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Old-Style Cottage Built In 2005 on an acre of land

Bedrooms Studio
Half Baths1
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Situated on a hill overlooking vineyards amidst an almond orchard.

The property is a five minute walk to the village centre of Szentbekkalla with a pergola, stone grill, and terraces. The house has an open floor plan, 140 sq. meters, sleeps six comfortably, air- conditioned downstairs, wood stove, heat pump, wi-fi, satellite TV, linens and towels are included. There is a separate wine cellar. The location is between Badascony and Tapolca in the center of the Kal Basin. Family friendly, pets considered.

Property Manager
Balint Birkas
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch, hungarian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

About Balint Birkas

We built this house a few years ago next to the old family estate that Balint's family was able to reclaim in the 1980's. We live in the U.S. but spend our summers in Hungary. Six years ago we bought a vineyard on the hill across from our house and can now share Lavender House with others. We age our wines in the old family cellar, a property adjacent to our house. We are both artists and film-makers in retirement.

Balint Birkas purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Balint Birkas chose Szentbékkálla

This place is close to Balint's heart. He served as an altar boy for the priest who owned the land that the house rests upon. His father is buried in the cemetery next to the village church and just adjacent to the Birkas estate. The view is stunning. The local wine is superb. The people are friendly.

What makes this cottage unique

Lavender House is a traditional Hungarian country house on the exterior, but the interior is anything but. The house is filled with light and air. The proximity to the village and the surrounding countryside is excellent. Large windows, access to the out-of-doors, and ease of living are all conducive to a restful break from the modern world.


Szentbékkálla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , washing machine
  • There is a full bath downstairs with a tub and shower combination. The upstairs has a half bath.
  • Studio, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • This house has an open floor plan with. There is comfortable sleeping for six. There is an upstairs bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a fainting couch in a separate TV viewing area. There is a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room with a day bed. There are two single beds in the large room adjacent to the kitchen.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Lavender House is a country house and the facilities are simple. It is comfortable for a family or friends with most necessities provided for comfortable enough accommodations for a week-long stay or longer.


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Old-Style Cottage Built In 2005 on an acre of land
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Sehr komfortables Haus in traumhafter Lage

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben in Sommer 2015 eine wunderschöne Woche verbracht. Das Haus, die Einrichtung und die Lage haben uns so gut gefallen, dass wir in diesem Sommer wieder zurückkommen werden.

Darüber hinaus kann ich den anderen Bewertern nur zustimmen!

Wir freuen uns schon jetzt auf das Wiedersehen!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen dank!
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Great house, amazingly helpful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the house of Butter and Bálint Birkás for two nights. The purpose of our stay was a family event. We had a terrific time at the house, thanks to Bálint Birkás' flexibility and help. He told us that they intended to rent the house as of the spring of 2013, however, since we contacted him with our enquiry, he made it possible for us even in October, 2012. The house is very cozy, well equipped and nicely decorated. I strongly recommend it for everyone, who would like to enjoy peace and quiet at a charming location and in a great house. We were also lucky to have the opportunity to taste Bálint's Pinot Noir '09, which will be kept among our nicest memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that your event went well, and in particular that you enjoyed our Pinot Noir! We are sorry the weather wasn't perfect, but we are very happy that your experience staying in our home was good. Please feel welcome to come by any time! Butter Birkas
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Fantastisch verblijf in een prachtig huis met een

  • 4 of 5

Fantastisch verblijf in een prachtig huis met een prachtig uitzicht alles er op en er aan. Contact met eigenaar verliep buitengewoon goed. We hebben nog een wijnproeverij gedaan. Heel veel goede wandelmogelijkheden. Je waant je zo 50 jaar terug qua rustige omgeving.

Ik zou deze woning aan iedereen aanbevelen die van rust en natuur houd. De stiltes in combinatie met het uitzicht zijn fantastisch. Balatonmeer is binnen bereik.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastisch verblijf in een prachtig huis met een

  • 4 of 5

Fantastisch verblijf in een prachtig huis met een prachtig uitzicht. Dicht bij het Balatonmeer. Heel veel plekken om relaxed te eten en dinken in en rondom het huis. Veel privacy

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Erholsame Ferien in Szentbekàlla

  • 5 of 5

Es waren schöne und absolut erholsame Tage.

