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Hofdatun

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from£107/nighthelp

Excellent 5/5 Score from 32 reviews

A great combination of beautiful vacation house and animals and nature

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The house comes with 8 akers of land. It only takes 15 min. to drive to nearest town, Selfoss and 50 min. to Reykjavík or Thingvalla. Then its ideal to take the Golden Cirkel tour and drive to Gullfoss and Geysir. We assure you that this place is wonderfull in all seasons. All bedsheets and towels are provided

In Iceland it's illegal to rent out house/apartment to visitors without having necessary licenses. This is to ensure the safety of tourists and to make sure they receive what they are paying for. The Health Authority, Fire Department, Sheriff and Building Supervisor have to give consent so house/apartment get license.

We at Hofdatun are pleased to say that we have permission from those parties and are fully licensed vacancy house. Certificates are at display for our guests verification.

The house has 4 bedrooms where 7 adults can sleep. Baby beds can be provided

The kitchen has everything anyone can wish for, for example all modern electric divices and tableware for 8 people and even a view to the volcanos Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull and Katla.

The luxury bathroom is spacious and well furnished with large heated mirror, shower room and large massage bathtub

The living room is extremely bright and spacy with large leather sofa, TV, DVD and VHS.

The loundry room has a washer and dryer, but ofcourse you can put your loundry out to dry so it gets the freshing smell of summer

On the land is a chicken coop, every morning you can go to the chicken coop to get eggs for breakfast. In the garden is out door hot tub (after march 20. 2013).

We have many horses at Hofdatun. 4-6 of our mares will give birth to foals the summer of 2013. Witnessing birh of foal is something you will never forget! During the summer time the horses is at the field next to the house and riding tours can be arranged. In the winter time you can meet with the horses in the winter field or in the stable, horse riding are at nearby horse rental in the winter time.

The caretaker lives in the garage appartment. Once a week he will come and change the bed lining and clean the house.He also takes care of the garden and the animals. He has a small store where you can by necessety such as tootbrushes, shampoo,milk, bread and so on. If you want to ride the horses he will help you out and if there is anything you need dont hesitate to contact him and he will help you in any possible way

Size Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 16 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Reykjavik 75 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Included in the rent is: Bedsheets and towels, also hand soap and washing powder for dish washer and washing machine, in the kitchen you have salt and pepper and during harvesting season you have fresh herbs and salad in the garden. Football and toys for children are provided

On New Year´s Eve its tradition in Iceland to light a Elf Bunfire who has to burn the whole night. Icelanders believe that on New Year´s Eve Elf´s move from place to place, this fires are keept burning the whole night to help them to find theyr way and also to welcome them to live at your place.

At Hofdatun we honor this old tradition and on the picture side you can see picture of the Elf Bonfire we had last New Year´s Eve. It´s simply magical to stand next to the fire, with a little imagination you can feel the Elf´s around you whispering thanks to you.

Further details outdoors

In the garden are your private BBQ, both gas and carcoal and private clothsline. Also you have fresh salad and herbs in the garden during harvesting time. Also you have your own chicken coop where you get fresh eggs for breakfast.

Its amazing to bath in the out door hot tub in the garden. In the winter you can do that as well as you watch the stars and the northern lights. In the summer time while bathing in it you can almost pet the horses that is grassing close to the garden

The South Iceland region

The land in the south of Iceland is very fertile and good for agriculturing. There are dosens of horsefarms with thousands of horses. Also we have cattle and sheep farms. The climat is mild, at summertime its rather dry and not to windy, the temperature during the day is from 15 to 25 celsius. During the winter the temperature is around -5 to +5. Late december through mars it snows from time to time.

Just next to Selfoss is the Olfusa river. It is Iceland's largest river with an average flow of 423 m³/s. Its discharge area is 5760 km². The Olfusá has a strong salmon fishing industry. The Floi Nature Reserve is located on its eastern shore where it meets the sea.

Some 4 km from the house, we have Thjorsa who is the longest river in Iceland, at 230 km.Thjorsa has its source on the glacier Hofsjokull. When it enters the lowland it passes the valley of Thjorsardalur where the historical farm of Stong is located. Thin it goes by the Great Thjorsa lava.

Iceland rises on the Atlantic ridge, as a reasult of that we have hot springs and volcanos almost all ower the country. About 100 km from our place we have the famous volcanos Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull and Katla. Hekla is very famous for its regular eruptions, its eruptions though small can be extremly beutiful. We are at a exelent place to view eruptions from Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull and Katla knowing it could never harm the area where the vacation house is.

Thingvellir national park is only 55 km drive, Geysir 71 km and Gullfoss 61 km away from Hofdatun

Arborg

LANDSMOT HESTAMANNA 2012 ! NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE ICELANDIC HORSE 2012!

