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Idyllic rose-draped hillside cottage, Kapolcs Village in Arts Valley

Linda (ENG) and Laszlo (HUN) Kondor

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Speaks: english, german, hungarian
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Idyllic rose-draped hillside cottage, Kapolcs Village in Arts Valley

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Tapolca Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Stone built, wood beamed cottage, nestled above village & vines, sleeps 4

92 Sm stone cottage, renovated for leisure living. The open-plan garden level of this two floor cottage includes a comfortable antique filled sitting room and adjacent dining area (for six )and country kitchen equipped for a gourmet. The upper level sleeping arrangements offer two twin-beds on the galley, and a spacious master bedroom (room with a view) with a big feather bed for two. The large bath has a shower and washing machine with a generous amount of soft towels. The cottage is completely private with no shared facilities. The property is enclosed by old stone walls and has a secure on-site parking area for your car. The 1,200 SM garden is mostly a large green lawn, with an orchard and grapevines. The cottage is thoughtfully equipped with all the comforts / essentials for a memorable holiday. A few steps from the cottage’s entrance are a large pergola covered terrace, with outdoor tables and chairs and recliners. We have a range of sizes of bikes, and wine cellar. For the outdoor chef there is a BBQ grill & cooking/camp-fire pit. Your morning coffee on the terrace can combine the smell of lavender, tolling church bells and panoramic vistas. In the evenings dine al-fresco & enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets.

Further details for guests of the Kapolcs village holiday in Hungary: More...hunt for treasures at country flea markets and antique warehouses. Or sample handmade specialities like goat cheese and Mangalica sausage at weekend farmer’s markets. Enjoy a choice of the many characteristic restaurants and wines. Village tours, Polo matches, picnics, funny dogs and friendly villagers. You too will fall in love with this quintessential rural Hungary. Join us!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda (ENG) and Laszlo (HUN) Kondor (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, german, hungarian
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Calendar last updated:
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About Linda (ENG) and Laszlo (HUN) Kondor

Kapolcs Cottage Country Estate of former Chicagoans.

Once, we would have been entertained by the idea that the very urban Linda and László Kondor would be living in Kapolcs Cottage, a countryside estate in Hungary. We had lived, loved and worked for decades in Chicago Illinois, but late 1997 found us doing exactly that and walking away from all we owned and settling permanently overseas - one house at a time.

It seems my husband and I are a bit nomadic and share a restless twinge to experience a lifestyle shakeup - every ten years or so. After a decade of happily living in a Bauhaus penthouse in the exquisite city of Budapest, a romantic getaway to Hungary’s Northern Balaton Region turned out to be the next chapter of our rather artistic, eclectic, lives. Summer of 2007 found us on-the-move again. László, my Hungarian-born-American husband, former photographer to Chicago’s late Mayor Richard J. Daley, intuitively found his way home to the Hungarian countryside, and after a resurrection of a shattered country house, settled in with wife & dogs to manage a holiday cottage.

Linda (ENG) and Laszlo (HUN) Kondor purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Linda (ENG) and Laszlo (HUN) Kondor chose Tapolca

Discovering this 200 year farmhouse & even older stone cottage on a vineyard estate, rumoured to be built on the former site of a medieval monastery, stole our romantic hearts. We fell completely in love. On the spot we decided to leave the bustling city and move into an environment where the beauty of nature is all around. We bought the ruin of a property, with approx. 2 1/2 acres / 3,800 Sm of overgrown weed-chocked garden. It took a lot of exhausting coming and going and we certainly had moments when we questioned our sanity, but there was no going back as we were completely seduced by to the exhilarating views. The cottage sits on a summit that overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Kapolcs Village. The village itself lies in a green valley on the edge of the Upper Balaton Region National Park, a nature preserve. This beautiful region is rightly called - the Hungarian Tuscany.

What makes this cottage unique

The joy (and simultaneous terror) on approaching such a restoration project - mixing the past and present - creating a modern home and holiday guest cottage in such a beautiful setting, was intimidating. Years before we had bought a design book, a sort of dream book that became our visual inspiration. Designer Tricia Guild’s gorgeously restored Italian Tuscan farmhouse is showcased in her book, COUNTRY COLOR. A must-see for anyone considering what can be done in restoring a country house. We practically slept with this book! We went to our first meeting with Erika Pécsi, our local genius designer with book in hand, and were delighted when she came up with her own copy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This lovely cottage has magnificient views of surrounding countryside & beautiful hungarian village of Kapolcs. Everything you need is provided & in plentiful supply. As only 35 mins drive from the picturesque Lake Balaton and it's wonderful amenities it offers everything you could wish to escape & soak up the hungarian culture and relax in peace & quiet. The church bells don't even strike hourly! Wonderful holiday, superb experience & fantastic, helpful owners regularly on hand.
Sep 2012
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Idyllic rose-draped hillside cottage, Kapolcs Village in Arts Valley
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 28 reviews

