Monday, 18 June 2012

A Private Members' Club

We were to have met at 5pm. Our friend is a founder member of The Club and we had been invited to discuss joining its elite membership.

below the street sign a plaque commemorates the writer and dramatist, Sándor Bródy

We know the area well. The Jazz Club, Hungarian Radio and the Italian Institute are all within the immediate vicinity. The National Museum is there, on whose flights of steps the poet Petófi once famously declared the start of the War of Independence on 15th. March, 1848. The surrounding cobbled streets are home to a variety of gracious villas and palaces, dating back to the great nineteenth century building boom of Pest.

So where was Brody House?

only a very discreet sign to the right of the entrance door announces Brody House

There surely, we felt, could be no mistaking the street, named after the famous Hungarian writer and dramatist, Sándor Bródy. True, Budapest can hide its secrets well, of that we are fully aware, but, in this case an underground bunker would, in all likelihood, have been more visible.

At 5.45pm we abandoned all hope of our friendly assignation and headed for home. Of course, had we been equipped with Smartphones, Satellite Navigation Systems, or even a street number, we might not have had a wasted journey. But, perverse and foolish, oft we stray!

looking from the hall door of Brody House towards the fine, cantilevered staircase


the view back from the hall towards the street entrance - an example of C19 Pest architecture

It was therefore with a heightened sense of excitement that, two weeks later, we rearranged our Brody House meeting. This time, aided by a Google Map and the full address, there would be no mistake.

And so it was, feeling rather like Howard Carter on discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun, we pushed open the heavy street door and entered the secret world which is Brody House.

the main Reception Desk is situated on the second floor of Brody House - a steep climb


looking from the window of an upper floor into the inner courtyard so typical of Budapest

In a decorating style described by its owners and designers, William Clothier and Peter Grundberg, as 'rough luxe', peeling plaster is overhung with vast pieces of contemporary art, floorboards are bare, hi-tech sound systems sit alongside ancient 'Bush' radios, the antique, the modern, the glamorous and the commonplace are all combined with the skill of individuals who are clearly talented in the visual and creative arts and who give new meaning to 'shabby chic'.

a second floor drawing room where we sipped iced cucumber water on a hot summer's day

Established in 2009, Brody House has received rave reviews as 'the coolest place to stay in Budapest'. But it is so much more than somewhere to rest one's head at night. A bohemian members' club, it is a twenty-first century hub for showcasing the Arts. A packed social calendar provides a forum for 'open-minded, creative, inventive and socially curious' people to meet and to exchange ideas. And one can always book a room if the hour becomes late.


one of the guest bedrooms at Brody House - an example of 'rough luxe'

an 'unfitted' bathroom much loved by the English in their country houses 


Our friend is on the membership committee where the fate of prospective members is sealed. We have declared ourselves to be the only Hattatts in Britain, possibly Europe too, to be of sound mind, though some might doubt that, never to have been made bankrupt, and we do not eat peas with our knives. Will we next enter Brody House with membership cards?

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  1. What a beautiful building on such a grand scale - c. 19th Pest must have been quite a place! I love 'rough luxe' what a great name. That exquisitely comfy bed against worn and peeling panels is genius! Fingers crossed for your membership - I'm sure you can look forward to many stimulating evenings there. Xxx

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    1. 'Rough Luxe' is such a wonderful name for a decorative style - we should so like to have coined it ourselves! All seems to be going in the right direction. On Tuesday evening we are to attend a Hungarian film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with afterwards the opportunity to meet the cast and then supper.

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  2. Good luck with your membership. How long do they make you wait for the decision? It is a very fine building, the arched doorway in the drawing room is beautiful, and some of the flooring exquisite. What a joy it must be to posses membership cards.

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    1. We hope, and rather think, Tracey, that it is now just a formality and that, very shortly, we should be able to consider ourselves members. We do so agree about the arched doorway which is set in the middle of other doors which too open.

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  3. What a stunning building, which has clearly been maintained and decorated beautifully. The high ceilings and courtyard certainly make it a place anyone would enjoy spending time in. I wish you both all the best with securing your membership! Fifi x

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    1. It certainly is a wonderful building and it is so good to see it being made use of rather than turned into offices or something similar. The high ceilings are very typical of much nineteenth century building in Budapest.

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  4. I must slip 'Rough Luxe' into my writing at some point! I was only reading an article last night about exclusive members clubs. None of the featured clubs were as cutting edge as this, though. Celebrites and nouveau riche types are pretty much guaranteed membership.
    One can only.imagine the lively characters, stimulating conversation and memorable experiences you'll enjoy once you've been officially accepted into this marvellous place.

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    1. We rather think that 'cutting edge' is an apt description of the Brody House Club, Lucy, with a membership of some very interesting people drawn from across the whole of Budapest and further afield. What appeals to us is the very varied social calendar of events taking place there.

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  5. I foresee interesting evenings ahead for you at Brody House in the company of likeminded friends and acquaintances.
    I am sure you are aware that the London Clubs operate a system of 'blackballing' to ascertain a candidate's suitability for membership. Votes are done in secret, committee members placing either a white or black ball in a secret wooden contraption. One black ball and the candidate is rejected - hence the phase being 'blackballed'. Sometimes it is used as a way of settling old scores!!!
    The cantilevered staircase is superb as are many of the snapshot glimpses of the rooms interiors.

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    1. We do rather hope so, Rosemary. As you will know yourself, it is always good to meet people who are likeminded.

      As far as we are aware, membership of Brody House does not quite work along the lines of some London clubs but, once in and approved, perhaps we should suggest a system of 'blackballing' to ascertain the suitability of future applicants for membership!!

      The staircase, we do agree, is wonderful.

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  6. Such a beautiful old building. It surely will be a pleasure to belong to such a "rough Lux" club.The rooms are so shabby chic and tastefully designed. It all sounds very exciting. There you will meet many interesting people , all with their own individual tales to tell. Your calander will be full I can see that.
    I wish you both good luck with your membership. I am sure that you will get it.
    look forward to hearing more about this most charming place.
    Have a wonderful monday Jane and Lance.
    kind regards val

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    1. What appeals to us about the interior of Brody House, Val, is that it is none too smart, rather verging on the side of quirkiness. Our friend and his wife are very individual and so we are sure that we will, over time, meet other similarly interesting people. We hope so!!

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  7. Good luck with your membership, this is certainly a very beautiful place. We have friends who live up North who have 'unfitted' baths is each of their bedrooms. Keep well Diane

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    1. We are not, Diane, anticipating any difficulties over membership and have high hopes that all will turn out well!

      Our own bathrooms are 'unfitted' with, we have to say, barely a tile in sight!

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  8. What a beautiful building; I love that air of genteel decay which so often is to be found with such beautiful old places. Iced cucumber water on a hot summer's day - that sounds wonderful! I am sure they will welcome you with open arms.

