THE HISTORY OF SARLÓSPUSZTA
As it is told by the Pustan
"Francisco Rákóczi II., a reigning
prince (chief) of the early 18th century, during one of the
sieges of Kurutz freedom fights set up his camp in the place
of present Sarlóspuszta in 1710. It was here that he met a
beautiful woman, Sára Sarló, whom he fell in love with for
the first glance.
The Transylvanian nobleman had this mansion built as a lovenest
for the nice woman and named it after her as the Pusta of
SarlóSára (today Sarlóspuszta). During the years of his exile
in Turkey Sarlóspuszta became the most important refuge of
hiding freedom fighters and also of pustan rascals from the
neighbourhood, who, not just found a plate of hot meal there,
but hide and protection, as well.
As it is explained by historians...
Tatárszentgyörgy is the Southernmost
settlement of Comitat Pest. Its most ancient archeological
remains date back to the Bronze Age. The settlement at its
present name occur first in 1507 in records. The village had
been abandoned during the fifteen-year-war. The resettlement
and repopulation of it took place gradually until the end
of the 18th century.
Tatárszentgyörgy Puszta, which was
abandoned during Turkish times, is possessed in the beginning
of the 18th century by two widespread noble families, with
a past dating back long in time, the Kubinyi family of Felsőkubin
and Nagyolasz and the Máriássy family of Márkusfalva and Batizfalva.
Graf Antal Grassalkovich (I.) of Gyarak bought both parts
of their land and he became the owner of the whole pusta by
1734. The manor with the mansion that is Sarlósárpuszta, belonging
to Tatárszentgyörgy, became his possession in 1758 also from
the Kubinyi family. Repopulating of the settlement had been
started by Antal I. in 1751, and was completed by Antal II.,
his son, in the 1770-ies.
According to some sources the Grassalkovich castle of Sarlóspuszta
had been built by Antal I. around 1760. This must be a mistake
though, because a list of the Graf set up by him, was found
in the National Archives from 1771, in which there is the
description of the constructions in his estates together with
the details of the buildings. Not any castle of Tatárszentgyörgy
is mentioned in these (but there is for example a large-size
sheep stable marked among the records), but according to its
style it can be dated to the second half of the 19th century.
(At the same time there is an inn mentioned by the Graf which
might have been used as the later castle.) There is a hint
though in the monography of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun comitats
by Samu Borovszky about a reconstruction in 1858, which had
been carried out between 1843 and 1856 by the owner Gábor
Török of Várad who followed the previous owner Keglevich Grafs
From 1863 the owners of the estate are the inheritants of
Baron Frigyes Bors of Borsod and Csíkszentmihály, then Baron
Bela Lipthay of Kisfalud and Lubelle and Mrs Graf Otto Bissingen-Nippenburg.We
find the building in the hands of the Muchony family around
1920 and Peter Halász of Gyón is named as the owner from 1931
until 1945. (In these days the mansion was famous for its
extremely rich and interesting collection of antlers.)
After the 2nd World War the building was used as a school,
later there were apartments in it. From the mid-80-ies there
has been an inn in the nicely renovated mansion.
The mansion bears the traces of several reconstructions.
Zsolt Virág: Hungarian Castle Lexikon, The Castles and Mansions
of Pest County, 2001