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Review submitted by Brian from Stockport, Cheshire (Submitted: 14 Sep 2012)
The Retreat is a comfortable, good sized house, furnished and decorated in an attractive style. The situation is beautiful - surrounded by fields and trees with a view of the distant mountains, but at the same time bordered by other houses, and within easy reach of local restaurants. You will find here all the equipment you will need for a family of six or more. Our only very minor disappointment was the TV - very few entertaining channels to watch, and virtually nothing but the news in English. The local town of Myslenice is well worth exploring, and it is an easy days excursion to Zakopane in the Tatra mountains, or to the Wielikzka salt mines, also to Auschwitz which is an unforgettable experience. The Retreat is a very good centre for visiting so many places of interest - and good to come home to at the end of the day!
Review submitted by simon from mtarfa (Submitted: 24 Aug 2012)
Location was great.
We landed in wroclav.
Not far from krakow and not that far from zakopane.
Owners speak perfect english and went out of there way to help out.
Definitely would revisit but i would split up the holiday in two, to reduce travelling times.
Long distances kept us away from the comfort of this villa.
We would suggest some kind of cooling system though as we had two very hot days.
Review submitted by Janice from Ossett (Submitted: 31 Aug 2010)
The house is really beautiful with wonderful views of the mountains and countryside and excellent facilities. Bill and Eva went out of their way to make things easy for us and answer our queries and all went smoothly. The house is well placed for visiting Krakow, Zakopane and surrounding attractions, including Auschitwz and the Salt Mines, but we got just as much pleasure from hanging around Myslenice and swimming in the outdoor pool.
Review submitted by Ian from Oxford (Submitted: 17 Aug 2010)
The property was clean and very comfortable. The enclosed garden and quiet location was ideal for our young son. Amenities and attractions were close by.
Thank you Bill and Ewa
Review submitted by Doreen from Longridge. Preston. UK (Submitted: 1 Jul 2010)
Enjoyed our stay at The Retreat, meet & greet could be improved, we phoned to be met at the Spar which had changed hands, we waited by the Euromart and the man waited by the other shop. We decided to see if we could find it ourselves, after going over the hill and two speed ramps we did not know where to go and were helped by some people that lived near. The Retreat is 75 mtrs after the second speed ramp. A name plate on the house would be the answer, as the numbers are random.Weather was lovely and we liked Myslenice, had 2 meals at Stek which were excellant.
Unfortunately the Spar had just changed owners to a new supermarket chain and name, its the first time we have had a short delay finding anyone in 7 years, we have updated our directions to the shop which is now carrefore. Bill and Eva
Review submitted by Sergey from Moscow Russia (Submitted: 10 Jan 2010)
Excellent house in the town. Bill thank you wery much
Review submitted by Christophe from ath (Submitted: 2 Aug 2009)
Very nice property : confortable, well equiped and well placed to visit Malopolska.
Review submitted by Kitty from Nokesville, Virginia (Submitted: 13 Jun 2009)
This was an excellent property. I had made an error in my dates and the owners were wonderful about accommodating us. They met us and gave us directions to various sights and needed facilities in the area.
We were able to visit many areas quite easily-only the road works were a problem. Our stay in Poland became a wonderful part of our holiday because of our home away from home.
This property would be a wonderful place for a family!
Review submitted by Rebecca from birmingham (Submitted: 1 Jun 2009)
our second visit to this property,had an exellent time .Visited the salt mines,Auschwitz and the old krakow square,all well worth seeing,the owners where very helpful with any information we required a fantastic location to unwind and relax Food and beverages are still exellent value for money,its a great location for people of all ages with plenty to do ,we love poland and the friendly atmosphere.the house is always clean and tidy with a great interior,thanks again for a wonderful stay.
Review submitted by Christine from Alton (Submitted: 27 May 2009)
It is a very comfortable house with plenty of space and kitchen equipped to cater for 8 people. Good views and lovely walking from the house to lake and forest paths. We had an enjoyable holiday.
