Hovelsrud is a large farm on the island of Helgøya with magnificent views over the lake of Mjøsa in southern Norway. The house and gardens were created by the politician Nils Hoel in 1840. The house and garden has been carefully restored, as closely as possible to its original form. The integrated garden with its formal axis from the lake to the house has been re-established, using early drawings and written descriptions and planting varieties of flowering plants and fruit popular in that period. The exterior was repainted in its original pink color with a continuous decorative frieze. Local jams, juices and similar products are for sale. In 2012 the owners was awarded the National Landscape award by the Norwegian ministry of Agriculture and Food and in 2014 they won the European NOSTRA Prize for Cultural Heritage in the category "Conservation".
The garden is open every Sunday from June to September from 12 to 3 pm, with a guided garden tour at 2 pm. Price: NOK 100 pr person. Tours for groups can be arranged.