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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Selfoss, South Region

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Nicole P
New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Great place with fantastic hosts”
Reviewed 14 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We were in Iceland for my mother's 65th birthday so I really wanted everything to go well and this place was even better than I had hoped! The location was very convenient and the house was beautiful. It was very clean and Anna made us feel right at home.
My only suggestions would be the ability to adjust the heating and directions for how to use the tv.

I would definitely recommend this place to others and hope to go back there myself!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
We were happy to have you and hope you had a nice stay.
We found out that there was a DVD dish in the TV which made it so that you couldn't use it, we are very sorry about that.
We are also going to fix the heating problem :)

Best regards
Anna Bjarnadóttir and family
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bini60
Berlin, Germany
1 review
“Very recommendable house”
Reviewed 19 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

The house is fantastic - modern and openly.
Through the big windows you have a very good view about the closer surrounding.
The photos are really realistic.
Our expectations were more than fulfilled.
We had a really good time there.
Everything was clean and well prepared for us.
The house is set up with „love for the details“.
We felt in good hands - almost like „at home“ - thank you Anna.
For internet reception we bought a data card at the filling station.

A good starting point for day tours in all directions of Iceland.
Geysir, Gullfoss, „the cave“ and „into the glacier“, Reykjavik are some places where we have been…and we saw many of fascinating landscapes.

In Selfoss you find some supermarkets, filling stations and restaurants...and other stores for all things you need for your stay.

We would come back anytime.

Very best regards from Berlin / Germany

Reiner and Sabine

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Liked best: die gute Ausstattung des Hauses - the good equipment of the house
Liked least: no internet
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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LucyAU
Melbourne, Australia
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“As special as it looks! Great Golden Circle base.”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We really didn't know what to expect when we went to Iceland, but I crossed my fingers that this cottage would be as special as it looks in the photos - and it is.

Location
Beautiful Cottage is tucked away in a little and relatively under developed estate of the 351 near Burfell about 40 minutes roughly south of Gullfoss, Geyser and Thingvellir, and 20 minutes north from Selfoss. It's tricky to find on google maps (I dropped a pin once I found it!) but the lovely hosts give handy directions and a useful Icelandic map service. I recommend familiarising yourself with what the outside of the cottage looks like so you don't try the key safe for the wrong house like we did at first - a bit tricky to see numbers on the houses.

Cottage
It's airy and bright, coloured with all sorts of tasteful of mixed decorations and artworks. It has 3 bedrooms, with double beds at ground level and single beds in lofts in 2 of the rooms. They are equipped with DVDs (some in English), toys, books. Beds are comfortable, though duvets/doonas a bit too hot in summer!

The cottage was toasty warm when we arrived, but we were able to air the house with open windows and doors. The aspect offers nice views and the moss covered hill behind the cottage shelters the property and provides for an interesting landscape. Just over the hill would be where Kerid crater is (though I don't think you can access it from there - we didn't try). Indeed the cottage was so bright that it was difficult to sleep at 5am when the sun was well and truly starting to rise!

The kitchen is well equipped, with utensils, appliances and crockery. It's quite holiday-homely and clearly enjoyed by family. The only thing we felt was missing from the kitchen was a small starter pack with some coffee and some milk! Arriving late, we weren't sure whether there were open shops nearby and didn't have a lot with us to eat until we had to head out the next morning.

No internet / wifi (3G coverage is good if you have it). The TV (?) is in one of the bedrooms - we didn't test it for television programmes, but the children did watch a DVD. Comfortable lounge room seating, a few board games and coffee table books, binoculars for bird watchers to gaze out the big windows.

Nice bathroom (slightly unusual shower with a weak water pressure, but relatively pleasant smelling water by Icelandic standards!). I expected a washing machine, but alas, another property in Iceland without one as part of holiday rental - always read the details of available appliances if planning to do washing.

Aside from a convenience store open till about 5pm in summer, shops are pretty limited to those in Selfoss, where they are abundant.

Generally:
A lovely, comfortable, very clean, clearly loved holiday home which we felt privileged to be able to enjoy for a few nights. Host Anna was a great communicator, friendly, helpful and pleasant.

Our local tips:
Benefiting from the long summer days and light, we were drove from the Snaefellsness Peninsula ( from Borgarnes way) and we took the 36 through Thingvellir and explored the meeting of the Eurasian tectonic plates mid afternoon, then headed up to Gullfoss for around 6pm enjoying rainbows in our view of the majestic waterfalls, and stopped at Geyser about 7pm on our way back to the cottage arriving about 8pm. We were thrilled to see these Golden Circle highlights so efficiently in the afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to enjoy other activities and relax in the cottage the following 2 days. I also recommend Kerid crater - a volcanic crater nearby which you can take a short walk around the rim and down to the lake with a small (and rare!) entry fee of about 2 Euro per adult. Further, we enjoyed 2 hours horse riding with Sol Hestar out of Selfoss, made the long but we thought worthwhile full day trip drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon (stopping to admire the icebergs on the lagoon and washing up on the black beach). We took a zodiac boat tour on quieter nearby Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon. On the way back from the glaciers we enjoyed strolling along the black beach at Vik, stopped in at Sejlandsfoss (curtain waterfall) about 7pm - enjoying rainbows and catching spray drift walking behind the beautiful waterfall curtain (better to go in the afternoon than morning due to the sun's position in the sky).

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Liked best: Fresh, bright, well-equipped, quiet
Liked least: no wifi to plan tourist activities, no starter pack, no washing machine
Travelling group: Young Children
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Austria
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
Vielen Dank für Ihren Aufenthalt , und ich danke Ihnen sehr für so schön über unser Haus zu schreiben.

Freundliche Grüße
Anna und Birgir
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