Vadkert Major***

The first written records about the Vadkert can be dated back to the 1600s. At that time – during the Nádasdy period – a huntmaster supervised this area where cranes, deers, fawns, fallow-deers, otters, beavers, rabbits and wild hares occurred. In 1750 the Hungarian noble families kept horses in this area. Francis IV, the Duke of Modena established the predecessor of the recent stud in 1803. The building complex of the Grange was constructed by the heir, Louis, the Duke of Bavaria in the second half of the 19th century. 

Today the Vadkert Grange is not only a historical building complex but the meeting point for past and present, the opportunity for people to enjoy comfort and relax as well as the venue of harmony and tradition. 

By the careful reconstruction of the old buildings we have shaped the concept for a comfortable hotel meeting the requirements of the 21st century. We welcome our guests who long to have a rest in the different types of rooms offered by the Hunting Lodge, the Grooms’ House and the Granary. There is an opportunity to stay at a campsite in our picturesque environment.  

Discover the beauties of nature in the unique Vadkert Grange.  

Laura Villa

The building of the former Hunting Lodge awaits its guests after the renovations, reflecting the signs of modern elegance. Those staying here can enjoy the atmosphere and comfort of luxury hotels in a green area, in close proximity to nature.
A two-bedroom suite and 8 double rooms were created in the Villa, which were equipped according to the most modern requirements. In terms of appearance, clean colors and shapes dominate.
In addition to the rooms, the building has an approx. An exclusive restaurant with a romantic panoramic terrace for 30 people, which is an excellent venue for small weddings and family events.

Vadkert Major Restaurant

Our new restaurant opened in 2016 and it is suitable for holding events up to 150 people.

The tastes of the Vadkert make us fly back to our traditions and the everyday life of our ancestors who hunted and cultivated the land and the forest. Here people have eaten the same food for ages from the surroundings of Pannonia.  

We prepare our home-made dishes from fresh, local ingredients on the basis of the traditional recipes of the region. We use the organic products of the neighbourhood and local specialities.   Beside the delicious dishes of the Hungarian cuisine game of the best quality hunted in our own hunting territory is put on the table. We make homemade jams and fruit syrup from the most delicious fruits of the neighbourhood. We create the harmony of the tastes in our dishes by using aromatic spices freshly picked in our garden.     

Discover the traditional gastronomy of Vas County in our restaurant.

The Vadkert Restaurant welcomes our dear guests in the whole year. Our opening hours:

Breakfast: 8.00-10.00








Csikós Apartment

Between 1885 and 1889, the Csikós House was built at the stud farm, which has preserved its original form to this day. In the central part of the building there was also a large smokehouse. For the next almost 100 years, the house was one of the major’s service buildings.

Nowadays, during the reconstruction of the building, the Csikós House has been transformed into a house with 10 excellently equipped apartments. During the reconstruction, we preserved the original beauty of the building and preserved its condition. With the interior design of the rooms, we revived the elements of local history, the surrounding nature, and Rábaköz folk art, faithfully reflecting the identity of the place. The Star Observatory in the roof of the house, in the community space belonging to the house, or the conversation corner in the place of the old Húsfüstölő allows larger families and groups of friends to spend their time pleasantly.
We can provide comfortable accommodation for 2 – 4 people per apartment.


The granary was one of the main service buildings of the stud farm built between 1885 and 1889. The two-story manor building dates back to the 20th century. It operated as a tourist hotel from the second half of the century.

During the reconstruction of the house, 15 rooms of different sizes were created. We thought of families and larger groups as well, so we also have interconnecting rooms. Our offer also includes a room designed for people with reduced mobility.
The interior design of the three-story building was based on the color and texture of blond wheat waiting to be harvested. We drew the additional atmosphere from the nature of Vas County: the ground floor was inspired by wild wildflowers, the upper floor by typical local fruits, and the rooftop by native birds of the area.
We welcome those who want to relax with our 2- and 4-bed rooms.

Vadkert Camping

Vadkert Major has unique natural features!
A huge green area surrounds the building complex, all in the immediate vicinity of the Rába, not far from the magical world of the Boating-Lake. Opposite the summer entrance of the Sárvár Spa and Wellness Bath, in the neighborhood of the round stable, our quiet, calm, wild-flowered campsite is located, where in addition to the flora, the world of the fauna will touch our guests, as we await nature lovers with the possibility of numerous horseback riding programs.

