(This review is partly identical to that of the Unique Seafront cottage, but I’ve added specifics regarding the Waterfront Suite.) We had the opportunity to stay in both properties owned by Truls and Kåre. Both are lovely vacation rentals and have their benefits and drawbacks. I am completely confident giving both properties “Excellent” ratings, but travelers should be aware of a few of the quarks of the stay. Remember, this is a family’s home – I know of no home that is perfect. But Truls and Kåre’s home and cottage get awfully close to a perfect vacation get away on the seafront of Oslo.
Truls and Kåre host two lovely properties – just as advertised – about a 15 min drive or bus ride (the stop is literally out the front door and across the street!) from the Oslo city center and from there, a short walk to the Central Station. These are two properties recently listed on TripAdvisor which is why there are no reviews as of yet. Our family of four was able to shop, eat, and travel to and from the house without a car! Truls and Kåre also went to great lengths to make our stay welcome and comfortable by providing their own “traveler’s guide” to staying at their home.
The two properties are nestled together on the waterfront, just off the main road. One is the cottage, which is literally on the waterfront with a pier that stretches out across the water. The other property is part of Truls and Kåre’s own home. It is the entire top floor of their house.
Here are some things specifically about the “Waterfront Suite”. This is a comfortably spacious upstairs apartment just as advertised. The living space is modern and comfortable. It also has the lovely view of the water – you look down on the cottage and then out onto the water. Although there is no cook top or oven, the microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator made making simple meals do-able. Truls and Kåre have gone out of their way to make plates, silverware and other kitchen necessities available. On top of that Truls (Kåre was actually out of town for the majority of our stay) went to great lengths to make us comfortable and provide anything additional we needed.
Our stay in the Waterfront Suite was relaxing and comfortable. While we weren’t directly on the water, the apartment makes up for it in its comfortable furniture and spacious rooms.
Similarly to the Seafront, I found negative reviews about the apartment and feel I should mention some of the quarks of the property. The bath/shower is nestled under the slanted part of the roof which makes it more of a bath than a shower. Some travelers noted their annoyance at not being able to stand up in the shower… Well… It’s really more a bath with a shower-hose added. Think of a Japanese-style tub… but it’s a European bath.
Nothing about our stay in the Waterfront Suite (in the “Big House”) was a negative to me. This place is advertised and well worth it. If I find myself in Oslo again I would rent from Truls and Kåre in a heartbeat. Not only was it a lovely stay but I feel like we made lovely friends.
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