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Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car

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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
2 nights minimum 
Villa
A great house located in quiet residential neighboorhood in the city center. A 2014 Citroen C3 is included in the rent, guests can use it to take trips to the country such as the Golden Circle, Northern Lights trip. It can also be used for zipping around town, the car eco friendly and therefore has free parking. Vakta is a small Villa in a small neighbourhood of one of the smallest capital cities in the world. It is filled with Icelandic design and Icelandic history and it is an incomparable opportunity to get to know a side of Reykjavík usually kept secret by its inhabitants. Vakta spans two centuries and is full of history. It was brought back to life from an unremarkable storage room to its former beauty, using original materials and building techniques. Its owners have designed it t...A great house located in quiet residential neighboorhood in the city center. A 2014 Citroen C3 is included in the rent, guests can use it to take trips to the country such as the Golden Circle, Northern Lights trip. It can also be used for zipping around town, the car eco friendly and therefore has free parking. Vakta is a small Villa in a small neighbourhood of one of the smallest capital cities in the world. It is filled with Icelandic design and Icelandic history and it is an incomparable opportunity to get to know a side of Reykjavík usually kept secret by its inhabitants. Vakta spans two centuries and is full of history. It was brought back to life from an unremarkable storage room to its former beauty, using original materials and building techniques. Its owners have designed it to reflect the essence of living in Iceland. Vakta is a window to a simpler time, where you can relax and simply experience the beauty of Reykjavík and all its rich history. Vakta is committed to follow strict ecological guidelines to ensure sustainability by using environmentally friendly products, from the soaps to the towels. The ground floor is 53 m2 and consists of a living room/kitchen and bathroom with shower. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances and all necessary utensils and dinnerware. The house sleeps 4 people and it not suitable for children under 6 years. The open sleeping loft is 45m2, floor to ceiling height is 185 cm (6 feet). It has a full size bed, sofa-bed and mattress that all have quality mattresses. Duvets are high quality goose down and damask linen. The property is surrounded with a beautiful garden including parking and a small closed of garden for barbecuing and dining outside. Even though the house is located in a quiet neighborhood in the city center it has a great access to restaurants, cafes, shopping and all the best that Reykjavik has to offer.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
The house is not suitable for children under five years old.
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 Sofa
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Margret G
Hosting since August 2014
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsThe owner will personally meet the guests upon arrival and give them all information needed. If there is a late check in the keys will be left at a secret spot;-)

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Reviews (12)
armagh222
armagh222
572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
a wonderful place to stay
we stayed 3 nights and could have stayed longer . location is excellent and all tourist places are within walking distance . we were greeted with a warm welcome from the owner Margret who has put a lot of effort into making sure guests have all that they need to make their stay comfortable . the house may be small in size but it is very comfortable to sleep here . overall a really wonderful place to stay
Visited March 2019
Written March 19, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

McMillanFamilynyc
McMillanFamilynyc
New York City, NY77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m currently staying here
Hi to any potential guests. I’m currently staying in this house and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. So far it’s been great and is the sweetest place I’ve ever stayed!
Visited May 2018
Written May 27, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ATerrill13
ATerrill13
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Your Icelandic Home
The Vakta House is a must-stay. It even blew away my Icelandic friends. It's location is impeccable (both positioning you in the convenience of being downtown, but not close enough to hear the late-night revelry). From arriving at the historic property, you may underestimate it's stature. It's a lovely building tucked back off the street; however, upon entering its largeness in personality, charm and space will transport you to another time. The kitchen has everything you need to feed your soul and the bedroom feels like a luxurious cabin with it's apex directly over the bed. The bed is amazingly comfortable, providing great rest for your Icelandic days. Overall, this is the perfect home for your Icelandic adventure. It is a great bonus to have the sporty car, for jaunts out to Þingvallavatn (which is where I went). Enjoy your beautiful stay.
Visited March 2018
Written March 9, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

