Hotell Refsnes Gods

250 years of hospitality and generosity

Refsnes Gods has been the centre of hospitality and entertaining in its area for close to 250 years. Celebrities of the time (e.g. King Oscar II, Edvard Munch, Camilla Collett, Peder Balke and Hans Gude) were thrilled by the distinctive atmosphere and pleasant surroundings offered by this country mansion. We are proud to carry on these rich traditions.

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Refsnes Gods today is a modern hotel and a splendid setting for conferences, special occasions and private functions.

We offer 61 comfortable guest rooms, all decorated with original Nordic artworks. A few minutes drive away, you may further explore the world of arts at the well-known Galleri F15 and other galleries in the area.

Food, wine and personal service are the trademarks of Refsnes Gods. The Munch Restaurant is the heart of the hotel and here you can take pleasure in a gourmet meal accompanied by excellent wine from our well stocked wine cellar. Our wine list was in 2008 awarded Best Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator. Why not venture into the depths of our wine cellar for wine tasting or to enjoy a magnificent meal surrounded by thick stone walls, candlelight and several thousand bottles.

We trust you will have an enjoyable and memorable stay at Refsnes Gods!

History

For close to 250 years, genuine hospitality has been the hallmark of Refsnes Gods (Manor in English) and this manor has been the centre for social life in its area since the 1770s.The rural surroundings and unique vegetation have attracted many guests (e.g. celebrated artists like Edvard Munch, Peder Balke and Hans Gude).

Refsnes became the centre of entertaining when business man David Chrystie bought the property. It is assumed he influencedthe present design of the old building and surrounding
landscape. Mr. Chrystie and his wife Elisabeth Sophie Thaulowwere famous for their sociability and entertaining.

Several distinguished persons of the time (e.g. the sister of Henrik Wergeland, Mrs Camilla Collett) remembered enjoyable visits to Refsnes Gods Manor with great pleasure.

Following the death of Chrystie in 1835, Refsnes was sold to Jens Kristiansen. Consul Lorentz Meyer then took over Refsnes Gods and a new period of splendour followed. When he died, his daughter Sophie (who was married to Haakon Boeck) inherited the mansion. The famous writer, Henrik Ibsen, was invited to Refsnes in the summer of 1894, but he was preoccupied with work and had to decline. However, a letter from Ibsen reveals that it had been a very tempting invitation.

One summer day in August 1898, King Oscar II visited Refsnes Gods and a splendid dinner was held in his honour.

Refsnes Gods continued to be the centre of entertaining until Sophie’s son, landowner Lorentz Meyer Boeck, died in 1935.

In the 1970´s, the Christiansen family took over the estate. Theydeveloped the old country mansion into a leading hotel.

Today, Refsnes Gods is owned by the Salbuvik family, and every effort is put into upholding the proud traditions of genuine hospitality at this magnificent hotel!