Writer Hans Christian Anderson was born on the Danish island of Funen, and still today the island’s idyllic setting and famously cosy lifestyle are worthy of a fairytale. Amid this rural bliss lies Falsled Kro, the epitome of a countryside inn.
With its thatched cottages, picturesque villages and fruit-laden orchards, the island of Funen seems worlds away from bustling Copenhagen. And yet, just 200 kilometres separate the capital from the island’s western edge, making Funen an ideal getaway for those seeking to discover the rural Denmark from a bygone era.
There are many ways to get to this time-forgotten place, but none is quite as spectacular as gliding into Falsled harbour by seaplane. Every summer, Falsled Kro partners up with Nordic Seaplanes to offer hotel guests the opportunity to fly to Funen from Copenhagen. As the plane prepares to land, after a 45-min flight above dense patches of forest and golden fields, the pilot points out our base for the night beneath us. Falsled Kro is the epitome of a countryside inn, complete with thatched roofs and sprawling grounds surrounding it.
After a smooth water landing, Randi Schmit, the maîtresse de maison, and her team welcome us at the harbour with glasses of champagne and Morgenbitter, a house-made herby liquor traditionally drunk by Danes in the morning on festive occasions. A short walk leads us to our guest suite, the air smelling of fresh lavender as we stroll across the property garden.
“Funen is also known as the garden of Denmark,” says Schmit, pointing at endless rows of lavender and pink climbing roses covering the historic building. And she is not wrong. There is an unmatched feeling of bucolic bliss in the air.
Inside the property, crackling fireplaces and comfy armchairs invite for hours of sitting, reading and chatting, immersing visitors in the famously cosy world of Danish hygge. In celebration of life’s simple pleasures, tea is made from herbs picked straight from the vast garden and bikes are available for all guests for spontaneous jaunts across the island.
At dinner, freshly picked flowers embellish the carefully plated dishes, which chef Kasper Hasse prepares from the best locally-sourced produce and vegetables from the on-site garden. On Funen, you never have to go far to witness the beauty of nature.