Village House

This village house cost 5,000,000 HUF (roughly £14,000).....

Village House Hungary

.....a lot cheaper than any UK Village, Town or City property.

Basic Hungarian

If you need to learn Basic Hungarian WebsiteBasic Hungarian, with common words and useful sentences you can use in everyday conversation and situations.....

Basic Hungarian might find the above website useful.

Living In A Village House - Hungary (Central Europe)

Property - Bills - Monthly Costs - Transport - Leisure - Lifestyle

Welcome to Village House In Hungary - A 'Free Information' website for EU Citizens with a Hungarian partner whereby you are thinking of buying and renovating a village house in Hungary but do not know where to begin; even with your Hungarian partner's, translation/interpretation, help.

This website - created by me, John Cairns (UK Citizen), with valuable input from my wife, Tunde Cairns, (Hungarian Citizen) and her Hungarian family - documents the buying and renovation processes, including local authority laws and regulations, relating to a village house bought in Zalavár, South-Western Hungary (Central Europe) by her Hungarian son Róbert. This website also documents Hungarian village lifestyle and leisure activities among other things:

If you want to know about the buying process, for an apartment/flat in Szeged (South-East Hungary), which is more or less the same buying process for buying a village house, please visit my Living In Hungary website.

NOTE WELL - This website is aimed more at those with a Hungarian partner, perhaps with children, whose have bought their Hungarian village house purposely as a Home To Live In or Summer Retreat; as opposed to being used as a Tourist Let or Investment.


Much of the information on this website comes directly from my own experiences of living in Hungary (buying a property, renovating it, setting up and paying its bills and visiting government offices) as well as from contacting tradesmen and other utility companies around Hungary in terms of enquiring about their prices, setting up an account, clarifying situations where there is no meter (gas/electric) installed, asking about refunds, asking hypothetical questions and so on. This is so that the information on this website comes straight from the horses mouth and therefore is NOT a Copy & Paste of others, inaccurate, information.


As this website is based on my Hungarian step-son buying a village house, and us as a family renovating it, where no translation/interpretation work was needed, I am assuming you have a Hungarian partner and/or Hungarian friends/relatives around you to help with translation/interpretation work, etc. Saying this: You will find Hungarian translations for example dotted around this website, where need be, to help you out. You can also find translations on the Basic Hungarian WebsiteBasic Hungarian website.

Village House In Zala

As this website is based on an actual purchase and renovation, you will be gaining valuable knowledge and experience from the exact local council and government procedures and regulations we had to follow in order to get the house renovated; together with insights of their pros and cons. So real costs, real photographs and real experiences from the perspectives of an English man and his Hungarian family.