It’s time for another stylish Vacation Rental of the Week!
Traveling to Iceland any time soon? Want to get a little closer to the North Pole? Or taking a break in the middle of your work week and just want to daydream about a perfect little black cottage under the Northern Lights? Well, check out this holiday rental in Iceland…
Vacation Rental of the Week: The Black House Borgarnes Iceland
Situated at the base of mount Hafnarfjall right along the shores of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, this traditional timber house was built in the authentic 18th-19th century style of country houses of the region and gets the tone and style just right. Just north of Reykjavik on the western side of the island, it is situated in a diverse and peaceful landscape of fjords and volcanic peaks along with vast stretches of rugged coast and sea cliffs in a rare and ancient forest from the time of the first settlers.
Built entirely of timber, the country cottage is painted in a deep black pitch originally derived from natural tar to withstand the elements. The simple clapboard silhouette is dwarfed by the amazing mountains in the background and matches it’s environment perfectly.
The interiors are modest in attitude but with a great combination of chic modern personality and old world style designed by Icelandic designer Rut Káradóttir. The lofty open plan living areas are bright and chic with dark saturated hues that mimic the landscape.
With a soaring A-frame layout, the living, dining and kitchen areas share the ground floor with the master bedroom along with a cozy separate loft bedroom at the top overlooking the living room. With room for up to four guests, the house is ideal for a family or group of friends to share. This is a charming and welcoming house that brings out the best of the raw natural beauty of Iceland.
The town of Borgarnes is only five minutes drive away along the western coat of Iceland. Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the area is home to the dramatic Snæfellsjökull glacier (immortalized by Jules Verne in his novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”) and overlooks the Snæfellsnes peninsula from where you can explore the western coast of the island.
Come between October and March when you’ll have the best timing and the least light pollution for viewing the famous Aurora Borealis’ northern lights.
I love the stark drama of the landscape and how this rental house fits perfectly into its landscape. The looks like a perfect home stay to me – chic, simple and well-edited. This is the “little black dress” of holiday homes.
A trip to see the Northern Lights is on my list of things to do in my lifetime. One day it will happen – and maybe I’ll stay here.
I found The Black House in Borgarnes, Iceland via Boutique Homes.com
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