December 3, 2012 by Matt
I would normally try to bring some wider thought to anything I write about here, hoping to give some more insight in to living in Denmark than merely reviewing things that I’ve done. But then sometimes I do things and there isn’t necessarily any great insight required, because the activity itself was interesting enough on its own, and so it is the case here.
On Friday night, we drove to the island of Fyn, to the west of Copenhagen’s island of Sjælland, and stayed for a night in the countryside inn called Falsled Kro (literally, the ‘Inn at Falsled’). This was without doubt one of the best places I’ve ever stayed in, so I want to share that with you here.
It was a gift from a group of Danish friends for our wedding and included a night in a beautiful room, with its own fireplace, and a four course meal and spectacular breakfast the next morning. If you ever want to impress someone with a stay outside of Denmark’s capital, hire a car and head down there because it’s simply fantastic (I’ll try not to gush too much and stick to the facts).
The gallery below will give you a good flavour of the style of the place (well-kept rustic charm), and although it’s on the sea on the southern tip of Fyn, being there in winter seemed ideal, to maximise the wealth of fireplaces, cosy chairs and warming drinks (both soft and hard – we saw a couple have their Irish coffees prepared and that in itself was a ritual to behold). The food was modern and impressive, the sort you’d expect to find in a high-end city restaurant, and the wine selection was superb (I had a wine menu to match my meal, and every one was delicious). Alas, we couldn’t quite stretch to the 23.000 kr bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild (about £2500). Service was impeccable and the surroundings were clearly executed by someone who knew the meaning of the word ‘hyggeligt’ (that’s Danish cosiness, approximately).
Our trip there also enabled us to see some of Fyn, my first time there. We drove across Sjælland’s western bridge (the eastern Oresund bridge goes to Malmo in Sweden), a structure so large they hold half marathons one way across it in the summer. We also took the opportunity to visit Odense, Fyn’s main city and birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. This picturesque town was in full December swing, with plenty of Christmas markets serving gløgg wine (Danish mulled wine) to keep us warm for the day.
And to round off this perfect weekend, it fittingly snowed on Sunday, so if we weren’t feeling Christmassy before, we certainly are now.