Szépalmapuszta is a gem of Bakony. The spacious corrals with grazing horses, the arboretum and Kőris-hegy towering in the background offer a picturesque view.
The arrival at Szépalmapuszta is like stepping into a romantic costume movie. Grazing horses and cows in the valley, winding roads around corrals with Kőris-hegy in the background form a truly picturesque landscape. An example for the use of land worth following.
The area was a royal property until 1483, when King Matthias donated it to István Szapolyai. In the early-16th century it passed into the hands of the Töröks from Enying who established an apple tree garden (szépalma = nice apple) there. From 1622 Szépalmapuszta was owned by the Esterházys for 300 years. In the mid-18th century a stud farm was established by Imre Eszterházy.
In 1862 Szépalma was a venue for an important event as Hungarian aristocrats Móric Eszterházy, György Apponyi, György Majláth and Ferenc Deák had a meeting here to discuss the post-war future of Hungary and Austria and chances of an agreement following the war of independence in 1848-49.
Past WWI ownership passed to the Pejacsevich family by marriage. Endre Mikó Pejacsevich founded a pinetum in 1919 and further developed it until 1940. He was the last aristocrat owner of Szépalma and was buried in the graveyard close to the hotel.
As part of the nationalization process after WW2 the stud farm was passed to the State Farm of Bábolna. Following the political changes and privatizations it has been a Swiss private property since 1994 when renovation of the decaying buildings began. In two years Hotel Szépalma opened surrounded by refurbished farm buildings. Recently the estate was extended with a kids’ farm.
Get off at bus stop “Borzavár, posta” to get the closest to Szépalmapuszta.
Get off at bus stop ”Porva, Fűrésztelep”.
Get off at bus stop “Bakonybél, felső buszmegálló”.
Head west from Borzavár along the Blue (K) Trail (Total distance: 3.1 km, elevation gain: 78 m).
Head south in Porva along the Yellow (S) marker. It merges with the Blue (K) Trail and they lead to Szépalmapuszta (Total distance: 4 km, elevation gain: 128 m).
In Bakonybél head towards the center of the village following the Green (Z) markers. Turn right where the road bends left to enter the woods. Continue to Száraz-Gerence Valley and stay on the paved road following the Yellow (S) markers to Szépalmapuszta (Total distance: 7.3 km, elevation gain: 220 m).
In Borzavár, park your car near the Mayor's Office.
In Porva, park your car at the end of Bakonyérköz Street that branches off the main street or along the main street.
In Bakonybél, park your car at the begining of the forestry road (with the trail markers) that branches off Jókai street where it bends left towards the center.