Right in the heart of Svaneke, my apartment is very charming & cosy. It's not luxurious, but a place you can feel home. There's a seaview from the window & sounds of the sea on windy days.
Check out my photos & guidebook, to see why I fell in love!
You can rent the whole apartment for the price listed, but it is also possible to just rent a room and share the apartment with me. (This will of course be a cheaper price. Just contact me and we can work a price out.)
I live on the loft of a house from the 1700's, the walls are slanted half way up. I am a full-time artist living in my atelier, so there is artwork everywhere and few surfaces that are not painted in bright colours. My apartment is a cosy place most people find they can immediately relax in. I have a lot of artwork on my walls, secondhand, mismatched furniture, many colourful pillows, windows filled with plants and flowers, rows of beautiful art books and other endless things to look at. We haven't designer furniture, or lots of clean white lines, this is an old house, we are struggling artists and haven't much need for expensive material items. If you are used to a place with expensive designer things around you, new everything and a minimalist style, then this is NOT the place for you.
I love to have pretty things around me, art, books, old tins, boxes and trinkets from another time.
I have a lovely little view of the sea, down through the streets of Svaneke. It is only a 5 minute walk away in both directions and I can hear the waves crashing on the cliffs on windy days.
My parents live on the other side of the house and can always be contacted if you are in need of anything.
Together, just next door, we have an art gallery called Kaya. The gallery has a rustic style and high ceilings, with an unforgettable atmosphere. We have concerts a couple times a month and love most all cultural events thrown our way. Gallery Kaya is only open in July and August.
PLEASE OH PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PROFILE before asking me any questions.
I work between 12 and 18 hours a day from June to October and I without wanting to sound rude or mean, I simply have not at all the time to answer all the redundant questions people ask me. MOST OF THE QUESTIONS people ask can easily be answered by reading the profile.
When you have booked, please PLEASE PLEASE read the house manual. Most anything you could be curious about is written there. (It is often that I get calls from my guests saying, 'uh, I am here now and no one is answering the front door...' I mean, it clearly says in the manual that there are three apartments, and if you are standing there knocking on the front door, no one will hear you to answer it.)
AVAILABILITY IN THE WINTER
You can stay with me as a single guest or as a couple in the winter, only if you are willing to share the place with me.
I generally do not rent out my apartment during the winters, for easy going people I sometimes make exceptions. So if you are a single traveller coming to Bornholm, write me a mail, we can probably figure something out.
I grew up in Canada, so my parents and I speak perfect English as well as quite good French and Danish.
We are a warm artist family who offer a unique place to stay. We will gladly take you out for some sight seeing, or leave you alone if that is what you prefer. I have travelled in over 30 countries and have always been attracted to people from all walks of life, from all parts of the planet. That is one of the main reasons I joined airbnb, and look forward to meeting new people, all sorts of different people!!
There is a very nice double bed out on the loft, just outside my door, with curtains all the way around it for privacy. It is not luxurious, but comfortable and I often sleep out there when sharing the apartment with guests. It is only available in July and August. After that it gets too cold. There is also an extra bed in the living room, it comfortably sleeps one, and the couch can also be used to sleep one, though it is best for people who are not very tall!!
NOT HANDICAP NOR CHILDREN FRIENDLY
The staircase is quite steep and not handicap friendly. I am sorry about this, since I have some friends and even family that cannot visit me in my home.
My home is not at all children friendly, since I have not got any children of my own. There are far too many things everywhere to be a good place to bring your kids. I will of course believe my guests if they tell me they have an older or more responsible child, and exceptions can always be made.
BABIES ARE WELCOME
There is, however, no problem with babies too small to walk. We have a highchair and a crawler for them to sit/sleep in. There is also room in the back of the house of a baby carriage, and a back entrance to the house for easy access.
I will of course always provide clean blankets, feather duvet, pillows, sheets, towels and all you may need for a cosy stay. If there is anything special you may require, be sure to let me know, I will try my best to help.
The kitchen is sort of small, with a half sized fridge, two burners for cooking and a toaster-oven. You are of course welcome to use the kitchen as you like. I will supply coffee / tea (milk, sugar etc.) for all guests, it is always nice to be able to drink a hot cup in the mornings. There is a high bar table under the window, with two bar stools, where I sit and eat my breakfast and watch the sea.
