The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

How to create an attractive B&B and market it

We have written about the ways you can utilize your holiday home in Hungary, here I have compiled the best tips to make your B&B or holiday property stand out from the crowd and how to set up an inexpensive yet effective website. I have worked for 15 years in tourism and ran a B&B for 10 years- so have plenty of experience both as a guest and as an owner!

The most common mistake people make is to go for cheap solutions for the place they let, thinking that it would be “good enough”. Well it might have been good enough in the 80s but tourism trends have changed and now visitors expect better standards than in their own home. So 80s décor, old uncomfortable mattresses, tiny spaces just won’t bring in the visitors and the income you are expecting. It needs a small investment but otherwise your holiday business won’t take off. Remember nowadays people leave reviews on sites, tell others about it- and Facebook, twitter, forums and other forms of social media are very powerful to share one bad experience with thousands. The best way to make sure that your home is nice and comfortable is to stay in your property as much as possible and use every aspect of it, you see it totally differently then. The same goes for cleaning, if you are using the toilet and the shower, beds etc you see the place from a totally different angle!

The most important points:

a welcome pack (maps, guidebooks, printed info on the local sights, any tourist leaflets and brochures- most can be picked up free of charge at the Hungarian Tourism office) and a printed manual: who to call in emergency, the nearest GP, hospital, which neighbour to turn to, anything they need to know about the property (where are the fuseboxes, alarm code etc) The more details you have the more likely they can solve any problems locally without calling you. You also need to leave a folder with all the manuals of the equipment in the home (boiler, thermostat, washing machine, dishwasher).

if you have a themed B&B then all the information about that speciality: if you have a B&B for birdwatchers then local bird guides, maps, list of species, perhaps a few binoculars etc.

offering free wifi is a big advantage!

even if you don’t offer food have some milk, tea, coffee, biscuits in the kitchen, and perhaps a some sandwiches or a few bags of pasta and sauce- many of your guest will arrive tired and hungry after a long journey and they will truly appreciate if they can make a cup of tea or a simple meal!

People appreciate a clean comfortable holiday accommodation and will be very likely to return and recommend your place to their friends!

Judy and Brian have done exactly this: done up their Hungarian home to a superb standard and now run a lovely B&B called The Good Life in Hungary. Check out their Facebook page!

In a coming blogpost we share the secret of an effective website for your holiday home.