Our house is in the centre of the village of Evanger, 20 km from Voss, and a couple of minutes from the railway station and bus stops. The room is on the ground floor, inside the main entrance, and has 6 single bunk beds. It is simple, but the beds are comfortable, and the room has direct access to a small kitchen and bathroom. Good, free wi-fi. Bedding and towels included. Breakfast is extra (50 kr). Travel by train, bus & car to Flåm/Voss/Bergen/Norway in a Nutshell, or outdoor adventures.
Rongahuset, as our house is called, is not luxurious, but a family home in a unique house from 1923, with a rich history. We offer comfortable beds, home-cooked food, and a family atmosphere. Wi-fi throughout the house. We have only been living a short time in this house, and are still working to get everything in order, but it is slowly becoming a real home. This room has the basic necessities: beds, clothes hangers, a chair to sit in. In the kitchen, there is room to sit and socialize around the table. Guests are welcome to make themselves at home in the family living rooms and kitchen. The family includes five children aged 5-14, who can be noisy, and usually at least two workaway volunteers who help out and take part in family life. The household is mainly vegetarian plus fish, though we sometimes serve meat. We have a piano, guitars, and other instruments, and a lot of books.
For more beds, please message me - the room has 6 single bunk beds, some on this site and some on other booking platforms.
Guests share most of the facilities of the home with the family, but there is a small guest kitchen downstairs for self-catering dorm guests. No microwave! Wi-fi throughout the house. TV in the upstairs living room only.
It is possible to wash and dry clothes, but the laundry room is very temporary - it functions, but is not very practical/attractive. For laundry, I appreciate a small extra payment of 25-50 kr, depending on the amount of washing.
Breakfast and dinner can usually be provided, at an additional cost of 50 and 100 kr per person.
Same-week or even same-day requests are fine, so that I can quickly answer yes or no.
In general, we enjoy interacting with guests. We respect the privacy of guests, but are present much of the time apart from school/working hours. There are usually workawayers (volunteer helpers) staying, so the house is seldom empty. During the summer holidays, June - August, we have a lot of free time and our schedule is flexible - or less predictable, depending on your point of view! During the school year, we have music lessons and Taekwondo some days, while the rest of the week is quieter. You are always welcome to stay, but it will vary how much time we have to interact with you!
The house has a wonderful atmosphere, but at the same time, we are still working hard to get everything in order. At times, we have to improvise and change arrangements. We enjoy making guests comfortable, and will always do our best to give you an enjoyable stay! Five kids aged 5-14 live here, and the two adult kids often visit. The household can be noisy, and this is not a good place for anyone who likes to sleep late in the mornings... The kids are active and have many interests, and I do my best to raise them to be well-mannered, thoughtful and independent - though they are challenging at times, and they behave very much like kids! They enjoy conversation, walks and games, and speak both English and Norwegian.
- When you book, please let me know what time you plan to arrive, and if you want dinner. Some days, we are quite busy, but we will always do our best to make your stay pleasant and comfortable! When you are here, please let me know if you need something. We are usually around and happy to see you, but we also respect your privacy - this means that you are welcome to spend time with the family, or you can just relax in your room, as you like. You are welcome to have tea, coffee, or snacks at any time. You may have breakfast when you like, within reason – it is helpful if you let me know in the evening what time you plan to eat breakfast. We often have dinner at around six or seven, though the exact time can vary, especially if we are busy. Even if you arrive late, I can often provide a light meal if you wish. You may use the kitchen (NB! No microwave), but you are also welcome to eat dinner with us at a small extra cost of 100 kr per person. In general, it is cheaper and easier to share the family meal, rather than shopping for everything you need to cook your own dinner. Showers are available, as the house has three shared bathrooms with showers, one on each floor. You may also use the washing machine and dryer, for 25 kr per wash including soap and softener, but please ask for instructions! In Norway, everyone takes their shoes off when entering a house, to keep the floors clean. Jackets and other wet clothing should hang in the entrance or the bathroom - not in the bedrooms. Smoking is fine out of doors - not in the house! I expect you to leave the room more or less as you found it. I appreciate feedback - especially about things that can easily be improved! NB! If you go hiking, please let me know your plans - even on your day of departure. The mountains can be dangerous, and it is extremely important that someone knows which way you plan to set off, in case of an emergency!
I am currently combining two jobs... My old job as a second language and special needs teacher, specialising in literacy and language acquisition, and my new job as director of a local school of traditional crafts and hand-working skills. I am particularly interested in the challenges faced by learners with disabilities; at university, I also studied comparative religion and middle-eastern language and culture.
Born in the UK and raised in Norway, I am fully bilingual in English and Norwegian. I also speak and read some French and Arabic. I am lucky to be the mother of seven great (also bilingual) kids aged 5-29, five of whom still live at home; my fourth child, who has Down syndrome, has especially enriched my life, teaching me much about the process and effort involved in learning life skills such as communication, self-care and independence.
We are an active and musical family. Most of us practise taekwondo and play one or more musical instruments, and we have a piano and other instruments at home. In my free time I play in a local symphony orchestra, and some of us play in the village brass band. In the garden, we have chickens, ducks and a rabbit, as well as flowers and fruit, a kitchen garden, and a woodland with play areas.
Lektor med hovedfag i religionsvitenskap - daglig leder for en skole i mat-, tekstil- og håndverkskultur - spesialpedagog og lærer i norsk som andrespråk - flerspråklig lingvist; snakker norsk, engelsk og noe fransk og arabisk - amatørmusiker - mor til sju barn i alderen 5-29 år hvorav fem fortsatt bor hjemme - inkludert et barn med Down syndrom, med alt det medfører av berikelse, læring og utfordringer!