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    1. 'Genteel decay' sums up the style so well, Elaine, and it is one which appeals to us greatly. The problem is, of course, that it is something of a fine line between that and a total wreck which is not such fun with which to live.

      Iced cucumber water is absurdly simple to make and hugely refreshing.

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  9. How interesting and exciting, I guess the membership is very international. The bedroom and the bathroom you show are very appealing, I wish you well in your application.

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    1. Indeed, we believe the membership to be totally international which makes it all the more interesting. Both the bedroom and bathroom have, we believe, great style.

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  10. What a super way to use that building!
    Assured as you are of membership if the criteria are those of being individual and capable of giving as good in intellectual value as you get, no club in its right mind would reject your application, if only because the followers of your blog would rise in their wrath to denounce such idiocy.

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    1. We do so agree with you about the use of the building. So many similar villas and palaces in Budapest have suffered much in the way of neglect over the recent past that to restore them, and find new uses, is an on going predicament.

      And what a very kind, and generous thing to say in support of our application for membership. We are greatly touched and truly appreciative!

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  11. I happen to have some cucumber in the fridge now and I must try the iced cucumber drink. I am sure you will be sipping many such at the Brody House very soon. I quite like the facade of the building and had never heard of rough luxe till today and I had to think a minute about Pest.

    We rarely carry a cell phone and must look up addresses before we leave home and we laugh when folks say, call us when you get close always assuming we have a cell phone to use. Even the navigation system we have leads us astray far too often we think. An old fashioned map is sometimes a necessity.

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    1. The iced cucumber water is ridiculously simple. Fill a jug with water, add several slices of cucumber, leave in the fridge to become really cold and then serve on a very hot day in glasses packed with ice cubes.

      Like you, Linda, we have a mobile telephone which for the most part remains at home. We have no wish to join the rest of the world who are either having, most likely, mindless conversations or are permanently using them to acquire some, doubtless, gratuitous information. Experience is what we say!

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  12. I am totally 'wowed' by Brody House, Jane and Lance, as anyone would be. What a wonderful building and what a place to stay! As for being a member, well, I am sure your subdued tone is hiding great excitement - I am positively jumping up and down to think we are going to see and hear more about this exquisite place. I do hope your credentials are up to the position...;-) Axxx

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    1. We too think that Brody House is a wonderful building and are so pleased that it is being made use of in such a very positive way. We think that it would be exactly the kind of place you would find both really interesting and exciting, Annie.

      Well, if are credentials do not meet the required standard, then there will be Trouble [and note the capital 'T']!!!

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  13. Such beauty, the kind that is architectural, I love buildings like these. I think it is one of the reasons that I love my little city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is one of the older cities in Canada so it still has some older buildings with their timely beauty:)

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    1. We have never been to Canada and so do not know of Halifax, but it does sound to be a really lovely place to live. As you say, it is rather good when one can connect with the past through the buildings that surround one. That for us is one of the greatest joys of living in Budapest.

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  14. Such a beautiful building C19! I love old buildings, they are full of the private life stories. Last time I visited St. Petersburg I was walking through streets and came in every building that was open. But sadly there were a lot of old building(with memorial sheets on it) almost in ruins. It`s a kind of bussines In St. Petersburg and in Moscow too. They just knowingly didn`t repair the old buildings, than make a test for suitability for living in the. And after they call it "UNSUITABLE" and demolish it. And at the fin they build smth in hi-tech in that space.
    Good luck with your membership, Jane and Lance. It`s a realy cool place. I`m in love in those interiors.
    Wish you have a wonderful week, dearest friends from Budapest :o)
    Kisses from sunny Moscow
    love
    Natasha

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    1. Natasha, we know exactly what you mean about old buildings holding secrets of their pasts. We always wonder who lived in them and what happened to the owners at the time. In many cases of the buildings in this particular area of Budapest, the histories are well documented and do make fascinating reading.

      Sadly, we recognise all too well the attitude of leaving buildings until they are condemned and must be pulled down. They are then at the mercy of developers who do not always renovate sympathetically. So sad!

      It is hot and sunny here too today so we are clearly sharing the same weather. And, we wish you too a most happy week ahead!

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  15. Bah, I am most certainly NOT going to wish you Good Luck because frankly, they would be very, very fortunate to have you both as members! You are the Hattatts for goodness sake! That said, I love every inch of the building and its design, which bodes well for interesting evenings...
    Have a wonderful week my dear friends. You are always in the VIP club in my heart! :)

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    1. Oh, Heather, this is such a sweet comment. We shall, however, leave nothing to chance and shall be 'dressed to the nines' as they say for the film evening which we have been invited as guests to attend tomorrow!!!!

      You have a special place in our hearts too, dearest Heather. Bisous as you French say!!!!xxxx

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  16. There's something in me which doesn't react well to 'private member's club'. I know perfectly well that on many counts I have a privileged background, but perhaps the injustices that have been perpetrated over centuries by my family that have got us to this position of comparative privilege have made me more sensitive to the bad side of elitism. Perhaps I'm being a bit priggish. I know nothing about this club, and clubs come in many forms, including many devoted to very worthy ends, but still the niggling doubt. I've struggled to define it. I remember at school I was invited (that's how it was done) to join a club called 'The Sixteen'. I never knew much about it - still don't. It had some social purpose in discussion and debate, and organising speakers, but it became clear that part of its purpose was to prop up the school establishment and ethos. I didn't agree with much of how the school was organised so I turned down the invitation. My bro, who had been a member, said it was probably politically a bad move, and it's possible there was a change in attitude to me afterwards. I, for example, wasn't ever considered for any school office (altho' there could be any number of probable reasons for that :); and it was usual on leaving the school for us to be offered junior membership of a London club with which the school had links. I never was, not, I suppose, that I would have taken the offer up! The trouble with my experience, and I'm conscious of it, is that it's difficult to sort fact from imagination. Secrecy is a tendency of privilege. Perhaps it's the very opaqueness of clubs that disturbs me. You could make the case for the perniciousness of political clubs and the influence they wield, but I'm guessing your Buda arts club is more like the London Arts Club than it's like the Reform :o) Still doubtful tho'.
    Gorgeous tatty building!

    Love, Alec xxxx

    p.s. It would seem I've abandoned blogging on my blog just to hold forth on yours. Sorry! xx

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    1. Dearest Alec, how wonderful to hear from you!! It matters not a jot that you are 'holding forth' here, better, far better as far as we are concerned, than a deathly silence reigning from you now that your own blog is 'resting'.

      We too are mindful of the sinister aspects of privilege which prevail, in our view, to a far greater degree in England which is far too often in our view merely about securing entry into some hallowed sphere without being based upon anything of substance or worth.

