A Fairytale Experience

Chirine Halabi visited a unique, historic castle on a recent trip to Hungary.

After arriving in Budapest, I headed north-east to a fabulous, multi award-winning property, Botaniq Castle of Tura, which is nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment I approached the hotel, arriving in style by helicopter, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the incredible feeling of anticipation and excitement. Soaring through the sky, the breathtaking view of the castle from above took my breath away.

Built on the refurbished and extended former Schossberger Castle, which was completed in 1883 by a 19th-century baron for his beloved wife, the property itself is a magnificent sight. Its grandeur and elegance were evident from the moment I laid eyes on it. The impressive architecture, with its intricate details and stunning façade, transports you to a different era. The castle stands tall and proud, surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant blooms, creating a picturesque setting that is truly enchanting.

As I stepped out of the helicopter and onto the expansive grounds, I was greeted by the warm and welcoming atmosphere that permeates the air. Staff members were attentive and courteous, ensuring that every aspect of my stay was taken care of with utmost attention to detail.

I was happy to meet Ráhel Orbán of the hotel’s owning company BDPST Group, which, as well as numerous philanthropic endeavours, has a mission to contribute to the conservation of Hungary’s architectural heritage. She told me: “The castle is a very special, historic place and the architecture is unique. The vibes are different here and that’s why we invited you to show you the creativity and culture of our beautiful country.”

Once inside, I particularly loved the neo classic paintings, the art deco of the chandeliers and, last but not least, the chronophone, which called up memories of the property’s history. Botaniq Castle offers a wide range of accommodation, from Superior Rooms to the Schossberger Suite and, from the smallest to the most grand, each offers luxury and comfort, many with four-poster beds and stunning views of the surrounding grounds.

One of the highlights of my stay was undoubtedly the spa. Nestled within the castle’s grounds, it offers a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. The moment you step inside, you are enveloped in a world of tranquillity. The soothing ambience, coupled with the skilled hands of the therapists, works wonders in melting away any stress or tension you may have.

The spa boasts a range of luxurious treatments and therapies, designed to cater to your specific needs and desires. From indulgent massages to invigorating facials, each is carefully crafted to provide a blissful experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed.

Another high spot was the fine-dining experience. The talented chefs at the castle’s Michelin Guide-recommended Clarisse restaurant, named for the granddaughter of the original owner, prepared an exquisite menu that delighted the senses. As I sat down, I was presented with an enticing entree of trout tomato consommé with Moroccan lemon and spiced oil. The combination of flavours was exquisite, showcasing the chefs’ creativity and attention to detail.

For my main course, I savoured the succulent veal loin accompanied by a delectable cauliflower purée. The tender meat, perfectly cooked to my preference, paired harmoniously with the creamy and flavourful purée. Each bite was a celebration of fresh ingredients and culinary talent, leaving me craving for more.

The grand finale of my dining experience was the apricot salted caramel dessert. The delicate balance of sweet and salty flavours danced on my palate, creating a symphony of taste. The dessert was beautifully presented, adorned with artistic flair and served on exquisite dinnerware that added an extra touch of elegance.

I also experienced breakfast at Palmhouse, a delightfully airy retreat where playful arched windows cast abundant natural light across the comfy furnishings and art deco-style black and white flooring. From cold pressed juices and your choice of eggs to the fabulous Hungarian cheese selection, there was something to please every palate and I left satisfied and ready for a day’s adventures.

With its fairytale appearance and excellent service, Botaniq Castle serves as a perfect wedding destination or anniversary celebration venue. The castle’s romantic charm and idyllic surroundings make it an ideal choice for couples looking to exchange vows in a one-of-a-kind setting. The elegant interiors, coupled with the meticulously manicured gardens, create an enchanting backdrop for that special day.

Whether you choose to have an intimate ceremony or a lavish celebration, the castle offers a range of tailored packages to suit every preference and dedicated wedding planners ensure every detail is taken care of.

With my experience complete, it was time to leave this wonderful location. My stay at Botaniq Castle of Tura was an experience that transcended the ordinary. From the breathtaking view of the castle from the air to the luxurious spa and the venue’s status as a premier wedding destination, every aspect of my visit was designed to envelop me in a world of opulence and serenity. If you visit, prepare to be captivated by the beauty and grandeur of this exceptional castle.