The history of Æblegaarden
Driven by the dream of a simpler life, with the wind in our hair and dirt under the fingernails, slow food and simple living, we exchanged the small apartment in Copenhagen
big old farm in the west of Zealand, in 2000. Here we started Æblegaarden with B&B
and a venue for small workshops.
In the beginning, we had big plans for the rebuilding of a 400m2 barn which would hold more rooms, bathrooms and a conference room.
However we started out with the space already available, soon to discover, that we
really liked the more personal style that the initial smaller space had forced upon us.
We enjoyed that the guests had their meals in the kitchen together with us and were
not just “anonymous strangers” and soon this became a lifestyle for us as well as a benchmark for our business. The renovation of the barn was cancelled.
But what about the many empty buildings, the economy and the balance? After four years we realized that although we had plenty of wind in the hair and dirt under the nails, we were once again trapped in the rat-race. One morning we looked at each other and decided to sell.
Within only two weeks we had a buyer and the hunt went in to find a new place, where we could open a cozy B&B with 2-3 rooms. The circles became larger and larger and after a while our search led us across Kattegat to Fuen and the long island just below it, Langeland. With its soft, hilly, cultural landscape and fine old woods it won our hearts.
But it took almost a year and a half until one sunny day in May 2006 we fell completely
in love with the flowering apple trees in the front garden, the old wooden floors, the high ceilings and the majestic double doors in what later became
“The New Æblegaarden”.
There was just one little detail: The house needed a thorough restoration!
And there was only one thing to do: Get on with it and give it the grand tour, which included two new bathrooms and a big kitchen, both established from the ground, doors and walls were moved to suit our needs, new windows everywhere, insulation under the old planks and a brand new heating system was established. Among other things.
In 2008 we opened the doors to the first “new” B&B guests and since then we’ve basically had full house every summer. However we think it’s beautiful here all year and would like to encourage you to visit us at other times. In the fall, winter and spring we offer you the possibility of a work or health oriented retreat as well as our more informal B&B.
In the gallery you can see before, during and after-pictures of the rebuilding.
You can also follow us on Pinterest, where you can see more pictures.
At Æblegaarden you may meet:
Professional it-nerd , quite a handyman, a passionate tango dancer and Tango dj. Loves dark chocolate, good rum, the ocean and his (almost) grown up daughter. Reads a lot of literature, knows a bit about jazz and have once been a rock’ n roll roadie.
Sannie Teresa Burén
Author, freelance journalist, hobby photographer and picture-holic, some would say a multi artist, with a nag for whole heartedness and creativity in all aspects. Emphasizes the adventure of life and love good stories. Dreams often about exotic palm beaches and blazing trails.
Together we love dancing tango, cooking and creating new projects.
Fincent and Figgeline
Our two very nice cats live in the laundry room, but are not allowed inside the rest of the house. They like to be cuddled when they feel safe – but they are still a bit young and easily spooked by strangers. (In 2012 we lost all three of our “old” and more robust cats, who were used to people coming and going …)
A bunch of happy chicks
In the henhouse lives a small flock of “Danish Country Poultry”. They roam freely in the garden through the day and when it gets dark they go into the house by themselves. Sometimes we also have little chickens … (And no, you won’t be disturbed by the rooster early in the morning! ;-))