slow down and stay a while
The 18th-century Château is set high above the Danube River in the heart of Southern Slovakia’s wine region. Walk through our vineyards and delight in our world-class wines; relax and rejuvenate in our spa; find tranquility as you fish in our lakes or dive into our outdoor pool before soaking up the sunshine. Whatever you choose to spend your stay at Château Béla doing, we invite you to be transported with unforgettable experiences in the majestic surrounds of this historic estate.
The resplendent estate is an elegant and peaceful environment with a modern approach to hospitality catering to your every need. Savour the wonderment of our wines in the Vinoteca and delight in the seasonal farm-to-table menu at our Baldacci Restaurant. For larger gatherings, our exquisite Orangerie Ballroom provides the grandeur of a gilded era for the most memorable occasions.
The historical Château Béla is offering 44 luxury rooms and suites, remarkable due to their first-class individual style and comfort.
History of Château Béla
The historic Château Béla, situated on a family-owned estate spread over 28 hectares of land, has a long and diverse history. The 18th-century castle had been reacquired and carefully revived by the late Countess Ilona von Krockow in the early 2000s and has become a place to get lost in time.
The reconstruction of Château Béla started by János Terstyánsky, who was a local nobleman. The castle started to resemble it’s current shape and form looked after by architect Jakab Mayer. First, they built the chapel, which was finished in 1780. Château Béla was bought by Mr Pál Sherdahelyi, a local merchant. In the same year, the Château´s chapel was consecrated. To date, it still functions as the town’s local church, in which weddings can be held. The castle was built in a French baroque architectural style and was finished in 1874.
In 1834 Mr Antal Baldacci from Corsica bought the Château Béla and invested heavily in the estate by adding a fortification, water moat, drawbridge and the Château´s park landscapes. He employed famous painters, had furniture made from mahogany, cedar and ebony. He was also an admirer of the far east and had rare pieces of art delivered from China and Japan. In 1864 a crypt was added under the Château´s chapel for the Baldacci family.
In 1880 the whole estate was in the hands of banker from family Baldacci, who sold the Château with all the belongings to Mr Zigmund Brodi. The new owner became popular after building the first school in the village.
In 1910 Adolf von Ullmann, a nobleman from Budapest, bought the Château and in 1925 baron Mr George Ullmann, the son of Adolf Ullmann, inherited the Château, who later in 1945 emigrated with his family to Switzerland.
In 1945 The Château was taken over by the government of socialist Czechoslovakia, and turned into a penalty facility for political prisoners. Later on, the Château was also used as a factory for chemical production. Even though the castle has seen a lot in the past 250 years, it was never as bad as in the time of communism, where all the original features got destroyed, the walls were painted with lime and the furniture was burnt.
In 1990 the Château became part of the National Trust, but in reality, there was nothing to protect.
In 2000 Countess Ilona von Krockow, the granddaughter of George Ullmann, bought the Château from the Slovakian State. The estate was restored in a very authentic and personal way, and transformed into a hotel, which opened in 2008.
With the sudden passing of countess Ilona von Krockow, her children decided to continue her vision and legacy. Her son, count Albrecht von Krockow becomes the Hotels CEO supported by his two sisters, their father, count Matthias von Krockow and dedicated staff.
Know the designer
When kicking off the extensive renovations, the late Countess Ilona von Krockow set the highest standards for the hotel. The furnishings, perfect right down to the smallest details, combine style and individuality to create an experience far beyond conventional standards. Collector and designer Axel Vervoordt has played major role in recreating in Château Béla a beautiful, timeless interior with the guiding pursuit of evoking a sense of wellbeing. Not only did he develop the stunning colour scheme and choose some of the extraordinary fabrics, but he also provided the hotel with several of his sourced antiques that have been gracing our rooms and salons since.
A place made for your well-being
An exclusive setting for relaxation and regeneration. Walk around the park along the lakes, taste our organic garden and bring nature closer to you. Allow your body to unwind and give yourself some precious moments of total pampering, our Spa area offers a complete cleansing of body and soul. Château Béla is also a perfect place for those looking for premium wine and gastronomic concepts. We serve home-grown vegetables and game from our own land and for connoisseurs as an excellent complement to our cellar of the classic wines, the now already legendary Château Belá Riesling.