The single-storey cottage has four large wooden-floored, wood-panelled and white-washed rooms each with shuttered double-glazed windows facing onto a cobbled lane, plus modern fitted kitchen, bathroom (shower over a small sitting bath) and separate WC, and is a few minutes' walk from the small town centre and river beach. It is about 125 years old, has thick walls rendered in a butter-coloured wash, and forms part of a traditional courtyard occupying a corner position.
The courtyard is completely enclosed and has a single driveway entrance. I own the whole courtyard which also comprises my own dwelling (not separately let out), a variety of outhouses available to guests including a garage, a summer kitchen and a wonderful cellar.
If you are looking for a quiet spot, where you can relax inside or in the garden, combined with the opportunity to visit fascinating historical, artistic and natural surroundings, it might be just what you are looking for. The cottage is also a good base for walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and angling activities, is only 30 minutes drive from the nearest outdoor spa, and is a good centre for driving tours of south-eastern Europe.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Danube river 1 km and Sugovica river 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Budapest 150 km, Nearest railway: Baja 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The rental charge includes full access to a wonderful ancient arched cellar, where there are benches and a table - ideal for cooling off in the summer.
The kitchen is fully equipped with sufficient glassware, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans for you to make everything from a boiled egg to a full dinner. There are saucepans, an espresso coffee machine, a percolator, juice maker, casserole dishes, baking tins, a hand-held mixer and dry-frier. The gas oven has an illuminated extractor hood.
The book-swap shelves offer something of interest to children and adults, the range including contemporary novels, and classics of English and Hungarian literature. Guests are welcome to leave books in the cottage and take others away. There is a collection of local tourist information leaflets updated regularly.
The collection of CDs and videos is not vast and a bit dated, but may provide some laughs and keep you occupied if you decide to lounge in one morning. Subject to the vagaries of reception, the TV offers variously Hungarian national channels, Duna regional and Baja local channels. Wi-fi access available.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage door opens out onto the garden within the property's own walled courtyard. If we, as the English owners, are in residence at the adjoining cottage next door we will share with you only the gates to the estate and access to the outhouses. The grassed area is fine for children's games and there is a blow-up paddling pool and hosepipe for those hot days. Garden chairs, table and parasol are provided for dining on the patio and loungers are available for sunbathing on the grass. There is also adequate shade from a large silver fir tree to enable eating and playing to be enjoyed out of the sun. Summer guests tend to eat breakfasts and dinner al fresco, enjoying either the sun or shade whichever is preferable at the time.
There is parking space for one car within the locked courtyard. Bicycles - available to use strictly at the individual's own risk - are kept in the large garage.
The rental charge includes access to the 'summer kitchen' - an outhouse where laundry may be dried and where garden furniture and toys are stored. This kitchen also features an original solid-fuel oven (not currently in use) with smoking cupboard - for hams, fish etc, and a deep freshwater well, safely lidded.
There are two small three-legged metal barbecues with utensils and a stock of firewood available for outdoor use.
Use your credit or debit card to pay the deposit and letting charge securely via PayPal - you do not need to have a Paypal account to pay this way.
A starter food pack can be ordered in advance at £20 for two persons - payable on arrival by cash in sterling or Hungarian forints. Handy if you arrive late on Saturday or Sunday when shops are closed.
The English-speaking caretaker will meet you to handover keys, and is available for assistance or advice.
ATM machines are situated outside banks in Baja and elsewhere in Hungary. UK debit and credit cards are usable in some larger supermarkets, restaurants and filling stations, but expect to pay cash in most shops and cafes.
Baja is a small market town, river resort and port on the Danube, with many interesting architectural, artistic and folklore features, close to the major Gemenc Nature Reserve and Duna-Drava National Park. Baja is accessible by rail and coach links from Budapest, and its location on the Danube Plain makes it ideal for biking holidays. This area also offers excellent birdwatching possibilities including black stork, great bustard, golden orioles, nightingales. For anglers it is easy to obtain fishing licences for the many waterways and lakes off the Danube. Carp, catfish and pike-perch are prevalent.
It is a convenient centre for motoring tours of Hungary, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia and Croatia. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by phone, post or email if you would like to book or want to talk it over.
I have been visiting this part of Hungary for twenty-seven years now and recommend its warm hospitality, traditional cuisine and famous wines. I look forward to hearing from you.
Walking distances from the house – 7 minutes to main square, 12 minutes to river beach, 15 minutes to bus/coach station, 20 minutes to railway station (public transport links by road and rail to Budapest – 150 km). Small supermarket for immediate needs eg milk, bread, toiletries, diagonally opposite house across the road, together with a fruit/vegetable stall. Poultry butcher, 'langos' take-away, pizzeria, antique shop, wine shop all within a few minutes' walk.
Baja has a classical Austro-Hungarian style town hall and immense town square with some small shops and bars. There is a thriving farmers' market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (go early), an art gallery, a museum, a jazz club, a hospital, a small department store and a cultural centre. The main street is pedestrianised with open-air café seating. There are two fine Catholic baroque style churches, two Serbian Orthodox churches, one former classical style synagogue, restored and now in use as a library. Local wine shop and fascinating curio shop within 5 minutes walk.
The town stands on the confluence of the Danube (Duna) with the tributary Sugovica. This provides a quiet beach area opposite the Petofi Island, with plenty of café terraces for drinks, light meals and snacks. Pedal boats for hire in season. There are several restaurants in town offering full lunch and dinner menus, popular dishes include traditional Baja fish soup, grilled carp and pike, lecso (paprika and tomato stew), goulash, goose liver, fried and grilled chicken and duck, pork schnitzels, braised beef, game. Sweet dish specialities: crepes, walnut noodles.
On the Pandur Island and on the opposite bank of Danube is the Gemenc nature reserve, part of the Duna-Drava National Park with many species of animals and birds including deer and wild boar, also rich vegetation of wild flowers, wild fruit trees, willows and birches. Baja is a quiet resort for Hungarians, not an international tourist centre. English-speaking visitors to the cottage are often the only such people in town.
Baja is within easy reach of Szekszard, Villány and Hajos wine regions, Pécs and Szeged – university towns with historical and artistic interest, Kesckemét – county town with eclectic architecture, theatre, galleries. Szeremle – arts and crafts colony. Davod and Nagybaracska – spa baths. Winter harbour for Danube shipping and boat repair yards on Pandur Island. Landscape mainly flat with some gentle undulation west of the Danube. Rich agricultural land supports paprika crops, sunflowers, grape vines, sweet corn, wheat, poultry and pig farms.
Baja is the "Fish Soup Capital of the World", and celebrates this annually during the second weekend of July with a massive open-air festival in the main square in which hundreds of cauldrons of the river fish soup are cooked on camp fires. See the Baja Annual Fish Soup Festival on Facebook.