Zuccolini is said to have received guests in the ceremonial hall, with its black walls and interesting paintings. “The lower part of the hall was apparently usually intended for male visitors, and the women chatted on the balcony,” says the curator, Mateja Kakež. The locals tell that musicians sometimes entered through the door in the upper part of the hall to surprise Zuccolini’s guests.
Zuccolini attracted attention among the locals with his car, and among the children, with his dressed-up dog. Ivanka, an older lady, remembers when she was a little girl: “We picked violets and gave them to Lady Zuccolini. The lady gave us some money and we bought caramels in the shop.”
After the castle was nationalised, life there didn’t come to a standstill. On 18 August, the celebration of St. Helena, balls used to be held on the grass field outside the castle walls. “Boys from the village brought benches, picked pine branches for decoration and put up a stage made of pallets. “It was pretty, all decorated with lamps, and both old and young danced …” remembers Hermina, the castle caretaker. Men used to play bowls in the courtyard. “Not even a storm would chase them away, and sometimes the whole village could hear them arguing about the game,” her daughter Karmen adds.
Today the castle serves as a venue for various events. Many couples have already tied the knot in the castle courtyard. Among them are Sara and Robert. “I always said I would get married at Prem,” said Sara. “She fell in love with Prem just like she fell in love with me,” adds Robert, smiling. “It is small, charming, and modest, but magical,” explains Sara, and adds that a civil and church wedding can take place under the same roof here.