About Kjobing Manor

The house was built in the mid 17c and was one of the island´s five manor houses. It became a thriving commercial centre and foodstuff dealer but was overtaken by the trend towards centralization, and fell into disrepair.  I bought the house in 2007 when it was in a sorry state. The ground floor was a shop with large and unsightly plate glass windows that were too big to take the weight of the first floor; big cracks in the walls were starting to appear. What is now the Wash House was a wing of the main house, but joined to it in a very ugly way, blocking the light to the two rooms furthest to the left. The listed barn had trees growing through the roof and the courtyard was full of weeds. The garden was a mess with a lot of overgrown shrubs. First I renovated the ground floor and put in appropriate windows. Then the barn got a new roof and the timbers were repaired. The Wash House was formed by pulling down a section of the building which is now a small patio and completely renovated inside. Then finally last year I started on the first floor which is now a boutique hotel. I am pleased with the result and hope you will also enjoy the lovely rooms, beautiful antique furniture and arresting portraits.

Environmental policy

My two guiding principles are to use environmentally friendly products and as little energy as possible. All walls and ceilings are post-insulated with paper wool and double glazing is fitted. Laundry is done at home; Bed linen that is organic is dried outside or up in the attic in winter, so no energy is used on either dryer or ironing. The washing powder is free of parabens and perfumes. All light bulbs are LED. I come around Ærø by bicycle or by bus.

About myself

I read sociology at the London School of Economics in the 1960s when the student revolt started in London, then worked on foreign news programmes at the BBC. I met my husband Alan in Copenhagen and we got married 3 months later and moved to Aero where he started a flourishing architectural practice before suddenly dying of a heart attack one weekend. In the meantime, I had gained degrees in English and Comparitive Religions at the University of Southern Denmark, and a PhD in history so was able to move fairly seamlessly into teaching, now retired. I have five children and eleven grandchildren, and it is a great privilege to have them all staying at once.