Modern Oslofjord waterfront property
Steinar Nilsen or Riitta Pelli-Nilsen
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About Steinar Nilsen or Riitta Pelli-Nilsen
I am a Norwegian engineer living in Oslo with my wife and teenage son. We all enjoy travelling and love to visit new places. We have a beautiful holiday apartment in a fantastic location overlooking the Oslofjord. We bought this place in 2010 and occasionaly rent it out to visiting families when we are not using it ourselves. My favourite leisure activity is sailing and we own a 37' cruiser which we use as often we can. The Oslofjord is perfect for sailing with its combination of open waters and passages protected by a huge number of beautiful islands. I also enjoy skiing when it is too cold for sailing. Oslo is surrounded by hills and forests and is perfect for crosscountry skiing, but also have some decent areas for alpine skiing.
Steinar Nilsen or Riitta Pelli-Nilsen purchased this Apartment in 2010
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Absolutely fabulous apartment with stunning scenary. An extremely relaxing holiday.
We stayed at Steinar and Riitta's apartment as a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children boy aged 6 and girl aged 10) and have had the most amazing family holiday making lots of memories.
As hosts, Steinar and Riitta are fabulous. Great communication from start to finish and it was great to know that in a unfamiliar country help was on hand if we needed it. We did not arrive at the apartment until the early hours of the morning due to airline delays, however the directions from Torp airport to the apartment made it easy to find and Riitta was waiting for us upon our arrival to show us around.
Although it was a shame not to see the scenery as we drove to the aipartment due to it being very late at the night, the view that awaited us the following morning was breath-taking. The views across the Fjord are magnificent and the large windows in the apartment make it a really pleasurable experience just to sit and watch the world go by!
The apartment itself was absolutely spot-on. There was everything you could possibly require including lots of English TV channels which made my boys happy as they were able to watch lots of English football!! The whole set up of the apartment was perfect - lots of space and great views - it made for a very relaxing holiday which was perfect.
The outdoor area to the apartments is really well kept and very tidy. There are a few different parks for the children to play on and lots of different places to jump in the water and swim. Luckily we had great weather and my children made full use of the little beach areas and had a fabulous time in the water. It was teeming with sea life which I wasn't expecting.
There are two supermarkets close by - a Coop and Kiwi. We used both but Kiwi mainly as it is walking distance and I felt is was cheaper than the Coop. Kiwi had a great selection of everything and the staff were lovely.
The only thing we felt was missing was perhaps a little café/bar. There is one on the Marina but it never appeared to be open as we past. It was not however a massive problem but the complex of apartments is definitely big enough to warrant one.
We found the apartment a great base to explore the incredibly beautiful place Norway is and I don't think I have ever appreciated how relaxing water is. To drive the coastal road to Drammen, although longer than taking the motorway, was a pleasure in itself - so pretty.
We would return to the apartment in a heartbeat and I would recommend it to anyone.
Absolutely beautiful Vacation!
I would just like to say how much I appreciate Steinar and Riitta for a wonderful experience in Norway. Your home is absolutely beautiful and everything about our stay was awesome! Steinar has been incredible with his communication style, making every questioned we had answered. His hospitality was so nice, and we truly appreciate you for making our trip so special. We definitely would like to come back and stay at your property! You are an example of how VRBO vacations should be. Thank you again for everything!!
This beautiful apartment is in a delightful location on the edge of a fjord. The overall development is not complete and there are on-going building works but these were non-intrusive and did not spoil our stay. The flat was, in fact, very quiet and, if that's what visitors want, then it's fine. If they are looking for entertainment, etc, in the immediate vicinity, then they are at the wrong place! There is a Sports Bar (which we did not visit) and a very well-stocked supermarket. In better weather than we had, visitors could make use of the small man-made beach and, with courage, swim in the fjord! (it's VERY cold).
We were two couples and, in all honesty, the flat is not really suitable for two couples: there is only one 'family' bathroom (hence only one toilet) and the second bedroom is very small with no wardrobe, shelving or surfaces. Our friends had that room and they had to keep all their belongings, etc, in the under-bed drawers. It would be absolutely fine for a family unit of parents and up to 2 children, IF the children were small or of the same gender if older (i.e. they would be sharing the small room). Another thought would be to rearrange the beds in the smaller room so that a small cupboard and/or some short of shelf/surface could be fixed.
