Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Inn of the Month  |  Denmark

Hotel Gjerrild Kro welcomes both twoand four-legged guests with open arms.

Though the main building is new, Hotel Gjerrild Kro is a traditional, royally privileged inn, established in 1843.

Inn of the Month, Denmark

Holidays for horses and humans At Hotel Gjerrild Kro, two- and four-legged guests are equally as welcome as each other. Located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Djursland, the traditional Danish inn has been sought out for its recreational and welcoming atmosphere for centuries – and now it is possible to enjoy it on horseback too. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Hotel Gjerrild Kro

With an adjoining stable, a newly completed riding hall, and a highly qualified riding master, Hotel Gjerrild Kro is ready to welcome both two- and four-legged visitors with open arms. Part of Small Danish Hotels, the inn is run by husband and wife Hilding and Helle Hvid, while the riding centre and stables are managed by their daughters, Michelle and Sabina Hvid. Hilding, whose father bought the inn in 1968, explains. “It’s very much a family business. I’ve been here for just about 50 years; my children are establishing the horse hotel, and now we also have the fourth generation, my grandchildren, roaming the halls.” Located just five minutes from Djursland’s beautiful coast and Sostrup forest, the area around Hotel Gjerrild Kro is full of beautiful places to explore on horseback, foot or bike. As well as this, the equestrians who wish to improve their skills 120  |  Issue 112  |  May 2018

within dressage or jumping can do so in the very capable hands of Michelle Hvid, an experienced riding master and instructor who worked and trained abroad for many years.

A chance to switch off Due to the proximity of the beach and Djursland’s many family activities, Hotel Gjerrild Kro is also a popular place for a family getaway. Whether at the inn, Hilding Hvid, who took over Hotel Gjerrild Kro from his parents in 1987, runs the inn with his wife, Helle Hvid.

the stable or the traditional Danish restaurant, everyone is met by the special open-armed atmosphere that has characterised the place for decades. “My wife and I meet our guests with traditional inn hospitality and dedicated co-workers. We want to give guests a chance to just switch off and enjoy being together,” explains Hilding, adding: “From many of our rooms you can view the grass folds where the horses are frolicking about. It’s part of the experience; where other hotels have wellness, we have horses.” Facts: Dogs, horses and humans are all equally welcome at Hotel Gjerrild Kro. Gjerrild Kro was established in 1843 and is a royally privileged inn. In 1982, the old main building was destroyed by fire, and the current main building was constructed the following year. The inn is located in Gjerrild, a small village 35 minutes from Ebeltoft, surrounded by beautiful landscape and coastline.


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