Guesthouse & Turtle Sanctuary


To create a place where tired people find peace

To create a relax resort

To create a home for unwanted pet turtles

To create a place where nature and humans find harmony

To create a thematic and playful environment for the guests

To create a good vegan place in the area

To create a platform for eco-conscious projects, interviews

To create a creative studio for co-working


The turtles are special creatures. They embody the ancient, untamed world, and the ability to survive in all conditions. Their relaxed aura brings peace and harmony in our life.

„The American continent is referred to as “Turtle Island” in the Native American folklore. It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back. This image is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth and holding the world in balance.”


Building areas are the sqare blocks, the blue ones are the pond areas, near the building you can see the relax areas, and in the land here and there are meditation spots, and of course, around the biggest pond is the area with minimal human disturbance for the turtles to enjoy sunbath and swimming.


Investments bring profit

Working together to create a unique place

Eco-conscious solutions & projects

Turtle lost and found - video

A lego stopmotion that explains a story what happens to an unwanted pet turtle.


The Foundation

First it'd make sense to create a foundation. After the foundation has been successfully established, the further actions, purchases, construction works, terrain works would be directed and financed by the foundation. Later the maintenance, operation, and other sanctuary connected activities would be in the responsibility of the foundation.

Construction and design

We'd construct several, different sized ponds with different depths. I plan real deep points (deeper than 1.5 m) at a few points only. The land would host multiple ponds which are connected via bridges and tunnels. Small islands and big branches fit for basking would be placed into the ponds, along with hiding places near the banks.

There will be a swampy and waterfall part, and a place where turtles can swim headlong about 20 m. The water body cleaning will be operated by filters and pumps. For cleaning we would only use natural substances. The filters will be tended monthly to make sure the water has a stable good quality. Small fishes will be moved into the ponds (body length max 10-15 cm), plus frogs, aquatic snails, and aquatic plants, plus reeds.


Choosing a ready-built house would be the best, with minimum four rooms, and one conference room sized. In the undergound level, additional aquaterrariums could be placed and with a veterinary station. A part of the building may be an appartment, fit for living.


Suggested location: area of Velencei lake, Agárd

It's a very important point to find a location easy to approach with car, train or bus. It should not be too close to highways or railways because of the pollution and the noise. Also there should be minimal land-height differences.

Placing the animals

Every arriving animal would be recorded and regsitered, measured and photoed duly and would get a record in our database. After this a 1-2 week long caranteen is necessary, in an aquaterrarium. If things go well, later the new turtle could go to live in one of the outdoor ponds.


The enclosures and ponds

  • Fencing: fortified fence would enclose the land so as to protect animals from escaping and predators

  • Reproduction: loosen soil parts would be set, the eggs could be easily collected and returned into feeding, also optionally males and females can be separated in mating time

  • Comfort: the underground part of the house would be at one section glass walled for observation, outdoor and underwater cameras would allow us to keep an eye on the turtles, turtle entry at the bottom of the wall: turtles could come in and spend lazy time in one of the indoor ponds; turtles would be separated by size also - small ones will be provided a separate, safe area

  • Protection: net designed to cover the ponds to protect the animals from predatory bird attack - or icy rain

  • Winter: paravans or nice policarbon roof can be installed when cold weather is approaching, helping the turtles to have an undisturbed winter sleep, heating installed at parts

  • Feeding: the turtles living indoors would be fed all year, the outdoor inhabitants would get seasonal feeding and vitamins according to their needs


  • Guesthouse's income, it's rooms available all year

  • On a part of the land there could be a garden and a few flower fields (rose, lavender, etc.). To sustain these we can apply for some agricultural tender and state support, subsidy

  • Writing tenders for the EU committe responsible for the managing of invasive species projects

  • In the building a guesthouse would operate, plus a relaxing area for yoga classes, and a creative studio with various equipment (could be rented)

  • Vegan food bar, later with a greater and greater variety of vegan delicacies

Participants and supporters

Close support and cooperation with animal welfare organisations, clubs and associations. Building a community to take care of the adopted turtles. Crowd-founding campaign is planned, though only after the basic setup is ready.

Photo sources

relax: jen-p-FoG8lotg7AA-unsplash; Photo by Jen P. on Unsplash

rainbow sunset: jeffrey-hamilton-C8mPzrY8rGw-unsplash; Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

sound bowl: magic-bowls-d-xbK1qfCVY-unsplash; Photo by Magic Bowls on Unsplash

vegan pic: nadine-primeau-Juvw-a-RvvI-unsplash; Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

interview, talking: neonbrand-h0rXrHzhFXU-unsplash; Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

creative: sam-mcghee-KieCLNzKoBo-unsplash; Photo by Sam McGhee on Unsplash

turtle myth: PSM_V10_D562_The_hindoo_earth

turtle bedding:

profit: alexander-mils-lCPhGxs7pww-unsplash; Photo by Alexander Mils on Unsplash

team: austin-distel-wD1LRb9OeEo-unsplash

planet earth first; photo-boards-D0xQQsZovws-unsplash; Photo by Photo Boards on Unsplash