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The main building at Hoel Gård in Ringerike, Eastern Norway
Hoel Gård in Ringerike.
Photo: Hoel Gård
A woman sitting on a staircase outside Hoel gård’s main building in Ringerike, Eastern Norway
Hoel Gård in Ringerike.
Photo: Hoel gård
13 grand manor houses

Stay in rural luxury

Norway’s manor houses are often buildings where traditional farmhouses meet exclusive design, modern comfort and outstanding dining experiences. Situated in magnificent surroundings, they provide the perfect setting for both relaxing and adventurous holidays.

    Imagine waking up next to a beautiful lake in a 700-year-old pilgrimage inn or in a converted barn with medieval roots.

    All over Norway, old farmhouses have been transformed into fashionable manor houses and chic boutique hotels where every room has a story to tell. Together with the peaceful surroundings, you are all set for an unforgettable experience.

    "High-end farmhouse holidays in Norway are a treasure trove of culinary, historical, natural and cultural experiences," says Edda Espeland, freelance journalist and editor.

    Espeland has visited and written about some of the grandest manor houses in Norway. She says that the common denominator is often a combination of tradition, innovation, and local culture.

    “Some manor houses arrange concerts and theatre performances that are based on local culture and history. Others have opened museums or offer nature activities such as kayaking, climbing, skiing, and cycling”, she says.

    You will be greeted by friendly hosts who make every effort to ensure that you have a relaxing break from everyday life. Enjoy locally sourced food and get an insight into the area’s food and beverage traditions. And even though the surroundings have a distinctly remote feel, you may be surprised how easy it is to get there by train, bus, or car.

    Read on for Espeland’s recommendations of the finest manor houses Norway has to offer.

  1. Engø Gård Hotel & Restaurant

    Where: Tjøme in Vestfold

    At Engø Gård in Tjøme, everything is in place for a relaxing break in serene surroundings. Enjoy exquisite cuisine and perfectly matched wine, elegant rooms, afternoon tea and one of the finest bathhouses in the country. Stroll along the shore, join a lobster safari or get your racket out at the private tennis court.

    While you’re here: A short drive away, you’ll find Verdens Ende (“the end of the world”). It is worth a visit for the iconic lighthouse, built with pebbles from the local beaches. It is also great for fishing, hiking and a dip in the sea. Check out the restaurant at the top too.

  2. 29/2 Aurland

    Where: Aurland in Vestland

    29/2 Aurland is a modern boutique hotel right between the fjord and the mountains, ten minutes from the village of Flåm. Historically, Aurland was characterised by a combination of humble farmers and English aristocrats who came here to fish salmon. Today, you will find that this charming town has been complemented with trendy, innovative architecture and street art. 29/2 Aurland has eight individually decorated rooms. Spend the night in a room in the main house called the Fisherman’s Cabin, or opt for the so-called Goat Barn, a traditional cog-jointed smokehouse with a modern twist. Try locally produced goodies such as goat salami, craft bread, and freshly squeezed raspberry juice. If you want to stay active, the picturesque fjordscape offers many activities.

    While you’re here: The hotel is a great starting point for hiking trips in the Aurlandsdalen valley. Explore the village of Aurland and snap a few pictures from the viewing platform Stegastein.

  3. Valbjør Gard

    Where: Vågå in Innlandet

    The history of Valbjør Gard can be traced back to the Viking Age. It is beautifully situated in a cultural landscape some 700 meters above sea level. The sheltered courtyard consists of 13 timber buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The hosts run an organic farm that produces goat’s milk and sheep milk, among other things. In the farm shop you can buy the farm's own goat brie, goat sausages and local handicraft.

    While you’re here: Valbjør Gard is the perfect starting point for hiking and cycling in Jotunheimen. In Vågå, five kilometres away, you can participate in an Edvard Munch hiking tour and visit Vågå church, which goes back to the 1100s.

  4. Hovelsrud Gård

    Where: Ringsaker in Innlandet

    Hovelsrud Gård is a true gem of a holiday spot. Situated on the Helgøya island in lake Mjøsa, you can spend the night in the rustic barn Sommerfjøset next to the beach. Go for a stroll among fruit trees, pavilions and fountains in the strikingly beautiful garden, which has been kept in its original style from 1840. The farm has its own organic vegetable, chicken, and cereal production. It was the first chicken producer in the country to be awarded the animal protection label Dyrevernmerket.

    While you’re here: Norway's largest inland island Helgøya is shaped like a big heart. Visit the farm café Skafferiet for a delicious lunch in picturesque surroundings. You can also challenge yourself among the treetops in Helgøya climbing park.

  5. Farm stays in Norway

    Several Norwegian farms offer both farm activities and accommodation. While some are only open for day trips, others are great basecamps for exploring the area. You can usually go hiking, cycling, and fishing in beautiful terrain close to the farm.

    Some farms also offer longer farm holidays and high standard accommodation well suited for a romantic holiday. Here, you can really relax and enjoy delicious (and extremely local) food amid Norwegian farm traditions.

