option with breakfasts made with regional products. An ideal starting point if you want to explore Kaczawskie foothills."
Slowhop's review: Spacious, really lovely rooms and 40 beds. Leave your dog at home.
Three sisters, each different, but all stand in Lower Silesia Międzygórze, in the heart of Kotlina Kłodzka. About 23 km from the ski slope in Czarna Góra. Before going into the "city" you must eat breakfast on the terrace.
"Fabulous place! Each Villa is decorated in a different style, which makes this place never boring! Beautiful decor and beautiful views. An ideal starting point for skiing, hiking and family relaxation. For guests, there are two saunas and jacuzzi."
Slowhop's review: There is a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam. And you can take bigger dogs too, not just Yorkies.
For everyone who likes stables and horse studs, and has children and does not refuse generous dishes. This is the essence of Agrohippika, and we'll add, that the hosts are nice and they'll teach how to ride a horse even if you’re not very good at it.
"The children were crying as were leaving :( We will definitely come back! This is one of the few places where once you set foot in, you'll never want to leave ... I already miss drinking coffee on a bench in front of the house in the company of grazing happy horses:)"
Slowhop's review: You can take the dog with you and explore the Kaczawskie foothills.
Old villa in Kudowa, which survived a lot, even times of Workers Vacation Fund during communism, and finally happily landed into the hands of those who love revitalisation. Here you'll find elegance, great breakfasts and a short way to the Stołowe Mountains National Park.
"We haven't found anywhere such hospitality and kindness towards guests :) Ladies are delightful and helpful even in difficult situations, we felt at home :) Room was clean, very comfortable, beautiful interior. Delicious breakfast, varied, fresh... Villa is located in the centre of Kudowa, close to the hiking trails and the city centre."
Slowhop's review: 47 beds, and leave dogs at your house.
At the foot of Szrenica, near the Karkonosze Mountains National Park, Rhine wine lovers opened a cosy hotel. It gives you great perspectives, you should consider it while planning weekends with friends. Apart from the passion for wine and slow food, they invite families with children and they even have a ski school.
"Amazing hotel. All in great quality, clean, like it has been working since yesterday, comfortable, pretty. Varied breakfasts, a few hot dishes, plenty of good meat and salads, vegetables, fruits, cereals, dried fruit and nuts... Tasty dinners. Close to trails to Szrenica. Recommendable!! Definitely!!!"
Slowhop's review: A rather small hotel than a guesthouse, food and drinks are delicious. Leave dogs at home. If you are looking for a cottage in the middle of nowhere, this isn’t it. Willa Odkrywców is located in the city, among other guesthouses.
What is a list about the Sudetes without Dolina Bobru and Polna Zdrój? Although for some time Polna mainly organises retro weddings, maybe you'll find a free weekend here. More about Polna Zdrój here.
"Polna provides everything, even the weather! For a wedding, only here! :) Fantastic food, contact with the owners and the atmosphere of this place!"
Slowhop's review: An intimate guesthouse with the wedding-part profile with beautiful interiors, cuisine that ruins diets and crazy hosts.
Authentic weavers’ house, which there were many in Rościszów in the past. But the industrial era came, machines were invented, weavers disappeared, and the house was painted with ugly paint and it lost its charm. Until some siblings took care of it. Real enthusiasts, they recovered it to such a condition, that now tourists come here. Interiors are so beautiful, that you can’t wrap your head around, and thanks to contacts with people who like antiques, you'll put your clothes in authentic Lower Silesia dressers. A wonder.
"Imagine mountains with beautiful scenery. The area overloaded with medieval castles, fortresses and palaces full of splendour. Places with a lot of wartime secrets, all embellished with local legends about hidden treasures. In the middle of all of it, there is a very magical place. It's Dom Tkacza. A wonderful cosy hotel that enchants when you enter the building."
Slowhop's review: Cameral place by the brook at the foot of the Wielka Sowa Mountain. If you bring dogs, they should be small, if you bring kids – bigger.
The work of two brothers from a big city, who once stumbled upon the oldest house that survived in Świeradów Zdrój, and decided to turn this wonder with a courtyard and a wild meadow into a guesthouse. You'll find here Zen and the Prana, because the hosts specialise in 5 rhythms dance, breathing training and meatless cuisine. A kind of spiritual home in beautiful surroundings.
"The atmosphere is great, I would recommend to anyone who likes the smell of the fireplace at the entrance, sound of hardwood flooring and peace at its best. A unique atmosphere and... delicious hot chocolate!!!"
Slowhop's review: Great starting point for those who love cross-country and bicycles. You can stay here with a dog.
Here we have an old, Evangelical school from 1913, with interiors decorated by the owners according to their personal taste and passion for Polish design, and an amazing view of the Jizera Mountains. Kwieci is located in the small village of Kwieciszowice and believe us, the area is full of hobbyists. There are more and more free-spirited souls, artists and organic food lovers. Piotr and Łukasz are just starting out, so we're sending them hugs and a big thumbs up because they really did a good job. On the spot, there’s everything you need in such a guesthouse: delicious breakfasts and dinners, fantastic interiors and a love for all guests.
Slowhop's review: This guesthouse has 13 beds in three spacious rooms. Brilliant place for families with children and you can bring your dog.