tammykitchener2017
tammykitchener2017
Glen Williams, Canada1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Vakta House was wonderful!
We truly loved our first visit to Iceland and Vakta House and Margret were a big part of our experience. It is ideally situated close to downtown, easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants, harbour and more. Margret was a pleasure to deal with and was always prompt at answering my questions. The rental car is standard. I may have noticed when I booked, but had forgotten by the time we arrrived. Luckily, my husband can drive standard, but that could have been a big problem for me. The space is small, but has everything you need and is absolutely charming. There is a small park with a swing set around the corner that our children visited every time we left the house. Such a unique find for a wonderful Reykjavic visit!
Visited August 2017
Written August 24, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Paul S
Paul S
Nottingham, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Small and perfectly formed
The Vakta House is a perfectly positioned, quite tiny historic house just 5 minutes walk from the harbour and downtown Reykjavik. What the little wooden house lacks in stature, it more than makes up in both character and quality. The use of a clean little citroen provides additional benefit and making the offer very good value. Great support from Margret in planning our visit and in Oli providing local help during our stay.
Visited July 2017
Written July 16, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Yuri Z
Yuri Z
Takoma Park, MD2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An utterly delightful hideaway in the heart of Reykjavik
Vakta House is a tastefully restored cottage that incorporates modern conveniences into an artfully updated historic home, formerly the residence of Reykavik's night watchman / lamplighter of a bygone era. It provided our family of four a snug, but very comfortable, sanctuary at the end of days spent exploring the city and its surrounding area. Vakta is quite literally only steps away from the heart of Reykjavik, including The Settlement Exhibition (just around the corner) and National Museum of Iceland (very well curated), cafes and restaurants, and the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Despite its proximity to the city center, it was utterly quiet at night, allowing us to rest undisturbed under the lofty down comforters on each bed. Vakta is on the same street as several embassies, and we felt perfectly safe walking about at night. If that isn't enough, and it should be, the cottage provides the use of a virtually brand new Citroën (manual transmission), included in the price of the stay. That enabled us to do the obligatory (and quite worthwhile) Golden Circle tour on our own schedule, one day, and to have a seaside lunch in Stokkseyri (about 40 kms away) before going to the Blue Lagoon, on another day. Last, but certainly not least, our engaging hostess, Margrét, who is Vakta House's proprietor, had pastries, juice, and fresh fruit waiting for us when we arrived early on the first morning. Margrét also was a source of helpful information and recommendations on sights to see, as well as directions to the geothermally-heated local public pool, which is another essentially Icelandic experience. We all have her to thank for saving Vakta from possibly being demolished, as it apparently had fallen into disrepair under municipal ownership, and lovingly restoring it to its current immaculate and welcoming condition. We stayed at there on April 7-10, 2017, and highly recommend Vakta House.
Visited April 2017
Written April 18, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Navigator479009
Navigator479009
Dear Yuri, Thank you so much for your beautiful words. Your interest and care for the house and it´s history means a lot to me. It was a real pleasure having you and your family as my guests. Hope to see you again. With warm wishes, Margrét
Written April 18, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Henry890
Henry890
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect place to explore beautiful Iceland
Stayed here for 2 nights, on a stop over to NYC. Once met by the lovely lady who owns this gorgeous little cottage, and after a quick run through all we needed to know, we were left to our own devices in this perfectly formed cottage.. Having the car meant that anywhere within Iceland was in our reach, and added tremendous value to our stay. We ate in the cottage and found everything we could possibly need to ensure our meals were exactly how we wanted the,. It was as if every possibly eventuality was catered for. Bed time was just as lovely in the eaves of the cosy roof, allowing for a very cosy (not cramped) sleeping experience! Just remember to wake up carefully to ensure no banged heads! Lovely location as well, allowing the city centre to be in striking distance, making this a great base to explore both on foot, and by car.
Visited November 2015
Written April 2, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Navigator479009
Navigator479009
Dear Henry, Thank you for your beautiful words and thank you for leaving the house spotless. It was an honour having you as my guests and I do hope to get the opportunity of welcoming you again in the nearest future. With warm regards, Margrét
Written April 3, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elizabeth P
Elizabeth P
Columbus, OH1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely home, lovely owner
We stayed in the Vakta house in August 2016. It is quite small, but adorable, & there is plenty of room for a family of four. There is a double bed in the loft for a couple, and two smaller bed nooks for the kids. It's very cozy. When we arrived at midnight, Margret had provided pasties, coffee, milk & a bottle of wine. This was so nice to arrive to, and so appreciated! The location is very close to all of the sights downtown, and it's just a few minutes walk to the old harbor area where the boat tours are. A 10 minute walk takes you to the nearest swimming pool, which my 10-year old son loved. The car is a great benefit & is good for traveling the local area on paved roads.
Visited August 2016
Written August 29, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Navigator479009
Navigator479009
Thank you for your kind words Elizabeth. It was our pleasure having you as our guests. Thank you for leaving the house spotless and thank you for choosing Vakta. Hope to see you all again in the nearest future! Best wishes from the Vakta family, Margrét
Written August 30, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stefan J
Stefan J
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Einfach genial!
Das Haus ist zwar klein, aber mit allem ausgestattet, u.a. mit Gasgrill, 2 Fahrrädern und Waschmaschine. Die Vermieter haben uns auch gleich mit Lebensmiteln eingedeckt, so dass ein Einkauf am ersten Abend überflüssig war.
Visited June 2015 Travelled with friends
Written July 2, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Neire
Neire
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Look no further for a Reykjavik rental!!!!
This place CANNOT be beat for comfort, character, convenience or value. The villa is incredibly cute and well equipped--three sleeping enclaves will accommodate a couple and two singles. It is located one block from the central square, a 2 minute walk from the Flybus stop to and from the airport. Olafur had stocked the pantry and fridge for our arrival, laying in skyr, pastries, bread, milk, fruit, cereal, beer and wine- and giving us an incredibly hospitable reception. The car alone is worth the price: free, insured, and entirely at your disposal for touring. A WONDERFUL PLACE!!! I would return in a heartbeat!!! The one caveat are the steep circular steps to the sleeping loft. If you can handle those, this is THE PLACE to stay in Reykjavik!!
Visited June 2015 Travelled with family
Written June 19, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Navigator479009
Navigator479009
Dear Robin and family, THANK YOU for your beautiful words! It was certainly our honor to have you at Vakta! Looking forward to welcome you again. Best wishes to you, Margrét and Olafur
Written June 20, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
Location info
  • City getaway
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Entertainment
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Parking
  • Parking available