Lovely, quaint and charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

We know that every summer there Is the "Valley of Arts" festival which takes place in the village. We wanted to be in the heart of the festival but also wanted a place to retreat to when we wanted peace. The cottage is wonderful with everthing that you would want for a country retreat. The views from the cottage are lovely and it has gardens, cellar and terrace for eating and sunbathing. It is 1/2 hour drive to Lake Balaton (Hungarian Sea) and 1/2 hour drive to the Picturesque county town of Veszprem. The owners are lovely people and are very approachable.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and pleased that you came especially for the annual Valley of the Arts festival. Such a unique festival, the village's gardens, schools, mills, old estates, churches and town halls are the venue. Kapolcs is transformed from a sleepy village to an art and music and food extravaganza for ten days. Next year is the 25th anniversary....promises to be really an international event! Please come again!

A perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

A hidden gem in the Hungarian countryside. Enjoyed the view, privacy of the cottage & well kept garden with rose bushes. The kitchen was very well equipped. Enjoyed hiking & cycling trips (bicycles in very good condition) in the neighbouring villages. Linda & Laszlo are great hosts and were an invaluable source of information concerning life in the village of Kapolcs as well as in Hungary in general . Two weeks there went by too fast - need to revisit some day!

Jaana & Jarmo from Finland

Loistava lomapaikka rauhallisella Unkarin maaseudulla Balatonin pohjoispuolella. Mökki on hyvin varusteltu, pihapiiri kokonaan omassa käytössä. Fillarit olivat hyvässä kunnossa ja pyöräily onnistuu, kun välttää vilkasta päätietä. Patikointtireittejä myös lähistöllä. Isäntäväki asuu viereisellä tontilla ja ovat todella ystävällisiä,avuliaita ja kansainvälisiä - kommunikointi sujuu englanniksi,saksaksi ja unkariksi.Kylässä kaksi ruokakauppaa ja yksi unkarilaista ruokaa tarjoava ravintola ja myöskin baari.Tapolcassa15km päässä löytyy monta isoa ruokakauppaa. Portilla pysähtyy leipäauto päivittäin, myös postiauto, josta saa postimerkkejä ja kortteja. Jäätelöauto kiertää myös.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to our Finnish friends for the great review - it raises an interesting question for home owners, (especially if the rental property is close) as to how much or how little interaction there will be with guests.... Some guests seek privacy and they want to be completely independent. Some want a total immersion into the local customs and culture, and especially seek our company and assistance. We of course look to our guests to set the relationship they want. We as retired re-repatriates and ex-expatriates, feel lucky to live in Hungary, and it is a joy for us to meet so many world-travellers wishing to get to know Hungarians and Hungary. We do have a unique insiders view, with an understanding of the outsider's perspective. But perhaps it is Hungarians unkind preference for their own unique language. Whatever the magic is, we are glad to continue being there if needed...

Always happy to go back to Kapolcs

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we stayed here and we had a lovely experience once again. Linda and Lászlo offered to take us to the celebrations on the 1st of May in the village (the villagers were decorating their "May tree") and we had a chance to eat and drink with everyone gathered at the village centre and go for a walk around the village. Really nice!

But the hosts also gave us space to wander on our own on the next days and to relax and they provided us with very nice tips on where to go, eat and drink. When the weather turned rainy, they kindly left us a basket full of DVDs to watch at "home".

Very nice cottage, lovely village and surroundings and welcoming hosts.

We would like to be back again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the enthusiastic review, you are wonderful ambassadors for the village! We agree, it is a seductive place - some former guests have returned and purchased summer properties of their own....imagine that!

Tolle Gegend, liebenswerte Vermieter

  • 4 of 5

Die Vermieter sind sehr liebenswerte Menschen, unsere Kinder und wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus hat einen schönen Garten und die Gegend ist sehr interessant. Man kann wundervolle Ausflüge rund um den Plattensee unternehmen. Heviz ist ganz in der Nähe. Das Haus ist ein guter Ausgangspunkt, um See, Heilbad und Hinterland zu erkunden. Wir hätten fünf Sterne vergeben, wenn die Betten und Matratzen neuer wären.

