CnP: You didn't meet any castle ghosts on that first night, did you?
DM: (Laughing) I don't believe in ghosts. The only White Lady in our castle is me perhaps, when I walk from the wellness in a bathrobe :)
CnP: The castle has special relationship with women, right? Let's talk about Magdalena Zai who is closely connected with its history. Why does your restaurant bear her name?
DM: This is true! The whole castle is built with a feminine feeling. Although it was designed by an Italian architect, the client of the building was Magdalena Zai. It is not built on inaccessible rock, as is typical for other Slovak castles, it stands on a flat ground and therefore it was protected only by a moat. It has an oval floor plan, many Renaissance arches and vaults. Magdalena Zai was the main visionary of the construction, which was financed by a rich provincial councilor and Count Mikuláš Sandorfy. You know what – my goal first was to NOT open a hotel and a restaurant, but I'm lucky to have good and reliable people around me, so I managed it. The castle was always inhabited in the past, so I only realized what it was built for. My dream now is to reconstruct its 3-story tower. You know the castle belonged to many kings, one of them was the son of the Czech king Charles IV, who donated this castle to his wife Barbara of Cilli (Barbora Celjská). I think castles and chateaux were mainly the domain of men. But we had important women living here, and that was the motivation why I, as a woman, decided to affiliate.