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Kamieniec Palace

History of Kamieniec dates back to XIV century. Discover the story of a town and Palace Kamieniec traveling back in time.

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Kamieniec Palace was built at the end of the 18th century.

The beginnings of the settlement in Kamieniec date back to the first half of the 14th century. Until the 15th century, the local goods passed through the hands of the von Pannwitz and von Haugwitz families from Piszkowice. In the next century, Kamieniec became a part of the state of Korytow and at the end of the 18th century over 200 people lived here. The place included 10 crofters, 30 gardeners and cottage workers. At that time Kamieniec was famous for the highly-regarded horse market. Merino sheep were also bred there.

One of the longest reigning families in Kamieniec was the von Mutius family.
Count von Hartig, then the owner of Kamieniec estate, erected a small baroque palace. The building was set on a rectangular plan with avant-corps to the north and south and was covered with a mansard roof. From the southern side of the palace there was a small decorative and utility garden surrounded by a stone wall.

The property was bought by Baron Artur von Seherr-Thoss, a lord from Dobromierz. He had been looking for a place for a family seat for himself and his newly married wife Clara. When he saw Kamieniec, he had no doubt: ‘Clara dear, it’s beautiful here! We’re staying’ – he said to his wife and so he paid for the palace. Two years later he ordered its reconstruction and modernization of the farm. The Baroque palace was then enlarged by a northern, eclectic wing and its entrance was framed in a sandstone portal topped with a coat of arms cartouche. Artur and Clara, unfortunately, had no children. After their death the property was divided between Artur’s nephew – Joachim and his two sons: Erwin and Friedrich Arthur.

The estate in Kamieniec developed continuously until the first half of the 20th century
The baroque utility and decorative garden became a landscape garden. The owners of the palace took great care of if constantly improving the place and making it their own private oasis. ‘Colourful carpets of spring flowers spread on the ground creating a wonderful combination of colours,’ Andrea-Margot v. Scherr-Thoss, Joachim’s wife, wrote about the garden at the time. A tea room stood on the garden’s edge. At the same time, fruit and cereals were grown at constantly developing Kamieniec farm and they were sold in nearby towns and spas.

Post-war years saw the greatest destruction for the palace and the farm in Kamieniec.
The palace and its farm buildings performed residential and utility functions and this strongly affected them. The buildings were not renovated, the large rooms were divided into smaller ones and fertilizers were stored on the ground floor of the historic palace.

The last inhabitants left the palace in 2004 but this did not bring any improvement. Vandals and thieves quickly appeared at the premises plucking installations from the walls, littering the palace, stealing and destroying its furnishings and smearing graffiti on the walls.

‘I’m afraid we’ll have to buy it’, said the future palace owner aloud when he saw it for the first time.

The new owners of the palace began to renovate the ruined monument. First, however, the palace building, former farm buildings and the palace garden became the subject of specialist studies as well as heavy and detailed construction designs.

Long years of painstaking renovation and conservation work have been rewarded with giving Kamieniec Palace a new life.

Renovation and conservation works in the palace were completed restoring the interior of the monument to its former splendour. Soon, based on historical documentation and detailed analyzes, a project to reconstruct and expand the palace garden was prepared. Thanks to this, we were able to not only recreate the historical garden but also enlarge it by the southern and northern parts of the former farm yard.

Kamieniec Palace is currently not only a hotel and a restaurant but it also serves as a place of cultural and artistic events. The place offers visiting guests accommodation in 10 stylish rooms. They can try traditional dishes and desserts prepared by the palace kitchen or organize a family party and delight in the beauty of the garden and surrounding nature. They can also take part in one of the cyclical events such as Wind Festival or Gingerbread Meetings or listen to classical music during organized concerts.

After years of oblivion and falling into ruin, this place is full of life again.


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