Chateau Borotin


Chateau Borotin


Project plan - operation of residential care home

Project objective:
The objective of this project is to build facilities for the Residential care home in the historic building of the chateau in the municipality Borotin and by its putting into operation to continue the tradition of social services, which had been provided in this building for years. Due to the location of the chateau in the quiet surroundings of the large garden of the chateau, the aim of this project is the greatest possible active participation of the residents from the residential care home in activities in favour of their own homes and the area of the object, as well as for the benefit of their own mental and physical health. Everyone will be given the opportunity, according to their capabilities and skills and their current state of health, to participate in the garden and park landscaping activities, upkeeping and caring for flowers and woody plants, or in the handcraft in the workshop or in the art studio. Considering also cultural and social life of the residents, regular participation in cultural events and theatre performances in the area is envisaged; café and lounge for organizing discussions, concerts and other sociocultural activities is planned in the building of the chateau. Finally, spiritual dimension of life of the residents is taken into account and a reconstruction of the object will be followed by a renovation of the local chapel. These activities tend to create not only a dignified environment for the life of the elderly, but also to fill their lives with many interesting activities, accessible for the seniors.
Another, equally important objective is the reconstruction of the dilapidated historic building, which dominates the municipality Borotin, as well as restoration of social services that worked very well in this area, including creation of new jobs for the local residents and the possibility of extending social services in the municipality - catering services, retail, hairdressing services, and expansion of medical care.


Sub-objectives of the project:

  • increase in employment
  • growth of tourism
  • increase of leisure time activities in the municipalities
  • improvement of business environment in the region thanks to increase in purchasing power of residents and increase in visitor numbers


Contribution to the target group:
Integration of the seniors in the active life not only in the chateau grounds and in the municipality, but also securing awareness of social need and dignified and active way of spending their free time.


Current situation:
Prior to the implementation of the project plan, the project of the historic building of the chateau Borotin was derelict, empty, unused and as a dilapidated building it was an undignified dominant feature of the municipality. Currently, the municipality and the region have a high unemployment rate, it is necessary to commute to work in other municipalities or towns.

Due to increase in average life expectancy in the Czech Republic and the South Moravian Region, there is currently an ongoing shortage of care places in residential care homes and homes for the elderly.


History of the chateau


The chateau in Borotin was built at the time when the estate in Borotin was owned by the family that their noble status and the predicate of Freyenfels earned in the civil service. At its inception, was the secretary of the Bishop of Olomouc Leopold Wilhelm, Martin Fridrich Pruskauer. The Freyenfels became nobility in Borotin and held it for long four generations. They resided for some time in Brno, often served in high government authorities, possessed real estates in the city, and celebrated weddings and christenings in the St. James Church. The builder of the chateau in Borotin was undoubtedly Franz Xaver of Freyenfels, representative of the second generation of the family who owned it in the years 1734-1767.



The symmetrical, clear and completely regular three-wing ground plan of the chateau, the same on all floors without a single anomaly, completely eliminates the possibility that some older constructions were incorporated into the building. Therefore, on the grounds of the chateau was probably no other building and its layout is the result of a single construction phase, which was made under a single plan.


In 1784 the era of the Freyenfels ended and the new owner of the chateau Borotin became the gubernatorial councillor Josef Maria Baron of Friedenthal. Furthermore, the owners changed frequently. In 1797 Borotin was sold to Johann Franz Heinisch of Haydenburg. In 1891 Borotin was sold to Johann Riedel and Gustav Riedel. Johann Riedel died on 16 April 1894 and in 1985 Gustav Riedel gave Borotin to his son Gustav Riedel (the Younger). Gustav Riedel ran a factory for concrete products (including roof tiles) and a sawmill in Borotin.

After World War II, the chateau was nationalized. The chateau and its park and lake were assigned to the administration of the Czechoslovak state forests and the chateau was supposed to be rebuilt to a hostel for young workers. The project was not realized, and since 30 January 1953 the chateau was taken over by the enterprise Wholesale Footwear Gottwaldow and the building was used as a warehouse for shoes.

The former owner of the chateau Riedel (the Younger), as its tenant, and the warehouseman lived on the first floor. Since 1930, a residential care home for oligophrenic children and young people was founded in the chateau and it was run until the end of 2000, when its operation was moved to a newly built facility in Velky Opatov.