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Lodge "Heimi í Stovu"

(translation: "cosy home in the snuggery")

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Lodge "Heimi í Stovu"


was built in 1835 and has kept its historical character in perfect condition until today.

It is one of only 88 buildings that are listed on the Faroe Islands as a cultural heritage and probably the only one that can be rented as a holiday home.

Like the other two lodges, it is set at a point in Kvívík where, after Viking times, the first settlements were built, sheltered from the wind, sunlit all day and with an open view over the village, the waterfall and the sea.

In the Faroese style, it is covered with a grass roof and has the typical, adjacent stone huts, where traditionally fish and lamb meat was dried.

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 "Heimi í Stovu" offers space for ideally four to five guests with three bedrooms
(see description on the footer of this page).

The old farmhouse has a sheltered PATIO, where you can read a book in the sun or hold a barbecue.

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Our guests of Lodge "Heimi í Stovu" are very welcome to use in the yard a permanently heated hot tub.

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The KITCHEN is now in the former stable, which was in historic farmhouses usually immediately attached to the living rooms.
We made a lot of effort to preserve as much as possible of the historic character.
Antique cooking utensils and old casted iron pots, which were used to the melt whale blubber, decorate the upper shelves.

A typical Faroese "Spískamarið" = pantry connects the former stable with the next chamber.

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The historic SNUGGERY is reflecting in particular old times Faroese life culture.
With caring and artisanal dedication people used to manufacture knobs, beds or wall hooks. Timber was a precious good, and not rarely flotsam was gratefully used.
The two into the wall integrated beds were the sleeping areas of the land/house owners.

In order to preserve the style of the period, we have used for the wallpaper and fabrics copies of the original works by the famous English designer WILLIAM MORRIS from the 19th century.
For this room we liked the motive of the STRAWBERRY THIEF in particular. William Morris designed this pattern of strawberries stealing starlings in 1883.
It can be seen at Abbey Merton (UK). His pattern books are on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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Beside the snuggery, the "ROYKSTOVAN“ = smoke room, has probably been the heart of every Faroese house. In here the residents spent most of their time. Food was prepared at the warm stove, women were spinning wool or knitting and men enjoyed smoking their pipe.

We have created a fantastic chamber in Nordic style with many furs of Faroese sheep and fishing antiquities.
The historic refectory table has seen many joyful feasts.

A similar table can be visited in the Roykstovan of the historic farmhouse in Kirkjubøur.
There even state guests are attended from time to time. At "Heimi í Stovu" you are the VIP guest!

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A very impressive sleeping room awaits the guests on the ground floor of "Heimi í Stovu".
This is probably also the only antique four-poster bed on the whole Faroe Islands. Both, the bed and the sideboard are made of bog oak and date back to Renaissance era.
We used BRER RABBIT by WILLIAM MORRIS for the interior decoration in this bedroom.
Indigo Designs from the 17th century Italian Renaissance influenced the Master to design it in 1882.

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A narrow staircase leads you up to the ATTIC.

Also there our goal was, that the rooms are functional but not modern. Because the house is under protection of historic monument, here – and in the rest of the house – no structural alteration works are allowed to be done.

A separate BEDROOM with a large double bed is on this first floor. It was in former times the room of the younger parents (second generation the house).

The VESTIBULE is very cozy with its various furs, cushions and the SINGLE BED, which is hidden behind a folding screen. In this part of the house more beds were used to be placed to house the children of the residents.

We have put an additional bed in a separated section of the attic.
This was the place where the landlord in winter times did his carvings and tool maintenance above the warm, underneath located oven.

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Price per day: 218 euros

Plus
Costs for end cleaning: 70 euros
Costs for bed linen&towels per person and per stay: 20 euros
The prices refer to the whole lodge (whole building).
In addition there are (as mentioned above) costs for the final cleaning (once) and a fee for bed linen and towels (once per person).

Lodge "Heimi í Stovu" is also equipped with a TV&DVD player plus satellite reception (Astra 19.2).
There is a minimum stay of four nights in both lodges.
We have the availability of accommodating four single guests in four different sleeping areas at Lodge "Heimi í Stovu".

Maximum occupancy of guests: 5 adults
Five guests can only be accepted, if at least one couple is sharing a room.

Sleeping rooms:

In the basement is a separate sleeping room with an antique four poster bed (140x180).

The sofa in the living room can be used as a high quality sleeping bed (140x200).
The historic beds in this room can only be used by children due to their measurements (169x80).

Upper Floor:

On the first floor is a second separate sleeping room with a large double bed (180x200).

Furthermore one single bed (90x200) in the open vestibule. 

There is also an additional single bed (90x200cm) in a separated attic section.
This holiday home is a lovely house with a history of more than a hundred years. Its traditional construction imparts the coziness and rustic appeal of a truly historic building.
However we feel obliged to inform you that there are several rooms with low ceilings (1,98 metres) as it is the case with EVERY ancient timber-built home.
The reason is that people used to be smaller in height and that lower rooms could be heated with less resources.
In case you feel you won’t be comfortable with this architectural feature, we recommend you rather look for a modern holiday house.



Document from "Søvn Landsins", the Faroese council for cultural heritage.
The farmhouse "Heimi í Stovu" :
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Historical photos of people from Kvívík.

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