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Backyard Village - Blue Cottage

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
5 guests
1 night minimum
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“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving”. - Lao Tzu We are Marteinn Thorsson, a filmmaker, and Gudrún Eva Minervudottir, a novelist. We have a 5 year old daughter, Minerva, and a cat, Gudbrandur. Being artists can be an economically tricky affair at best and since we have a nice, big backyard, we decided to turn a part of it into a residence so we could have a bit of an extra income, thus enabling us to work on our art at the same time. We want to create an intimate and an inspiring place of rest where people can take their time and, in effect, be our neighbours for a day or two, or three. We want to encourage you to stay for more than one night and take it easy. We want to think of our backyard as a place of rest and reflection. It can be tempting to rush thr...“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving”. - Lao Tzu We are Marteinn Thorsson, a filmmaker, and Gudrún Eva Minervudottir, a novelist. We have a 5 year old daughter, Minerva, and a cat, Gudbrandur. Being artists can be an economically tricky affair at best and since we have a nice, big backyard, we decided to turn a part of it into a residence so we could have a bit of an extra income, thus enabling us to work on our art at the same time. We want to create an intimate and an inspiring place of rest where people can take their time and, in effect, be our neighbours for a day or two, or three. We want to encourage you to stay for more than one night and take it easy. We want to think of our backyard as a place of rest and reflection. It can be tempting to rush through the many beautiful sights Iceland has to offer but we believe the best way to experience our beautiful country is to take a bit of time to just “be” and notice the little things: The smells in the air, the ever-changing light, the continually changing shapes of geothermal steam rising from the ground, the rain or snow on the window, the sound of the wind, the absence of stress. CABINS Both cabins are 36 sqm, with a bedroom, bathroom and a living area with a kitchen. The kitchen has a fully functioning stove, a fridge, coffee maker, a kettle, etc. The living area has a pullout sofa bed. Both cabins have an entrance doorway as well as a door that opens into our backyard. There are windows on every side as well as a skylight in the living area. 2 yoga mats are provided for each cabin. There’s free, high-speed, Wi-Fi and Internet Radio, but we don’t have TV’s at this point. The cabins have a king-size (160cm) bed and a bunk bed above it (90cm). Perfect for a family travelling with children. Two small children can sleep in the bunk. And there’s additional room on the sofa bed. A cot is available for infants. This cabin can accommodate up to 5 persons (it’s possible to squeeze in one more if they’re little ones). A WOOD FIRED SAUNA is on the premises. The sauna is a good place to unwind and warm up the body and tired muscles (after a long hike, for instance). It takes about 20 minutes to warm up the sauna. Firewood is in a box beside the sauna. Take your time and enjoy. A HOT TUB is also provided for. It’s another great way to unwind and reflect and perfect for those who can’t tolerate the heat of the sauna. There’s also the OUTDOOR SHOWER (affixed to the Laundry Cabin). It’s invigorating to take an ice-cold shower between sauna sessions. THE LAUNDRY CABIN has a washer and a dryer. There’s also storage for outdoor clothes as well as extra linens, towels, soaps, etc. A chair and a small table is by our favourite window, where you can fold laundry, do some writing or just look and reflect or meditate while you wait for the dryer to finish or someone comes knocking. We also have a TRAMPOLINE (a favourite of Minerva and her friends). So. If you want to rush through, then our place might not be for you but if you want to rest, relax, do some hiking, cook your own meal, fire up the sauna, meditate, make art, and get to know a bit of the life in a small Icelandic town, maybe you can be our neighbours. We’ll be happy to be yours. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 4204141530More
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About the Owner
Marteinn T
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2017
Interaction with guests
We are usually at home and will help you the best we can.
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I enjoyed staying at the blue cottage, we were wishing we could have stayed longer!! The cottage was spotless, it had everything we needed. We loved that they offered breakfast the next day. So helpful on our first night in Iceland to...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank angiewN7029TY
Relax729890, VR Owner at Backyard Village - Blue Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Dear Angie. Thank you so much for your kind review. YOU are amazing :) We wish you all the best and safe travels. Hope you return. We'll be here :)

Reviewed March 7, 2018

We had a wonderful night in the blue cottage 2-3 mars at Bacyard Villages. The cottage was homey, neat and the beds good. It was nice lokking through the skylight when the wind was gusting outside. The sauna and the tup, preheated by the host,...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank Guðrún S
Management response:Responded March 10, 2018

Thank you Guðrún. Come back soon :)

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

What an AWESOME experience! If I could give 6 stars, I would. We could not have had a better time while Staying at Matti´s and Guðrún Eva´s cottages. First of all, they are super nice hosts and willing to make your stay as pleasant as...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank David K
Management response:Responded March 7, 2018

Thank you so much, David. You guys are awesome guests :)

Reviewed February 28, 2018

This place was so much better than anywhere else we stayed. The cabin was really clean and cosy, with everything we needed and more. The surroundings are fantastic, amidst pine trees with views of the snow-capped mountains. There's a wooden hot tub outside and our...More

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank MrMcTad
Management response:Responded February 28, 2018

It was such a pleasure having you and thank you for your kind words. Warmest wishes, Matti and Eva.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
TV
Parking
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Trampoline
Toaster
Staffed Property
Cooker
Grill
Sauna
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Hiking Trips
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Patio
Deck
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Does this vacation rental have a steam room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Hveragerdi has a population of 2400 people (or so) and is either called 'The Hot Spring Capital' of the world or 'The Flower Town'. There are two public swimming pools (Laugaskard and the Health and Rehabilitation Spa Pool), a local brewery and gourmet pizza place (Ölverk), fine dining (Varma Restaurant and Hver) and a hipster restaurant (Skyrgerdin). We have a shopping centre (Sunnumörk) with a supermarket, post office, drugstore, tourist info, Earthquake exhibit, bakery and café and the bank. Excellent hiking trails and the warm, geothermal river which is great to take a dip in. Oh, and the clothing store (Álnavörubúdin) if you need extra boots or warm clothing/rain gear.
Getting around
It's easy to walk to most places but for excursions to The Golden Circle, Vík, waterfalls and all of south Iceland it's best to use a car.
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