MOSS, NORWAY: With more than 400 pieces of Nordic contemporary art by more than 90 different artists, Refsnes Gods is a real Art Hotel with one of the largest private-owned art collections in Norway. Among these, the hotel owners Gunn and Widar Salbuvik are particularly proud of works by Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch, two of the world’s most famous artists.
Dinner with Munch in the classic Munch Restaurant is a real deal, surrounded by seven original works by Edvard Munch and view to a well kept garden and the Oslofjord. The famous artist lived and worked on the island Jeløya, part of the city of Moss, in the years 1913 – 1916, and you can watch one of the artworks he made during these years, while enjoying Asparagus salad with spiced chevre.
The history. “With great degree of certainty we know some of the food Munch preferred. He lived in the neighbourhood and was a true European who travelled and visited cities such as Paris and Berlin”, Gunn Salbuvik explains. For nearly 250 years, hospitality has been held in high regard at this manor with such a fascinating history. One thing I love about this place is that the dining space feels original. For obvious reasons this is a sensation even harder to find.
Where: Refsnes Gods, small hotel with a restaurant at Jeløy in Moss, Norway.
The Setting: Idyllic surroundings and historic setting by the fjord, just 45 minutes by car or train from Oslo. Moss Airport Rygge and Ryanair are only 15 minutes away. There are opportunities to enjoy a variety of art at the hotel and at various galleries in the area.
Best for: Romantic dinner, Art lovers, Celebrations, Wedding party and the warmest welcome in Norway.
Order: The seven-course Grand Menue served from May to August: Asparagus Salad, Shellfish Bisque, Sautéed Monkfish, and Pan Roosted Guinea fowl, Fresh Norwegian Cheeses, Strawberry Croustade and Chocolate Cherry Cake.
The food: The menu is based on Norwegian food history. The soup is still a common starter, preferably a French version of seafood soup. In Norway fish will always be an important part of a menu along with local food such as the pan roasted Guinea fowl. Eight years ago the American Chef Patrick O’Tool didn’t even know where Norway was on the map, but after eight years in this country this adventures chef creates outstanding gourmet meals of seasonal ingredients and local specialities, while you watch original works of art by Munch even on the plate.
Service: The waiting staff is so friendly you want to wrap them up and take them home with you.
Price: Grand Menu costs 950 Norwegian Kroner (NOK), or 122 euro.
Speciality: Book a tour of the award winning wine cellar with more than 7,000 bottles from around the world, offers a unique atmosphere for wine tastings.
The Hotel: Only 61 rooms, but all are decorated with original artworks mostly by artists from the region. Every room has its own character. In addition you can enjoy arts in all public areas, including two by Andy Warhol. The four suites have been designed around the original artwork of Hakon Bleken, Frans Wiederberg, Jacob Weidemann and Therese Nortvedt. In the bar we are surrounded by Lisa Malinowsky’s colourful paintings inspired by the movie about Queen Victoria’s life.
This house is a bright castle perfect for holiday and romance, where old and new age has entered into a happy alliance comfortable for both parties. Visiting Refsnes Gods is like being on a nostalgic luxury journey.
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