Budapest, Hungary

The Writer's Villa, Brody House

Style

A novel hideaway

Setting

Hills of Art Street

In Budapest’s leafy hills, Brody House’s restored, 19th-century, art nouveau Writer’s Villa is rich in history yet cossetingly cosy, with a generous helping of tête-à-tête-worthy lounging areas, meticulously landscaped gardens, and a book-cover pretty pool with a modern Jacuzzi. Built in the golden age of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, this former home to Dutch author Jaap Scholten has charmingly creaky staircases and colonnaded loggias for fantasy-prone pen-wielders to perfect their Byronic swagger on. Your personal housekeeper resides close by in a Transylvanian-romantic-style dwelling; they'll prep dinner parties for you and ensure the cellar's stocked with rich reds – that match the dining room's richly hued walls. End leisurely soirées by the fire before retiring to one of seven genteel bedrooms in this stay that’s worth writing home about…

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A bottle of Generosa 2013, made exclusively for Brody House, on arrival

First Glance

  • This meticulously restored, 19th-century villa has original rosewood-panelled walls and ceilings, marble floors and stained glass windows by art nouveau artist Miksa Róth, who lent his skills to the Hungarian houses of parliament.
  • The modern design elements in this 500sq m villa introduce a palette of red and ochre to the common areas, and dove grey with light-wood accents in the bedrooms.
  • Added to the villa in 1913, the marble-floored winter garden has a formal dining table for up to 24 guests and colourful, art nouveau stained-glass windows by renowned Hungarian artist Miksa Róth.
  • The main living room is on the ground floor and has an original Zsolnay-tiled wood-burning stove and direct access to the loggia and terrace.
  • The loggia, on the ground floor, has comfortable corner sofas and direct access to the terrace.
  • A formal dining room on the ground floor has original rosewood panelling and ceilings, and two tables that can each seat up to six guests.
  • The living room to the north side of the house has an open fireplace and a hidden door to the entrance hall.
  • The fully-equipped main kitchen is on the ground floor, and a second kitchen is on the lower-ground floor.
  • On the first floor, there’s a sitting area room with original rosewood panelling that has access to a small iron balcony with panoramic city views.
  • A bright and airy lounge on the second floor has comfortable seating and a TV, and is decorated in light, neutral tones.
  • Steam room on the lower-ground floor.

Villa highlights

  • Historical details
  • Muse-awakening gardens
  • Live-in staff

Sleeping arrangements

  • On the first floor, Bedroom 1 has views of the garden, a double bed and access, through an anteroom, to a bathroom with a cast iron bath tub, twin sinks and walk-in shower.
  • Bedroom 2, also on the first floor, has a double bed, garden views and an ensuite bathroom with a cast iron bath tub and walk-in shower.
  • Bedroom 3 is on the second floor, and has a double bed and views of the city; it shares a bathroom with Bedrooms 4 and 5.
  • Bedroom 4 is on the second floor, and has a double bed and views of the city; it shares a bathroom with Bedrooms 3 and 5.
  • Bedroom 5 is on the second floor, and has a double bed and views of the city; it shares a bathroom with Bedrooms 3 and 4.
  • On the second floor, there’s a bathroom with a bath tub and twin sinks, a separate shower room, and a separate washroom; these are shared by Bedrooms 3, 4, and 5.
  • Bedroom 6 is on the lower ground floor, next to the study; it has a double bed, a separate lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
  • Bedroom 7 is also on the lower ground floor; it has a double bed, a toilette with twin sinks, and access to a powder room across the corridor.

Key kit

  • Honesty bar.
  • Wine cellar stocked with Hungarian vintages on the lower-ground floor.
  • Collection of board games and books from previous resident writers, including Dutch author Jaap Scholten.
  • Parking for up to three cars.
  • The live-in housekeeper and security guard stay in a second smaller building 20 metres away from the villa.
  • A private driver is also available on request.

Poolside

  • The outdoor swimming pool is heated from May to September and extends from below the terrace into the grounds.
  • A the edge of the terrace there’s a shaded Jacuzzi; it’s embedded on an island in the pool.
  • An ornately-tiled water fountain sits at the far end of the pool; white-cushioned sunloungers flank it on two sides.

Grounds

  • Chestnut, pine and yew trees cover the sprawling (3,000sq m) garden, designed by green-fingered Dutch noble Baroness Margaretha Voërst van Lynden.
  • The terrace has two tables that can each seat up to six guests, and looks out over the pool and gardens.
  • The gardens have a large outdoor barbecue area set for alfresco dining.

Location

  • The Writer’s Villa is just off Muvesz utca (which roughly and appropriately translates to Artist Street) in the Buda hills; it’s a 20-minute drive from Brody House Hotel.
  • Downtown Budapest is a 15-minute drive away.
  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is a 40-minute drive from the villa.

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