(This review is partly identical to that of the Waterfront Suite, but I’ve added specifics regarding the Unique Seafront cottage.) 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 notes specifically about the seafront cottage:
This is a cozy (in the best way!) seafront cottage. It has all the amenities of a full kitchen, just in “mini” size. We were able to visit the grocery store (which, by the way, is a 10 min walk up hill if you don’t want to take the bus or a car) and stock up for our stay. After that we easily cooked and ate comfortably in the cottage. The view is amazing. Our evening activity of choice was to sit on the pier, wrapped in blankets, while simply watching the water, the sea birds and petting Felix the resident cat.
Here are some things travelers should be aware of before renting (I don’t see these as negatives, but rather “flavor” of the good kind). This is a cozy place – meaning some could see it as a little cramped. There are four single bunk beds on the main floor, sort of “boat house” style. The other two double beds are located in a loft which is only accessible by climbing up a ladder. The double beds, while the most comfortable beds I’ve slept on in years (seriously!), are in a low-ceiling loft. It was a bit of a crawl to get to one of the beds and there is no way to stand up straight in the loft.
Even though the cottage technically sleeps eight, I recommend no more than four guests. Aside from the sleeping arrangement, some visitors may feel the furniture a little sparse. There are no “big fluffy comfy” chairs or couches. So if you need a place to recline or a place to really spread out, I recommend renting the apartment in the big house.
Lastly, I saw some negative reviews (on other websites) about the seafront property based on the bathroom. The shower “leaks all over the floor” and some travelers found that disturbing. Yes, the shower is not sealed to the floor and yes, it allows water to run on to the floor. We worked with it, soaked a few towels and learned how to stand “just right” to let the water flow down the drain. Not a big deal and not a deal breaker. Again, this is a family’s home and every home has its “special features”.
Overall, this is a lovely (and yes, unique!) seafront property. I loved every minute of my stay on the water. Relaxing and inviting. On top of everything Truls and Kåre are lovely hosts. We truly felt welcome. I would rent again. 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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