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About the neighbourhood
The house is a block from city center Reykjavik, so it is easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums and meeting locations for tour pick ups but at the same time the street where the house is is quiet and calm. The neighborhood also offers some great bicycle and walking paths along the harbor and the beautiful coastline where you can watch the sunset and the Northern Lights. As far as location in Reykjavik we believe you would be hard pressed to find a better location.
Access
Car not needed
How to get there
The cheapest way from the Keflavík airport to Vakta is the Flybus. - Iceland Excursions/Flybus have buses from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik Centrum Hotel at Adalstræti 16. It´s there where you get off the bus. Walk up Grjotagata and turn right on Gardastraeti. Vakta is the second house from the corner. See the map: https://goo.gl/maps/4R7Sj The buses are always available in front of the airport building. You can also buy and book your transfer in advance. See the link: https://www.re.is/flybus/ One way ticket cost around 20 EUR per person. If you by return ticket as well, both ways will cost you 28 EUR. Be aware, you have to change buses at the Bus station www.bsi.is and from there you get the bus to Reykjavik Centrum Hotel. You can also walk from the Bus station to Vakta. It will take you around 15 min. The fastest way from the Airport is by taxi, around 40-45 min, but its more expensive. One way trip should be around 140 EUR, could be more, depending if its day time or night.
Activities nearby
Golf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis court

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car

Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car has one bathroom available. See all property details.

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