Hvedholm Welcomes Overnighters

By Dinah A. Spritzer

Reed Travel Features

FAABORG, Denmark--The newest overnight sensation in Denmark is a castle, that is, a castle where clients can overnight.

Hvedholm, on the island of Funen, is 5,000-square meters, or, as its owner likes to say, "the size of a small village in Romania." That eastern country comes to mind because Gorm Lokdam and his wife Ann, Hvedholm's proprietors, are importers of Romanian wine.

They also are the proud owners of four Danish castles, all renovated to fit the needs of the modern traveler. Naturally, all of the castles have medieval wine cellars where guests can participate in wine tastings.

It took the Lokdams nine years to renovate Hvedholm, which was built in 1570 and was last used as a home for the aged. Many of the furnishings and chandeliers are from France, but Lokdam said the castle's decor reflects various epochs of the English aristocracy. "Only the beds are Danish. I guess we're known for great beds," Lokdam said. There are 105 rooms, each with a four-poster bed.

Some rooms have gilt ceiling with original carvings, but Lokdam said the castle's most outstanding feature is its encompassing view of the Funen archipelago. Most of the guests at the four Danish castles are Scandinavian, but Lokdam said he sees potential in the American market. "The castles are ideal for Americans with Scandinavian heritage and those who have visited Copenhagen and want to be in the countryside, perhaps near family and friends," he said.

Hvedholm is located here; the remaining three castles are in Brovst, Skanderborg and Nibe. "Except for Copenhagen, you can reach all of Denmark from our castles in less than an hour," he said. Despite their grandeur, they are priced affordably at $200, double, including breakfasts and a four-course meal for two with a glass of wine. Reservations can be made through Danish Heritage Castle & Manor Houses.

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