In 1998, after a short search for a suitable location, we became the owners of two authentic farmhouses and the surrounding land (10000 square meters)…..
…..The old woman (81 years by then), who owned the place, wasn’t able to get through the harsh winters any longer. She decided to live with her family in a nearby village and to sell the houses and the land to us. In the spring of 1999 it was restored immediately to fit for its purposes: a tranquil, authentic countryside guesthouse and natural campsite. In the spring of 2000 a sanitary-block for the campers was added to the place. Some sort of an old stable was renewed and serves now as the library. In 2001, the complex has been extended with an extra original village house. This house is in the midst of a very old orchard with apple trees up to more then hundred years old. An exellent place for songbirds and breeding and feeding woodpeckers. We can now host groups up to 17 persons.
The rooms are always nicely fresh. These countryside houses are built of 60 cm walls of natural stone. The thick walls keep the inside temperature in summer always significantly lower then outside. Even on the hottest days, this guarantees a good night’s sleep. The rooms are of medium size, have new bathrooms, new floors and paint and have windows with good views.
The beds and mattrasses are new and comfortable, the sheets are replaced twice a week. Almost all rooms have private facilities and are cleaned daily.
Both in the garden and the guesthouses, much effort was put in the balance between authenticity and comfort. All facilities have the highest hygienic standards. Nevertheless, the spaces in and outside the houses have a cosy and warm atmosphere.
The large common room is available for anybody (guesthouse- and camping guests), who wants to hide from an occasional shower, the cold at evenings or just wants to be inside with other people. It has very comfortable chairs and a few tables. You can play a game of chess here, use our library or drink a glass of wine. It has a self-service fridge with beer, wine and juice. It also contains bookshelves. We are very proud of our extensive library. It has books about Hungarian and European nature, including many identification works on birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and their traces, such as prints, sculls and feathers. A vast part of the collection contains (ecological, ethological, identification) books about butterflies, moths (even micro’s) and other insect orders, birds and plants. But there are also novels, maps and tourist information about the whole of Hungary. It is a spacious place with a high roof. The walls are decorated with pictures and art from our guests and your hostess. In wintertime this place is the atelier of your hostess. The library also serves as a dining room.
Outside are several terraces in the shade of a large walnut tree, in the sun and also under a shed. These places are used to eat, relax, play a game (if you are a keen chess player please challenge your host) or just to talk. One of the terraces has a fireplace. Sometimes we prepare a real Hungarian gulyas on an open fire.
‘As I remember, my first thoughts on Farm Lator were : comfortable, giving a good nights sleep, clean, great food, and very friendly. In more detail : The rooms have that appealing cottage feel about them, with good comfortable beds providing clean showers and washing facillities. The food is especially good and will keep the hungriest guests happy. While it is a set menu, the friendly hosts cater for any particular tastes that you may have. Be it vegatarian, wheatgerm free etc etc. Should you wish to leave early to go exploring before the excellant breakfast, packed lunches are made ready, if you require them. There is a very comprehensive library covering virtually every subject connected with wildlife, and from Geology to Astronomy. There is also a full section of Novels.
Whether you arrive for a holiday or as one of the many experts making a return trip to continue their field work, you will find Farm Lator a very enjoyable experience. I found that those who were experts in their field were more than happy to help with ID and willing to encourage the younger guests to continue with wildlife interests’.