This week, I’m in the mood to return to one of my favorite places…Telemark in Norway…the place responsible for creating the musical but dour Solberg clan I’m so proud to belong to. Although I’m not gonna lie…I am very greatful I didn’t inherit my sense of humor from them, or else I might think shit like this is funny:
Built in 1926, but updated in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Svenseid Stasjon is a converted train station property that includes a 4 bedroom house with several outbuildings and a workshop. One outbuilding has a wood-fired kiln for pottery, another has 3 stalls for horses. It’s located in Telemark, a 2 hour drive from Norway’s capital city, just north of the small village of Lunde. Lunde is one of the tiny mountain villages made more accessible by the Telemark Canal, a canal built in the mid-to-late 1800s that connects coastal Telemark with the mountainous interior. It also offers some great opportunities for boating, kayaking, biking, hiking and canoeing. A nearby lake offers a nice place to swim in the summer and a place for ice skating and cross-country skiing in the winter. A trout stream runs along the border of the property and a wooded area nearby means ample opportunities for picking and eating fresh mushrooms and berries.
One downside to this property is that even though Svenseid is longer a station, the tracks running through it are still in use. The Sørlandet Line connects Stavanger on the west coast to Drammen, and by extension Oslo. At it is the Sørlandet Line that would be running through your backyard. I don’t know if trains in Norway are like trains in America (manditory whistle blowing at every crossing and stop). Let’s hope not, for the sake of this fabulous old building.
And for just 2,400,000 kroner, or roughly $286,000 US dollars, this property could be yours!