Serbia Village Farmhouse
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Village House with Orchard
Stara Moravica, Vojvodina, Serbia
This lovely house in a fascinating location is available for rent.
A fully renovated traditional village house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, comfortable reception, spacious hallway and cellar. The house accommodates up to 6 people (or 8 using the sofa-bed). There is also a cot for an infant.
It is set in a very large and charming private garden and orchard, with a barn and several out-buildings. The garden has a BBQ and outdoor dining area. You can do self-catering (cook indoors or outdoors), visit the local “hunting” restaurant less than 10 minutes' walk away, or order local specialities prepared for you by a neighbourhood cook.
The Village House is ideal for relaxation and retreat, or for full participation in rural life. Bikes and a canoe are provided for guests' use. Local contacts and details are provided for wine-making, cheese-making, hunting, cycling, bird-watching, canoeing, distilling (rakija/pálincka), language lessons (Serbian, Hungarian), fishing, horse-riding, horse & cart rides, bee-keeping, and local markets, museums and festivals. We are very happy the Village House and its guests make a positive economic contribution to Stara Moravica and the surrounding area.
When required, heating is by a traditional wood-fired Pe? (Kachelofen) in the main house, a wood-fired stove in the kitchen, and electric storage heating in the bedrooms. The traditional design of the house means it stays relatively cool in summer and retains heat in winter. Firewood is provided.
If you want a car-free holiday, the Village House is accessible by train from Budapest and Belgrade (alight at Ba?ka Topola, then take a taxi for less than €10).
Stara Moravica is a large village of about 5,000 population with bakeries, butchers, two supermarkets, bank with ATM, post-office, pharmacies, four hardware stores, weekly market, internet café, ice-cream parlour, clothes shops, phone/computer store, children's playground, several convenience stores, kiosks and bars. Cafes offer free wi-fi. The architecture and layout has completely retained the original Austro-Hungarian design with wide, tree-lined streets, and large houses with extensive grounds attached. It is an excellent base from which to visit all Vojvodina including Subotica, Sombor, Novi Sad and Fruska Gora.
There is a Swimming Pool at ClubCafe in the village (Jun-Sep, entrance €1/day). All amenities are about 10 minutes' walk, or less than 5 minutes' cycle, from the house.
Everyone in Stara Moravica speaks Hungarian, and most speak Serbian. The village is very welcoming and people of all ages will say “hello” to visitors – listen for “jó napot!” or “szia!” and reply with the same phrase. Many people have worked in Germany or Switzerland, so the “foreign” language is as likely to be German as English, especially among older people. Teenagers learn more English than German. An English-speaking neighbour will welcome you to the house and help you during your stay with any arrangements you want to make (a modest fee may be payable if your requirements are particularly time-consuming. If this is the case she will tell you in advance). Help in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian is also usually available.
In Subotica and Sombor you will have no problem finding people who speak good English.
The house has its own broadband and wifi connection (free for guests). Wifi is also available at 2 cafes in town and in the library, which also has computers and printers available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belgrade 175 km, Nearest railway: Backa Topola (Budapest-Novi Sad-Belgrade line) 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Boat available|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
Northern Serbia region
For most visitors, Vojvodina is an escape. The region is very fertile and rich in wildlife of all kinds. The land is generally flat, which makes for a great sense of space, and for easy cycling. Local produce (vegetables and fruit of all kinds, sausages and other meat products, various cheeses, some very good wines, and of course palinka) are easily available, not expensive and of high quality. Most restaurants in the countryside have out-door dining, and play areas for children.
The city of Subotica is about 45 minutes' drive from the house. Famous for its art nouveau architecture, the city is well worth a visit. In addition to the tourist attractions, it has several excellent restaurants, both traditional and modern European. We have reviewed the ones we have visited here http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members/maurakingston.
Some visitors also make the trip to Szeged in Hungary. The tourist office in Subotica has details of the Szeged-Subotica tourism partnership.
Sombor is charming, and beyond Sombor on the Danube you will find several restaurants on the river.
If you do not have a car, you can cover a lot of ground on a bike (provided at the house). There is a good enough bus network, and taxis are easily available and cheap by western European standards.
Stara Moravica is a charming small town or large village. Most of the roads are wide and lined with trees - poplars along the main route through town, otherwise plum - with the houses set well back from the road.
When you are in the house, life will feel very peaceful. But as soon as you step out of the gate, you will likely meet someone. The neighbours are always ready to help guests. The town facilities are easily reached on bike or on foot. Around the town is a lake (there is a canoe in the house, and you can arrange a horse and cart to take it down to the lake), and wide open agricultural land which offers great cycling in almost any direction.
One area is planted with vines, and a visit to the cellars of one of the local wine-makers is a highlight for many visitors.
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