Museum of Gentry Culture in Kopytowa | Museum of Gentry Culture in Kopytowa |
In the village of Kopytowa, once owned by Cistercians, a modest yet charming manor house holds a museum presenting heritage of nobility

The village of Kopytowa in the past was owned by the Cistercian monastery in Koprzywnica. In the 1700s the estate was acquired by the Kotarski family. Originally built in the 18th century, a one-story wooden house with a tall stone base structure was remodelled in the first half of the 19th century. The structure was expanded yet it retained the stone and brick cellars and frame walls. Inside this modest manor house there are two sequences of rooms arranged in an enfilade. The front walls retain porticos, characteristic for rural abodes of nobility during Classicist period. During these alteration works the old Cistercian vegetable gardens were redesigned into a landscaped garden, with rows of trees along its outer limits, and clusters of trees and shrubs scattered in its central part. In front of the house there was a driveway with a large circular lawn.

Towards the end of the 20th century the estate was purchased by an enthusiastic  collector of historical artefacts who undertook the difficult task to revitalize the manor house and the park. It took over a decade to complete restoration works, revive the ancient plants, accumulate furnishings as well as works of arts and crafts and today the establishment holds a private museum presenting heritage of Polish nobility.

Learn more about the landmark at the website of the Carpathian Route of Gardens and Historical Houses