BATHROOM AND WASHING MACHINE
There is a washing machine in the bathroom. and a dryer down at my parents place which can readily be used. The bathroom is not the newest or nicest, but it is quite large, and I keep it clean.
I have covered it in artwork and trinkets to keep the eyes distracted from the awkwardness of the room. There is a shower, it may look a bit old, though, IT IS CLEAN, but needs renovation. There is great water pressure and really really hot water.
I personally bathe in a tin wash basin, for two reasons, I like to keep warm by standing in the warm water while I shower, but best of all I can take long showers with a good conscience, because I then use the water thereafter for the toilet. I never understood why we use clean water to flush the toilet, so I use my bath water and it saves on money, but also the environment!! YOU should do as you feel most comfortable doing.
But most of my guests have found this is a great way to save water and may of them have written me later to say they have adopted the same technique at home... so who knows, maybe you will like it too.
INTERNET & TV
There is a library with free internet only a few houses away. You can also use your mobile or I-pad in the library (you can actually also use it just by sitting outside it, or in the doorstep!) I do have a laptop, and it shouldn't be any trouble to arrange using it. I am quite flexible. The internet is a mobile USB stick, easy to use.
I don't have a TV.
Interaction with Guests
HAVE THE PLACE ALONE / DISCOUNT to share the place with me..
I have a good friend in town I stay with when guests want to have the place to themselves. It can, on most accounts, be arranged to have the apartment to yourself if you like. I have often stayed on the loft while having guests and it is very cosy to see them over coffee in the mornings, but otherwise I am often busy and stay out on the loft so that you will have the place to yourselves.
I always give a good discount if you are fine with me staying on the loft and sharing the kitchen and bathroom a bit...
I live in Svaneke, which is one of the prettiest towns on the island of Bornholm. I live just up from the town square, where you will find a little local bar, a brewery/restaurant, a general store and a grocery store all are open year round. (There are many other specialty shops open which open only for the the summer season, jewellery shops and other hand-crafted goods, an ice cream parlour, and down a bit further, there is even a gourmet pizzeria (called BARSØ'S and my shop, called Art Box Bornholm.) Take a (email hidden) book, I have listed all these places there and included photos of some of them too.
There is a market day on the square every Saturday from 9-13 and on Wednesday in the summer. It is the best known and most visited market-day on the island. Everything the vendors sell, has to have been grown or made by them, the sellers. There are quality products with charm and pride put into them. There is music and horse carriage rides, and coffee and snacks to be bought too. I recommend our Svaneke Markets days to every visitor to the island! (I have included a photo of our market day in the album.)
Svaneke is called the sunshine town.
Because of it's placing in the Baltic, the wind currents some how keep the rain away from us here. We do have rainy periods of course, but Svaneke literally gets a few hundred hours more sunshine than anywhere else in Northern Europe. We even have fig trees here with most wonderful fruit all through September! Walking around in Svaneke, sometimes feels like you are walking through a museum, or a time bubble. Most of the town is preserved to it's nearly original state. It is charming and colourful and is lived in all year round. It is very hard to get building permits for the smallest things. Our house has to be yellow, with white windowpanes, we have no choice, that is how it was when it was built, and that is how it will be kept.
Svaneke is known for being the town with all the artists. Potters, painters, glass artists and blowers, it has been the place known for it's mix of people, it's acceptance in others. Creativity has room to grow, to expand in such a place. Regardless of age, race, nationality, profession or whatever, there is room for us all, and we have parties where all dance and enjoy themselves whether they've arrived wearing rubber-boots or high-heels.
Bornholm is known as the cyclists island. People come here from all around the world simply to bike. The bike paths are some of the most picturesque in the world. If you tire of biking, you can always flag a bus down. The buses here have bike racks on the fronts and backs and so for a little extra bus fare you can take your bike with you. If you give us good notice, we can often acquire some bikes for our guests, let is know, and we will see what we can do!
The bus stops to take you around the island are also on the square. There is a direct bus from Rønne, from where the ferry docks. The square is where you will find a little local bar, a brewery/restaurant, a general store and a grocery store all are open year round. (There are many other specialty shops open which open only for the the summer season).
