Gašper's Mill - luxurious villa and restaurant under the High Tatras

History of Mill

Welcome to Gašper´s Mill – to the villa, which stands on the place of the original mill at the end of the Subtatran village of Batizovce. Our mill will offer relax, intimate surroundings, excellent gastronomy, privacy and unforgettable artistic experience! Let you whirl away by fabulous atmosphere, discover magic of the past, make whack of luxury, enjoy stroke of nature and have a rest among real artistic works.

Hundred - year – old Mill in Batizovce

 

Once no villages could go without a municipal mill and it was not different in Batizovce. People grew different kinds of grain in their fields – wheat, barley, rye or millet - however, firstly it was necessary to process it, and then it was possible to use it for the preparation of food. White flour was made mainly of wheat and it was suitable for baking bread, cakes or it was used as the ingredient to meals. However, after processing, cereals were used for feeding farm animals and barleycorn still has been an important and tasty ingredient to pig-sticking specialities or addition to smoked - meat products. Growers brought some of their grain sacks to the municipal mill and next day they could come to take their milled crop which they utilized and saved for the nearest harvest. Despite the fact that the mill was powered by water for a long time, grain could be processed really very precisely. Flour was milled and sorted into cruder or totally smooth. A worker with barley in the mill was a person who only looks after peeling barley. Nearly perfectly he was able to put away its hard corn coat from particular peeled barley!


In the beginning, mill machines were powered by energy from water. Wooden wheels, cog small wheels, winches – all of them were spun and the mill milled from the energy of the Batizovce creek branch. Not only machines for processing grain were powered by water, but also machines in the previously mentioned „ buchkarna“ to soften linen. People from Batizovce have remembered noise coming from this built part of the mill. Later after WWI a power station started to work in Batizovce powered by water turbine and at the beginning of the WWII the whole village was electrified. It was also brought over to working of the mill – mill machines started to use electric energy supplied from the Tatran power station.


Except for corn also linen was processed in Batizovce, which was largely used for the production of a folk costume. Wetted, dried and picked linen was processed in the „buchkarna“ - in the room, where particular bunches of linen knuckled under big weight of wooden beams and in this way they became softer. Growing and processing linen had a great tradition in Subtatran villages and it was an integral part of the most families in Batizovce.


Millers, which Batizovce still has remembered, were Juraj Kečka, Valetnín Grich, Jozef Chladoň or the Imrich family. In 2001 rebuilding of the mill building started and because ravages of time has left marks on the walls and on the not very hard foundations, most original walls had to be replaced with new one. In the building people managed to maintain one part of the original wall and also the beams, which held timber of the building roof.



Contemporary “green” Gašper´s Mill

Energy of Batizovce creek still does not stay idle today … Otherwise nowadays it neither mills flour nor softens linen but powers turbine of the modern small water power station, which produces “pure”, ecological energy. Then it is distributed not only to the net, but also Gašper´s Mill uses it. Besides pure energy from water, our mill also uses energy and warmth from the sun and earth, which are able to warm the Mill pleasantly during the severe winter too. In the nowadays world, when we cannot survive without electricity, heating or water pipeline, Gašper´s Mill “borrows” everything from nature and it doesn´t hurt it at all.


Gašper´s Mill is also unique because of its fairy-tale, old-world atmosphere. The interior of the mill was decorated by Subtatran academic artist called Marián Čižmárik. He gave the mill its unique face, in which the world of our ancestors, vital power of water and untameableness of Subtatran nature are reflected. In our restaurant we can see unique machines and tools which were once used for processing corn but we can also see original pieces of ancient furniture and pots – all precisely chosen and installed by Mr Čižmárik. We can travel in time in Gašper´s Mill in the most luxurious way.