29 February, 2012

A Hungarian Gem

I love finding places that are remote, beautiful and a little bit different, and today we're off to the countryside in Hungary.  The Káli Art Inn is situated in the Káli basin, in Western Hungary. It's around two hours from Budapest, and is a great place in which to forget the outside world! It offers around 20 rooms in four different buildings, surrounded by a beautiful, well kept garden.

Photo courtesy of Káli Art Inn
The main building (which was restored in 1996) and cottages are decorated with wonderful art and are not only in a peaceful location, but it has a great history. It was an officers' mess at the turn of the century, and high ranked soldiers who were stationed in this area enjoyed their evening meals in the house - which is exactly what happens today.

Photo courtesy of Káli Art Inn
The food is very traditional with Hungarian breads, meat and cheese for breakfast. At lunch and dinner, you don't get a menu -  the meals are simply made from fresh ingredients and spices from the herb garden. Guests rave about the food, which is deemed to be worthy of gracing the tables of any world class restaurant.

Photo courtesy of Káli Art Inn
This area is all about getting out and exploring - the Kali basin is a hikers paradise, and it's also perfect for cycling - you can borrow bikes to ride to the next village. Having said that, there is a lot to do at the Inn itself. You can simply enjoy the garden; there is a pool in which to cool down; or you can chill out in the massage parlour or sauna.

Photo courtesy of Káli Art Inn
If you want more information on the Káli Art Inn, go to their official website.

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