Property description: We are an organic small holding operating as far as possible on sustainable principles. All our animals: chickens, goats, geese, and sometimes pigs, are free range and we have no artificial chemical imputs into the farm. That is, no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertiliser.
Most of what we consume , with the exception of things like tea and coffee, we either produce ourselves or is produced by our neighbours. So the garden is a focal point, along with the fruit trees. There is also pasture and hay making.
The buildings are of traditional Hungarian peasant design with thick mud brick walls (viag) a veranda, south facing, and no openings on the north side, to maximise passive solar gain.
We have a solar assisted dry composting toilet, solar greenhouse heater and solar food dryer.
There is a functioning Savonius Rotor which will shortly be linked up to power generation as well as wind turbine and solar hot water projects in the pipeline.
Our transport is that good old standby, the bus, as we do not feel the need for a car. This is fine for trips to Pecs but can make life tricky going to other places but lifts can sometimes be arranged.
We tend to barter rather than sell our produce with an emphasis on our home produced goats milk and cheese as well as our free range eggs.
We try as far as we can to work to not live to work so if it can be done slowly and easily thats the way we like to do it.
the hostel comprises:
There are no bunks, only comfortable beds, some antiques. As you have to walk through some of the rooms in the long house, they are all defined as mixed dormitory.
Pets are not allowed inside the rooms, but can be accommodated safely outside.
There is no maid service. Your bedding is only changed again if you are staying longer than 3 days. Please try to keep the place tidy and clean, we are also doing our best. No specific changeover day.
prices: Except for the Old Stables which are €9/bed, in all rooms €10/bed, with breakfast included. Bedding and towels are included.
surroundings: There is an area for traditional Hungarian cauldron gulyas cooking, cauldron, tripod wood and advice are provided. There are lawns, veranda, good views, nice walks and lots of wildlife, including deer, pheasants, wild pigs, nice song birds, stork, lots of frogs/toads.
location: We are 23km South of Pécs, European Capital of Culture 2010, with decent direct bus service from there. Pécs is a mostly comfortable 3 hours Intercity train ride from Budapest. However, if you want to visit the wine-cellar town of Villány, the famous thermal spas of Harkány or the medieval castle of Siklós, that is quite difficult with public transport, but can be organised for extra cost if we are given time. The new M6 motorway gives you a comfortable 2 and a half hours drive from Budapest to the Ujpetre exit, that is 10min drive from Kiskassa. There are car hire services as well as taxis in Pécs.
Alan and Éva Durant, Ecohun Hostel, Kiskassa, 7766 Petőfi Sándor u. 71.
Mainline phone: 0036 72 377 063 mobile: 0036 20 919 4813
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