A fully modernised villa at the foot of the Matra Mountains, 70 miles from Budapest airport, the spacious house set in the quiet village of Bodony sits at the foot of the Matra Mountains. One hour's drive from Eger and close to the Spa town of Paradfurdo. Our house is the ideal location for walking holidays, cycling, hunting, fishing or horse riding. There is plenty to see and do at the town and castle of Eger, the coach museum and heavy horse stables at Paradfurdo and the ruined hill top bastion at Sirok.
The house offers three bedrooms (double with ensuite, two twin rooms and a double sofa bed in the living room). There is a second bathroom, kitchen, large hall/dining area and a spacious games room in the basement which includes a full sized pool table, dart board and table football. The garden has a large terrace offering beautiful views of the Matra Mountains, BBQ and traditional Hungarian Bogracs fire pit for those looking for an authentic taste of Hungary. There is a gaezebo in the garden for enjoying the warm summer evenings.
We were both born in London, but have lived in Hertfordshire for all our adult lives. My father was Hungarian and I spent many years visiting Hungary before we decided we would like a place of our own. I often visited this part of Hungary as a child and it is a pleasure to be able to return on a regular basis. We have been bringing our two daughters to Hungary for 20 years and have had many wonderful holidays here.
We bought the house in the Bodony for two reasons. Firstly, we stayed in a number of places in the area that we felt were not really what we expected from a holiday home so we wanted better and more importantly because it is a lovely part of Hungary and allowed us to visit the more rugged Matra and Bukk areas easily while still having great access to Budapest. It is in a great wine region and offers the beauty of being in the mountains, while still being close enough to travel to Budapest for the day trip. We feel we get the best of both worlds!
We regularly use the property and have done our best to ensure it is well equipped and comfortable to use. We like to cook so we have a well equipped kitchen.
We love sitting on the sun drenched terrace on a hot summer's day enjoying a drink or a BBQ while viewing Galyteto Mountain rising from the fields the run from the back of the garden. The games room has been great for us and the children and makes a great venue for a drink and conversation on both hot summers evenings and on cooler autumn or winter nights
The village lies at the foot of the Matra Mountains near to Parad and the spa village of Paradfurdo with its hotel and heavy horse and coach museum. There are excellent opportunities for walking and mountain biking, with many scenic routes for ramblers and more adventurous walkers alike. The drive over the mountain from Gyongyos towards Eger runs through wooded hills and offers a great feel for the Matra and the west of the Bukk. The village of Bodony boasts an excellent fishing lake where day tickets are available. If you can, visit the local potter (Les Gabor) who makes both traditional and more contemporary hand thrown and decorated pots. Close by is the ruined castle of Sirok which is currently having a visitor centre built and the famous town and castle of Eger is just one hour away. If you have an interest in geology there is an extinct volcano at Verpelet which can be climbed and the mountains of Kekesteto and Galyteto offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The cafe and viewing platform on top of the tower at Kekesteto is especially worth visiting. There are a number of good local restaurants close by with German/English language menus or English speaking staff. The area is well known for its skilled glass engravers and there are a number of excellent craftsmen who still work and sell their products locally. For the adventurous local spring water can be drunk at source from the curative well in the forest near Paradfurdo. If you are interested in more recent history you can also visit the site of the soviet/communist era labour camp at the national memorial park (Nemzeti Emlékpark) near Recsk. The winding road up to the remote location in the hills adds to the atmosphere of this sad place and the articles and testimonies (some in English) found in the visitor centre can be very moving.
The trip to Budapest can be made in 1.25 - 1.5 hours by using the M3 and there is a large car park at Hero's Square (Hosok Tere) which is usually free and ideal starting point for touring the city using the excellent public transport system.
Matra Dry Bobsleigh run, Aerial Slide and Walkways (Oxygen Adrenalin Park), Go-karting and Quad Bikes are available close by, there are excellent show caves at Aggtelek (1.5 - 2hr drive) and the opportunity to visit other caves across the border in Slovakia (Remember to take some Euros!). The Matra museum is Gyongyos is also worth a visit if you wish to gain an historical perspective on the area. This local natural history museum is also located on the same site in Gyongyos.
For the wine buffs, a visit to the 'valley of the Beautiful Woman' (Szépasszonyvölgy) in Eger is a must, with the hillside around the valley dotted with small wine cellars where wine can be drunk or bought to take away and local snacks are available. There are also a number of restaurants including the Kulacs Csárda Panzió which we recommend.
In Gyongyos, Eger and smaller villages such as Verpelet there are a number of excellent cake shops/cafes and no trip to Hungary would be complete without a visit to one of these delightful institutions.
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