artist apt. w/sea view, downtown

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Storegade, Svaneke, Island of Bornholm 3740, Denmark

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!

The Space

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.
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.

I generally do not rent out my apartment during the winters, but can sometimes make an exception for single travellers. So if you are a single traveller coming to Bornholm, write me a mail, maybe we can 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!!

Guest Access

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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 a bit...

The Neighborhood

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 look at the guide 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.

Getting around

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

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $27 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $267 /week
Security Deposit: $152
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Bornholm is my first stop in Denmark. Meeting Maya is definitely the best start! She is such a funny, lovely, talented and passionate person and I like her immediately! Her apartment is simply the same, cozy and full of character. I enjoyed so much staying with her! We talked about everything, sharing our travelling stories and enjoying superb meals together. Thanks so much to let me experience how a local's live would be~ Though it's our first met, she treated me like her family! Having her as a friend is one of my biggest rewards here. Hope I can also meet Maya's parents next time~ And please come to visit me some day in Hong Kong! I would definitely recommend staying with Maya!!

    September 2013
  • A wonderful first time experience with Airbnb. We were treated like family and absolutely loved Maya's quirky and cosy apartment. Her parents were delightful and everyone did everything to make our stay a great experience. \we would love to retuun and highly recommend Bornholm and Maya's place for a lovely holiday.

    September 2013
    Response from Maya:

    thanks Helen, we also enjoyed you both staying with us, and wish you could have stayed longer!! Some people it is just an automatic comfort with. I really would have loved to have had more interesting conversations with you both!! It was so easy!! Thanks for that, both of you!!

  • My wife and I found Maya's loft rooms to be very cozy for our 4 night stay in Svaneke. Her place is within a few steps of the center, harbor and good restaurants. She is very helpful host and was very respectful of our privacy, as well. We could not have been happier.

    August 2013
  • Our stay in Maya's apartment was very pleasant. It's a place with a lot of character, and lots of pictures and books to look at. The location is amazing, just a few steps from central Svaneke and the harbour. We would definitely recommend the local røgeri, ice cream, brewery and the trail to the neighbouring town Listed. The kitchen is well stocked, but a bit difficult to cook in, with the small stove top and toaster oven. Maya was a very friendly host. We forgot something when we left, that she promptly send us. The apartment is ideal for a couple, would not stay more people. Highly recommended!

    August 2013
  • We had a warm welcome from Maya and her parents and enjoyed our stay very much. Maya's charming loft-flat has everything you need and is very comfortable. Maya is a lovely open person and you can have stimulating conversations with her about almost anything. Her parents are interesting too and generous-hearted. We highly recommend Maya as a host and Svaneke as a place to wander, explore and rest.

    August 2013
  • Det var meget fleksibelt og nemt at bo hos Maya. Hele familien er utrolig gæstfri, og lejligheden ligger placeret skønt i Svaneke. 3 personer og et lille barn som vi var, er nok lige i overkanten rent pladsmæssigt, mens et par eller 2 personer vil være ideelt.

    July 2013
  • Dear Maya, it was a pleasure for us to stay at your really nice and colourful home. You've been a very open and helpful host to every question we had. We felt like home even if it is smaller than our home. Everything we needed during our stay was there and if not, you organized it very quickly. We would love to stay there again and highly recommend your home. Thanks a lot, Maya.

    July 2013
  • Maya and her parents are the warmest hosts one can ever hope for. Her apartment was a home away from home and it added a lot to the romance and charm in our stay in Svaneke, incidentally voted as the prettiest town in Denmark.

    The apartment is filled with memorabilia and books and photographs and other interesting collectibles from all over and given that Maya has traveled to 34+ countries its quite a unique and charming apartment to say the least.

    We had a wonderful time staying with Maya, Grethe & Peter and wish we could have had more time making the most of there wonderful hospitality. Recommend it wholeheartedly for anyone looking to explore the beautiful island of Bornholm.

    July 2013
  • Staying at Maya`s was a great experience. Charlie and I enjoyed relaxing amongst all her art and books of art, of which we had a look through. The flat is nice and bright. the bed very comfortable.
    Maya is a great hostess. We found her to be very charming, warm and helpful. We feel as if we have found a new friend we would like to keep in touch with. We highly recommend to stay at Maya`s!

    June 2013
  • cool place, cool pad, awesome chick :)

    June 2013
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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.
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