Hungary, Irota

Irota EcoLodge

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Irota EcoLodge

Kossuth Lajos út 16
Irota 3786, Hungary
www.irotaecolodge.com
"Irota EcoLodge is not just ecological by name. We did our utmost to minimize the environmental impact of our holiday resort." Irota Eco Lodge , http://irotaecolodge.com/en/econess.html

DESCRIPTION

Bye bye, hectic! In the luxurious apartments of the climate neutral Irota EcoLodge in Hungary, you can recharge your batteries far away from mass tourism. The three neat villas offer room for up to 6 persons. Whether nice summer days at the nature pool, magic spring and autumn trips into the untouched nature or romantic winter hours in front of the fireplace - at Irota EcoLodge you can spend a relaxing time out, without a bad conscience. Do not miss out on visiting the Eger and Tokaj wine regions and enjoy sustainable activities, such as hiking, fruit picking, fishing, mountain biking, and bird watching. In your own kitchen you are completely flexible, when turning the fresh regional products into delicious meals. When you do not feel like cooking or barbecuing, the hosts are happy to introduce you to the best chef of the village.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Spacious holiday villas

- Well equipped kitchen

- Garden 

- Nature Pool 

- Terrasse with outside cooking facilities 

 

GREENPEARLS SCORE

  • environmental protection
  • being local - authentic experiences
  • giving back
  • cultural commitment

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Rooms 
Amenities 

Three detached, spacious holiday villas with an individual style and absolute privacy:

- spacious living room with a great fire place 
- glass wall with a view over the garden 
- spacious open kitchen for self-sufficiency
- 2 bedrooms on the ground floor with own bathroom (one bathroom with bathtub, one accessible for wheelchairs) and access to the outside terrace 
- comfortable reading corner and third bed room on the first level
- all bedrooms are equipped with two beds, which can be used as single or double beds
- terrace with comfortable table and lounge bed 
- outdoor kitchen with barbecue and oven 
- private wooden bridge to access the common nature pool (6x16m)

 

 

Characteristics of the houses:


Lower House 

- rustic country house style 
- garden on same level like the terrace 
- little fish pond  

 

Middle House 

- funky 60s design 
- kitchen walls are decorated with Hungarian women magazines of the 60s, other walls are decorated with copies of art works from social realism 
- fountain on the terrace 

 

Upper House 

- modern, light design
- largest terrace of all houses with an unspoilt view over the valley 

History & Philosophy

The owners Jeroen van Drunen und Lennard de Klerk originate from the Netherlands. While language talent Jeroen studied European studies and the Romanian language and literature at the university of Amsterdam, Lennard studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Delft and founded his own firm in 2004, that specialized in climate and energy projects in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. 

In 2007, they relocated to Hungary, settled in Budapest first and moved to Irota in 2012. It was first priority to find suitable private housing, preferably in a restored historic building. Jeroen and Lennard came to the beautiful area of Irota for the first time in 2010, and fell in love with the little village and its sincere inhabitants. They fell under the spell of a dilapidated mansion and decided to renovate the ruin to turn it into their new home. The consciousness about Irota being a perfect place to live let the idea grow to create a luxurious and at the same time eco-friendly holiday resort. Hence, the building of three holiday apartments began in 2015 and was finished one year later. 

Green Initiatives

Architecture & Design

  • The houses were designed so that their facades fit into the village, while providing a spacious inside.
  • The walls are made of wooden-frames in which cellulose, made of used newspaper, has been blown as insulation material. On the outside, wooden soft board plates have been used to increase thermal insulation
  • The whole structure is damp-open which ensure a healthy climate inside, both in winter and summer.
  • Used paint did not contain hazardous solvents
  • The houses are can be heated without much energy due to the low thermal capacity of the structure, while the high insulation ensures low heating needs in winter and in summer the houses remain cool without the use of air-conditioners. 

Energy Management

  • Two solar system (6.6 kWp and 4.6 kWp) generate electricity not only for on-site consumption, but the surplus is delivered to the grid
  • Each house is equipped with solar collectors proving warm water
  • Use of LED lights only
  • Fire wood is source locally to reduce transport emission and is dried for at least two years to maximize energy production and reduce  emissions of small particles and other hazardous gases.

Water Management

  • Rainwater is collected from the roofs and stored in large tanks. This water is used for flushing the toilets, operating the washing machine and replenishing evaporated water from the natural swimming pool
  • At the central utility building, rainwater is collected as well to wash the bed linen. As rainwater contains no calcium-carbonate, the use of detergents is reduced by half
  • Waste water is cleaned by individual treatment facilities that use bacteria to clean the water, and use no electricity. The effluent is further filtered by reed.

Environmental Protection

  • The swimming pool has a separate but interconnected basin in which reed is planted. Water is pumped through the roots of the reed, which filter and clean the water
  • No chemicals are used from water treatment
  • Evaporated water is replenished with rain water collected from the roofs.

Waste management

  • Ample space is reserved in each kitchen to separate waste. Recyclable waste is submitted separately to the waste collection company. Biodegradable waste is composted and used as fertilizer
  • Packaging is reduced, for example by  using refillable soap dispensers

Social Commitment

  • All house are wheelchair accessible
  • Guests are encouraged to purchase local produces from the villagers, like eggs, vegetables and game
  • Employment to inhabitants of the village, located in a poor part of the country