by ceciliemo ~ November 29th, 2013
What a nice surprise! The lovely Hodgkinsons hotel in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire was our home for two nights this summer. The whole family went on a trip to the Peak District – and this was a true gem of a hotel. The owners, Chris and Zoe, were so nice and friendly, and the atmosphere is cosy and homey.
Original keys! Not often you find these in use nowadays.
Lovely bedrooms. I got a sneak peak into several of them – and they all have a romantic charm.
A personal touch from the owners. Sweet!
I never got bored of this view.
Charm! Vintage boxes and memorabilia in all the public rooms.
The garden was lovely, overgrown with beautiful flowers – just as I like it!
Bookings from the 18th century….
Cider – how very british!
The restaurant was lovely, small, and the food was delicious. The staff was charming – and the chef had been in Norway during the military service.
And believe it or not – the hotel has it´s own cave in the backyard! Spooky for some, exiting for others!
Matlock Bath has a reputation for being chip-shop and bikers heaven, but we thought the small town had a scruffy charm – well worth a visit, even if you are not on a motorcycle.
by ceciliemo ~ November 8th, 2013
We spent a few night at the marvellous hotel Losby Gods a few weeks ago. This place is amazing! The best thing about it is that it is only a 20 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo – and when you get there you feel that you are far, far away from everything urban. The hotel is situated in the middle of the woods – and you can go hiking right out of the hotel door.
The old part of the house from 1850 was once built as a private home, and has beautifully restored rooms. It is now integrated with the new and modern hotel building.
The library is stunning with original woodpanelling on the walls.
Old trees in the garden makes me imagine the grandeur of the house in the earlier days.
The lady of the house used to sit here and have her morning coffee whilst watching the children pass outside of the window, on their way to school.
The men´s lounge was a place for cigars and brandy.
A bookmark next to the bed in our room – a nice detail – I like!
You find antiques throughout the house.
Nice details in the breakfast room – three different milktypes put into bottles rather than serving the dull carton.
Old ceramic plates in the breakfast room.
Morning fog and the early bird golfer right outside our window.
I like that the hotel is combining traditional and historical style with new fresh design objects, too. Here the ultra modern Moo lamp from Norhern Lighting in the bar.
by ceciliemo ~ September 14th, 2013
Back in 2011 I wrote about Patina in Evanger here on my blog. And this summer I finally visited the place myself. And what a nice place! If you are driving in the western part of Norway, you must pop into Patina, close to Voss and Bergen.
Lucky me I got to meet two of the owners. We had a long chat, and they served us cakes and drinks. The coffee was delicious.
And the cakes, too!
Patina is both a café and a shop. They sell new and second hand products. The ladies are especially interested in selling local products, such as Vossebia beauty products (on the table).
The chocolate is not local, but organic chocolate from Germany, Vivani.
Decorative lifestyle products – from danish Nicolas Vahé. Delicious olive oil, herbs and fruit jam.
Upstairs you find second hand interior and new stuff for the home, e.g. decorations, pom poms and garlands from the dutch firm Engel.
The three ladies also have rooms to rent. Take a look at the Patina blog for more information and prices. Bergens biggest newspaper, BT.no, have made a video from their visit to Patina, take a look here (in Norwegian), and get to see the atmosphere in Patina, too!
by ceciliemo ~ August 20th, 2013
Summer town no 1 in Norway is Lillesand in Aust-Agder! And this year you have one more reason to go: Kafé Strandhaven! It´s a cosy place with nice food and a great garden with view of the harbour – and far away – the horizon. Go there to have a nice cup of coffee with friends or eat delicious lunch – and don´t forget the cakes! They sell Hervik fruit juices which I love, and locally baked bread.
Busy day in July – shoppers take a break in Kafé Strandhaven.
Local food is served, Eide is the famous local butcher. The blackboard is written by graphic designer Fru Steen (also from Lillesand).
Freshly baked bread and cakes on the counter.
I love the flea market style with different plates – and old furniture mixed with new.
The garden is gorgeous – and is just a stone´s throw from the sea. Make sure you visit this café when you´re in the area!
by ceciliemo ~ July 29th, 2013
I love to do net research, and read and follow numerous travel blogs. One of my favorites is Just one suitcase written by Pam Peterson. She is a designer, and writes colums for Huffington Post, which writes about her: “Pam is traveling the world –- 44 cities in 13 countries, and counting. She is globetrotting so much, in fact, that her most recent trip required an expedited appeal for additional pages to be sewn into her jam-packed passport”.
When she travels she visits the most fascinating hotels. Often it´s not the well known, or the most luxurious hotels, but the most interesting ones, she visits. And that´s why I find this blog so inspiring. She manages to find the personal places, which has something unique.
So take a look – and jump right to the category “DON’T MISS” where you find her favorite hotels and places. Enjoy!
This photo is from Hotel Palacio de Villapanés in Sevilla, Spain, one of her favorites.
Photo: Pamela Peterson
by ceciliemo ~ June 15th, 2013
Just a short drive from Oslo you find many hidden gems. Svartskog Kolonial is one of them. Swedish Anna Snilsberg have created a lifestyle heaven in an old grocery store. She and her family serves gorgeous food in the café and garden, and in the shop she sells lifestyle chocolate, tea, clothes, jewellery and some vintage products.
by ceciliemo ~ June 13th, 2013
Looking for the best travel tips for Oslo, Norway? I recommend this article in the New York Times “36 Hours in Oslo” by the freelance writer Ingrid K. Williams if you are visiting my hometown. Here you find the best insider tips for a short stay here. Enjoy!
All photos: Kyrre Lien for The New York Times
by ceciliemo ~ May 30th, 2013
What a nice surprise! Look at this stunning restaurant house – within the literature house in Fredrikstad. Here at Fabel you have a choice of enjoing your food in the book café, the food bar or in the restaurant. Can´t wait!
All photos: Eivind Lauritzen
by ceciliemo ~ May 24th, 2013
In the small city of Lyngdal in the south of Norway you find Paulsens Hotell. The place reopened in 2011, after being closed for 40 years. The hotel gives you a feeling of an old, traditional 19th century inn, with a homey atmosphere. Some people say it is like staying in a museum – charming and old style. Why not give it a try if you´re in the area?
All photos: Morten Teinum/Visit Sørlandet
by ceciliemo ~ May 13th, 2013
I love finding hidden gems in Norway – and this is one of them! Café Herman is a must if you are visiting in Leikanger, near Balestand and Sogndal, in the Sognefjord area. It´s off the beaten track, I know, but sometimes it´s nice to drive the extra kilometres, just to experience something new and unexpected. Her you enjoy nice homemade food and the local craft beer, Balder Brygg.
All photos: Knut Bry