For artists, writers and creatives

Find inspiration – recharge your energy
Josefův Důl, Jizerky CZ
Spring and Autumn Retreats
Own kitchen, bathroom, sofa, desk


Spring     May 11 – June 21 

Autumn  October 1 – October 22


Spring     May and June 

Autumn  September and October 

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Residence for artists, writers and creatives in Bohemia 

Would you like an inspirational space for your creative work? 

Vila Josefina, Artist Retreat Czech is a place where you can take advantage of comfortable accommodation in a charming art-deco house, a fully equipped base for creating things you love, become inspired in a company of other artists, and surrounded by the magic of a nature reserve. 

We select special dates only for artist retreats outside of tourist season. It means less people around, better prices and company of people with similar interests.

What is special here? We are in the middle of a nature reserve in northern Bohemia. There is a deep forest, very clean murmuring water creeks, birds area, shiny stars in dark night sky (very romantic thanks to a low light pollution) and serenity.

Come and work, create or just relax.  

Connect with nature, find inspiration, recharge your energy.


The villa was built in 1908 by Anton Zimmermann, an entrepreneur in the glass industry. Anton was a wealthy man who owned a couple of other buildings, manufacturing and exporting glass, in Josefuv Dul.

In 2005, I was looking for a cottage in the mountains, and I fell in love with this house, almost in ruins, and decided to buy it. With my family, we started to renovate it, and named the house “Vila Josefina” after my Grandma. Where we could, we kept the original art-deco parts and preserved the amazing historical spirit of the villa. We built in there 6 independent apartments for guests.

My name is Marta Nesbitt. I am an HR professional, career coach, painter, certified art therapist, books lover, science fan and proud mom of two boys. After almost 20 years of corporate career in HR, led by my passion for art and painting, I decided to open Villa Josefina as a residence and a retreat place for artists, writers and creatives. 
The rooms are decorated with my original paintings. If you like, your paintings can be hanging there too! 😊

Dates for retreats are in the Spring and Autumn.

Residency in Vila Josefina

Your first evening we meet downstairs in the common area, and get to know each other.

We will agree on “house rules” and whether or not you want to enjoy company of other residents.

During your retreat you can experience :

  • Free walking trips with a guide to enjoy the nature reserve around
  • Art Therapy, Efficiency for creatives, Career Coaching: free workshops led by professionals 
  • Paid workshops available:
    • How to effectively promote your work on social media
    • Personal development planning
    • “Plein Air painting course” 3 hours with art professor Blanka Brožova (price 35 EUR p.p.) 





30 m2

2 people

1x super-king
1x bed

60 m2

4 people

1x super king
2x bed

Suite with kitchenette – 30m2 (323 sq ft) for two people

  • a separate bedroom with a 180 cm super-king bed and a 90 cm twin bed
  • kitchenette with a ceramic duo-heater, refrigerator, MW
  • desk, TV, wi-fi
  • shower, WC
  • Price: 30 EUR/day p.p. 
  • lower price for stays longer then 7 days


60m2 (646 sq ft) with two separate bedrooms suitable for 4 people

  • bedroom with a 180 cm bed (super-king) and a 90 cm bed (twin)
  • a second bedroom with two 90 cm (twin) beds
  • kitchen with an oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, MW, 2x WC
  • bathroom with a bathtub and shower
  • washing machine
  • price: 30 EUR/day p.p. (min 2 people)
  • lower price for stays longer then 7 days


Come and stay in a charming house, enjoy its magic and have a quiet space in one of the five fully-furnished apartments. You can experience a peaceful inspirational holiday.

All rooms have an equipped kitchen with cooking plate or stove, microwave, kettle, cookware and dishes, bathroom with a shower or tub, Wi-fi, sofa and a desk.

If you prefer, you can work outside in the garden, or in the basement studio by a woodstove.

At your disposal is a garden gazebo, an outside grill or a fireplace.

In the basement of the house you will find:

  • big kitchen with a stove, oven and dishwasher for common cooking
  • social area with a woodstove
  • washing machine
  • TV, billiards, foosball table, darts
  • studio for creating

We don´t accommodate pets.



36 m2

2 people

1x super king
1x bunk bed

40 m2

2 people

2x bed
1x bunk bed

Suite with kitchenette –  36m2 (387 sq ft) suitable up to 2 people

  • separate bedroom with a 180 cm super-king bed and a 90 cm bunk bed
  • folding sofa, desk, TV, wi-fi
  • kitchenette with a ceramic duo heater, refrigerator, MW, dishwasher
  • shower, WC
  • price 30 EUR/day p.p.
  • lower price for stays longer then 7 days

Studio apartment – 40m2 (430 sq ft) 

  • sleep area with two 90 cm twin beds and a 90 cm bunk bed
  • folding sofa, desk, TV, wi-fi
  • kitchenette with a ceramic duo heater, refrigerator, MW, dishwasher
  • shower, WC
  • price 30 EUR/day p.p.
  • lower price for stays longer then 7 days


