For our second holiday of 2011 we had decided to break from the traditional package deal and plan our own travel and accommodation for our trip to Hungary. We decided to go to the Hilltop Borhotel, I had got the website address from one of their bottles of wine, from which I was able to contact them to arrange our visit.
We rated this holiday as excellent because it was exactly what we wanted, so if you are interested in nights in bars on the town etc read no further. However if you like the idea of good food and good wine and like to relax at the side of a pool in warm sunshine then this may be the place for you.
We did both, a few days in Budapest which I must say was electric and then we made our way to the wine lodge for a total chill out.
The food and wine was very good value for money and the staff were very friendly. The view from our room was breath taking and we could see the Duna, or the River Danube as we know it, very clearly. The room was very large and really comfortable with big sliding windows and a balcony where we sat watching the sunset and then we would watch the moon rise. There is only 4 rooms in the wine hotel with a further 4 chalet type buildings in the grounds. We can not comment on the chalet rooms as we stayed in the hotel part. There is a pool in the grounds and a raised area complete with a telescope for viewing the beautiful countryside that the wine Hotel is set in.
The pool is looking slightly tired and one of the handrails was a bit lose, we did not find this to be a major problem as it did not in our opinion present any danger to us. The water was a little on the cold side but it was about 25c air temperature so when you got out of the pool it did not take long to warm up again and it was after all mid September.
Getting there from Budapest on the 2 trains was a bit daunting and trying to work out the best way to get there, as it is about 48 miles from Budapest. Hiring a car may have been a better option. One of the staff told us we could get just one train back to Budapest if we went from the Station in a place called Tatar.
If you decide to go just be aware it is quite a remote place but well worth the effort. We enjoyed our visit very much and it would have been nice to have stayed another day or so.