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Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals

Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Nov 24, 2014
House, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-9)

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.

We are also very pleased to say that our guest get good discount of rental cars from Geysir rental cars in Keflavik airport

THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE with 8 akers of land is in the heart of south Iceland. It only takes 15 min. to drive to nearest town, Selfoss and 50 min. to Reykjavík or Thingvellir national park. Then its ideal to take the golden circel tour and drive to Gullfoss and Geysir. 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.

The house and its surroundings is wonderful in all seasons.

At Hofdatun is a chicken coop so every morning you get fresh eggs for breakfast. During the summer time there is also 6 very gentle Icelandic horses on the field next to the house. You can take supervised riding tours on them. During the winter you can meet with the horses in their winter fields or in the stable. In the winter riding tours are arranged at nearby horse rental. We also have 4-6 pregnant mares that will give birth between june 1 and august 15 2014. Witnessing a birth of a foal is something you will never forget!

In the garden you get fresh vegetable and herbs during the harvesting season. In the garden you also have large hot tub that is wonderful to bath in winter as well as summer.

In Hofdatun are 4 bedrooms where 7 adults can sleep. Baby beds can be provided free of charge.

The view from Hofdatun is very wide, you can see the volcanic Islands Vestmannaeyjar as well as Ingolfsfjall and Eyjafjallajokull

In South Iceland you find all kind off entertainment. Among many other things you can enjoy art in museums and galleries, take a walk in prehistorical places or go surfing or river rafting (for the brave one!).

Keywords: house, farm, horses, nature, golden circel, mountain view, volcano's, relax, peace and quiet

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I´m 42 years old and was born and raised on a farm next to Hofdatun Vacation House.

I live in the garage appartment with my 2 dogs. My favorite hobby is horse riding and breeding horses. I love to take my guests horse riding and share some folks storys from the area with them. Its been so grate to get to know all the people thats been staying in the house since june 2011.

My guests have been from U.S.A, Spaine, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, England, Finland, Greenland, Belgium, Israel, Taiwan, Canada, Norway, France and Iceland.

As you can see if you reed the rewievs on Home Away my guests are very happy with everything, both the servise I provide, the location of the house, the house it self, the animals and the nature.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Catherine

01.03.2014

We loved this property. The owner was friendly and helpful and made the stay great. The children loved the animals and the bath!! Would definately come back here and would recommend. Great that the linen and towels are included in the price. 5 stars
Feb 2014
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Reviews

business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
Seattle, Washington, USA
5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5
If you are considering traveling to Iceland, you need to stay at the mini-farm. It is outstanding. The home is awesome and beautiful. My wife and I have stayed in many holiday homes around the world and by far away this was the best. Thorey is so kind and accommodating that you will feel as if you are family. We were fortunate enough to meet her dad and mom and spend time with her and her dad after horseback riding—an experience not to be missed. And what can I say throw in the surrounding natural beauty, horses, fresh eggs in the morning, a hot tub and perfect accommodations. I highly recommend staying here. Can’t wait to return…
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear Jim, I look forward to see you and your family in march :)
business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
Berlin
5

The perfect place to stay in southern Iceland

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful house with more than enough space for us 3 adults and 3 teenagers. The kitchen is luxurious sized and fully equipped. We loved to sit in the dining area and to watch the Icelandic horses in front of the house. Our children spent every affordable hour with the horses and with the lovely dogs Skoppa and Tumi. Thorey was a really nice host who told us many things about Iceland and the places that we should visit. She also arranged a 20% discount for renting a car at Geysir Car Rental that saved us a lot of money. The house is located in the near of Selfoss, the most important sights and places in southern Iceland are reachable within one hour. So it couldn't have been better for us and we definitely would choose this house again when coming back to Iceland someday. Thorey isn't only a host - she has become a really good friend for us.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Be always so very welcome back my dear friends!
business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
5

A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for 10 days in June 2014. The house was clean and very comfortable. Thorey is a wonderful host and we felt very welcome at all times during our stay. She took our kids horse-back riding and our kids really enjoyed spending time with her two dogs. Selfoss is only about 10 minutes away yet you feel like you are out in the country. Thorey was also very helpful when it came to providing information about the local area and Iceland. I would highly recommend this house as a place to stay if you are visiting Iceland.
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for kind words, I hope we meet again :)
business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
Wisconsin, USA
5

