As I start this review, I know that I run the chance of ruining this "hotel" by my very words, because if more people knew about this incredible place they would flock to it in droves, which would probably spoil its character. But I'll try to do it justice by describing it using only the superlatives it deserves.
First of all, Froys Hus is anything but a large hotel. Or even a moderate-sized hotel. It is, quite simply, a remodeled house that sits below the road in an incredibly beautiful valley in the village of Fresvik. We never would have found this place had it not been for our travel agent, who gained the trust of a Norwegian travel consultant who knew about Froys Hus. The folks who run this facility took a beautiful old home and refurbished it from top to bottom. The floors are made of a gorgeous white pine, which was polished and fitted throughout the building, and feel like butter on your feet. They are so soft that the owners request that you not wear your shoes inside. (They have special wool socks by the door for those who do not have their own to wear.)
The entire house has only five guest rooms, so you will never have to worry about having throngs of people around you. Not here. Here, you will only hear the peaceful sounds of the wind, the birds, and the occasional goat or sheep outside the door. Likewise, there are very few cars that drive by the lane, which is only wide enough for one car at a time to pass. We hiked up the road to some gorgeous waterfalls and glaciers, and saw more sheep than cars.
Inside the hotel, besides the guest rooms you will find a couple of public rooms, mainly the "lounge" room downtstairs, which contains a wood burning stove and some gorgeous leather couches, where you can relax after eating. The walls are all log throughout the place, retaining its rustic origins.
The meals at Froys Hus are an entirely amazing experience. EVERYTHING comes from their gardens or their personal stock. All our meals, from the onion soup and the homemade breads and butters to the boar they shot themselves in the woods...it's all from their own self-sufficient gardens and stock, and it is all incredible. I witnessed Liv picking greens and flowers for our salads, and it was truly a culinary delight.
One word of caution: if you are looking for the "big city" experiences of Norway and Scandinavia, or if you have noisy kids who can't wait to get into the pool or turn on the cable TV, don't come here. There is no pool, there is no TV, and for all intent and purpose there is no town. This is a sleepy, beautiful, friendly, natural, incredibly gorgeous place to come and relax and enjoy nature.
I hope that my words have done justice to this wonderful place. Froys Hus is a one-of-a-kind place to stay, and I would LOVE to return here some day to enjoy it even more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated, beautiful log home by the Naeroyfjord, a world heritage site. This luxury organic B&B is located on an elderberry farm in the quaint hamlet of Fresvik. Fresvik is an excellent starting point for a variety of walks in and around the world heritage area. Our kitchen makes natural, healthy food, based on good local produce from Sogn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Froys Hus Norway/Sogn Og Fjordane