Welcome to peaceful Porva ~ where you can truly escape from the modern world. Imagine provence in the 1970s, before it was ever tainted with commercialization. Porva is surrounded by protected national forest which ensure the  simplicity of village life
An Enchanting Hungarian Retreat
Hosted by Sarah + Andras
Sarah + Andras is the host.
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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The sleepy, centuries-old German Hungarian village of Porva sits in the valley of the king's former hunting grounds, a snug retreat from which to explore the many wineries, mountain hikes, villages and ancient chapels of this mostly undiscovered region. Half way between Vienna, and Budapest, and a sweet spot from which to explore the countryside between each, or make a quiet stop over after a chic city stay.

The space

If you're looking for a cozy retreat in the magestic setting of untouched Europe, welcome. The Bakony, the former hunting grounds of Hungarian royalty, is a quiet land just 2 hours in between Vienna and Budapest. Nestled in the center of the tiny village of Porva, our house sits on an acre of land ripe with fruit trees and cultivated rows of eggplants, squash, blackberries, strawberries and more.

Our simple, rustic home is the perfect getaway for families, writers and artists looking for a retreat from the modern world. Cook on a wood-burning stove (there's a charming gas option as well), and eat your meals in the kitchen or in the yard with a view of a church built on a 1000-year-old foundation which sits just behind the house.

Sleep in our hand-crafted four-post King master bed, made by a local artisan out of wood from our own forest. A second set of guests will be comfortable in the twin beds in the next room. All beds boast Hungarian goose-down comforters and pillows, and plenty of extra blankets for fall and winter months.

Outside the house doors, enjoy quiet and utter safety of our large yard--gather eggs from the hens (or, if as has just happened, the coyotes get the hens, we'll provide eggs from other locals), picnic under the shady plum trees or take a walk into the garden and beyond, deep into the forests behind the house.

Hikers, cyclists and adventurers will love the proximity to the Bakony mountains hiking trails. Wine enthusiasts can use our home as a perch from which to explore the wines of Lake Balaton, just 40 minutes drive. Explore historic Zirc, and the castles and cathedrals of the many nearby villages.

Best of all, let our family-- welcoming and accommodating {German and Hungarian speaking} hosts-- be your guide to life in Porva.

Available for weekend or week stays, or longer sabbaticals.

***As seen in Food & Wine Magazine (September 2013) ***

Guest access

Main house and yard (200-year-old barn and old house are under renovation, and will be locked. Please excuse appearances of any works in progress.)

Interaction with guests

As much or little as needed up to the stay; very little if any during your stay.

Other things to note

This is a largely Hungarian and German speaking village. English is limited here; most of our guests are choosing this location as a quiet retreat, but if you need extra help, or a guide to help navigate the area and interact with locals, please let us know!

Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 double beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 12AM (midnight)

{Settling In} One of our family members will be there to greet you and let you into the house, pass you the keys and show you around! If this isn't possible due to timing, we'll leave the key hidden for you with clear instructions how to find it.

{Heating} The house is heated by wood burning enclosed fireplaces in each room. Winter months require DIY temperature control. Wood supplied.

{Kitchen} Our rustic, old-fashioned country kitchen is equipped with a fridge, kettle for boiling water/tea, sink, original wood burning stove and small/modern gas oven and stove. Plates and flatware and a kitchen table that sits 4 and can expand to seat 6. Help yourself to the picnic basket for shopping at the markets and taking picnics out for day trips.

{Garden + Fruit Trees} Our family farms the land behind the house and depends on the produce for the family meals; We love to share, and share the experience of cultivating and harvesting the land. Please be respectful and pick only what you can eat each day.

{Fresh Eggs} If you're interested in gathering and collecting eggs from the chickens, let us know [NOT available in summer 2014]. A member of our family will show you where and how to collect enough for your breakfast. If you'd like, for a small weekly fee, fresh eggs can be hand-delivered to the front step during your stay. {please note, on occasion, as has just happened, the hens yield to the fate of the hungry coyotes. When that is the case, we will provide fresh eggs from other local hens for your arrival}.

{Compost} We compost our kitchen waste like vegetable and fruit peels and pits, coffee grinds, tea bags and bread. Please add your kitchen scraps to the compost bin under the walnut tree in the far left side of the yard.

{Bedding} Each of the three bed is supplied with fresh, sun-dried sheets, down pillows and comforters stuffed with Hungarian Goose Down.

{Windows} The house is being updated with double-payned glass to cut street noise, but light sleepers may benefit from lowering the shutters completely--which will also block out light for those who like to sleep in. Some, but not all windows, are equipped with screens. Check carefully before you open the windows (the kitchen window is completely screened in): it is the country, and critters will find their way in if you let them.

{Bathroom} The bathroom is "modern" but worn (read: 1970's) with a separate toilet, and the first on our upgrade list. It's not pretty, but functions well and has plenty of hot water.

{Recreation} From our back door, sit under the shady plum tree and read a book, cook dinner on live fire, picnic near the rose bushes or take a hike behind the house through the fields and into forests full of oak trees.

{Fireplace} The house is heated by traditional closed fireplaces. If traveling here during the winter months, we will provide you will additional wood and instructions for heating.

{internet} there's no phone, TV or internet here. This is a perfect place to unplug, though you're welcome to bring your own devices.

