Stokkøya Sjøsenter is managed by Torild, the Owner.
kr800 - kr2200/night
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Stokkøya Sjøsenter Sub-houses - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
— Torild: “The message to the architects was to create something that the Wallpaper journalists would cry to write about.”
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— Please tell us a bit about the history and how Stokkøya came about.

Torild: “I moved to the island in 1999 and met Roar, my husband. He and I took over the farm in 2000 and started thinking about how to make a living out of it. In 2002, the year our son was born, we had made a plan with an architect friend of ours who has done work in Japan with Tadao Ando, a very famous architect. My husband and he thought it would be fun to see how the landscape would interact with functional small cottages.

The idea was really to build small summer houses that were also inexpensive. We wanted all of our friends to be able to have a summer house here. As people who like the urban lifestyle, we wanted to bring the city to us.”
Stokkøya Sjøsenter Sub-houses - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
— Stokkøya Sjøsenter Sub-houses

— How did the local people react?

Torild: “A lot of the local people were against the idea, thinking the buildings were ugly. They went to the paper talking about how we were going to ruin the whole island. This started a lot of buzz, and a journalist for a big paper in Norway captured the story in one of the vacation magazines. It had beautiful photos and told the story from our point of view, which got us some great publicity.

After that, we sold 18 projects just from word of mouth. We were confident then that we were moving in the right direction, building smart architecture in this beautiful landscape.”
Stokkøya Sjøsenter bedroom - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
— Stokkøya Sjøsenter bedroom

— Tell us about the beach bar at Stokkøya Sjøsenter.

Torild: “We built the beach bar in 2005, and it was an immediate success. It’s very important to have quality food. We have excellent seafood in Norway, but along the roads, you can find such bad food — hamburgers, pizza, and so on. It’s hard to find restaurants that serve high quality food. So, we get a lot of attention with the high-quality food we offer. Even though we are at the end of the world, at the end of the road — it’s hard to find us — people started visiting and we gained a really good reputation for our food.

My husband used to be a scallop and sea urchin diver, and he exported them to Japan in the ’90s. He has worked with top quality seafood for many years. He is friends with many chefs and restaurant owners in Norway and other countries as well, so he had a lot of knowledge about it and the connections to run the kitchen. It’s not an expensive restaurant yet it’s very high quality with good wines. Everyone can afford to eat there, and it’s casual.”
 - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway

— What did you do before running these vacation rentals?

Torild: “I used to be social worker in the city of Trondheim. I was working with drug addicts before I came here. But I’m interested in good food and good wine. Coming from working with drug addicts to working in a bar is quite a change.

My husband got really interested in architecture and after these 10 years we have learned a lot about design and architecture. We also have lots of friends who are artists and designers, as well as chefs, waiters and waitresses. When you spend a lot of time drinking nice wine at bars, you run into many interesting people.”
Interior - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
— Interior

— Tell us a little bit about the architecture and the design of Stokkøya Sjøsenter

Torild: “The architects had fun working with us because we didn’t really compromise. We had a good dialogue throughout the project, so it wasn’t just the architects’ ideas. They took our ideas and brought them to fruition.

After a couple of years, we saw we needed more beds and built the sub-house. The message to the architects was to create something that the Wallpaper journalists would cry to write about. And they did. In 2009, there was a Wallpaper article about us.

We had a very small budget, so it was important for us to keep costs low. We spent some money on the Eames chairs and some other items of really good design, bought at auctions. We started to cooperate with an artist who was working on her Master’s degree at art school and hired her and some of her designer classmates. We gave them food and the equipment and tools to work with.”
Interior - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
— Interior

— And what about the rooms? They are all different?

Torild: “Yes, each room at Stokkøya Sjøsenter is different. Some of them have a theme, others don’t. We bought some of the furniture from Denmark, some from auction, and some were found around the attics of the fishermen out here on the island.

One of them, he was 84, looked into his beach house and found some old lamps they used out on the boats fishing for herring. They are huge lamps that produce a lot of light. We collected about 10 of those and rebuilt them for normal lighting and painted them. They are now in the reception area.”
 - Stokkøya Sjøsenter, in Central Norway, Norway
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