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Regained Splendor
December 19, 2007   
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The 19th-century Palace in Czarny Las changed owners a number times throughout its history. Over a decade ago, it was taken over by an owner determined to restore it to its former splendor-which you can tell by the look of the renovated building, its enchanting, stylish and elegant interiors and the picturesque park around the palace.

The history of the Czarny Las Palace, situated 30 kilometers from the city of Częstochowa, dates back to the late 19th century. Not much is known about its design, construction and conversions, but one of the better established facts is that between 1918-22, the palace was used as a shelter for Poles who escaped repression by the Prussian authorities. It was in the Czarny Las Palace that Wojciech Korfanty, the leader of the third Silesian Uprising, signed an appeal to call on the people of Upper Silesia to stand up and fight.

At the end of the 20th century, the palace became property of the Era Spółka z o.o. company in Chorzów. "We were enchanted by the picturesque location in the heart of the scenic park of the Cracow-Częstochowa Upland," said Krzysztof Pasternak, the president of the managing board of Era Spółka z o.o. "Right from the beginning, we sought to restore the former splendor to the palace. We wanted to recreate the feel of those years as faithfully as possible."

Era renovated the building and today the palace houses a four-star hotel called Pałac Czarny Las. The unique atmosphere of this prestigious venue is famous across Poland. An art historian, designers and artists joined forces and successfully revived the charm of days gone by. The palace interiors are furnished with stylish, mostly historic furniture and decorative period elements. The finest rooms, such as the conference room, the fireplace hall and the orangery are adorned with authentic equipment from the turn of the 20th century. The meticulous care for historic details shows at every turn.

The palace basement was converted into a spacious wine cellar. The attic houses cozy, exclusive rooms. The hotel has 52 beds in single and double rooms, each featuring an individual design in styles such as Louis XVI, art deco and empire.

The palace stands in a park with trees, winding alleys, scenic paths and ponds with footbridges and jetties. Sculptures, garden fountains and stone stairs form an idyllic landscape, while the terraces of the Czarny Las restaurant which hang above the ponds are a favorite relaxation place for guests in spring and summer.

The owners have restored the Czarny Las Palace to its former splendor, providing a new highlight on the tourist trail in Poland.

Ewa Lipa
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