Other Things to Note
MORE ABOUT BORNHOLM:
Every corner of the island is different.
The story goes that when God created the world, he had a bunch of left overs. He (or maybe She..?) wondered what to should do with these tin-bits, and with no better ideas, crunched them all up into a little ball and threw them into the Baltic Sea, and that is Bornholm. That is why we have so many different things here on Bornholm. The 3rd biggest forest in Denmark, the largest waterfall in Denmark, and mulberries and figs which do not normally grow in the Norther parts of Europe.
Bornholm is famous for it's granite. There are 11 different kinds of granite here and it is among the strongest and best in the world. It is also among the world's oldest and parts of it date back 2 billion years ago. 30-40 km high mountains were formed by volcanic activity and movements of the tectonic plates and is now bedrock it is mined from. The granite has created deep sea caves, so far down in the crust that the high atmospheric pressure and heat has tangled magma and many minerals together. This means that the granite is extremely weather resistant and great for outdoor purposes like walls, buildings, tombstones, and so on. Granite and smoked fish were Bornholms two biggest exports and if you find yourself walking the pedestrian streets in Copenhagen, Stockholm or even in Berlin, chances are the streets are made from Bornholmer granite.
There is a great indoor swimming pool in Gudhjem, with a view of the sea through it's massive wall of windows. There is a little sauna in both the men's and the women's. I go swimming here every Sunday. I have never been in another swimming place as wonderful as this one and because they use a mixture of sea salt and little chlorine, to keep the water clean, it's much more gentle on your hair and eyes.
The Northern part is rocky and almost a bit mountainous (HIGH up by Danish standards, but not by Canadian!!) The Northern part is where the Hammershus castle ruins are and where the children's circus resides. (Cirkus Stjerneskud is has performances two weeks in June and is amazing, really worth seeing!!!!!)
The Southern part is where you will find the softest sand in the world (literally, it is used in egg timers because it is so fine, and it squeaks when you walk on it) The Eastern coasts get a lot of sun and are both sandy and rocky., and great for swimming. here are granite cliffs everywhere on Bornholm, but on the Southern Eastern parts they are round and soft and beautiful. They are the symbol of the island and quarries can be found all around Bornholm.
CONCLUSION... (If you weren't already sold!!)
I am bias, but i think Svaneke is the prettiest and most welcoming and also the most easy going town on Bornholm. But if I were to move to another part of Bornholm, I would move to Allinge. Allinge is on the North part and it is a beautiful town. It is not quite as lively as Svaneke, but there is a beautiful harbour and lots of small shops. There is a smoke house open all year round and two big grocery stores. These keep the town alive and like Svaneke it is lived in all year. I find some of the boutiques to be too touristy, where Svaneke is different because we are so many creative people living and there is artisans and crafts people everywhere here. Many of the towns on the island are filled with tourists in the summer and then they are dead in the winter.
I have posted quite a few photos from around the island and suggest you look at them to inspire yourself with where to go and what to see.
-enjoy yourselves and make yourselves at home
-open the windows when you smoke
-leave it as it was when you got there
-smile to the neighbours
-don't kill my plants (maybe water them if they seem really dry, but please take care not to over water them... have had a few accidents with some guests nearly accidentally killing my plants!!))
-NO shoes inside please. There are a whack of different sized and different kinds of slippers you should be able to find a pair you can fit.
- If you leave the house early in the morning, or late at night, it would be very much appreciated if you could walk quietly down the stairs. There is someone sleeping just under them, and they are a noisy set of steps!
-There is a plastic container for compost, we will happily empty it for your when you leave, just leave it in front of the fridge and when you go we will take care of it.
-do not flush the toilet every time (water costs a small fortune on Bornholm, so try and save the water... yellow let it mellow, brown flush it down)
-I bathe in a tin water basin in my shower stall. This is nice for two reasons,
one - you stand in nice warm water while you bathe.
two - I recycle the water from my shower in my toilet.
