Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bjerke Gård: Traditional luxury

By guest writer Susanne Koch

Last week I spent two glorious nights and days with my closest colleagues at Bjerke Gård. Bjerke is a traditional Norwegian farm outside of Lillehammer. The old buildings have been lovingly restored and converted to a luxurious little hotel.

Bjerke is a stately farm with roots back to 700 AD. The family of the current landlord have resided at Bjerke for almost 300 years. All the buildings are historic, one dating back to 1650. The farm is located in quiet surroundings with a lovely view of Lillehammer across the valley.

I slept like a princess in an antique bed and had breakfast in the old kitchen with a fire blazing in a huge open fireplace. The hosts and owners, Annikken Stranger Bergerud og O. Henrik Akeleye Braastad, prepare and serve the meals themselves and loving attention is paid to every detail.

For dinner we had fillet of deer with pommes duchesse baked in fillo pastry and vegetable timbale. By this time, my camera was out of batteries, but trust me when I say that it was as pretty as it was delicious.

For lunch the following day, we had salmon and monk fish with herbed cream cheese baked in puff pastry, served on a bed of spinach with a balsamico and hazelnut dressing, sprinkled with a chutney of figs and apricots. Another memorable meal.

A two hour train ride took us back to Oslo and even though it had been a busy two days, I felt pampered and invigorated when I returned home. What a treat!

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Susanne Koch is an Internet professional who works as an e-learning and web communication adviser at the University of Oslo. She blogs about search engines and search engine optimization at Susanne loves to travel and blogs about her journeys at Susi's Souvenirs. You may also want to have a look at Susanne Koch's homepage.

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