We found two faults on arrival which we reported to the owners representative when we checked out and mentioned in the visitors book:
- DVD wasnt working with our DVDs
- Shower head fixture in upstairs bathroom was broken (we supported it with a cable clip.)
Fairly quiet area, although some visitors might be disturbed by barking dogs in the neighbourhood.
The directions to the house from Myslenice could be clearer and more detailed. We arrived in a downpour and found the landmarks we were given hard to see. We intend to send some photos/distances to the owner which he could add to his directions.
The beauty of staying at our house is the support network available during your stay from either us or my father in law unlike many other Polish rentals. If you have any problems like the above you can call straight away and we will come and rectify them dont wait until you leave! Whilst i have used a few cable ties for emergancies in my time the shower head wasnt broken, the clip that holds the head needed the screw tightening which I did in two seconds. Weve put in a new DVD and updated our arrival details, please keep your suggestions coming for improvements we want to provide the best possible holiday stay.
regards Bill and Eva
Review submitted by Hazel from Hutton Rudby (Submitted: 1 Sep 2008)
Really lovely house and very spacious. Bill and Ewa looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble. The house is well placed for visits to Krakow and to the south for rafting and the mountains. Plenty to do to suit all ages. Would definitely return.
Review submitted by Heather from oban scotland (Submitted: 21 Jul 2008)
We all thought that the house was great, clean and very spacious.
We enjoyed having the garden especially since we got some nice weather . The boys enjoyed playing football and tennis.
Overall everything about our holiday was great and we hope to return.
Thanks again Bill
The Thomas Family
Review submitted by Keith & Jaci from Hazel Grove Cheshire (Submitted: 29 Jun 2008)
House in a beautiful setting and very convenient for sightseeing in southern Poland and easy access to Krakow and Tatra Mountains.
Review submitted by REBECCA from BIRMINGHAM (Submitted: 27 May 2008)
A superb location with beautiful scenic suroundings,an ideal house for those who want to get away from it all an have a stress free break.The house itself was to a very high standard with contempory interior and a lovely bathroom suite.The owners were more than helpful when we asked for information ,nothing was too much trouble for them.The polish people are warm and welcoming,we would recommend the place to anyone.it has the beauty of Austria without the price tag as the cost of living in poland is great value for money.We shall return.
Review submitted by Trevor from Darlington (Submitted: 13 Nov 2007)
This is a wonderful house in beautiful setting.
The owners could not have been more helpful. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed Poland immensely! Go to Zakopane,the salt mine and Auschwitz. - But the traffic is not too good around Krakow!! - though it is a lovelely place.
Thanks Bill and Ewa - we will return!!!
Review submitted by Mary from Edinburgh (Submitted: 1 Sep 2007)
Thank you all for an excellent holiday in a wonderful home away from home! We honestly cannot fault a single thing about our time spent in both the retreat and in Poland itself. It was one of the best holidays we have had and I certainly would love to return and would recomend the retreat to anyone thinking of visiting Poland. The owners were most helpful in the extreme and very friendly.
Thank you Bill and family for your hospitality xxx
Review submitted by Alanna from Eastbourne (Submitted: 30 Aug 2007)
This property was in an exceptional location within half hour drive from krakow and 10 minute drive from the local town (Myslenice), we did walk and it takes approx 1hr 15 minutes from house to town square.
Property was spacious, clean and well furnished, patio overlooks the mountains nearby and backs on to a large garden. Our only complaint was the fridge did keep the food cool but not quite cold enough for our lovely Polish beers (however the freezer did the trick!!!).
Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a base in southern Poland, and the price is excellent.
We had an brilliant holiday in Poland and are looking forward to returning.
Review submitted by Robert from Clydebank. Scotland (Submitted: 29 Jul 2007)
A beautiful villa, very clean, spacious and comfortable to live in. Surrounding area of countryside very pleasent with excellent bus connections to nearby town of Myslenice and on into Krakow. Villa owner extremely helpful in making arrangements and giving information about the area. Ideal for families. Owner or agent on hand in nearby villa to help with any issues. Thanks again for your invaluable help with our daughter Miriam. Would certainly recommended this villa to my friends.