I personally only bathe a couple times a week, and that is the perfect amount of water I need to flush the toilet. I pour the water from one bucket to the next from the basin and pour it into the toilet. I then have a very good conscience when I bathe under the hot water for a longer period of time, since I know that the water is not going to waste. I've always wondered WHY do we use CLEAN water for the toilet? It seems a disgusting habit, since clean water becomes more and more scarce,... and so I am very satisfied by being able to use my bath water to wash the toilet down with.
Water is very expensive on Bornholm (as it very well should be!!!) but I do it more for environmental reasons than anything else.
YOU are the guests, and should do what YOU feel comfortable doing, so if you do not want to use the bath water for the toilet, so be it. You should do whatever you feel comfortable doing, and so if you prefer to flush the toilet the old standard way, then, that is what you should do.
I have found though that most of my guests think it is a great way to save on water and have even written me to say that they also now do this at home.
So try it out, and if you don't like it, than don't do it!!
Svaneke ist definitiv der schönste Ort auf ganz Bornholm! Von dort aus kannst du auch super die Insel-Highlights erreichen. Bei Maya zu wohnen ist ebenfalls ein Erlebnis, die farbenfrohe und gemütliche Wohnung ist perfekt zum Sich-Wohlfühlen. Maya war super hilfsbereit und hat mir viel über das Leben auf Bornholm erzählt. Bornholm und v.a. Svaneke sind auf jeden Fall eine Reise wert!
Staying at Maya's apartment was the perfect relaxing and local experience of Svaneke. The apartment is big and bright, very cosy and personally decorated with Maya's art, photos and knick knacks which makes it feels like a warm home where you can sit back and relax. The bed was very comfortable and everything lived up to the pictures and description.
The best part of staying with Maya was however the warm welcome we received when we arrived very early in the morning. Maya made us coffee and took her time to welcome us, give us tips for things to do and chat in general. Maya is such a sweet, fun and giving person and she made our stay unforgettable. I highly recommend Maya's place and look forward to returning for future stays.
wow, thanks so much Stephanie og Anders, jeg bliver hel rørt! Hvor er I bare kære. Jeg holder gerne kontakt med jer! Jeg følte mig meget heldige at have jer boende hos mig, det var en gave. Og jeg håber virkelig at I også ville komme igen. (Du kan jo ikke blive færdig med Bornholm endnu vel??!!)
Svaneke is the most beautiful place on Bornholm because of Maya and her lovely parents. If you want to fall in love with the island come here and enjoy! For us it was like coming home. Thank you so much ,Maya, for everything! You're the best host we've ever had. Hope we see you soon.
Utrolig hyggelig og poetisk lejlighed lige midt i Svaneke. Masser at suge til sig ... dejlige værtsfolk ... billigt ophold ... ni skønne solskinsdage med Mayas sted som udgangspunkt for de bedste udflugter til Høl strand i Listed, udspring fra Svalpen lige bag røgeriet i Svaneke, levende musik i Hulle havn på cafeen Syd-øst-for-paradiset, medbragt aftensmad i Vige havn (to minutters gang fra Storegade), galleribesøg i baggården, og det fine sted Art Box, som bestyres af Maya, skal ingen snyde sig selv for. Her rammes ind, udstilles, sælges kunstartikler og der er tid til en varm og rar snak. Sådan! Vi er glade og rige på gode fornemmelser; nu hjemvendt til Nørrebro med vores to knægte på 11 og 15. Karma fra Morten og Katja!
Vi havde nogle rigtig dejlige dage i Svaneke hos Maya, Peter og Grete. Lejligeden er rigtig hyggelige, beliggenheden perfekt og vi følte os usædvanligt velkomne. Håber på at komme igen en anden gang.
Maya and her parents were the best hosts ever! We enjoyed our stay in svaneke so much and will definitely come back! The apartment was very comfortable, creative and unique and made me wanna do some art again as well! Thank you for this stay!
We loved our stay at Maya's. Maya and her family were great hosts. The apartment is definitely unique & wonderful. We really enjoyed the diverse collection of books, plants, and art. Svaneke was a great town and absolutely beautiful. Thanks!
I am a Canadian born, full-time artist, photographer and illustrator. My parents are Danish and when i came to the island of Bornholm in 2005, to visit them, I stayed. There is something magical about this island and it kept me here.