Irota Ecolodge was everything we expected and more. The houses are well designed, completely eco-friendly; yet offer all the modern conveniences and comforts. They’re also much larger than one would gather from the online photos. We really appreciated the good internet connection, stunning interior; showers with good water pressure; veranda with comfortable furniture; BBQ facilities; natural pool; grocery basket on order with real Hungarian sausage and wines, the lovely village food from Mrs. Miklos with 4 menu’s to choose from; mountain bikes; all the modern conveniences one would expect from modern upmarket urban accommodation, yet nestled in the quiet tranquility of the Hungarian countryside. Jeroen and Lennard made every effort to make us comfortable and provide for our needs. Although guests usually travel to the lodge by car, we took the train from Budapest under the good guidance of our hosts and it turned out to be problem free and a fascinating adventure. Irota Ecolodge is the perfect tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life with all the serenity and tranquility one would expect from the Hungarian countryside, yet with all the amenities of modern accommodation, which makes it all the more amazing when one realizes that the accommodation is completely eco-friendly. What Jeroen and Lennard have achieved offers a new vision for what can be accomplished for country living. Using the latest eco-friendly building techniques and innovations, a tranquil and sustainable yet modern green countryside lifestyle is now possible, the perfect getaway.
Jeroen en Lennard have built a small paradise in Irota. We stayed at the upper house for a few days. The house was light and spacious and has more than enough room for six people. The owners have thought of everything, from kitchen appliances to comfy chairs to relax outside, to screened doors and windows to keep any bugs out. The beds and - very important to me - shower are great.
The outside space is fantastic. There's a barbecue and a traditional Hungarian cooking stove outside, which more than makes up for the lack of restaurants nearby. You can just take your time preparing a home-cooked meal. There is enough space around the house and at any time of the day you can find either a spot in the sun or in the shade. The pool is nice and clean and again the owners have made sure you're comfortable with good pool-side chairs and a shower.
Jeroen and Lennard made us feel very welcome, they even invited us to the local village fest and we had a great evening there. They gave us plenty of tips to explore the surroundings and helped us make reservations when needed. What Jeroen and Lennard built here is very impressive. We highly recommend it.
We had a very relaxing and calming stay here.
We stayed in the Upper House – which was absolutely lovely. There is lots of space inside, with a large living area, dining table and kitchen. Everything we needed was there.
The patio area is larger for this house, and the garden slightly smaller (but still a good size). To be honest, all the houses looked lovely, and you have privacy between all the houses – all the patios are hidden from the other houses. The pool is shared between the three houses, is a good size and naturally maintained, and was a lovely way to cool down.
From our patio you couldn't see another building - just the hills and countryside!
The village itself, is small and is in a very quiet location, the only noises you hear are the birds and assorted wildlife. There are several towns nearby (driving distance), and the main option for food is about 20 kms away. You will need a car to get around, and to explore the surrounding area.
We arranged to have a food hamper available for when we arrived, which covered breakfast and lunches for our stay. We also had a couple of meals provided by one the ladies from the village, which were lovely and plentiful!
Jeroen and Lennard were excellent hosts – always happy to help with anything and keen to make sure our stay was the best it could be.
We stayed for 6 nights, went on a Tokaj wine tour, had a trip into Slovakia, did one of the walks around the local area and relaxed at the lodge for a couple of days. By the end of our stay, we ended up feeling that there still several places we wanted to visit – another time no doubt.
We had a great time, and will be back.