Review submitted by Patrick from Denver, Colorado (Submitted: 5 Dec 2006)
We would like to give a 5 star rating to our recent booking at Retreat Osieczany. The home was very well set up for visitors and the local support was outstanding. We received excellent value and we would recommend it unconditionally.
Review submitted by Susie from Scotland (Submitted: 22 Oct 2006)
We all loved this house, it was very light and spacious and quite central for all the places we wanted to visit. We're thinking of returning next summer as we just ran out of time to see everything and would definately consider coming back here!
Review submitted by James from Belgium (Submitted: 21 Sep 2006)
Nearly new, clean, spacious home in a peaceful area. We loved it! A big yard for the kids to play in; beautiful views; and wooded trails for hiking just down the road. 30 minutes from the driveway until we were parked in downtown Krakow. The highlight for the kids was the chairlift that carried us to the top of the nearby hills to hike. We were well cared for by the owners' family -- wonderful people. Our fifth vacation rental in Europe and by far our favorite.
Review submitted by Terry from Redditch UK (Submitted: 20 Jul 2006)
Good rural location, nice views with no traffic noise. Good access to Myslenice (5 min by car). Spa Supermarket within 0.5 km that was open long hours, even on Sundays.
Property was spacious and very clean with lovely modern bathrooms.
Review submitted by mark from plymouth england (Submitted: 1 Mar 2006)
we had a fantastic holiday in the snow, house was very warm with all the facilities
(another setee would of been nice). location good for all sightseeing. will stay again thanks.
Weve added another sofa for you thanks for your suggestions.
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 22 Dec 2005)
you couldnt wish for a more relaxing place to stay with excellent views, places nearby are great value, prices for food and drink you will be hard pushed to beat, this is a beautiful home in a great country with so much to see and most nearby via a bus ride.
Review submitted by Edward from London (Submitted: 3 Nov 2005)
A great location just outside Krakow with good local facilities. Could have better wardrobe space, in the bedrooms.
We realize some people are on long trips and have more luggage so will provide some extra wardrobes this year.
Regards bill neal
Review submitted by Kathryn from Dumfries and Galloway (Submitted: 22 Sep 2005)
House is spacious, light and airy, and well equipped, although I have suggested that better pans would be appreciated by guests who enjoy cooking as well as eating out. The property is very well situated. Rural setting and scenic outlook are very relaxing. It is quiet and peaceful, and yet convenient for Kracow, Zakopane, the Salt Mines and Auschwitz (although we did not choose to visit the latter). We were given an excellent welcome by the visiting owner, and by the friendly caretaker who lives nearby. This is a property to be greatly recommended.
Thanks for your suggestions, we will buy some new pans for the house for all you chefs!
Regards bill neal
Review submitted by Steve from Shrewsbury (Submitted: 24 Aug 2005)
Lovely house in superb location. Ideal location with easy access for sight seeing. The owner Bill could not have been more helpful.
Review submitted by Joe from 1906 Holly Hill Dr Austin, TX USA (Submitted: 29 Jun 2005)
In 14 months of traveling around Europe, this was our nicest rental. It was very spacious, and the manager was very friendly and accomodating. It was well situated for our drives to Wadowice, Krakow, and Auschwitz.
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 14 Aug 2004)
This is a beautiful house in a beautiful area. Its worth knowing you can eat out at the top restaurants in Myslenice and drink your fill and its hard to spend 10 pounds each for a whole night everything included. The restaurants are really special and the equivalent night in uk would cost you about 100 pounds each. Culturally everything is close, I recommend Krakow castle and the huge square, the trip down the river on a raft which takes you into slovakia and back through huge mountains. The salt mine at Wieliczka which is one of unisco's world wonders. There is so much nearby a week wasnt enough, we are coming back soon. The Poles are very very hospitable and you can normally find someone who speaks English. You will have a fantastic time.
Gary Eastman Ivybridge Devon England