The open plan living and kitchen area is spacious and beautifully furnished and the whole place is spotlessly clean. The kitchen has every utensil you could dream of but would benefit from a small supply of tea towels - there was only one which we had to keep washing and drying throughout the week. We went to the small on-site supermarket to buy more but they didn't sell them. The flat would also benefit from a tumble dryer.
We would certainly go back as just one couple but not as two couples.
The water temperature in the bay is indeed a bit cold in May, but it heats quickly during the Summer months and one should expect temperatures around or even higher than 20 degrees C in July/August.
It is a bit unfortunate with the ongoing construction works, however the builder is pretty considerate in making his best efforts not to disturb the other residents. In the end, the ongoing expansion will make the area even more attractive than it already is.
The smaller bedroom is equipped with 4 large under-bed drawers intended for our guest's clothing.
Unfortunately, we did not find space for a tumble dryer, but the apartment has a dryer-rack for the laundry.
Great stay and great location!
We chose the apartment because of its proximity to Holmestrand so we cannot comment on any particular activities nearby. However, the apartment was as described and has a great view to the fjord which is even more nicer if the sun shines which in October is unfortunately not very common. Steinar was very helpful in providing arrival and other useful information and check in/out was easy and comfortable. We would certainly stay again here – you have everything you need close by including a parking slot in the underground garage which is great. Just to note that there are constructions works nearby as the area of flats is apparently being expanded - it was not a Problem and we had no issues with noise or mud. Thanks again.
Excellent apartment and holiday location
We found this an excellent apartment for combining a relaxed outdoor holiday in beautiful countryside with visits to Oslo’s cultural, dining and maritime scene.
Very well equipped, comfortable and attractively decorated on a nautical theme, we especially liked the large dining table – good for spreading out maps - kitchen area with plenty of room and cosy sofa by the window with stunning views of Sandebukta. Details such as a thermos flask, candles and outdoor rugs were appreciated. The apartment has good Wi- Fi access.
The Co-op supermarket is a few minutes’ drive away (or you can walk from the apartment on the footpaths) and has all basic requirements.
The area immediately around the apartment is ideal for rambling, picnicking and just watching the marina activities with easily accessible board walks, jetties, mini beaches and wooded headlands to explore. (Take a picnic to the flat rocks at the secluded end of the fjord) Above the fjord there are beautiful forest and lakeside walks near the village of Hof.
Holmestrand and Horton are fascinating ports with lots to see and do.
Sande has a good train service to Oslo as an alternative to driving in and the Ostbanehallen at Oslo station has great cafes and food shops. We took the ferry to Bygdoy where the highlight for us was going aboard polar ship Fram in the brilliant Fram Museum.
The process of booking our holiday was very straightforward and Steinar was always available via text and email, (thanks in particular for the live traffic tips when we were held up on the E18!), welcomed us to the apartment and gave us great info on local walks.
We would thoroughly recommend this apartment when visiting this lovely area of Norway and look forward to coming again.
Trip to apartment in Sande
A good clean & compact apartment for self-catering, with a fantastic view of the bay. Recommended for local sightseeing & we were surprised how easy it was getting to Oslo & back again in an evening with the car.
On our short visit Steinar showed us kind hospitality, we were greeted upon our arrival & we shared good communication during the months prior to our arrival by phone & email who gave us good advise. The owners kindly let us use their Bikes - there are some fantastic scenic cycle routes from the doorstep but seen as this is Norway some parts were quite challenging with hills in places but it was worth it.
We recommend this place & it would be a pleasure to return.
Thank you to the Nilsen family.
With kindest Regards,
This modern apartment is located in a new sea front development overlooking Sande Bay, a branch of the Oslofjord. Directly from the adjacent marina you have access to the fjord whether you would like to go fishing, sailing, swimming or just for a nice walk along the coastal path. Sande is a small community located North in the beautiful county of Vestfold. With it's central location, the coastal cities in Vestfold and the larger cities Drammen and Oslo are well in reach for a day trip or just a few hours of shopping or sightseeing.
Vestfold is well known for it's beautiful 980 km long coast line with more than 1000 islands making it an ideal destination for all kinds of water activities. The county is also known for it's viking heritage with the highest concentration of monumental burials in Viking Scandinavia. Vestfold's viking sites have recently been included on UNESCO's Tentative List intended for nomination as a World Heritage Site.
Other Activities: Ice fishing, sea kayaking
Golf: Within 20 kms driving distance, you can choose between 3 golf courses: Skoger (18-hole, Jeremy Turner PAR 71), Solum (18-hole) and Sande (9-hole). They all accept guest players.