The couple Brenda Oudendijk and Michel Muys bought the former schoolbuilding in 2006. For two years they spent all their time renovating the stately old school by the beach at Lake Glafsfjord. Today they offer 33 beds in ten tastefully decorated guest rooms, all with private shower and toilet. The former sports hall has been transformed into a restaurant and lounge.
"We love travelling ourselves and have been inspired by the guesthouses we have visited, especially in Africa, continues Michel. Friendly places which invite interaction between guests, where it is easy to relax, have a beer or eat together."
Despite the extensive renovations and rebuilding, the original charm of the building remains. The wooden facade painted red with typical white knots - this is what small schools in the Swedish countryside looked like.
Their own experiences of travelling with children means they have also created great family rooms. Here everyone gets their own bed for a good night's sleep, and the rooms are so big that it doesn't feel crowded even for a family of four or five.
Behind the hotel, the forest spreads out. The surrounding landscape and the lake are also the setting for all the activities on offer at Guesthouse Eleven. All the options are presented on their website and chances are that everyone – the whole family – will find activities to tempt them.
Brenda and Michel are happy to help put together an activity package with accommodation and food.
Extract article from the Swedish tourist magazine Naturally.