Restaurant and Event Hall

Between 1885 and 1889, two stables were also built in the croft. It is typical of the construction of the time that during the construction of the Majorság complex, water was introduced only into this building! The larger building also had a riding stable, but the old stable had been empty for years.

The Old Barn has been transformed into an event hall with a large capacity, where it is possible to host large family events and weddings as well as corporate events.

After the reconstruction, the Old Barn Event Hall has been waiting for interested parties since the spring of 2016.

Round stable

For equestrian guests of Vadkert Major, we offer our round stabel as a real curiosity. The special feature of the facility, which has been beautified inside and out, is the ornate wooden roof structure, which was preserved in its original condition and was made during the Bavarian princely period. This will now become visible to everyone who wants to try riding here.


The building of the Vadkert Major stable was built between 1885 and 1890, as a service building for the stud at that time. During the renovation works between 2014-2015, the building will be beautified inside and out.

We provide comfort for our horses in accordance with the European Union horse husbandry regulations. In the stable, the service horses are housed in boxes, while the stud horses are kept freely in the running stable.

We offer various equestrian programs, such as riding lessons, cross-country riding, horse-drawn carriage rides.


“Horses talk too…you just have to pay attention to them.”
Monty Roberts

According to historical records, horses were kept in the wild area of Vadkert Major as early as the end of the 1700s. In 1803, the area belonging to the former Sárvár manor became the property of Duke Ferdinand of Este-Modena, where he started breeding horses and founded the stud.

From 1826, the stud book was kept accurately. In the beginning, the Nónius breed was bred, and then the Arab line was strengthened. Horses were originally bred for their own use (parading horse, work horse, pack horse), but by the end of the 1800s, English thoroughbreds were already predominant. From 1890, horses also performed on racetracks, the first winner was Sziporka, but horses named Hogyne, Herpenyő, Tökfilkó and Szerencse fel also achieved good results.

Horse breeding continued in the area until the end of 1944 by the Bavarian royal ducal owners. According to legend, Hummer, the winner of the 1948 London Olympics in Swiss colors, was also born in Sárvár.

During the vicissitudes of history, the Sárvár stud was re-founded in 1955. The primary goal was to breed sports horses at an international level. Mares suitable for sports were bred within the framework of the Sárvár State Farm, and as a result, several international-level competitors were born in the stud.

In 1970, two Sárvár horses took part in the Munich Olympics, the mare Bihar in Military and Betti in show jumping. In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, several horses of selected level were born. For example – with József Varró in the saddle – he won the Hungarian Championship in show jumping on the I. strain Szikrázó. Several horses achieved noteworthy results in various equestrian disciplines. Let their names stand here as a memorial: Mustang, Menyecske, Zsagli, Széplak XI, Figyelő, Szamovár.

During privatization, in contrast to other state studs, horse breeding did not cease, but the maintenance of the Sárvár stud, which required many sacrifices and financial outlays, continued following the tradition, so that it would not only be known from legends, but also in the 21st century. century, living far from nature, can learn about the centuries-old tradition of horse husbandry.

In our modern, fast-paced world, guests staying at Vadkert Major, children and adults from Sárvár and the surrounding area can experience the experience of horse riding and horse-drawn carriages, get to know the “smell of horses” and the beauty of working around animals. Our visitors can experience the feeling of freedom offered by this beautiful stud and the soothing sight of grazing horses.

Pets in the yard of Vadkert Major

In the Vadkert Major area – befitting a major – several domestic animals can be seen. Here we find Gyimes racka sheep and Hungarian mountain goats. Children especially like the friendly, black Shetland pony and his roommate, a little boy.

In addition to the domestic animals, there is also a nice “wild” resident. Late one evening, we received a phone call that a red deer had knocked on the window of a house in Sárvár! The young female was presumably brought up at home until then, because she insisted on the company of people. That’s how we got Rozi, who has been everyone’s favorite ever since.

In accordance with Vadkert Major’s close-to-nature ethos, we regularly welcome preschool and school groups every year so that the little ones can get to know the friendly animals and thus get closer to nature. With the help of the information boards placed at the pens, everyone can learn about the characteristics, habitats and lifestyles of the animals living here.

200 year old Oak tree

“If you sit still for hours, nature gets involved in its cycle, as if you were a tree.”
Mariam Petrosyan

At the entrance to Vadkert Major, you can admire our 200-year-old oak tree under Nature Protection, under whose huge dome it is worth walking in the scorching heat of summer or in winter snowfall and feel the wonderful beauty of nature.

