Our history

Our history

The beginning of history as we know it dates back to the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when our ancestors ran a restaurant with accommodation in this place. They continued their activity until the beginning of World War I.
 
The exact date of construction of the tenement house at ul. Gołębia 8 is unknown to us. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 16th century. In the second half of the 16th century, the tenement house belonged to the burgrave of the Wawel Castle. Later it changed owners many times. In the mid-nineteenth century, the wooden outbuilding was destroyed by fire and was replaced with a brick outbuilding, which changed its function - from economic to residential. During the reconstruction, wooden porches were created.
 
‘In the courtyard, the old walls of the house are supported by buttresses, 
picturesque and carefully cut out porches run around the courtyard for two floors’
 
In later years, numerous reconstructions and modernizations took place. Until the beginning of World War II, the building remained in the family's hands. After the war, it was taken over by the communist authorities. At the beginning of the 1890s, the heirs regained the completely ruined property.

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Thanks to the efforts and commitment of our kind people, we gradually managed to restore the building to its original condition. The tenement house regained its splendor, and its courtyard and porches are an architectural gem of Krakow. The restored cellars received a new - restaurant function.

The image of the Virgin Mary located in the courtyard (outbuilding wall) is related to the event that took place in 1889. A child fell out of the window on the second floor of the outbuilding, and according to family reports, nothing happened. For saving the child, the grateful family funded the painting. Today, it protects the household and our guests.

We are glad that we were able to fulfill our dreams and we contribute to the fact that guests from all over the world leave Krakow delighted. We greatly appreciate that we can instill - both in our visitors and among our employees - our approach to hospitality.

We would like to thank our guests who over the years have appreciated and still appreciate the charm and unique atmosphere of our house - the spirit of a historic tenement house. Thank you and we are grateful to all employees who help us create this place to this day.

Barbara and Michał Odrowąż Sypniewski with their family
And Lara - our dog, who is also the host