{Families} There is no additional charge for families with small children. Let us know how we can make your stay more pleasant. The house has an antique high chair, and two very low single beds in the second bedroom, appropriate for children 3 + who are accustomed to sleeping in beds without rails. If a crib is required, please let us know in advance and we'll do our best to accommodate you--though bringing your own portable crib is most appreciated. Please reserve the antique dishes for careful adults only (they are family heirlooms, and can't be replaced); you'll find plastic bowls and cups in the drawers below the cabinets.

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6 Reviews

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Zsofia User Profile
August 2014
We had 4 relaxing days in Porva. If you want to switch off and enjoy the Hungarian village romantic, this is a right place for you. The house is big enough for 2-3 people and even there is bad weather you can sit around and read in the kitchen. You shouldn't expect modern equipments, but a tasteful, Hungarian village furniture (except the bathroom). We liked most the huge garden with a lot of vegetables and fruit trees, and also the kitchen. Overall, we were very satisfied with the choice, although the house could have been a bit cleaner. Regarding Sarah, we had an easy and quick communication and she was very helpful answering questions and fulfilling our wishes.

Elles User Profile
August 2013
August 2013- After a weekend-long wedding-celebration near Budapest, we were looking for 5 days of peace and quiet in the countryside and that is exactly what Sarah&Andras' little house offers! We had some trouble finding the place, as we didn't know what house-number to look for. After showing some local people the Airbnb print-out (most don't speak German or English), we managed to locate Andras' aunt, who kindly gave us the keys and left us to explore the place. The house itself is very nice and clean, with a cosy and well-equipped kitchen. Both bedrooms are charming and spacious, with beautiful furniture. If you're a light sleeper, you may want to bring ear-plugs, as the neighbourhood-dogs tend to wake up early and barking, and cars drive by right pass the bedroom-window. We had one very cold and rainy day and we did miss a place to sit and read inside (the kitchen-chairs are not all that comfortable and there's no living-room). But on the warmer days, we really enjoyed the yard, playing games, drinking wine and reading under the tree, and walking in the beautiful surrounding woods and fields. We also took lovely day-trips to Lake Balaton, which is about 40 minutes away. Supermarkets are located in Zirc, a 15 minute drive away. Sarah and Andras are very friendly hosts, and easy to communicate with. They made sure we had all the details and were very quick in responding to our questions. The local host we met was also very friendly, and kept to herself mainly. She lives next door, so is very easily available for questions. If you're looking for a quiet and basic retreat in an authentic Hungarian village, this is the one you want!

Gisela User Profile
August 2013
we had a great time in Porva. It is a small village, were time stood still. We mainly stayed at the house, sitting in the garden and looking at the great view in front of us, with the little church and the lovely landscape. Every day I made a meal in the lovely decorated kitchen, although it was very hot outside, it was great fun. I loved walking through the vegetable garden in front of us and we took some herbs and zuchini for cooking. We also loved to play boule in the garden. It is not the perfect playground I think, because my husband was always the winner...;-). We are a couple from Germany and so we could talk to the aunt living next door in German. English is not very common in this village, some German words could help. For shopping we drive about 10 min. to zirc. where you can find everything you need. I found a bakery which I loved and the nice young baker come from behind to help me with my decisions. But there are also some small shops nearby - I know, but I did not use. If you do not want to make sight seeing tours in the near area and you want to enjoy the garden with the lovely tree, love cooking with very good cooking dishes you will have a great time. We would love to come back some time.

Margo User Profile
July 2013
My boyfriend and I wanted a romantic getaway in the countryside, and Sarah and Andras's place was wonderful! The location is a nice balance of town and country - the front of the house looks out onto the main street of Porvo and the back looks out onto their garden and fields. There are supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants two towns over, but the house itself feels like a country getaway with a large kitchen and a picnic table for eating dinner or breakfast outside.

Marg User Profile
August 2012
We had a lovely 5 days in Porva,at Kkis Madar Haus. It was a little confusing when we arrived as no one speaks english,and we were a little late,but we got the keys. My problem was that I was looking for a farm house on land,not a house on the main st of Porva. The house was very clean and everything you needed to have a great stay. We ate under the old pear tree in the back yard of a late afternoon,read books and played games. We found the noise of the cars and dogs that set off barking early in the mornings etc was not the best for what was a most tranquil setting. But all could be forgotten once you were in the backyard under that pear tree. Andras and Sarah were the best with communication to us,overall we had 5 good days in Porva ,and would recommend to,people,but just let them know first it is not a farmlet.

Jenny User Profile
June 2012
Seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, we found our way to Porva for an idyllic 5 day visit. We arrived to welcoming hosts who had the house ready for our toddler with a crib and high chair set up. In addition, our gracious hosts provided us with fresh eggs and veggies from the garden, as well as homemade bread. The house is totally comfortable -with lovely details like fresh cut roses and lavender bedside - but we spent as much as time possible enjoying the yard and beautiful scenery. Great spot for day trips to Lake Balaton and surrounding hills and sights. Sarah was extremely helpful before we arrived by sharing ideas about kid-friendly day trips nearby. Highly recommend this lovely country home, we'd love to return someday.

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A NYC couple who splits time between city living and country bliss. We'd love to share our humble homes while we're away so that you can explore the city we love {NYC!}, the alluring Hudson Valley, just 1 1/2 hours north. And don't miss our little gem in the Hungarian countryside…

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