Das Ferienhaus ist gemuetlich, sauber, mit allem Komfort, technisch alles super! Sogar Klima ohne Aufpreis. Das Haus ist auch im Sommer kühl (ohne Klima)

Das Haus hat unsere Erwartungen bei Weitem übertroffen - alles war perfekt (2 Erwachsene 50j aus der Schweiz)

Wir wurden sehr gastfreundlich mit Wein und gerösteten Mandel empfangen.

Die Koordinaten sollte man am Navi speichen, um wieder zurück zu finden. Gleich nach der Kirche, ganz rechts unter der Weide durch, dann links den Teerweg 50 Meter hoch und links auf den Feldweg einbiegen. Das Haus sieht man erst dann ca. 100m vom Teerweg entfernt.

Das Gebiet ist praktisch lärmfrei, nur gelegentlich fährt mal jemand mit dem Fahrzeug zu den Häusern weiter oben.

Es ist sehr ruhig zwischen den Reben und Mandelbäumen. Es ist sehr viel Platz. Uns hat es auf Anhieb gefallen. Das einzige was fehlte waren 2 Liegestühle zum Sonnenbaden.

Uns hat der Markt am Sonntag sehr gut gefallen, er liegt am Waldrand in Richtung Tapolca nicht zu verfehlen. Um 10h sollte man dort sein, denn nach 13 Uhr räumen einige Händler ihre Stände bereits wieder ab.

Am Markt gibt es Verpflegung, Alt- und Neuwaren, Textilien (Handarbeit), Holzhandwerk, Kunsthandwerk u.v.m.

In etwa 12 km Entfernung liegt Tapolca, es gibt dort einige Sehenswürdikeiten und alle Geschäfte um einzukaufen. Man kann Höhlenfahrten machen mit dem Ruderboot.

Auch das Thermalbad Heviz liegt nur ca. 15 km von Szentbekàlla entfernt.

Das Haus ist sehr gemütlich - wir kommen gerne wieder einmal.

Es hat alles was es braucht, bietet viel Platz und es ist täglich eine Freude hier zu sein. Das Ideale für ruhige erholsame Ferien.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mooi huis in de bergen

  • 5 of 5

Voor onze vakantie zochten we een huis in de bergen om tot rust te komen en te kunnen genieten van de natuur.

Na wat zoekwerk kwamen we uit op dit huis, omdat we ook internet nodig hadden vielen er al snel veel huizen af.

Het huis is erg mooi en heeft van binnen een beetje een jaren 60/70 uitstraling. We waren beide erg tevreden over de uitstraling en de sfeer van het huis.

Het huis ligt in de bergen en heeft een mooie tuin met lavendel en andere planten. Het uitzicht is ook prachtig, het is daarom ook zeer prettig gewoon een hele dag te relaxen in de tuin.

Omdat er ook een overdekte tafel is, kunnen ook mensen die snel verbranden (zoals ik) lekker zitten.

De eigenaar was erg vriendelijk en had zelfs een schoonmaakster geregeld zodat na een week het huis weer helemaal schoon was. Hij heeft ons ook de omgeving en zijn wijnvelden (en wijnkelder) laten zien. Dat was ontzettend leuk omdat je dan ook een goed beeld krijgt wat er allemaal in de omgeving te doen is.

Wij hadden onze hond mee en die kon ook prima z'n gang gaan in de tuin, er is plek genoeg om lekker rond te kunnen redden.

Wat wel minder was is dat het hele balaton meer verboden is voor honden, dus een dagje naar het strand met de hond zat er niet in.

Ik kan dit huis zeker aanraden en mochten we weer naar Hongarije gaan zou ik het huis zeker weer boeken.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Oreghegy Panzio
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Lavender House is located in the midst of vineyards dating back to the Roman times. Set in a national park, there is easy access to geological points of interest as this area is dotted with extinct volcanoes. There are classical concerts performed by world- renowned musicians during the summer months in the simple late-Baroque church in the village on Saturday evenings. The owners are vintners and are available for tours and tastings when on site.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $177.75

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 if agreed in advance. The nightly rate is all inclusive, no other fees or taxes will be added. Linens and towels are changed weekly. Earliest checkin is 1500 and latest checkout is 1100.

Pets have been allowed in the past.

The security deposit is required at the time the reservation is made using PayPal. Upon arrival the total rental is due in cash (euro). Upon leaving the deposit is returned after inspecting for unwarranted damage to the property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.