When my great-grandfather, Eng. Jiří Havelka, bought the estate in Obříství in 1925, he could not have guessed how many troubles he buys for such huge amount of first republic crowns together with the Chateau and two hundred hectares of forests and the farmhouse with one hundred and forty-five hectares of land. We probably inherit the risk in our family. At that time, he also took a loan to buy, which he repaid with a good idea: he started to grow cumin ... He could not even guess that we would buy the family property several more times ...
After a difficult period of war there came another cruel times. He and his son, my grandfather Libor, who had already managed the farm with my grandmother Marie, was resisting a pressure to nationalize the estate. In 1948, they ran out of power to fight against the communist power. The great-grandfather Jiří (George) was even supposed to be publicly hanged in the courtyard, and only thanks to the brave employees and the people from the village who remembered how he had been helping them during the war it did not happened. But he ended up in custody with the only condition of release: immediate eviction from the chateau.
He and his son Libor, who decided to emigrate, never returned to the places that he owned and where he put his money, his toil and his heart. But he had to walk with Marie and without their two small children - Igor and Lenka in the snowdrifts across the border. At that moment he did not believe they would never meet again ...
In the meantime, communists made a state farm from the nationalized estate. The great-grandfather Jiří after his release from the custody moved together with his grandmother to his sister in Libiš and lived there until their death. Libor and Marie found their new home first in Belgium and then in Australia, where they desperately tried to bring their children. Despite all their efforts, they never succeeded. And a return would be a dungeon. Igor and Lenka grew up with Marie´s mother and bravely faced the consequences of class origin and parents in emigration. Just one year before the Velvet Revolution, my grandfather Libor died in Australia and grandmother Marie never wanted to go to the Czech Republic again. She succumbed to fear, disappointment and age.
A part of the property was returned to my father Igor in the restitution and it was the part that belonged to my grandfather Libor. We had to buy again the second half after my grandmother Marie, but after 20 years of court scrambles.
It has been running for almost a century since my great-grandfather borrowed money for the estate and began to grow cumin. I also borrowed money for the purchase of the second half of his homestead and I wish the only thing: that people would feel happy there again. This is one of the reasons why the guest-house (pension) “ Na Kmíně ” has been established - a romantic place that connects and in which we have sowed the experience and love.
And we will also sow cumin soon ;-)
Denisa Kubálková (nee Havelková)
owner of the homestead
Here I feel like I was born here and it's a place where I'm happy. But it is so great that others can be happy in it as well. Maybe even you…
I grew up in Prague and I came to the farm for the first time three years after the revolution as a 13-year-old girl. After the revolution, we spent three years with grandmother Marie in Australia. My brother and I liked the farm very much. My little brother and I explored the land here and found the treasures of the war, and when I graduated at the School of Agriculture, I started to work here as a zoo technician. My farther gave me a farm and 70 hectares and experience, and for the past fifteen years I have been managing my own 300 hectares of fields. I am a farmer, but I am also a mother, wife, partner, friend, and now by the influence of my friends who trust me and I believe them, also the implementer of my dream. Gradually to repair the farm, open it to people and to put life into it.
Thus I reconstruct, reconstruct and reconstruct and I have one big wish: that this place would be full of happy people again. This is one of the reasons why the unique place Na Kmíně is created. I am delighted to have surrounded myself with people who enthusiastically go with me, who are my friends, and at the same time they are great at what they do.
I put my heart, ideas and dreams into the farm.
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FARMA OBŘÍSTVÍ S.R.O., se sídlem Obříství,
Obříství 24, PSČ 277 42, IČ: 28489047,
zapsaná ve veřejném rejstříku vedeném
u Městského soud v Praze Spisová značka 145310 C
You will find us in the middle of a picturesque
village Obříství, only 20 min. from Prague
and 45 min. from the airport.