Sehr sauber, sehr freundlich, sehr gut gelegen.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Nice house,friendly hosts in beautifull part of HU

  • 5 of 5

The house is very nice and quiet, overlooking the village.

It has a very nice garden, perfect for relaxing or having breakfast on the sun.

Linda and Lászlo were extremely nice, welcoming us to the house and making sure our stay was perfect (eg. the bicycle had a flat tire that Laszlo quickly fixed it). They also had very nice tips for walks in the woods and vineyards, restaurants and other places to visit.

We would strongly recommend this house and may well go back there in the future.

Thank you Linda and Lászlo!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thnak you, we appreciate your kindness. The cottage IS well situated for such weekend urban-escapes from Vienna - 2.5 hours each way .... Glad you made the trip and hope you make it again!

Just what we needed!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect for getting away from it all!!! Me and my husband spent a week here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The pictures on the website do not do this cottage the justice it deserves. We were overjoyed when we arrived as it was so much better than we had anticipated. The cottage was clean and spacious and Linda and Laszlo were so welcoming and knowledgeable. You definitely need a car if you are wanting to explore the area and unfortunately the restaurant down the road was closed during our stay due to refurbishments so unfortunately we had to cook every night but the cottage is so well equipped we didn't want for anything utensil wise. We would definitely go back to this cottage for a break as it is so peaceful and ideal for anyone wanting to relax and get away from it all! We are so glad we came across this property and we really hope that other people are able to do the same.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind comments, it is greatly encouraging...We are food enthusiasts and LOVE to cook and eat - so when we set up the kitchen - we imagined ourselves living in the cottage. A funny thing - we sometimes go over to borrow a pan!


Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Liszt Ferenc Budapest & Balaton Airport 40 km
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Tihany peninsula in middle of Lake Balaton
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Kesztehely golf course
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Town of Talpolca, Northern Balaton region
Nearest Restaurant
One is walking distance, selection other villages
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Lake Balaton's / Szigliget Village beach
Car: necessary

A walking tour of this authentic living village offers a shady island dotted with old mills and charming farmhouses, all surrounded by vineyards and wine cellars. Enjoy the local pub, cafes and shops that carry fresh produce and bread. This Kapolcs Village hillside farmhouse /cottage is located in the Valley of the Arts - an insiders secret since Roman times, today a favourite holiday home destination of many famous painters, sculptors, musicians and writers. Well located for discovering rural Hungary, but a car is necessary. Kapolcs is a gem of a village in the Northern Balaton region of Pannonia, often called the Hungarian Tuscany. This is a classic wine region and a short drive visits many fine wineries. Day tours offer medieval and baroque castles, or Roman villas. Luxuriate in thermal waters or swim at family-friendly beaches of cool Lake Balaton. Go boating in underwater lakes. Explore the timeless and enchanting Balaton peninsula villages. Explore our newly restored Watermill Museum. This and much more

Other Activities: flea markets, farmers markets, antiques, polo matches, wine tasting


Rates & Availability

From €59 Per night

Tapolca Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 13 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 16 2015 - Nov 15 2015
2 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Please note the owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (Euro), before use of conversion tool. The owner may accept other currencies such as Hungarian Forint - HUF, if specifically agreed in advance. The nightly rate is all inclusive, no other fees are included. Stays longer than one week include linen and towel change every week. check in 1500 out 1100
20% refundable deposit holds a reservation. The full rental fee is due upon arrival, the deposit is refunded at departure minus any mutually agreed upon deductions due to unreasonable damage or loss. the fee is all-inclusive.
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Tapolca Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is large and on the lower level of the cottage, fully equipped with towels and soaps.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , galley bedroom
  • Large antique filled master bedroom is a romantic room with a view, the less private galley bedroom has two twin beds and all beds fitted with down comforters and pillows. All beds on upper level of the cottage. The bedrooms are filled with the sun in mornings, but are equipped with light proof shades. The village is very quiet, unless it is the ten day Kapolcs Arts Festival, July 27-August 5, 2012. Otherwise you will be gently awakened with church bells. The bed rooms are cool even in the hottest summer, as the thick stone built walls are a natural air-conditioner.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
If requested - we offer a breakfast/starter hamper which is enough for a weekend for two. Includes a loaf of fresh local bread, ten eggs, butter, jar of home made preserves, a litre of milk, teabags, ground coffee, sugar, a litre of orange juice and cooking oil. price ...€ 30

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