History

About the  mansion-house
The  last owner Count István Géza Majláth ordered the mansion-house to be built. Those  who arrive from Csitár drive past a long, old stable standing on the left at  first. On the right in  the huge park you  can see the neo- Renaissance style storied mansion-house. Géza Majláth ordered  it to be built and architect József Hubert designed it. After the Second World  War the nationalized mansion-house was utilised as a pioneer resort and from  1960 it was a Sanatorium for Consumptives.
Most  buildings belonging to the one-time manorial centre can be seen today too:  opposite the mansion-house there is the bailiff (chief-steward’s house) and  near the bend of the main road stands the house of the steward.
There  stand the servants’ quarters, the stables and the machine-shops too. The school  built in 1900 (nowadays it is the store house of the Palóc Museum) is situated  between two blocks of servants’ quarters.
The Count used to travel a lot in  the  world, he was an experienced traveller, he collected many things and he was  predisposed to the beauty.
Beside his demanding mansion-house he established modern farm-buildings among  the then circumstances. He converted the surroundings of the mansion-house into  a park with having great pretensions, and he chose the species of trees to be  settled with competence. He brought from his journeys not only artefacts but  plants, young plantations and shrubs as well. He tried to realise his  experiences acquired in the world. He used plans when worked on  the plantations of the trees or established  the walking paths of the park. The stock of plants is rich nowadays too, though  during the past few decades species of trees not fitting there were planted  unfortunately. The inexperienced good-hearted park landscaping was rather harmful  to the environment. The existing trees in   the park like Pterocarya fraxinifolia, Picea orientalis, Corylus  colurna, maple, oak, Australian pine, Sophora japonica and Robinia pseudoacacia.
Among the lately planted species of  trees the more important ones are mountain ash, magnolia and tulip-tree, which  can be seen at the entrance.
It was operated until September in 2006  by the Nógrád County Authority as a TB Sanatorium with 60 active and 40  chronic beds.
During  the establishment of the new health stucture in the county the institution was  functionally consolidated with the Albert Kenessey Hospital in Balassagyarmat  and the County Authority decided to sale the building.
The  new owner is one of the ventures of FŐNIX-MED Close Corporation, Gárdony  Projekt Ltd., which has the intention of keeping it in operation as a public  health institution. 

About Majláth family

Count György Majláth  (III.)

He was the Main Royal Treasurer then later the Hungarian Court  Chancellor, Judge of the Royal Court, Lord of the Supreme Court and  the Upper House and he got the Grand Cross of St. Stephen’s order.  He was the parliamentary delegate of Baranya County  and after the witenagemote in 1839-1840 he was elected the first  deputy-lieutenant in Baranya County. After this witenagemote he was appointed  the administrator of Baranya County, which job was very unpopular at that time  and he only accepted it for the sake of his political comrade, Count György  Apponyi Court Chancellor. He tried to stay away from that work and during that  period he went on a study-tour in the western countries of Europe. In 1847 he  appeared at the witenagemote as the appointed Lord Lieutenant in Baranya County  but he struggled without success together with Széchenyi against Kossuth.
He  retired from the storms of the 1848-49 war for independence to his private life  and during the absolutism he dealt with his own economic business, he studied  and he was for the public assosiations. But he belonged to those who resisted  all temptations of the then absolute government and they didn’t exercise a  function.
In  1861, after some reluctance he accepted the invitation to the confirmed  imperial council in Vienna but merely in order to take firm steps to protect  the rights of his country together with his brave and independent conservative  partners (Count Emil Dessewffy, Baron Pál Sennyey, Count János Barkóczy) and to  form opposition against the Vienna tendencies.
In  1865 he became the head of the Government as The Lord High Chancellor and he  was efficient in the matter of solving the Hungarian questions before the  coronation and the complete restitution of the Constitution. The Compromise of  1867 conducted to establishing a new Government as a consequence of which  Majláth substituted the role of the leading statesman for the judge of the  royal court and the chair of the Lord of the Upper House.
Because  of his high education and devotion to science he felt attracted to the  enjoyment of science and literature. He often attended the sessions of Academy  and Kisfaludy-society. He was proud of being not only the director but an  honorary member entitled to vote as well.
In  1893 he became the victim of murderers. He was attacked at night at his own  place, in the Batthyány-type house in Buda Castle by rovers. He wanted to defend  himself, but  in vain. He was choked. His  own hussar let his attackers in the house.

Count István Géza Majláth 

He was born on   the 14th of January in 1860   in  Pécs. He was the third son of György Majláth, the judge of the royal court. He  had continued his studies until he was 14 in Buda and in 1874 he joined the Naval  Academy in Fiume. After graduating from the Academy in 1878 he truly entered  into service as a cadet. He belonged to the naval forces for 16 years and  during that period he travelled nearly all over the world by different  battleships.
In  1882 he took part in Krivosce (Dalmatia) military expedition serving on  the Albrecht armoured casemate ship. In 1889  he was on service on  the Saida corvette  and so he travelled round Africa. From 1890 to 1891, after leaving the naval  forces, he went on a private study-tour around the world, he made a tour in  India and in the lower parts of South-East India, he went to Java Island, China  and Japan, Sandwich Islands, North America and later he travelled home through  England, Holland and France. He delivered lectures in Hungarian geographical  societies about the voyage, mainly about his adventures acquired in Japan.
He  served on Duna monitors for some years and in 1893 he became the commander of  the newly armed Szamos monitor.
In  1894 he married Countess Marietta Zichy, Count Nándor Zichy’s daughter. He  substituted his naval career for farming and ever since then he managed his  estates in Nógrád County on his own.
He  was a catholic autonomic representative in Nógrád district of Esztergom  Archdiocese. From 1894 he was the member of the Upper House. He was elected a  representative by an independent programme in Szécsény district on  the occasion of general elections in 1905. In the September of  this very same year he joined people’s party. 
On  the occasion of general elections in 1906 he  was elected again by the majority of 945 votes in Szécsény district with  people’ party programmes.
In  addition he was the member of the armed forces and Queen Elisabeth’s sculpture  comittee.
He  assumed the lord-lieutenancy in Nógrád County in 1917 and he only finished  his public works because of the outbreak of revolution whenceforth he retired  from politics and until his death in 1933 he didn’t come back to public life.