It feels like stepping hundreds of years back in time, to the grandest royal estate – the old timber houses high up in the mountain side and the magnificent views of the Gudbrandsdalen valley are like something out of a fairy tale.
HOTEL WITH A LONG HISTORY
The farm has received travellers for 700 years, and today guests can stay in one of five original dwellings. They vary between stately rooms with decorative paint and wallpaper, and rustic, unpainted timber walls. No matter the choice of room, guests are treated to a rare glimpse into a home and a genuine historical estate with timber buildings added to the farm when needed and used in approximately the same way today. The fields and outbuildings are still being used in active farming with sheep and grain, hay production and forestry.
The 60 square metre Karstugu lodge has a kitchen for self-catering. The building has outside stairs up to the sleeping quarters with four wide beds, but inside stairs have been added for convenience. The ground floor has a large open fireplace, long table, bathroom and WC. Another building next to Karstugu also contains four distinctive bedrooms, all en suite.
The choice is yours – a stately stay in national romantic surroundings, or simple and rustic pilgrim lodgings. Whatever you choose, you can look forward to a historic trip back in time.
Se more rooms & houses
National romantic rooms.
Rustic pilgrim lodgings.
A lodge by yourself.
In the evening guests are invited to the long table in the dining room, with fine candelabras, beautiful flowers and delicious homemade food based on local tradition and specialities.
Most of the ingredients come from the farm itself or the area around it, and all dishes are made from scratch. Hostess Hilde is passionate about traditional food, and the menu offers lamb, moose and reindeer, fish from mountain lakes, and fruit and berries from the farm’s own abundant garden. She also has a unique talent for conjuring up the most marvellous soups for starters, lunch or supper.
Travel in time – travel in the footstep of Pilgrims.
Today this is a practically mandatory stop for pilgrim wanderers, because it’s the only remnant of a pre-Reformation hostel on the whole trail. It is also the largest medieval loft in the country. Guests bring their own sleep sack or sleeping bag and snuggle up under the skin rugs in the old beds. In the hostel there is also a large communal dining room.
In 2008 the Directorate for Cultural Heritage gave their permission for two delicately installed bathrooms in the hall upstairs. Pilgrims have access to a kitchen in a different building, called Fantstugu.
Adventures & Activities
Stave Church in Ringebu
Ringebu stave church was built in 1220, and is one of the largest remaining stave churches in the country. Ringebu vicarage is just north of the church and is used as a gallery and eatery, with concerts and exhibitions in the summer season. There is also a stave church exhibition.
In 1021 a significant meeting took place at Hundorp, local chieftain
Dale-Gudbrand’s farm, which ended in his convertion to Christianity at the hand of King Olav the Holy himself. There are also large burial mounds nearby.
The big annual event in the area is the performance of Henrik Ibsen’s drama Peer Gynt by the Gålåvatnet lake, which takes place in early August every year.
The outdoor production of Kristin Lavransdatter, based on Sigrid Undset’s novel and set in the middle ages, is also performed from the end of June to early July at Jørundgard in Nord-Sel.
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Gammel storgard og historisk hotell i Gudbrandsdalen – utmerkelser og medlem av