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

Viewing Trips

DSC_0027The best way to check out Hungary as a place and see the wide selection of properties on offer is to experience a low cost Viewing Trip which one of the estate agents provide.
Please be assured the Viewing Trip is a hassle free experience – you are not being teed up to spend time with a time share reseller or an unscrupulous off plan developer !!   I insist the estate agents treat visitors with the utmost respect and even though the agent would like to sell you a property it is more important to everyone concerned that you come back home having had an enjoyable experience – this way you will tell others to come and check things out. With over 500 happy British & Irish property buyers in the Balaton region and years of experience of owning in Hungary myself I am more than happy to provide you with the necessary references from people who live in your local area – not just the families that bought property but also names of people who for whatever the reason decided not to buy.

I was amazed how relaxed things were during the viewing trip –  I must admit I did expect some pressure to buy but everything was so very relaxed and we had a great time “  Steve & Jane Stoke on Trent

You can come across and visit whenever it is more convenient for you – choose when flights are the cheapest, or when you can take holidays from work. Ideally the Viewing Trip should be for a minimum 3 nights. The  B & B’s all have en suite rooms. The price quoted includes bed & breakfast .

  CURRENT PRICE JUST £69 / €89 per person for a 3 night stay 

B & B Andrea

B & B Andrea

Just inform me of your proposed travel plans and the type of property you think you would prefer – number of bedrooms, land size and any preferred location. I will check the property database and select the most appropriate estate agent and then make sure they have those dates available. In due course I will send you out an info pack with maps and further information along with a questionnaire which we ask you to complete – basically a “wish list“ of the type of property you think you would like to see & any preferences regarding sleeping ( Double, single, twin etc ) plus any food allergies etc. I will then take care of the rest.

For people interested in checking out Budapest city before they fly back home then we happy to drop guests off at a hotel of their choice in the city centre rather than the airport. So at the end of your 3 night stay at Lake Balaton we will take you by car to Budapest and drop you off at the hotel. A taxi back to the airport costs around £16 or less than £2 using public transport.

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buffet breakfast in the Bo18 hotel Budapest

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The Bo18 – a stunning modern hotel

We are very fortunate in that many low cost airlines fly to airports close to Lake Balaton. Budapest is the closest ( approx 60 minutes drive to the eastern shore ), Zagreb 1 hr 45 mins with Bratislava and Vienna only approx 2 hrs 15 mins drive. The estate agents are happy to meet you / return you to any of the above airports. For the viewing trip, because you may be booking fights at fairly short notice, expect to pay around £100 to £180 (  €120 to €215 ) per person return in peak season. By searching on line and booking a month or so in advance, or going out of season, you may be able to book yourself return flights for less than £70 / €84 Most owners book flights well in advance and usually pay no more than £120  / €144 return even during school holidays. Once you have booked your flights please let me know the flight numbers on the questionnaire and I will then reserve your accommodation.

If you would like help in booking flights then please call me (00 44 1942 254867 or 00 44 7973 752035) and I can do this for you.

Approximately 7 days before you travel to Hungary I will call you to go through a few issues – currency, weather, meeting point etc 

On the day of travel either I or the estate agent will be waiting for you in the airport lobby with a name board. All the estate agents concerned have ex Pats working for them or at the very least English speaking staff. You will then be taken by car through Budapest city and check you in at one of the B & B’s we use close to Lake Balaton.

On your first full day you will be collected after breakfast and taken to the nearby estate agents office. You will be shown a selection of our latest properties and given further details on any properties you may have pre selected prior to your trip. You will be shown maps and given a quick overview of the Lake Balaton region.

The next two days will be spent escorting you and visiting properties that meet your criteria & also showing you the surrounding countryside and sites. Please let me know if there is a particular hobby or pastime you enjoy and would like to check out eg. spend an hour chilling out at one of the popular thermal health spas. You will also have the opportunity to meet other English speaking families who have bought properties in Hungary and this way you will be able to ask them some direct questions. On the last day we will take you back to the airport for your flight back home.

Here are a few general hints and tips in order to keep flight costs to a minimum :-

  • Book as far in advance as possible – generally speaking the earlier you book the cheaper it is.

  • Try and avoid school holidays & weekend flights – the Friday out flight and the Sunday return flights tend to be more expensive as these flights are popular with city break tourists.

  • Try not to take too much luggage – hand luggage up to 10Kg is normally free but the size of the hand luggage varies from airline to airline – please check – do not assume any small flight case will comply.

  • Pay by debit card rather than credit card as the charges tend to be a little less.

  • Avoid optional charges eg. reserving seats / priority boarding / taking the airlines insurance option / carbon emissions offsetting charge / priority boarding etc etc.