      Brody House primarily is a place to stay in Budapest and, in that respect, is open to anyone who cares to book a room.We are certain, in this regard at least, that you would love the 'gorgeous tatty' building and its eclectic contents. 'Rough luxe' is a decorating style which we could imagine would have a definite appeal for you. It certainly does for us!

      The members' programme is very much based within the Arts in general and, perhaps more specifically, in giving an audience, both local and international, to Hungarian artists in a variety of fields. Several contemporary art exhibitions, film showings,concerts discussions and debates, based within the Arts in all its forms,have been part of the calendar in recent months. Of course, in the end, it will depend upon the people who attend as to whether one's interests will be sustained....we shall see.....if we are awarded the club card first!!!

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  17. Budapest amazes me more and more, I had no idea it was such a romantic city. The architecture is astonishing. The only thing I find a bit unsettling is that bedroom...I find it a bit gloomy, yet I suppose spending the night there could be an astonishing experience :). I admire so much your ceaseless eager to discover new experiences...

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    1. Budapest, Petronela, is a city of endless fascination in our eyes. And, yes, when one sees the Danube panorama at night with the castle lit up against the inky black sky, one's heart is lost for ever!

      Curious, yes, gloomy, no, is how we view the bedrooms. Most certainly, Brody House is all an experience and one that one is unlikely to either forget or replicate in a hurry!

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  18. What a magnificent building! And, although I am well past the age where it would be either sensible or possible to indulge in such an act, I would LOVE to slide down that bannister!
    And those rooms! We have high ceilings, but not nearly as impressively high as the ones in your photographs!

    I normally subscribe to Grouch Marx's view of clubs, but who could refuse, or not want to be part of a club which meets in such beautiful surroundings?

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    1. We absolutely love the idea of you [or, indeed, someone] sliding down the bannister. It would be an amazing sensation with all the twists and turns of the cantilevered staircase, and would be so very Brody House, we feel!

      The ceilings do indeed soar upwards and lend a wonderfully airy feel to the rooms. There are also many other delightful architectural details which have been carefully preserved.

      If we are to follow GM, then we must be invited to join first!!However,we suspect that curiosity will get the better of us and we shall stay for more!

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  19. It looks like a wonderful place.
    And they will cetrainly be very lucky to have you as their members!

    Something I do particularly like about the Hattatts is that they have the ability to see and appreciate beauty, art and people in such an un-snobbish and almost casual manner.

    And that they discribe all this to us, in a magnificent way : )

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    1. Dearest Demie, Brody House is indeed a wonderfully atmospheric place. It charms one instantly and, although we could not really claim to 'know' you, we are certain that you should love its understated elegance.

      The Arts in all their forms fascinate and beguile us and, we have to say, nowhere more so than in Budapest where talented artists abound and, most charmingly, wear their talent lightly.

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  20. Oooh private, secret clubs...very Enid Blyton, in a grown up sort of way. :)

    Rough Luxe is a much better word than shabby chic (overdone and boring now, and copyrighted too..your mates should hop on the bandwagon and claim dibs to their new term) and a far more interesting look and ambiance too. Fabby fab place, your Brody House - I'd love to stay somewhere like that and soak it all up. However, I'm far too much of a pleb to ever be deemed acceptable. Tant pis.

    Crossing fingers you make the grade. (Is there really any doubt?)

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    1. Who knows, Wendz, there may be only the 'Secret Seven' in The Club!!!!We shall see, we hope!

      We absolutely love the term 'rough luxe' and do wish that we had coined it for ourselves. It is so C21 in 'feel' and the owners of Brody House certainly know how to effect it!

      One can stay at Brody House without being a member and you might like to look it up as there is a website. A romantic long weekend in Budapest? It would be just the ticket!!

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  21. There really cannot have been any better advocates for Hungary than you H@t@ts. I really must visit soon.

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    1. In truth we do not come across any other advocates for Hungary, Tom,including the Tourist Board which we regard as a complete travesty!

      Yes, you really must visit soon. After all, 30C and sunny today....here is summer!!!

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  22. I think we're entering a new era of the "club's" relevant viability, a logical retreat from the inclusivity that has set the tone of our daily lives such as we find it to be nowadays. The selection process needs to be reanimated, and this tiresome task can be done for us by discerning activist club board members, bless them, and our dues are well worth the service! In short, Thank you for sharing, but for God's sake let's not overdo it!

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    1. Yes, we think that you could be right here. Brody House does, in so many ways, represent a C21 version of the 'clubs' of old with a social programme to match the times and aspirations of its members.

      Should our membership be approved, we shall take great pleasure in sharing every detail with you. Who knows, you may become the American-Italian branch as the Brody House influence sweeps across Europe!!!

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  23. How the club will be elevated by your sparkling presences once they accept your credentials, which I'm sure they will without delay. I have spoken tentatively to the Women of the Parish here about inviting you to join in our weekly meetings of the Flat Earth Society, but now that we know of the beautiful environs and high culture that await you, we are altogether too shy to assert ourselves so boldly. Heavily we sigh.

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    1. We have, dearest Mise, kept one or two 'credentials' back just in case further reinforcements are necessary...one can never be too sure in these uncertain times!!!

      Oh what joy it would be if it were Brody House today, Flat Earth Society tomorrow. We are certainly up for it, although we fear that the Women of the Parish [clearly deserving of Capital Letters] may prove somewhat more tricky to win over than the Brody House membership committee. After all, if we are required to show our bread making skills, our knitting talents or the art of potato growing we shall be seen to be lacking. However, we can recite Yeats beautifully if required...will that do...."And say my glory was I had such friends"!!!!!

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    2. Having said that, let it be understood that I am in total agreement with the darling (AL) child above!

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    3. Yes, AL is a darling. We have thoughts of enticing him to Budapest, perhaps one day.Although Brody House membership may not interest him, we are certain that the place would intrigue and amuse.

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    4. Could he be the elusive Mad Boy?

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  24. While I am sure you will be accepted, I can not forget the Goucho Marx quote that comes to the fore of my mind the moment I hear the word club, 'Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to a club that will have me as a member'. It is a simple and well known quote, but there was rather a history to it.

    The building looks wonderful. I like sound and clean floors and furnishings and bathroom fittings, but that things are worn or shabby or paint is peeling matters little. Shabby chic are ugly words. Slowly fading grandeur is much nicer.

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    1. The Groucho Marx quotation is indeed wonderful, Andrew, and we may yet come to adopt it as our own!Still, we cannot hide our excitement in wondering just who the other members are!

      The building is glorious and it is so refreshing to see a complete building not overly restored and with very much a sense of how it would have been when built over a hundred years or so ago.

      Shabby chic, as a term, has definitely had its day, we feel and we love your description of 'slowly fading grandeur'.

