INTRODUCTION

Somodi Cottage lies in the most secluded place in the area of Kiskunság National Park, at the meeting point of the Sand Dune and Lake Kondor, in an undisturbed territory of native flora and fauna.

The traditional farmhouse, formerly a thatched press-house, hosts a restaurant where our guests find dishes prepared according to classic Hungarian recipes, as well as special national dishes.

People of any age are charmed by the magic beauty of the Puszta in this idyllic little green island. The wonderful sight of the reviving Lake Kondor and the sand dunes of the Puszta gives a lifetime experience to our guests. The idyllic environment and undisturbed tranquillity around Somodi Cottage are accompanied by full comfort.
Our guests find a tranquil island of the Great Hungarian Plane here, offering a relaxed holiday, complete with a traditional, familiar hospitality.

In 1999 Somodi Tanya was awarded the
Patronage Board the highest prize of Gastronomy.

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The History of Homesteads in Hungary

This unique settlement structure in Europe is a straight consequence of our history. In the XVI. century the traditional structure of settlements in Hungary changed due to the Turkish invasion. The great plain in the mid-eastern part of the country was particularly hit hard through its geographical situation. Small villages had been burnt down, population became even more sparse, people fled to bigger cities and villages offering more protection from the invadors. The region - almost completly underpopulated - and the great plain of Hungary turned into a prairy and vast grassland. After the liberation of Buda, the Capital of the country in 1686 the territory became to be inhabited and populated again. From the bigger agrar cities people started swarming out to the fields. To be able to cultivate these faraway fields on a regular base, homesteads and ranches were built. In the beginning they were used as temporay lodgement during the harvest in summertime, but later on as people started moving out of the cities due to recent changes in the production process, these domiciles were turned into permanent living places. The building of homesteads became even more important after changing of farmer traditiions, e.g. from animal breeding into earing and outdoor plant production.

The final stroke was given by the deploying of sand-vineyards. By the end of the 18th. century flourishing farms were established all over the the endless great plain. These homesteads gave birth to a brand new and specific world. The first rascals and raiders appeared, inns and rest-houses were built. The greatest centre of homesteads were established in the nearby of Szeged, but major territories were formed in the precincts of Kecskemét, Cegléd, Debrecen,Hódmezôvásárhely and Szabadka.

The Somodi Tanya got its name from the former owner of the homestead.

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