The Rock Cabins

  • Location: Remote
    Veszprem and Topolca for restaurants and shops: 20 mins by car
    Lake Balaton: 25 mins by car
  • Budapest Airport (BUD): 174km (2hs by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to The Rock Cabins

What is the story behind The Rock Cabins, what was your inspiration to create it?

We are an architecture company that has designed and built all kinds of structures, not only buildings but also installations and sculpture-like forms usually made of wood. We became famous throughout Europe for these creations and have engaged in commissions from all walks of life, from small cafes to big city installations. We build funny structures for festivals but also serious homes and cabins. 

After designing and building such structures, it was natural that Hello Wood eventually turned towards hospitality and tiny cabins. After a while, we realised that the land where we hosted our building summits and camps for young people was perfect for glamping. Three years ago, we decided to use our cabins as the basis of a glamping property, The Rock Cabins. 

The Rock Cabins are unparalleled in the world — you don’t see this form or shape anywhere else. We opened two years ago and were booking out four months ahead.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of The Rock Cabins?

It’s important to note that The Rock Cabins is in a very interesting part of Hungary — the Upper Balaton region. After Budapest, Balaton is the number one tourist destination in the country. The northern region is volcanic and renowned for its wine, as well as being very rich in history, culture and nature. 

In between the volcanic hills is an area called Kapolcsi where one of the most famous Hungarian festivals is held — the Valley of Arts Festival. It takes place over 10 days and showcases the culture, gastronomy, wine and music of the local villages.

Within this rich matrix, we created The Rock Cabins, which tries to make guests feel as though they are far away from everything, despite being just two kilometres from the epicentre of the festival. The whole location is embedded in nature. It’s an interesting contrast. You turn off the main road and find yourself in an orchard with sheep grazing between the trees. Then 100 metres further and it’s nothing but birdsong. 

The outer shell of the cabins is spruce and has a very nice, natural grey colour. It resembles the volcanic rocks that are typical of the area. Somehow the cabins fit very well within the natural landscape — they just match. They are roundish but not completely round, like pebbles sitting in the grass. 

The atmosphere of the cabins is minimalistic. I spent 14 years in Finland and have experience with Nordic design. It’s that simplicity and practicality and a lot of wood. The whole cabin is made of wood, with a huge glass door at the front facing the surrounding nature. Each of the cabins is aligned so you don’t see any other cabins, creating a sense of intimacy. 

To you personally, what is so special about The Rock Cabins?

It’s far enough from Budapest (two hours’ drive) but near Balaton (30 minutes from the lake). The Upper Balaton region has everything you need — gastronomy, outdoor activities, culture — and yet, it gives you the feeling that you are in the middle of nowhere. 

The site of The Rock Cabins used to be a village, so you can see the ruins of old buildings. Today, it combines modern design (you have all the gadgets you need) and being out in nature. We also try to elevate the stay with food you’re unlikely to get anywhere else.

Even if you’re not interested in any of that, it’s a great place to have fun with your loved one. There’s the jacuzzi and a comfortable bed and the feeling of intimacy far away from everything. You don’t feel as though there is another soul nearby.

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Entrance
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Terrace
Kitchenette
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The cabins

The Rock Cabins rooms & rates

Currently, we have six cabins that are identical and opened at the same time. Soon we are opening two more cabins — the Grand Rocks — which are larger and have upgraded interiors. 

One of the first things you see when you reach the cabins is the jacuzzi on the terrace and two comfortable chairs and a table. When you enter the cabin you can see the giant bed, which is 180cm wide and super comfortable. There’s also a small kitchen with a Nespresso machine, a kettle and a microwave oven, plus a sink and a minibar. In the cupboard is a hairdryer, as well as bathrobes and towels, while the bathroom has a toilet, a shower and shampoos/lotions.

The whole experience is designed for couples or friends who want to spend time together. It’s a compact but comfortable space with floor heating and air conditioning. In addition to recycling initiatives, we aim to provide sustainable products for guests.

  • Rock Cabin for 2 people / 20 m²
    109990 / night

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    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    We have designed 6 carefully placed cabins for the site, paying attention to the fact that you can spend your time undisturbed. The buildings, which are located far from each other, have been oriented in such a way as to preserve intimacy and serve as a perfect resting place for couples.

    You will find the outdoor hot water jacuzzi on the terrace. There is an infrared sauna and a minibar with excellent wines, craft beers, soft drinks and snacks. Inside is a comfortable double bed, a kitchenette and a bathroom with shower.

  • Grand Rock Cabin for 2 people / 30 m²
    139990 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    The Grand Rock Cabins are sumptuous sanctuaries of comfort and tranquillity that redefine the essence of cabin accommodation in both size and comfort!

    You will find the outdoor hot water jacuzzi on the terrace. There is an infrared sauna and a minibar with excellent wines, craft beers, soft drinks and snacks. Inside is a comfortable double bed, a kitchenette and a bathroom with shower.

Included in the rates
Rates include a hearty breakfast delivered in the morning, a private jacuzzi and infrared sauna, coffee and tea.
Children & Extra beds
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate children.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Not suitable for children
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Central heating
  • Hair dryer

Breakfast for two is included in the rates and comprises a basket that is left on the terrace at 8 am so as not to disturb guests. Dinner is available on request with both meat and vegetarian options. This is a cold meal, like a charcuterie plate, with local meats, cheeses, truffles, fresh vegetables and breads/pastries. We renew our menu every few months and will start offering some lighter options in collaboration with local farms and producers. 

Things to do in Upper Balaton & Vigántpetend

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Aside from enjoying the facilities of their cabin, most guests go out to explore the Balaton region. It’s a volcanic area (although the volcanoes are not active) and just a couple of kilometres from the property, you see mighty hills with vineyards and castles. There’s a lot to see just by driving around. 

Nearby is one of the best gourmet markets in Hungary, with handcrafted cheeses, marmalades and charcuterie for sale. You can also go wine tasting at the nearby vineyards — we have contacts and can help with that.

The location of The Rock Cabins

We are located in Kapolcsi, a bustling tourist destination (particularly in the summer) with countless places to enjoy local wine and food. There is even a Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant, Bistro 84, just one kilometre from us. You can walk there. 

Around 25 minutes away is a city called Veszprem and 20 minutes in the other direction is the town of Topolca. So if guests are looking for museums or a pizzeria, they can easily find them.

We are surrounded by rolling hills and a huge orchard. The area feels forested and our neighbours are making marmalade, so it’s beautiful with the flowering fruit trees in the springtime. In between the trees are grazing sheep, which serve as greenery maintenance. It’s not wilderness but it’s a beautiful area. 

When is the best time to visit Upper Balaton?

Hungary has four seasons and each has its beauty. Summer is quite hot and ideal for drinking wine on the terrace and outdoor activities. In spring, it’s beautiful with all the fruit blossoms and the surroundings transforming into a bright green. 

In autumn, you get the orange and red colours in the forest. It’s also nice to be in the jacuzzi as it starts to get chilly. This is also true in winter, which is sometimes snowy. It makes for great photos when all the cabins are covered in white.