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Hungarian village for rent, comes with deputy mayor's post

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hungary village for rent


If 'king for a day' sounds too majestic, a small Hungarian village will let you become deputy mayor for a few days.

The village of Megyer, population 18, has put itself up for rent to companies and tourists.

For 210,000 forints (US$750 or €690) a day, a prospective renter gets seven guest houses that sleep 39 people, four streets, a bus stop, a barn, a chicken yard, six horses, two cows, three sheep and four hectares (10 acres) of farmland, along with the possibility of temporarily being named deputy mayor.

The deal aims to revitalise the hamlet, which dates back to at least the 11th century and is 190 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of Budapest.

Mayor Kristof Pajer disclosed yesterday that the silence of the remote countryside was its main attraction.

"We offer all sorts of programmes to our guests, but most are simply captivated by the surroundings and the quiet," said Pajer, a 42-year-old engineer. "Once they sit out in the meadow with a bottle of rosÈ wine, nothing else matters."