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  25. Of course you will, but wouldn't it have been more sensible and less misleading to have declared yourselves as mad as Hatters at the outset? I am absolutely certain that would have made no difference to your chances of becoming members, indeed, it might have made your delightful selves even more attractive.

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    1. All of this is possibly true. Increasingly in a world which appears to be dominated by the dull, both of spirit and intellect, we find that it becomes increasingly important to align oneself with those whose characters suggest a slight, but always harmless, degree of madness.

      Last night we attended a concert where the playing of the young Russian pianist, Nikolay Khozyainov, was absolutely out of this world. Such genius must, surely, cross that thin line which separates us all from insanity.

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  26. Dear Jane and Lance,
    Amazing buildings, I must admit! Budapest is full of nice surprises and beautiful history.
    And I'm glad you became friends with the latest technology and haven't missed the meeting again. I presume you are the newest proud members of that elite club :)

    Hugs

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    1. We imagine too that there must be equally fine buildings to be found in Bucharest, at least in the old quarters. What to do with them in the present age is always something of a problem; Brody House has provided an answer in this instance.

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  27. Jane and Lance, The building is amazing. Unfortunately we Americans find it necessary to implode and erect metal and glass. The excuse always being it is more cost efficient to destroy and rebuild. While I certainly understand I am a romantic and believe each time we take down a lovely old building we take away a bit of our history.

    Of course you will soon be card carrying members. I cannot imagine who would refuse. The thought of a bohemian social club is intriguing. I do hope you will keep us posted. Bonnie

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    1. Whilst we do see the cost effectiveness of demolishing old buildings and replacing them with new, we are saddened by the wholesale destruction of history which often accompanies these actions. We are reminded so often of the iconic exhibition in the V and A so many years ago now by Sir Roy Strong entitled 'The Destruction of the English Country House'. It was timely in saving many a house, and English heritage, from obliteration.

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  28. Dear Lord and Lady Hattatt
    (a.k.a Lance and Jane)
    Without a shadow of a doubt, on the cantilevered staircase, I see you as full members of this prestigious Brody Sandor Club.
    One of you will very likely order an extra round of Pimms and then the suggestion will be "dear, why don't we just spend the night here".
    It looks so inviting and luxurious in a refined way that one can imagine the discussions, lectures and joy that has been contained within these walls.
    What charmed lives you live.
    I say 'pursue membership in this club in the headstrong fashion of (in the prime of) Miss Jean Brody.

    Fondly

    Helenxx

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    1. How wonderful it is to be headstrong, we think, dearest Helen. Thank you so much for even thinking of us in line with Miss Jean Brodie, [for ever immortalised for us by Dame Maggie Smith], whom we are certain would have formed her own Brodie House if she were alive today to do it! And we, of course, should be queuing up for membership, just for the opportunity to sharpen one's wit with her!!

      Our inaugural event will be a Hungarian film, premiered in Cannes, tomorrow evening. We cannot imagine it going on into the wee small hours, but should that happen, how delicious would it be to simply walk along the corridor and 'spend the night there'. Gosh, it has us all excited just typing it down!!!!

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  29. It's absolutely stunning, and the ambience is so serene and inviting. I do hope you're "in" and can share some accounts stylish soirées there.

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    1. We are sure that there are tales to be told whether we are 'in' or 'out'!! Whatever, one cannot fail but be entranced by the whole atmosphere of Brody House, it is simply wonderful.

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  30. If admitted, would you be permitted to bring visiting bloggy friends as guests? :)

    Good luck!

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    1. It would be a pleasure to invite you as our guest, LX. And, perhaps a Berlin branch of Brody House could then be entrusted into your own fair hands?!!

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  31. Such a wonderful building, and looks like genteel luxury to me. Oh how romantic to stay in the room with the balcony! Being myself counted as one of the 'Barmy-army' I doubt I'd be allowed over the threshold.

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    1. Being a member of the 'Barmy-army', dear Jane, would qualify you instantly for membership, we are certain. Well, that is what we are planning on at any rate!!!

      An eye for design is evident everywhere one looks with carefully chosen furnishings, the latest technology and vintage kitsch all happily mingling together!

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  32. You have me thoroughly convinced that Budapest is the place to be! I love the phrase "rough luxe" --it is a nice, somewhat masculine counterweight to the overused "shabby chic". I would love to stay in one of the guest rooms with the rough walls and moldings (contrasted with some very polished accessories). Iced cucumber water and the wonderfully eclectic surroundings would make membership very enticing. I assume they have a library?

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    1. When we met our friend at Brody House, in the course of our conversation we joked about all the million and one crazy things that have happened to us all and continue to happen in Budapest. However, we were all agreed that we could not wish for anywhere to which we are better suited...one does not have to be mad to fit in here but it really does help!!!

      We too love the phrase 'rough luxe'. You are right. It does have a masculine edge and that does, so very well, describe the decorating style at Brody House.

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  33. Oh, I am certain you'll next enter this secret world (you really got me with that bit and "feeling like Howard Carter") with membership cards! May your visits to Brody House always be full of similarly inspiring sights, sounds and encounters.

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    1. Over the years we have entered so many buildings here in Budapest by sleight of hand, that it is almost second nature to us. Indeed, we are rather confounded by the notion of ringing a doorbell or turning a handle!!!

      We are very excited at the prospect of what the social calendar of Brody House may have in store for us!

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  34. Of course you will enter Brody House with your membership cards next time :)

    The club sounds very interesting, when ever we tried to be part of a bohemian artist's club the relationship did not last long. The fault is not with the clubs, we are not bohemian enough. Everything goes sour when we arrive in a bourgeois car at the meeting of the bohemian club :) We now know we can only admire these clubs from a distance, and envy fortunate members like you.

    Best wishes

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    1. Now, the bourgeois car....that would never do!!!Surely, it could be locked away safely in its garage for the night whilst you give the Maserati, the Porsche or the Lamborghini a spin!!!We have no car these days and do feel that arriving by bus is becoming rather stylish, in a bohemian kind of way!!!

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  35. Rough Luxe sounds so much more elegant than Shabby Chic. In any event, the house is great, and I am especially intrigued by the guest room with a paneling of doors. I'll look forward to hearing more of this adventure!

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    1. Yes, Mark, old doors used as panelling is really rather intriguing. We are not sure that we could be so brave as to employ some of these ideas in our own apartment but we are very much of the view that one must always guard against restorations looking too glossy or too new. A bath in a bedroom, however, is something that we have wanted to do for a while but have not achieved it yet!

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  36. What a wonderful place and such beautiful pictures. The club sounds great. I can't wait to hear what happens!

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  37. Well they have no taste at all if they don't give you cards!

