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“Beautiful - even in the dead of winter”
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Vatnsholt
Ranked #8 of 27 Selfoss B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We visited Iceland to see the country and hopefully the Aurora Borealis (unfortunately the latter did not appear during our stay). We organised a self drive holiday through Iceland Farmholidays and stayed at Vatnsholt. It is beautiful even in the dead of winter and the family who run the farm are friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable, functional and clean.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Ths is one of many farm hotels in iceland. Surounded by farmland as far as you can see gives you a feeling of beeing totaly by yourself. There are lots of animals. Dogs, cats and even a tame Arctic Fox are having a good time as they walk and run freely in the yard.

Roms are clean, big and have good beds.

The restaurant serves good lokal food and the breakfast is about awerage.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Vatnsholt and couldn't fault it. Our family room had a lovely outlook over open farmland to the nearby lake with a distant view of the volcanoes (when weather permitted). Food was excellent on the evening menu and breakfast was more than ample to set you up for a days touring around the wonderful attractions Iceland has to offer. We enjoyed the friendly greeting of the staff and the dogs. Rooms were clean and fresh towels everyday. I read some of these reviews before we departed and went expecting less and got far more!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed in eight places in ten nights in Iceland, and got by far the friendliest welcome at our last destination, Vatnsholt, even though we were only staying for one night. I suspect we also got an upgrade, as we'd booked a family room with shared facilities yet were shown to a great 2-bedroom apartment with private bathroom and kitchen (though there were two twin rooms and no double)!

We didn't eat there because finances were running low but rather wished we had as the menu looked good and the dining room was large yet fairy-lit and atmospheric. Best of all, especially for our children, there was an arctic fox cub, trampoline and playground, table football and table tennis. Weather permitting (it didn't permit us, sadly) we would have gone horse riding there too. A great place right in the countryside. Thanks Vatnsholt.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was our last stop on our round-trip tour of Iceland and we were looking forward to our stay here based on the reviews here at TA. We had booked and paid for a room for three with a private bath. Instead, we got a tiny room in a shared cabin with a tiny shared bath. Were we offered compensation for this bait and switch? No. Breakfast was unimpressive and dark-- it felt like we were eating in a bar. Oh wait, we were. As for farm animals, there were a few horses in a far away pasture. They also had several wild animals including an arctic fox and an enormous raven in cages-- but that seemed more cruel than charming. All in all, this felt like a tourist trap for those who mostly stayed in Reykjavik on their vacation and wanted to see a slice of "real life" in Iceland. From our experience driving around the country, we would say this is not "real life" in Iceland and would strongly recommend staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

B&B Vatnsholt is a wonderful place situated by a lake in the country close to the southcoast of Iceland. We felt at home from the start. The rooms are small but cosy. The food is very good, and the surroundings are beautiful.We had a nice walk to the lake, where we saw many birds. There are many animals and play areas on the farm. We were thinking about renting some of the beatifull horses, and we were amazed by the cute small fox that played with one of the 6 dogs. We also had fun talking to the raven, which could said its name and "miaw" like a cat. We had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I've stayed at Vatnsholt on two occasions, both times with groups of farmers eager to learn about Icelandic ways of farming and rural business development. Both times we stayed at Vatnsholt for Several nights, and enjoyed Margret and Johanns hospitality and warmth. They serve good breakfast and great dinners. I also recommend you ask them about how they've built their business. That's an inspiring story, and Johann tells it with so much humor.
I can recommend Vatnsholt for all sorts of groups, both for short and long stays.

Room Tip: Beautiful view from all rooms as far as I've experienced. Ask the personnel if you have special...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Vatnsholt 2, Selfoss 801, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > South Region > Selfoss
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Selfoss
Price Range: $81 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Vatnsholt 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vatnsholt is a newly renovated country lodge in a beautiful setting above the lake of Villingarholt. From Vatnsholt you will enjoy a magnificent view where you can easily spot the Westman islands (Vestmannaeyjar), the glacier of Eyjafjall (Eyjafjallajökull), the Tinda Mountains (Tindfjöll), the famous volcano Hekla and the slopes of Hella. Vatnsholt is conveniently located 70 km from Reykjavik with an easy access from the main highway, only 16 km from the nearest town of Selfoss where you will find all the modern comforts a town has to offer. ... more   less 
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