The Panorama Hotel garden features an authentic Highlander Cottage built by highlanders from raw wood in much the same way as they used to do it in the mountainous Podhale region. The idea to build the Highlander Cottage came from a longing for the mountains, a fascination with the captivating style of architecture from Zakopane and the delicious food that can’t be found elsewhere.
The building material used for the Highlander Cottage is spruce wood, which is highly water-resistant and has a beautiful bright colour, requiring a much longer time to darken from exposure to sunlight. The traditional “dranica” roof plates are made of fir wood, the doors and windows are made of larch wood and the shingles are made of wood from spruces that grow high in the mountains where Halny foehn winds blow.
The cottage's walls are made of thick flat wooden logs. Highlanders appreciate wide logs, because the wider they are, the more beautiful the house. The walls are not plastered and nails were not used in construction. The gaps between logs were sealed with the traditional method that involves wood wool.
The Cottage is set on stones that support the sole plates of the connected logs. The sole plates hold the framework of the building and the columnar door-posts. The windows were placed on the third log. The log that covers the door-posts and window-posts on the top is called ‘ocap’. The ceiling is supported by transverse beams. The thickest of these beams, called ‘sosrąb’ goes centrally from the doors to the opposite wall. This beam provides a kind of documentation for a given cottage, as, in addition to beautiful ornaments, it features engravings with the date of construction and the name of the builder.
There are two cottages – the small one and the large one – connected by a common kitchen. The cottages have the necessary infrastructure that allows preparing and serving meals. Each cottage has a separate entrance from the hotel garden. Both halls feature wooden benches covered by floral sheets and chairs with carved backs.
The Small Cottage has an area of 61 m2 and features a mezzannine accessed by wooden stairs. The heart of the cottage is the fireplace, which creates a cozy atmosphere when lit with burning wood flame in winter. The beautiful, natural colour of the wooden walls is a perfect fit for the stone laid on the floor. On hot days the rough wood of the walls creates a cool and pleasant shade inside the cottage.
The Large Cottage provides as much as 300 m2 of area and two fireplaces located at opposite walls. An old peasant wagon standing by the wall is a beautiful and atmospheric decoration of the large cottage.
On the mezzanines of both cottage, under the sloped ceiling, there are 18 single and double rooms as well as living rooms. The walls and ceilings of the rooms are wooden. Some of them feature thick logs that support the roof structure. The décor is made even more attractive by the small windows with forged elements and cafe curtains.
The rooms at the Highlander Cottage have similar equipment as the rooms in the hotel building, but feature ventilators instead of air-conditioning. The rooms at the Highlander Cottage are not categorised and are therefore not classified under the 3-star standard.
The Highlander Cottage is an atmospheric place for hosting special events as well as rustic-style wedding parties. Its minimalist interiors with carved door and window frames, fine forgings and small windows with white cafe curtains create an original space to organise special birthdays, We will ensure that such parties create some long-cherished memories for your guests.
Would you like to organise a family party/meeting/company event at the Highlander Cottage?
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