    The cantilevered staircase is an absolute gem. As for the Rough Luxe -- I think we could get used to that if someone twisted our arm ;-)

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Niall and Antoinette. As Friko said earlier, perhaps proclaiming ourselves to be mad as hatters might well have been a recommendation....but, we shall keep that as our trump card!!!

      Yes, the staircase is truly glorious. It snakes its way up three floors with such fluid movement that it is a joy to behold!

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  38. I never cared much for shabby chic but I just love this place, and now I want my bedroom to be all rough luxey like. This house is magnificent! How lucky you all are to hopefully be members. All that art!

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    1. Oh, Rubye, we just love the idea of your bedroom being all 'rough luxey'. Just let the rain seep through the ceiling, strip the floorboards,place the bath in the centre of the room, add cushions to the bed and, voila, there you have it......perhaps!!!

      The Art currently being displayed in the main reception room is the work of a Japanese artist, whose name now escapes us, and its use of colour is truly wonderful. Rather reminiscent of Rothko.

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  39. I am anxious to know if you will become members. Would you spend much time there if you were? I wonder what sort of people you'd meet up with? I am happy to know your adventuring continues!

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    1. We are certainly tempted to have breakfast there every once in a while as that always seems such a decadent way to start the day!

      We too wonder who the other members are as only a few names are known to us. We shall probably know more after our first event as guests of our friend tomorrow evening at a film viewing. We shall keep you posted!!

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  40. What a beautiful building.
    I would love to come and walk around your beautiful city.
    You and the club seem to fit each other quite nicely.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. We do hope to be a perfect fit with the Brody House membership committee!!

      Yes, Gayle, walking around the city is the ideal way to get to know it. There are so many exciting nooks and crannies which one misses otherwise.

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  41. Jane and Lance this such a beautiful building. It seems that every corner has a story to tell. And the guest room you pictured is luxury at at its finest.
    I have a good feeling next time you goin, it will be as members of the club! Good luck!

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    1. Brody House does indeed have a gracious elegance that is so common to buildings of this period throughout Budapest. The high ceilings and fascinating architectural details are all wonderful and really do hark back to a Golden Age of building in Pest in the C19.

      Thank you for your good wishes. If we need a testimonial, perhaps we can ask you for one?

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    2. Ha ha, that would be my absolute pleasure. And they would be fools to reject such amazing, funny and knowledgable people like yourselves.

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    3. You are being too kind!! But they, Brody House, may well feel that you can have too much of a good thing and press the REJECT button!!

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  42. Dear Jane and Lance,

    First of all my compliments to Jane for making those fabulous photographs of Brody House! They capture the atmosphere perfectly. How I would have loved to have tea with you there.

    I see you managed to see the hotel rooms. They look absolutely marvellous! I love the walls made of reclaimed wood and the combination of old and new.

    I will cross my fingers they will accept you as their new members. If only so that we can have tea there when we visit you next time :-)!!!!!

    Lots of love,

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief, thank you so much for your kind words. Of course, our best shot of you, looking wonderful, draped over the staircase like a Chanel model could not be used...alas!!!

      The rooms are imaginative combinations of old, new, kitsch, vintage, antique,cutting edge and high end glamour. We know that you would have loved them as much as you were taken with the whole building.

      Oh yes, what fun we all shall have there when [we are thinking positive now!]we are members of Brody House. Indeed, we can all go there for Breakfast, Luncheon or Afternoon Tea .....or all three!!! We can, however, vouch for the Tea which was delicious.

      It is very hot here in Budapest and to be even hotter tomorrow.....hoping there are sunny skies in Rotterdam too!!

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  43. I do think this I the perfect place for the the Hattats, elegant, cultured, eclectic,

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  44. I was in the middle of writing my comment and instead of tapping on preview to correct a mistake, I touched publish and whoosh it disappeared. This IPad can be dangerous.

    I must commend you on being able to make it up that daunting stairway. My, my, you are such adventurers.

    The club will certainly be fortunate to have the Hattats as members.

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    1. At times we think the whole of modern technology, at least where we are concerned, has the potential to be lethal. Mostly we find ourselves touching the delete button in error!

      This evening we are returning for a film night with the opportunity to meet the cast of a Hungarian film premiered at Cannes this year. Should be interesting!!

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  45. This is a beautiful gem indeed! I would LOVE to stay there, how jampacked with history and art this place seems to be!! :D

    Hugs,

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    1. You are right, Kasia, to refer to the history of Brody House which is so very present even in its newly acquired function.

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  46. Kedves Jane és Lance,
    2012.június 21-én, a Zene Ünnepén amatőr és profi zenészek közös hangversennyel ünneplik a muzsikát világszerte.
    Helyszín : Lovasberény, Cziráky kastély
    Időpont : 19:30
    Részletek : Lovasberény község honlapján
    Ha van kedvetek, látogassatok el erre a különleges élményt ígérő eseményre.
    Üdvözlettel

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    1. How very kind of you to tell us about this concert which we should, we know, much enjoy. Unfortunately, as we do not have a motor car it is not really possible for us to be in Lovasberény for 7.30pm on Thursday evening. But thank you so much all the same.

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  47. While I count you as members of one of the world's most prestigious inner circles (people Helen thinks are Fabulous) I can certainly understand your wanting to be invited into this private club. The Brody House is lovely. Once again, I feel as if I have gone along on the journey with you - which makes me wonder, do I need a passport?

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    1. You are so very kind, Helen. We really do think though that if we could only combine forces, then together we really could give Brody House and the world a run for its money, so to speak.

      Passport? Just claim diplomatic immunity.

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  48. I can't imagine that they would deny you membership--please keep us posted as to your status. Meanwhile, sipping "iced cucumber water on a hot summer's day" sounds divine. If we ever get such a day (which I doubt), I should like to try that (how does one make it, I wonder). Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of a beautiful, stylish place--the likes of which we do not have here!

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    1. You may think that we would not be denied membership. But possibly after next Tuesday Thomas and Rachel will inform you as to why we would be totally unsuitable!! We trust not.

      The cucumber water is ridiculously simple. Add sliced cucumber to a jug of cold water, keep in the fridge and then, after a few hours, serve in glasses packed with ice cubes.

      You may not have buildings like Brody House but we are sure that you have those which are equally interesting.

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  49. I love the idea of a modern bohemian members' club, especially one that focused on the arts, conversation, creativity, impressive architecture etc. But "open-minded and socially curious people" may be there for something more than the view of the Danube :)

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    1. It is all rather fun, we think. We trust that, and believe, at least for now, that the 'socially curious' is no more than a description of interesting people!!

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  50. Dear Jane and Lance - love the Brody house building...inside and out, it's simply gorgeous. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world!

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    1. You are so very kind about Budapest, dear Sandra. And on your next visit we shall delight in showing you more of this wonderful city.

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  51. Like some others, I'm not really one for shabby chic but this place looks fantastic! The lilies are a nice touch too. Glad you eventually stumbled upon the building!

