The Stella Maris Missionshotellet is a lovely inn located just outside of Svendborg, at the southern tip of the island of Furan. We felt that the area was more picturesque than the northern part of the island and Odense, and it is more convenient if you are taking ferries up from Germany than if you are cominbg across the bridges (it’s about an hour’s drive south off the highway). The hotel is about 10 minutes west of town, and the tree-lined lane to the hotel is only marked by one sign, so you need to be watching (Our car navigation only got us to the general vicinity).
The inn is a large house, sitting within a quiet residential area and beautifully positioned along the shore of the channel leading from town to the Baltic Sea. It is set back from the water, with rolling lawns and gardens down to the docks (and a little root grass trimmer that we grew fond of watching). The hotel used to be a mission and is still affiliated with the Indre Mission group of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. However, this is not at all intrusive: the inn retains the feeling of a country retreat and is quietly welcoming. However, alcohol is not allowed on premises and there is limited meal service on Sunday evenings. The inn has been refurnished, with new paint and carpets throughout. There are public rooms featuring works by local artists, sweeping views of the sea channel, and comfortable reading nooks.
The guest rooms are upstairs: there is no elevator. The rooms are lovely, with wood floors and beamed ceilings, heavy wooden furniture and large beds. Ours had a sitting nook in the window and there was a TV with limited local channels. The bed was comfortable; the bathroom was clean and modern. Breakfast is a nice buffet of eggs, cereals, meats, cheeses, fruits, and juices served in a sunny breakfast room overlooking the water.
This is an overlooked but comfortable inn with a quiet B&B feel in a relaxed location. Two good further tips for the Svendborg area: dinner at the “Oranje at Svendborg”, a Danish style boat in the main harbor in town with a very friendly proprietor, wonderful fish dishes, and great views. The other is to visit the Svendborg Maritime Center, docks at the harbor entry that feature a selection of wonderful historic Danish wooden boats. Finally, if you’re headed to Sweden, buy wine before you go: you can’t buy it easily there.
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