  6. Haaheim Gaard

    Where: Tysnes in Vestland​

    Situated an hour and a half south of Bergen, Haaheim Gaard offers 21 historically decorated rooms with a sea view, including a few suites with a private sauna. This stately manor house is surrounded by a lush cultural garden with a chapel, rose bushes and fruit trees. The farm shop has a good stock of local flavours and a private gardener creates lavish food trays with fruit, vegetables, berries, and herbs. Haaheim Gaard arranges concerts, wine and beer tasting, and large dinner events based on local food throughout the year.

    While you’re here: A stay at Haaheim Gaard can be combined with activities such as RIB safaris, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

  7. Herangtunet Boutique Hotel

    Where: Valdres in Innlandet

    You find the wonderful Herangtunet Boutique Hotel on a hill in the forest between Fagernes and Beitostølen. Picture a traditional barn with a peat roof combined modern design and exclusive vintage furniture, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect. The hotel has five rooms and four suites, all of which are individually furnished. With a different city and country theme in each room, it is almost like checking in to another part of the world. A superb restaurant and a welcoming host make Herangtunet an exceptional hotel experience.

    While you’re here: Go for a short drive to Beitostølen, where you can join dog sledding on wheels, go canoe paddling, or try packraft, a cross between paddling and rafting.

  8. Boen Gård

    Where: Kristiansand in Agder

    The recently restored Boen Gård oozes with luxury and tranquillity. The farm has 18 large, bright rooms plus common rooms and cabins, all of which are stylishly decorated with stoves, furniture and art from the time the farm was built. The organic kitchen is 80 percent self-sufficient with fruit and vegetables from the garden. This elegant farmhouse is surrounded by an extensive park with grazing sheep and lambs.

    While you’re here: The forests around Boen Gård offer fabulous hiking and fishing opportunities. The lively summer city of Kristiansand offers plenty of shopping, restaurants and culture just 20 minutes away.

  9. Nordre Ekre gardshotell

    Where: Heidal in Innlandet

    The family-owned farm Nordre Ekre is located in the mountain village of Heidal, close to Gudbrandsdalen. The farm has seven uniquely decorated rooms. In the barn, you’ll find a library and a restaurant that serves divine home-cooked food based on local ingredients.

    While you’re here: The national parks Jotunheimen and Rondane are practically around the corner, which makes Nordre Ekre an excellent base for outdoor adventures. The cheese factory Heidal Ysteri has a small but special selection of cheeses. You can also stop by to try their good old-fashioned version of rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge).

  10. Bortistu Gjestegard

    Where: Storlidalen in Oppdal

    Bortistu Gjestegard is tucked away in the middle of Trollheimen in Storlidalen, Trondelag. In 2000, they decided to transform the barn into a modern country house. Bortistu has a long tradition of regular farm operations. Their signature smoked lamb dish has been certified as a speciality by Matmerk (the Norwegian Food Branding Foundation).

    While you’re here: Storlidalen is an Eldorado for fishing, cycling and hiking. Trekanten in Trollheimen – the hike between Gjevilvasshytta, Trollheimshytta and Jøldalshytta – has made it to The Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) list of the most popular mountain hikes in the country.

  11. Sygard Grytting

    Where: Sør-Fron in Innlandet

    Sygard Grytting has welcomed visitors for over 700 years and is still a fully operational farm in the middle of Gudbrandsdalen. Today, they offer twelve individually decorated rooms and scrumptious meals in a historic setting. With a medieval hostel from around 1300, Sygard Grytting is a natural stop for pilgrims on their way to Trondheim. Today's hosts are 16th generation owners.

    While you’re here: Satisfy your cravings at the award-winning Annis sausage factory in Ringebu and at Øyens home bakery, where you can enjoy flatbread baked to perfection according to grandma's recipe.

  12. Gammel-Kleppe

    Where: Vågå in Innlandet

    Gammel-Kleppe in Vågå looks like it’s been taken straight out of a folktale. The barn and the granary have been masterfully transformed into grand suites with art and antiques. There is also a small library. Dozens of chickens provide fresh eggs for breakfast every morning. Another highlight is the farm's wellness facilities, which consist of a wood-burning sauna and a cold hose shower.

    While you’re here: Gammel-Kleppe is a good starting point for excursions to the national parks Rondane, Dovrefjell and Jotunheimen. Other top tips are to go rafting in the Sjoa river, join a musk ox safari or sign up for a cooking course with Norwegian celebrity chef Arne Brimi.

  13. Annexstad Gård

    Where: Østre Toten in Innlandet

    Annexstad Gård is idyllically situated by lake Mjøsa close to Gjøvik. The farmhouse’s 16 well-maintained buildings are surrounded by stunning gardens with magnificent views. The host is happy to chat about the history of the farm. From June to September, the farm shop offers everything from home-made honey and the farm’s own quail eggs to antique furniture and local handicrafts. You can also spend the night in the converted pigsty, which was built in 1902.