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    1. We have friends who live on the Welsh border who 'do' shabby chic exceptionally well and in a way that we could never. We really admire those who have the art of carrying it off but for us all that peeling paint and falling plaster would be a nightmare.

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  52. Quick, join before Soho House establishes an outpost in Pest! Reggie

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    1. You are right, Reggie. In delay there is no plenty!!

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  53. Methinks on our visit to Budapest next year (knocking all available wood), this is the place we should stay. I have already looked it up and bookmarked it!

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    1. We think, most likely, Susan, that Brody House would be very much your kind of place. But, whatever, nearer the time when you have provisional dates, then you must be in touch.

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    2. You have my word on that, and I can't tell you how nice it is to get your ground's eye view of the territory here on your blog! We are still hoping for April, if nothing else goes wrong with our house (you know what it's like--just when you make a plan, some major thing breaks down and snaps up the vacation funds). Nonetheless, we hope and plan.

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    3. We are really hoping that all will be well and that you will be able to come to Budapest next year. But we know exactly what you mean and one must not tempt fate. Only last year a new boiler in our Brighton apartment put paid to some plans!!

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  54. Hello Jane and Lance, this was the most splendid architectural tour I've had off late. What elegance and the 'rough luxe' is not so rough after all! My favourite bits were the staircase and the bathroom; to be precise it's that wall frame above the tub actually!
    Just when I think I'm all sour and envious of your adventures, the saner part of my brain thanks you in heaps for sharing such unheard of treasures with us.

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    1. You are quite right, Suman, the emphasis is definitely on the 'luxe' rather than the 'rough' at Brody House. The walls of the rooms have been left with peeling plaster and fragments of paint intact, simply sealed and then adorned with contemporary art. We feel that it works very well indeed.

      We too feel fortunate that, through you, we can share in the delights of a country that we shall, in all probability never see for ourselves. Such is the wonder and fascination of blogging!

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  55. Oh, what a super looking place. I hope you can indeed become members, and you will remember exactly how to find it in the future - surely an essential prerequisite for being a member? .

    The owners look as if they are highly creative and interesting, and no doubt wish visitors to have a feeling of discovery to put them in the right frame of mind for a first visit.

    Is Brody a Hungarian name? I am sure I know Irish people with that surname, although there's no reason it can't be a surname in both countries of course!

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    1. Yes, Bródy is a Hungarian name, but with an accent. We have not seen the name in other countries spelled exactly the same way, more often than not it has appeared as Brodie.

      The owners are, we feel, incredibly talented designers as well as astute business men. Hungary is exceedingly bureaucratic and so to have managed to navigate their way through all the paperwork involved in such a project as Brody House is amazing in itself. And yes, the spirit of discovery in tracking down Brody House really does put one into an adventurous frame of mind right from the first moment. First impressions are so significant!

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  56. Well,it was well worth looking for it a second time Jane and Lance ...... what a wonderful house........ that staircase, the ceilings and windows....just beautiful, and the outside elevations are glorious too. I just know that your membership cards are in the post as we 'speak'. I can't think that there's a club in the land that could resist you both.I think that your credentials are perfect.
    Also, sorry for my absence .... my computer finally gave up on me and I am now getting to grips with my shiny new MacBook Pro !!!! XXXX

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    1. Oh, dearest Jackie, we do so hope that our membership cards are not entrusted to the Hungarian Postal Service since then, almost certainly, we shall never see them!!!!It is all so very different from the Royal Mail!!!

      We just know that you would love Brody House. Our photographs do not do it justice. You will just have to see it for yourself when you visit, as visit us one day we do so hope you will!!

      It is all so unsettling when one's trusty computing machine gives up the ghost, but a MacBook Pro.....does it make lunch too?!!!

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  57. The facade of the building is stunning and I love the 'rough luxe' interior.
    The prospect of joining a private members club is intriguing! I'm sure you will be accepted with your connection, so look forward to hearing all about it!

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    1. The architecture of the facade is very fine and, we absolutely love it blackened.When we first came to Budapest there were many buildings like this, the result of years of pollution and neglect. But, bit by bit, the city is being cleaned up and the pastel colours of the past are now very much in evidence. But, black, it seems all so 'Third Man' and mysterious to us!!

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  58. Dear Jane and Lance,
    I don't have to be a fortune-teller to see that you will soon be members of this august club!
    The rooms look lovely - I love the mixture of old and new, and space (as husband defines it) is one of the real luxury goods in our century.
    To find one's way without a smartphone - adventure - wich shows how times change: a decade ago it was the normal thing... You found it - so thank you for that beautiful post!

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    1. Yes, the space is wonderful, made even more so by the soaringly high ceilings and light flooding in from large windows. As you say, a real luxury, especially when it comes to hotel rooms!

      We do not think that we shall ever be converted to the world of the 'smartphone' Only this past year we bought a camera and we have yet to work out how all the buttons work!!!

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    2. But I was VERY relieved, when I visited Henry Dimbleby of LEON and went (on the 'test tour') eleven stations (!!) too far - till Engfield town - that an intelligent pregnant lady had a smartphone and - living in a road quite near to him (what did she do in Engfield? Can I still speak of chance? or should I speak of fate?) - could show me the way back on the map...

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    3. It is, of course, wonderful when technology comes to the rescue as it did for you in Engfield but.... That said, we do so like the way so much is available and may be accessed trough modern technology.

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  59. Vivid, humbling memories of neglecting to ask the house number, but orienting off a landmark, with "Oh, I know where THAT is---we pass that corner all the TIME!"

    We wandered about for quite some time (after dark), in those days before cell phones, and I'm surprised that they gave me another meeting to plan their daughter's wedding.

    And though I could never aspire to join such a gathering, I'd probably stroll by once in a while just for the word, "realisztikus." Delightfully smile-inducing, somehow.

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    1. Absolutely right, Rachel. So ridiculously confident and so sure of ourselves without a single thought that to have a number might prove to be useful. We are somewhat relieved to hear that you too have done the same. At least we were in the light!!

      'Realisztikus' - another splendid word to be adopted.

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  60. Well ‘Rough Luxe’ is a new one on me, but I have to admit I rather like the sound of it, and indeed the concept. I’ve never been a member of an exclusive club although I was a memebr of the RAF club years ago, which wasn’t all that exciting, and just like staying in an RAF Mess. Brody House looks far more interesting and I look forward to hearing more about it.

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    1. Yes, 'rough luxe' was new to us too, but we have warmed to it very much!! It seems to us that it can be very flexibly used, depending on whether one veers towards the 'rough' or the 'luxe'!!

      We are sorry that the RAF club was rather dull. We should have imagined that with all the dashing pilots one reads about that it would have been most jolly!

