The house is situated at the highest point of the northwards slope of a former arboretum, with a total area of 1.57 ha. Both the location and size of the building were essentially formed by the structure of the original weekend house and the close proximity of a mature oak and fir tree.
With a history reaching back to the late 16th century, the St. Michael’s House acquired its present appearance in the final years of the 18th century with modifications during the first half of the 19th. It is the first building in a row of similar ones copying the outline of the former garden wall of the Capuchin monastery in the Hradčany district of Prague, behind Prague Castle. Along with the other small houses and the opposite wall, it forms the picturesque lane of Nový Svět.