I can't recommend Veszprém megye enough. Wine country, north shore of Balaton and fabulous countryside with volcanic outcrops, great views over the lake and no overcrowding (except at a few of the "beaches") with plenty of small beaches where few people venture. The locals are kind and generous and local tradesmen charge far less than in large cities. HUF 750 per hour basic labour charge. Our gardener charges €10 for a morning's work with no tea breaks! Local reputation is vital to the village tradesmen who can lose it or make it over one bad/dodgy job or silly quote. I find them very proud as well and they take care over their work. What is also nice is that you bump into them in the village shop, at the festivals, in the pub and in church on Christmas Eve. People "muck in" and welcome newcomers who seek to integrate themselves even with their dodgy Hungarian and they forgive me and don't even say anything when I use the wrong "person" when addressing them. The Germans from whom we bought the house never once went into the village shop or pub in 10 years! On New Year's Eve we gathered in the village on the main road and set off fireworks and enjoyed forralt bor courtesy of the Mayor and everyone greeted me with kisses on both cheeks, even those who had not previously met me. I was made to feel so welcome.
I love Kapolcs. It is not a city, nor is it a town, it is a village of 250 but in the summer the famous festival hosts 5000 and we have plans to create more smaller events through the year.
We retire there in 2017. I can't wait!!