After having moved to Hungary in 2007, we first set foot in Irota in 2010. We had been regular visitors to the region for a while already, so it was time for the next step: finding ourselves a place to settle and to put our ideas of a luxurious, eco-friendly holiday resort into practice.
What brought us to Irota was a mysterious piece of real estate, a dilapidated and deserted mansion or, in dreadful shape but oozing with charm. As so many others in similar circumstances, we fell for it, and spent the next three years turning it into a home.
By this time, we had become well-acquainted with the village and its inhabitants. Our first impressions had been correct: Irota is a wonderful place to live. This encouraged us to take things to the next level. We started three holiday villas with a joint swimming pool on what we considered to be one of the prettiest spots in the village. Construction started in the spring of 2015 and was completed a year later.
Jeroen van Drunen (Nijmegen, 1969): “I studied European Studies and Romanian Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam. Between 1997 and 2007 I worked the Dutch diplomatic service, both at home and abroad. In 2013, I obtained my PhD from the University of Amsterdam in the field of cultural history. I speak a wide range of languages, of which I use Dutch, English, German, French, Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and Russian most frequently”.
Lennard de Klerk (Noordwijkerhout, 1973): “I studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. After graduation, I worked for several years at the Dutch engineering and consultancy Tebodin, both in the Netherlands and Ukraine. In 2004, I founded my own business, focusing on the development of CO2 and energy-saving projects in the heavy industry in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. I speak Dutch, English, German, Hungarian and Russian”.