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  61. 'Of course, had we been equipped with Smartphones, Satellite Navigation Systems, or even a street number, we might not have had a wasted journey. But, perverse and foolish, oft we stray!'

    I love you more for this! Haha!

    I also love the manner in which you tantalized us with this post, perhaps much in the manner you yourselves were tantalized with going and not finding and then returning, again.

    I must admit I was hoping for an image of the ancient Bush radio as I have a particular (and heightened) interest in the roots of our modern wireless ways of communicating.

    The images of the rooms whet my appetite for travel. I have grand plans.

    Lastly, when we were in Hawai'i, the hotel had very, very cold sliced cucumber, lime and orange water in the lobby as soon as you came in from the humidity. HEAVEN.

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    1. Dearest Suze, oh better, much better than a photograph of the Bush radio is seeing Brody House for yourself with us by your side. Now, that would really be a grand travel plan!!!!

      The Hawaiian cucumber, lime and orange drink does sound divine. It is so very hot here that we shall put this drink to the test without delay. It shall become the Suze Sling and we shall toast our fairy goddaughter with it.......until the time comes for Hungarian champagne to be drunk together!!!

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    2. The Suze Sling in absentia -- with an eye to the future!

      HEAVEN!

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    3. And may that future be not too distant!!

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  62. Ah Jane and Lance,
    Brody House and the fine accompanying photos with your usual articulate musings, was a wonder to behold.
    And for once, I'm keeping my comment rather short. Not sure how long the teleportation machine can keep me heeerrrrreee....oops....!

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    1. And, this very evening, Gary, we have seen Brody House once more with the rooms blackened out for a film screening. Our membership is 'in process' we are told, but no cards yet!!!

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  63. It seems worth all the effort. I wish you all the luck in becoming members of such a snobbish club. I would have guessed tough, that eating peas with a knife would have been considered snob enough :-)

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    1. If there emerges anything the slightest bit snobbish about Brody House, then we shall not give it a second thought. It is creative types that we seek. The quirkier the better!!

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  64. Dear Jane and Lance,
    I thought I'd posted a comment here some time ago, but as it hasn't surfaced, though I make no claims to its import, here it is again, or something like it:
    your membership of Brody House will further connect you with Budapest, its people and its creative pulse. Good luck!

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    1. Darling Faisal, your comment did appear but on our previous post, to which we did, of course, make reply. But, we are so touched that you have come back to look and, on finding the comment missing, have taken the time and trouble to write once more. This is all quite beyond the call of duty and we are so very grateful that you have bothered with all of this.

      Hoping that you are keeping warm whilst we are trying to stay cool!!!!

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  65. I quite like the look of Brody House. It looks comfortable and lived in, rather than shiny and new. Hopefully your membership application will be successful.

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    1. It certainly has a very lived in look which is seldom to be found in similar establishments in Britain. Last night we were there to see a film premiered at Cannes and to meet the Director and cast. All most interesting. And whilst there we were told that membership was being 'processed'!!

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  66. What an incredible building!

    I would type more but I am debating with my husband the merits of Budapest as a holiday destination. I am hoping to prevail on the basis that I know of an excellent place to stay!

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    1. It really is rather wonderful. And how splendid it would be if you came to Budapest, Annie. You must keep us informed of the progress of the debate!

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  67. What a fabulous place, with atmosphere oozing from the walls. I am with Annie, just the place to stay to savour the delights of Budapest.It sounds a fascinating land with much to delight the jaded traveller.

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    1. Certainly, a stay at Brody House should put one in the mood for all the architectural wonders and eclectic design to be found in Budapest. In addition, it serves to remind one that behind the imposing street doors lie untold delights for the adventurous tourist.

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  68. Dear Jane and Lance,

    I understand how exciting it was for you to enter Brody House by seeing the photos of classy and beautiful interiors. I’m rather used to eat with knife and fork but I wonder how to eat peas with forks. Maybe by crushing peas with the back of the fork? By the way, have you eaten with chopsticks? I eat peas one by one with chopsticks. Am I eligible for the membership card of Brody House? I guess that's not enough though.

    Yoko

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    1. We have tried and failed miserably, we might add, in being able to eat with chopsticks. And, as for eating peas with chopsticks, well, suffice to say that we are deeply impressed. What is more, we are totally convinced that this would be more than enough to secure a VIP card for your entry, Yoko, to Brody House. Indeed, they may ask you to put on a one woman show on the Art of Chopstick Eating for the other members!!!

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  69. Oh my, I would do anything to get membership to a club that is housed in such stunning surroundings. I'm sure it was well worth the hunt to find it. Good luck with your acceptance - I'm sure you'll do fine and be stalwart members of Budapest Society before you know it.

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    1. Well, Heather, we have yet to learn what exactly we do have to do to secure our membership of this august body. And, indeed, who the other members are. When they are revealed, that will, of course, be a cause for great excitement but we may well be sworn to secrecy!!!

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  70. What a grand treasure this is! The ravages of time loved and celebrated. But you already know how much I love that sort of attitude. A place in which to spend lots of time exploring all the little details, I suspect.

    And as for the peas and the knife, it reminds me of AA Milne's poem...
    I eat my peas with honey.
    I've done it all my life.
    It makes the peas taste funny.
    But it keeps them on the knife.

    So poor old Poohbear wouldn't even get an invitation to the club - which makes you two even more super-special to be in it!

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    1. Yes, Virginia, we are sure that you would love Brody House and how it has been decorated. We love your description of the 'ravages of time loved and celebrated' since that is indeed the case. So often restoration is completed with such a heavy hand that one wishes that nothing had been done at all but, in the case of Brody House, a light touch and a keen eye for design are very much in evidence.

      What fun your quotation is. As a Teddy Bear is also part of the decorations in the main reception room, we are sure that Pooh would be given life membership!!

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  71. Dear Jane and Lance,

    'open-minded, creative, inventive and socially curious' people to meet and to exchange ideas.

    Well, they have found the perfect couple in my estimation, really. What an addition you would be to this austere group with your love of Budapest, your love of arts and letters, your eclectic (Je crois?) approach to topics, and your warmth. So, you definitely would have my vote.

    This is an elegant historic home and the architecture is preserved and enjoyed. I particularly like the photo from the window of the courtyard and the long hall window on the right. I would imagine that it is a gallery or sunroom, a passage from one area to another. It reminds me of my hotel in Prague on the old square.

    I await the continuation of this story and the badge of membership... please let us know if there is a secret handshake.

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. You are very kind, Genie, and we should very much like to think of ourselves as meeting the description that Brody House gives.What we hope for is to find other like minded people there, especially those connected with the Arts.

      The architectural details are fine and elegant. It has a wonderfully 'fin de siécle' feel to it and one is instantly transported back in time when one enters the door but, happily, with all modern conveniences too. Absolutely the best of all worlds.

