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A Farm Stay

With the collapse of Communism and the system of collective farming that went along with it, many farms were returned to their original owners in a state of disrepair. But slowly, some are being restored to the prosperity they enjoyed before World War II. One such farm, Holenský Dvur, Ratibor 52, region Jindrichuv Hradec (tel. 384-382-376; fax 384-383-445; www.holenskydvur.cz), is a recently refinished farm offering a comfortable stay surrounded by early European rural charm. Set among the gently rolling hills and fishponds of south Bohemia near Trebon, this pension is a relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of more touristed spots such as Ceský Krumlov or Karlovy Vary. You can rent a mountain bike or go on horseback and tour the countryside, or hike through the meadows.

The pension's 10 rooms and 2 apartments are bright, clean, and refreshingly well-appointed, with some of the cleanest and most spacious bathrooms in the country. The owners recently came through on their promise of an indoor pool.

Rooms rates are calculated per person, per night, with the rates excluding board, ranging from 390Kc per person in winter, spring and fall to 450Kc in July and August. To get here, take the E55 highway south out of Prague toward Ceské Budejovice. About 19km (12 miles) south of Tábor, head east on Rte. 23 toward Jindrichuv Hradec to Kardasova Recice.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.