The centuries-old oak trees in the vicinity of Sárvár are particularly important.

In 1884, the forest engineer Lőrinc Scherg came to Sárvár from Bavaria, and he created beautiful forests from the manor’s poor condition forests with dense undergrowth. With his method, some oak trees in the nearby Wolf Forest were preserved and thus became witnesses of centuries. Oral tradition holds that the witches coming on broomsticks met at the base of the giant trees on Saturday nights, hence their name: Banyafák. Their greatness inspired painters and literate people to create. In 1995, on a stormy day, the last two 4-500-year-old specimens of the former grassland fell. The huge wooden bodies preserving their dignity can still be seen today in the strangely atmospheric clearing of Farkaserdő near Gérce, on the Kéktúra route.

This is how Ferenc Baranyi commemorates the last two oak trees that have fallen since then:
The message of the trees
     The other day I was in the western part of the country, on a friendly visit. I got stuck between Sárvár and Vasvár, on the right bank of the Rába. Farkaserdő sprawls there, one of Pannonia’s most intimate nooks and crannies.

     Pannonia… The word has a somewhat arrogant ring to it. The landscape almost knows that it has always been considered the more European half of the Hungarian homeland. It still holds true today. If not ostentatious, but with a confident dignity, it boasts with the undisturbed density of its forests, not only with the beauty of its castles, but also with its defiant integrity, and with the bolder leafy growth of its inhabitants, it has always made Hungarians with a more prosperous fate downright envious. Around here, the forests are also more cultivated, not only the human heads. Until now, even experts in the field of science have ventured out of the cover of Western Europe, which is pleasing to the commissioner. Thus, the beauties of nature received a more “gentle” treatment here than further east, where the trees suffered the blows of history just as much as the people.

     It is no wonder that even today in Transdanubia I cannot overcome the historical half-heartedness of the people of the Great Plains. My narrow homeland around Cegléd was reduced to a poorer state by the stormy centuries: we can only show ruins of the castles, and we cannot boast of century-old trees either, since the need forced people to cut down forests more and more hastily, the trees in our area could hardly reach a decent age. My nanny landscape, the acacia forest in Pótharaszt, has more eloquence than its beauty.

     But here, in the Wolf Forest, timelessness waves triumphantly and inspires awe, commanding respect everywhere. Here, even the fallen tree giants proclaim eternity, as they are royal even in their fall, invincible even when lying down. Or isn’t the oak matuzalem the triumph of life, which, even after death, does not primarily evoke decay and passing away, but rather the indisputable authenticity of testimony valid for centuries? Even if the tree is alive, which could tell about half a millennium of Hungarian history, if there was a modern Saint Francis who could be an interpreter not only of birds, but also of plants! Because in the community of trees in Wolf Forest, there are still two respectable elders whose age – I say this deliberately: whose age – can be estimated at four or five hundred years. They are also called banya trees because they are old, like the devil’s old mother. But it warms my heart more if they are called legacy trees or witness trees, because that way it is much more dignified and accurate. They are the survivors of the seasons of the bloodiest rains, proclaiming the vitality of this repeatedly battered people. With the re-greening of downtrodden hopes, they not only provide comfort, but also prescribe a binding law for a nation: the law engraved in the bark of the beautiful obligation to rise above destruction.

     If the scholarly owls roosting in the groves of banya trees could write down the testimony of their lodgers, we could learn a lot of interesting things about famous outlaws, but also about crowned chiefs and helmeted generals who pitched their headquarters tents in their shadow during military exercises. It doesn’t matter what they were talking about, murderous frenzies or stimulating frenzy, the lesson that would be carried by the sound of their confessions would always help life to flourish even more abundantly. Just as their mere existence also serves life: with their authority and “personal” example, they still encourage the younger trees to never give up throwing acorns to the herds of pigs rummaging beneath them in the fall, and to protect the grass of the clearings from being cut out in the summer. And now in winter to complete the silence.

     Pannonia… The more intact half of the country. Maybe even luckier than other parts of the country. The flood of Tartars and Turks no longer washed its western shores 

in dire danger, like even my narrower homeland. But his luck is by no means confined to a narrow area. The whole of Hungary now shares in it. Because a people, which for a long time was the richest in wounds, needs sporadic examples of integrity even today like a morsel of bread. Let’s love the trees, because from them we can see even the hazy horizon. Let’s love them because their crowns take our eyes off into the distance.

     To the extent that we are obliged to undertake if we wish to multiply our annual rings in Europe.

Ferenc Baranyi