Sisters of the Cistercian order moved from Roskilde to Grenå in the early 1960s and took over the 14th century Sostrup Castle for use as their convent. As the order expanded, facilities at the castle were upgraded to allow the sisters to offer accommodation to visitors. They also operate a successful conference and meeting centre within the complex. The sisters have converted the castle’s old stables into comfortable self-serviced apartments. Each apartment caters for four people and holidaying guests are welcome to join the sisters in all Masses and services. The convent is close to Nordstranden Beach near the small village of Gjerrild, 12 kilometres north of Grenå. Gjerrild has one of the best beaches in the country. The town lies in a forested area surrounded by established walking and cycling trails. The convent is on National Cycling Route 5.
Sostrup Castle Guesthouse
Maria Hjerte Engen
DK-8500 Grenå East Jutland
Tel: +45 8638 4111
Fax: +45 8638 4133
Photo: Sostrup Castle/Convent – Arne Bramsen istockphoto.com
The three star Mission hotel Stella Maris is run by a Danish Christian religious association, Indre Mission. The aim of the Mission is to provide hospitality and a relaxing environment for visitors whether for a short or long term visit. The hotel has a charming old world ambience and front facing rooms overlook Svendborg Sound. The accommodation is mainly single and double rooms, but there are a limited number of family rooms available. Some of the rooms have a wash basin only, but others have ensuites. All meals are available. Facilities include a children’s play area, TV room, guest laundry and ample car parking.
The author Karen Blixen, who also wrote under the name of Isak Dinesen (Out of Africa) was once a regular guest of the Stella Maris. The hotel stands in spacious grounds on the water’s edge and has stunning views
Photo: Missionhotel Stella Mari s- Bjarne Hvidberg