    While you’re here: Gjøvik has one of Norway’s few chocolate factories and a fun science centre (Vitensenteret Innlandet). There are also plenty of marked hiking trails. Last but not least, Gjøvik is the hometown of Skibladner – the oldest paddle steamer in the world that is still in operation. Take a ride on lake Mjøsa!

  14. Hoel Gård

    Where: Ringsaker in Innlandet

    Hoel Gård has a history that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is situated in picturesque surroundings on the Nes Peninsula, right by lake Mjøsa. During peak times, the old paddle steamer Skibladner stops at the farm’s private pier, and the hosts can come and pick you up from the boat in an elegant vintage car. The bar "Anden Etage" arranges concerts as well as wine and aquavit tasting sessions regularly. Be sure to pop into the Farm Museum too! Hoel Gård has a strong focus on sustainable food, and a significant part of the restaurant menu consists of ingredients that are produced by their own farm.

    While you’re here: For more delicious food, have lunch in the cosy Kafe Nessesundet or dinner at restaurant Mjøskanten. Also go for a trip with Skibladner, the boat that is known as "Mjøsa's white swan". At the Edel Design Gallery at Alhaug Farm, you can get your hands on exclusive, locally produced clothes.

  15. Farm stays in Norway

    Several Norwegian farms offer both farm activities and accommodation. While some are only open for day trips, others are great basecamps for exploring the area. You can usually go hiking, cycling, and fishing in beautiful terrain close to the farm.

    Some farms also offer longer farm holidays and high standard accommodation well suited for a romantic holiday. Here, you can really relax and enjoy delicious (and extremely local) food amid Norwegian farm traditions.

    Norway has an absolute abundance of accommodation options out of the ordinary. Soak up the atmosphere in traditional surroundings, stay at a historic hotel or check out the selection of weird and wonderful places to stay.

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Espeland's top tips
Throughout the year, guests can find peace and tranquillity at Engø Gård, a well-preserved idyll where the memories of yesteryear that give the place… Read more
Engø Gård Hotel & Restaurant
The farm is called Tokvam, and so is the neighbouring farm. Which is why we call ourselves 29/2 Aurland, after the farm's land and title number. This… Read more
29/2 Aurland
Stay the night in Sommerfjøset – Hovelsrud farm’s summer barn Fancy a night on the banks of Mjøsa? Sommerfjøset at… Read more
Stay in Sommerfjøset – Hovelsrud farm’s summer barn
An oasis for the good life. Savour the flavours of a bygone era in the restaurant, wake up to the smell of newly-baked bread fresh from… Read more
Haaheim Gaard
Squeezed in between the Hegge Fjord and Jotunheimen, Norway’s highest mountain range, in the Norwegian province of Valdres, one can find the… Read more
Herangtunet Boutique Hotel Norway
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, right in the heart of the mountain village of Heidal, you will find Nordre Ekre. Surrounded by national parks, the… Read more
Nordre Ekre farm hotel and restaurant
At the end of the road, and everything begins Half an hour's drive from Oppdal to the west, and located in the center of Storlidalen, you will… Read more
Bortistu Gjestegård (Bortistu Mountain Farm)
One of Norway"s oldest wooden hotels - owned by the same family for over 700 years. Read more
Sygard Grytting - historic hotel
Come to Gammel-Kleppe and feel alive! Gammel-Kleppe Heritage Hotel is 26 minutes and 34 seconds drive from the centre of Otta. Read more
Gammel-Kleppe Heritage Hotel
At Annexstad your farming hosts welcome you to their farm to enjoy their hospitality. Life on the busy, charming farm is deeply rooted in our local… Read more
Annexstad Gård
Welcome to Hoel Gård - Manorial and down to earth. On the Nes peninsula, right by the lake Mjøsa, is Hoel Gård idyllically situated… Read more
Hoel farm - Manorial and down to earth
Idyllically situated along the river Topdal is the historic Boen Gård (Manor), surrounded by park, tall deciduous trees and farmland. Read more
Boen Gård Manor Historic Hotel
Valbjør has a breathtaking location and wonderful views only 5 kilometres from Vågå in Gudbrandsdalen. Read more
Valbjør Gard
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The Andvord farmstead is a small, 'high end' hotel only open for closed groups. Recently restored facilities in historic surroundings within walking… Read more
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Budsjord is a historic, listed farm counting 18 buildings placed in the hillside of the Gudbrandsdalen valley between Dovre and Dombås. The pilgrim… Read more
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Sulheim Manor Farm was one of the first farms in Norway to be protected by the Cultural Heritage Act in 1923, and have an extensive art gallery of the… Read more
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Trudvang Gjestegaard is a charming hotel with a long and exciting history. The guesthouse has 28 rooms and a central location south-west of the beech… Read more
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Take a break to relax, take a step back and spend a day at Kvitnes Farm. The farm consists of a restaurant with 30 seats, a conference room that seats… Read more
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