An amazing stay in Iceland

  • 5 of 5
The home is absolutely gorgeous in itself, not to mention the amazing countryside that surrounds it. Waking up every morning to the sight of her beautiful horses was priceless. Everything was spotlessly clean and the kitchen is fully equipped; we wanted for nothing. The location was perfect for exploring many of Iceland's top highlights such as Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, Westman Islands, and the Southeastern glaciers. I really can't think of a better place to have been locate. Having Thorey right next door was very convenient. She was so friendly and fun and we experienced a lot of things that we wouldn't have even known of without her.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: This is so good to hear, Im sure it will be very helpful for my future guests to know what are easy to drive to while staying here. I was so glad to have you at Hofdatun, I had a very good time with you all. Hopefully we will meet again :) All the best Thorey
business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
Ontario, Canada
5

A Great Place to Stay in Southwest Iceland

  • 5 of 5
We spent eight really wonderful days at Thorey's house in August 2014. The location is great for visiting all south, southwest and even southeast Iceland - we managed to visit as far east as Jokulsarlon and Skaftafell on our day trips. The attractions in the Golden Circle, as well Vik, Thorsmork, Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, and many, many other places are a relatively short driving distance from the house. It is also conveniently located very close to the town of Selfoss with large grocery stores, banks, restaurants, etc. The house itself is very comfortable, and very quiet, surrounded by farmland. Our two girls (age 11 and 13) loved riding horses with Thorey, playing with two very friendly dogs and feeding the chickens. Overall, a great place to stay in Iceland.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review, it was so nice to meet you all :)
business
Beautiful Licensed Mini-Farm in the Country Side, nature and animals
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p381673vb
-354-864-1147
South Iceland Iceland
Sebastopol, California
5

Beautiful home away from home near Selfoss

  • 5 of 5
One of the best places ever...there were three of us, older gals, and we loved this house. And the dogs were so delightful. The house is clean and comfortable and Thorey is just a jewel. She is easy going and so very kind. One night she made us lamb and potatoes and joined us for a wonderful evening. The horses, the views, the air and sky and sheep and unspeakable beauty of the area...This is a perfect place to land.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review Barbara, I really loved having you here and both me and the dogs miss you girls :)

Location

From the Owner

This is where I lived as a child and I belive this is the most beautiful and wonderful place in the world. I wanted to live close to all my wonderful childhood memorys

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Keflavik airport at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Selfoss at 16 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 16 Kilometres Nearest Ski : at 50 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

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 presence of the Elf’s around you whispering their thanks to you :)

During the summer you have the horses grasing next to the house, you can go riding them, petting them or even witness the birth of a foal. The summer of 2014 we are expecting some 4-6 foals! To witness a birth of a foal is something you will never forget :)

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter 2014-2015
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
€145
€870
€3,480
 
 
Spring 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
€195
€1,365
€5,460
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 16 2015 - Sep 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
€260
€1,820
€7,280
 
 
Fall 2015
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
€195
€1,365
€5,460
 

Additional information about rental rates

20% deposit is payed when booked and the rest at arrival.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

Amenities

From the Owner

Peace and quiet is the first words that comes to my mind. During the summer time all you usually hear is the bird singing and occasionally sheep bleat or horses whinny. Then its the horse riding, I love to ride on the bank of the grate river Thjorsa in the midnight sun. Whatching how my mares is doing and when they give birth to a healthy foal is wonderful. In the winter the northern lights and all the bright stars in the sky are astonishing. Its also grate to stay inside with hot chocolate, reading a book while snow blizzard is outside.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...

Kitchen

  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 140 m²

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • In the bathroom is a shower corner as well as large spa bath tub. Towels and hand soap is included.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 2 baby crib
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • 'Horse riding is awailable and the horses live close to the house' 'Chicken coop so the guests can get them self fresh eggs for breakfast' 'Fresh herbs and salad in the garden during harvesting season' 'Bedsheets, blankets and other bed comfort are provided' 'Towels and hand soap are provided, also washing powder for dish washer and washing machine' Discount of many entertainment such as whale watching, scuba diving, rental car and more
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