a walking tour of
the writer's villa

Waltz up to the 'belle etage' via the creaky winding oak stairway and you’ll reach three reception rooms that were originally intended for drinking, dining and smoking. Each room retains its original rosewood paneling and ceilings. The central room contains an authentic Zsolnay tiled stove and double doors which lead to the outdoor loggia and terrace.

In the north side of the house, is the living room (aka the Petofi Parlour) that features an open fireplace and hidden door that leads back to the entrance hall. This room is a fab place to hunker down with a book or your thoughts together with a glass of fruity local red wine or palinka on a crisp winter's afternoon.

From the parlour you can enter into the lovely winter garden, which flaunts unique stained-glass windows and makes a truly remarkable space for dining entertainment. The original drawings for the winter garden are held by the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts due to the fact that the glass works were produced by famed artist Miksa Róth and are among the most beautiful designs of the Hungarian art nouveau period.

On the south side of the entrance floor, you’ll find a fully-equipped guest kitchen and separate breakfast room where our hearty continental buffet is served up daily to overnight guests.

Head up the staircase to the first floor hallway and you’ll enter the large central study with rosewood paneling and large Meidinger secession tiled stove built into the wall. The arched stained glass windows within the stairwell and study were also produced by the workshop of Miksa Róth. Both the Scholten and Wieringa bedrooms are situated on this level, each connecting to its own large bathroom made of Italian marble with cast iron bath.

Continue up the second set of stairs to the loft which holds three more double bedrooms: Barr, Hobbs and Matthews. Guests staying on this level share a large full bathroom, separate water closet and shower closet, a living room with oversized sofa and two small balconies that command breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

Pop downstairs to the lower ground level where you’ll find the staff kitchen and laundry room, machine room, wine cellar and pantry, water closet, and sauna complete with steam room, changing area and shower. Additionally, two more bedrooms are situated here. On the north side, the Dunlop room contains a double bed, ensuite bath and separate sitting area. And on the south side, the original sport and exercise room has been converted into the Fink room featuring double bed and carpeted flooring.  

The serene 3,000 sqm garden was redesigned by Dutch landscaper Baroness Margaretha Voërst van Lynden and is home to many ancient chestnut, pine and yew trees, and further benefits from an elegant swimming pool. Kick back in the steam room or bob away in the jacuzzi before working up an appetite in the pool and ultimately tucking into breakfast on the terrace…