The area of the Central Bohemian Uplands is still quite undiscovered by tourists. That is why you won’t find many housing options here. When I found out this newly reconstructed pension Dvůr Perlová voda and its renowned cuisine, I had to try it by myself.
Story of Dvůr Perlová voda
The name Dvůr Perlová voda can be translated as the Court with pearl water. This name is not coming out of anywhere. A famous alchemist and astronomer, Tycho Brahe, had an alchemist workshop in nearby castle Budyně nad Ohří. In 1593, he prepared a magical “pearl water” for king Rudolf II who sought an elixir of youth. After he drank the water, he felt full of strength. Even today, you can drink this magical water in Dvůr Perlová voda.
Initially, there used to be a farmhouse with domestic animals and gardens that supplied local noble families at castles Budyně nad Ohří and Hazmburk. Unfortunately, this place started to deteriorate during the Communist period and lost its original purpose. In 2010, the current owners bought the whole complex in poor conditions and decided to return it to its original function.
Today, animals and gardening are coming back. Instead of the former sheepfold is a modern restaurant, but sheep are back on pasture. In the backside, there are herbs and vegetable gardens, so you have an excellent opportunity to taste these fresh ingredients in a local restaurant.
What You Can Do at Dvůr Perlová voda
First and foremost, you can find quality accommodation with 28 rooms. It means that Dvůr is also suitable for large events, such as weddings or meetings. However, even individuals and couples find everything needed. You can enjoy wellness, a natural swimming pond (biotope), and even a traditional swimming pool.
I really like the herb and vegetable gardens, as well as a pasture for a flock of sheep. I was happy to see that animals are naturally coming to this place. You can find here some cats, fishes in the pond, and many birds nesting around the restaurant.
An essential aspect of your stay is food. I already mentioned that some ingredients are grown locally. What I like is the interior of the restaurant with bricked arched ceilings that used to be a sheepfold. You can also find here a small microbrewery and taste a local beer, Lanýž. With your accommodation is coming the buffet breakfast with local specialties and home-made marmalades.
Trips Around Dvůr Perlová voda
Dvůr Perlová voda is a great starting point for your exploration of the Central Bohemian Uplands. The closest destination is the ruins of Hazmburk Castle. About 5 km far, you can find a medieval castle Budyně nad Ohří where Tycho Brahe had his alchemist workshop. About 20 km far, there is also a former concentration camp Terezín, which is an essential memorial of our history.