This amasing event, Landsmot Hestamanna, is hold at the south border of Reykjavík 25. june to 1. of july 2012. You are only 45 min. to drive to Landsmot Hestamanna from Hofdatun! People from all over the world travel to Iceland to see all the gratest horses in Iceland and to witness who is the grates stallion and breeding mare of 2012. Icelanders come riding and driving to this event from all over Iceland!

At Landsmot you do not only see grate horses, you also expirence a festival atmosphere where you can by all kind of food, souvenirs, go horse riding etc. We shall not forget the dances with live local bands in the riding hall and the partys that are held in every tend in the evening.

More info: http://www.landsmot.is/en

Even though Hofdatun and its suroundings is exelent for relaxation you can also have some more exiting holiday. You can go fishing trout or salamon in Voli river who is only 5 km away or you could go to the great rivers Thjorsa and Olfusa. You can play golf in Selfoss or kajak sailing in Stokkseyri. If you are looking for real exitement you can go river rafting in Hvita river but I think that is only for the thoughest one!

If you want to go scubadiving you get 20% discount when I make the arrengement for you. More info at: http://dive.is

There are many hiostorical places in south of Iceland and there are numerus art musseums. Everyone who come to Iceland has to take a tour called "the Golden Circel". When you take that tour you go to national park Thingvellir who is on UNESCO List of World Heritage. It is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. Parliament or Althingi was established at Thingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1789. Then you also go to Gullfoss and Geysir, but the Golden waterfall in the glacial river Hvita count among the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. The spouting hot spring Geysir was claimed to be the biggest one in the world. The old Geysir has been in retirement for decades, but when it was active its eruptions reached the height of at least 80 m. All around the old Geysir are more spouting hot springs, such as the ever lively Strokkur (the butter Churn), which erupts every 3-5 minutes.

In South Iceland you find all kind off entertainment. Among many other things you can enjoy art in musseums, take a walk in prehistorical places or go river rafting (for the brave one!). For further information about local attraction you could for example go to:

http://www.njala.is

http://www.draugasetrid.is

http://www.skalholt.is

http://www.husid.com

http://www.listasafnarnesinga.is

http://www.arcticrafting.is

http://www.icelandicwonders.com

http://www.eldhestar.is

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28 May 2014

5/5

"A very warm recommendation for Thorey and Hofdatun"

Although our visit to Iceland was short, we had an amazing stay. The location of the cottage makes it so easy to visit all the main sites in just a couple of days. The house is lovely, great for eve… More

11 May 2014

5/5

"Perfect Place for your holiday"

My husband, i and our young girl stayed at Þórey´s beautiful place for 2 nights.The place is located not too far from Selfoss, which is the main town in the South of Iceland. There, you can find al… More

11 May 2014

5/5

"Comfortable holiday house with cordial landlady"

We have been at Hofdatun for six nights at the beginning of our Iceland trip. The house is spacious, comfortable and clean in a very quiet and peaceful environment. The children loved to play with the… More

17 Apr 2014

5/5

"Wonderfully spacious place with excellent hospitality"

My husband and I stayed here with our 1-year-old daughter for 3 nights in March. It's a nice spot to relax after exploring the highlights of the Golden Circle, and it's a good launching poi… More

5 Mar 2014

5/5

"A wonderful introduction to Iceland"

Hofdatun was a perfect location to use as a base to discover the south of Iceland. We took day trips to waterfalls, geysirs, glacial lakes, black sand beaches, heritage village, seabird cliffs - so m… More

1 Mar 2014

5/5

"Ideal spot to get away from it all."

This was a lovely house with beautiful surroundings. The owner was very friendly and willing to help with anything. The children loved the garden, chickens, dogs , horses and the bath!! It was grea… More

27 Feb 2014

4/5

"friendly owners, clean and tidy facilities"

stayed in owners house for 2 nights while owner stayed in attached apartment..friendly ..... and spoke fluent English...... clean and tidy facilities ......picked fresh eggs every morning from chicken… More

25 Feb 2014

5/5

"Great Stay on Horse Farm"

We stayed 2 nights on Thorey's farm in June of 2013. We had a wonderful time running in the morning, traveling in the area, riding horses on her farm and having a wonderful dinner in her home. S… More

11 Feb 2014

5/5

"Höfðatún :)"

Topp of all. Northen lights are :) spectacularr and the area is very nice. The top of it all is its only takes 1 hour to go the golden circle gullfoss, geysir, þingvellir… More

30 Jan 2014

5/5

"Lovely place to stay, home from home."

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Hofdatun. The pictures do not do this place justice. The place was immaculately clean with lovely fresh bed linen, towels and flannels etc. Everything you … More

Thank you so much, I hope to see you again soon :)

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Thorey I.

  • 3 Years listed

89% Response rate

Calendar last updated:22 Oct 2014

Based in Iceland

Languages spoken
  • English

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