36 m2

2 people

1x super-king

Studio apartment – 36m2 (387 sq ft) for max 2 people

  • a comfortable 180 cm bed (super-king size)
  • folding sofa, desk, TV, wi-fi
  • kitchenette with a ceramic duo heater, refrigerator, MW
  • shower, WC
  • price 30 EUR/day p.p.
  • lower price for stays longer then 7 days




Use the gazebo, fireplace or grill outside. In the summer you can use a water pool for refreshment

Games and library

For entertainment there is billiard, foosball, darts and a library with books for kids and adults 

Rooms for skis and bikes

You bikes or skis are safely stored and locked in the house 


If you feel like making a lunch or supper for or with others, there is a common area kitchen with a stove, dishwasher, dishes and all usual equipment

Wood stove

When days get cold, you can make fire in the basement wood-stove. Wood and coal is available 


For worskhops we use basement studio. You can use it also for creating your stuff 

Community area

Kitchen with a bar is connected with a side community area with seating for up to 30 people 



TV and wi-fi

Satelite and cable TV is in every room and in the basement. Wireless wi-fi is available in the whole house. 

Washing machine

If you need to wash your clothes, washing machine is available for free in the basement kitchen


In the village of Josefův Dul, you can find a couple of restaurants and a shop that is open every day.

In the village of Josefův Dul, you can find a couple of restaurants and a shop that is open every day.


Worth seeing (walking distance from Vila Josefina):

  • Josefodolská waterdam  0:30h
  • Waterfall Jedlová  1:00h

Towers built around year 1900:

Settlement Jizerka 3:00h – area of clear sky without light pollution

Singletrail  BIKEPARK 0:20 on bike



HouseA villa from 1908 with a historical spiritOriginal oak floors, doors, windowsGarden with a gazebo for working outsideTrampoline, fireplace and grillBurble of a stream for relaxation
BasementSocial room with a TV and woodstoveEquipped kitchen with a stove and dishwasherLibrary and board gamesStudio for creatingPlayroom with a foosball table and billiards 
FacilitiesElectric heatWood ready for fireplace and stove, charcoal for the grillParking in front of the house, room for skis and bikesAn ecological water treatment facilityWashing machine with soap
FurnishingWooden pine furnitureLarge beds with ergonomic mattressesPillows and duvets with antibacterial surfaceClean soft towelsFully furnished kitchens in the rooms
LocalityClean nature reserveProtected bird areaSafe trails for walking, biking or cross-country skiingGlass industry areaMany places of interest
Retreats7-day stay for a perfect flowInspirational environment and community of other artistsInteresting creative or self-management workshopsWalking trips with a guideInvitation for a retreat after a formal application 

Zuzana, ČR, host z

„Byla to uz nekolikata navsteva, jezdime do Vily Jisefiny radi. Prijemne ,ciste ubytovani, dobra lokalita, zahrada s hrackami pro deti a trampolinou je super.“

Renata, host z

„Paní majitelka byla velice ochotná. Pokoj krásný útulný. Za nás super, že vila má k využívání zahradu s bazénem a trampolínou, což naše děti velice ocenily, po návratu z výletů.“ 

Hana, host z

„Apartmány ve vile ze začátku 19.století byly renovovány citlivě v duchu starých časů. Apartmán dýchá dřevem. Dřevěná podlaha, původní dveře působí dohromady s novými doplňky dokonale. Apartmán je čistý, světlý, vybavený dostatečně pro krátký i dlouhý pobyt. Vila stojí příhodně na rozcestí dvou turistických cest. Průvodce tipů po okolí včetně fotek byl připraven v apartmánu. Paní majitelka byla velice ochotná. Provedla nás i nově rekonstruovanými částmi domu a popsala postup dlouhé rekonstrukce. Poskytla nám postýlku pro půlroční dceru. Moc se nám líbilo. Moc děkujeme a rádi se opět vrátíme.“ 

Adéla, host z AirBnB

Pekny apartman dostatecne velky pro 4-5 lidi. Super lokalita pro vylety po okoli a moc mila pani majitelka. Pobyt si urcite zopakujeme, priste treba v lete 🙂  

Michal, host z AirBnB

Great place to stay for few days either just to relax or go hiking or cross-country skiing. Rooms are clean and cozy, we also had WiFi at the house! A perfect place to get away from the city and enjoy the nature. Would definitely recommend this place to friends! 

Do you have a question or want to BOOK a room?

Contact me

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directly using the contacts below :

+420 731 272 304
Josefův Důl 299, 468 44 Czechia

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How to get here:

You can get here comfortably by car in 90 mins from Prague.
It is possible to take a bus and a train as well. Train station is 30 mins walk from here.
Parking place is in front of the house and it is included in the price.

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