      The construction of the house is on a similar pattern to that used throughout Budapest with rooms running around a central courtyard. This gives light to the rooms in the back as well as much needed shade from the summer extremes of heat. The covered walkway is charming and does, as you say, connect the main front reception rooms to bedrooms at the rear.

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  72. The allure of the secret club calls us all... like the treehouse I always dreamed of having only to keep it a secret from my siblings (i'm sure I would have eventually let them in - after all what fun is a secret when you can't tell anyone??) THIS space however, leaves one rather slack-jawed and I can imagine myself developing some rather fine airs and graces.... sigh... I have my fingers and toes crossed for you ... I do! :-)

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    1. How right you are. Ever since Enid Blyton days we have had yearnings to join a secret club but have not had the right opportunity until now.

      A treehouse, yes, perfect for clandestine meetings....but, first, we need a tree!!

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  73. Rough Luxe is my kind of luxe!!
    Dear Jane and Lance, I must refer to Genie here, because she has expressed so eloquently, what I feel. If not the two of you, then I don't know who! :)

    This architecture is so stunning...ah, to have a little breath of Europe! I do miss it!
    Looking forward to seeing more ;)
    Have a beautiful weekend, dear friends!
    - Irina

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    1. There is, we think, far more of the 'luxe' than the 'rough' about Brody House!! We too find the combination of old and new both exciting and appealing and the architecture is, as you say, stunning.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. We wish you a happy weekend too!!

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  74. Goodness its like a different world what a wonderful house and home. I hope you are able to recieve the membership to this delightful house. dee x

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    1. Brody House is something of an'out of this world' experience, Dee. But, you would like their Union Jack cushions, we are sure!! They are enormous fun.

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  75. wow stunning interiors. that bathtub is superb! Becca

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      Thank you so much for your comment, we hope that we may entice you back again one day! In the meantime, we shall seek you out.

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  76. Absolutely fabulous! I cannot tell you how much I love secret places - hidden and tucked away - and this sounds like a gem not only because of the unique cloister that it seems to be but, also, because of the unique people hiding in it. Wow!

    "...a forum for 'open-minded, creative, inventive and socially curious' people to meet and to exchange ideas."

    Well....it *sounds* like you ;).... is it the right flavor, though?=] Hope it works out! I think that I would fit more easily into the Diogenes club....

    Well, now, you probably won't get this until you're back from your adventures...

    Please take very good care of yourselves!

    Love,

    Katy xxo

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    1. We went inside Brody House with M and J on their recent visit and we have a wonderful photograph of M on the staircase, but of course, that must remain a secret between us and now with you!!

      Ever since the days of reading Enid Blyton's Secret Seven we have been intrigued by hidden nooks and crannies, but as you say, it will be the people within the walls of Brody House that will be the make or break of its success. We shall see....

      Thank you for your kind wishes for our holidays. They are so very much appreciated. We are also booked to go to Rotterdam next spring. Why is Vermont so far away?!!!

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  77. This looks my kind of place and I hope you will be able to sign in guests once you are accepted (and I have no doubts at all that you will be welcomed with open arms) hint hint :)

    I wonder if pink gin is served there at all?

    A few years ago friends signed me into the Chelsea Arts Club for dinner as a treat before I moved to Ireland. It was summer and I was so happy standing outside in my floaty dress wafting my cigarette around (sorry!) and listening to all the arty conversations around me. I was in my element.

    Thanks for dropping in to visit the Mario, Roxy & myself.

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    1. We are certain that it would be exactly your kind of place, Dolly, and that you would be most interested to see the work of the artists which Brody House showcases from time to time. As for getting you in, by hook or by crook!!

      Pink gin? A must!!

      The Chelsea Arts Club sounds wonderful. And we can very readily picture you there along with many other fascinating and lively people. What fun.

      We send a virtual tin of Whiskas to Mario and Roxy!

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  78. I heard what seemed to be positive feedback about your membership a few days ago...
    Very much looking forward to knowing I might have the pleasure of seeing you there when contemplating attending an event...
    I am in awe of your blogging excellence and wide following, and love to read your thoughtfully written blogs.
    Have a great summer, and see you when you return from Lucca.
    (we're heading off today for our annual sailing holiday in the Adriatic ~ and just FYI, introducing you to the beauty of Croatia is now on my bucket list)
    LOL

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    1. What welcome news this is!! Imagine now the mortification we should feel at a refusal of membership. And we so much enjoyed the other evening it would be too shaming to be deprived of future occasions!

      We shall most certainly catch up on our return from Lucca. Meanwhile enjoy your sailing in the Adriatic. For our part, we can think of nothing more fun than your introducing us to your part of Croatia - we shall certainly, Grant, hold you to that!!

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  79. Of course you will be accepted, Jane and Lance. They wouldn't dare refuse you. In fact, they should feel honored that you've decided to join. :)

    You both will bring style and sophistication, not to mention, intelligence and wit to the Brody House. Can't wait to hear what happens next.

    Have a great holiday, will look forward to your posts upon your return.

    P.S.
    'Rough luxe.' I like it.

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    1. You are more than generous, Yvette, but we do so hope that we shall be able to join as we look forward to being more involved in the creative community in Budapest.

      We are very much looking forward to our holidays in Krakow and Lucca. Both very beautiful places, we believe, and we have never been to either!

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  80. Brody house looks so wonderful I love the architecture, hope you enjoy your membership and have a good summer.
    Sarah x

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    1. Brody House really is a wonderful example of how to restore with style. It has been so imaginatively done and the programme of cultural events held there is most interesting and incredibly eclectic.

      Wishing you a wonderful summer too!

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  81. The only architecture worthy of any merit in terms of materials and aesthetics was built by Spain 500 years ago. There is some concrete Art Deco left, mostly in decay from decades ago.

    Usually, when looking at great architecture preferably with pragmatic landscapes and design, beyond that foolishness of the eye of the beholder, I ponder about countries with impressive architecture such as this and that of Prague which has impressed the hell out of me and never, ever had colonies to exploit as in places like London, Madrid, Paris or Lisbon.

    The rare beauty reached in those two countries was result of their own effort, money, talent, vision, good taste and energy.

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    1. You raise some most interesting points here. Sadly we do not know Spain or, indeed South America where there is much Spanish influence, to be able to comment upon this in any meaningful way. However, we are intrigued to know what you may think of the architecture of Italy.

      Whatever, we should concur with you that the world is full of architecture which may, at best, be described as mediocre.

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  82. I'd love to see Brody house. And I wish those designers could come do my house. That is just my taste. Shabby and whimsical with just a soupcon of creepy.

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    1. The owners have now just opened a new Brody House which contains artists' studios and is decorated in a similar style. It is a delicate balance to have shabby chic and not just shabby!!!!

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