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Near Reykjavik, Lakeside Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Lakeside cottage Nr. City of Reykjavik, Iceland - Lakeside Position, Garden Stretching Down To The Beach, With Spectacular Lake And Mountain Views

The lakeside cottage nestles at the foot of Medalfell mountain right down at the water´s edge. The views are spectacular, of the lake and its surrounding mountain scape; it is a place of pure tranquillity. It has 3 bedrooms and an open plan kitchen and living area filled with antique shabby chic furniture and more contemporary Scandinavian pieces. There is one bathroom with a toilet and a washing machine and separate tumble dryer. The kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, and has a good selection of appliances.

Property Manager
Gudrun Livingstone
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian, danish, Icelandic, some Danish, French and Italian
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Gudrun Livingstone

We are a British/Icelandic family living in England. We live in a boarding school and go to Iceland as often as we can to our wonderful cottage. It is the most beautiful place on earth and wonderful at all times of the year. Winter is crisp and often snowy, the northern lights dance on top of the mountains as we sit snugly inside watching them. We hope you will love it as much as we do.

Gudrun Livingstone purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Gudrun Livingstone chose Kjósarhreppur

The cottage belonged to my grandparent's. My granddad built it in the mid sixties and it's always been a part of my life.

What makes this cottage unique

The walks are wonderful, there is fishing in the lake and the surrounding rivers although you will need to purchase a licence. We swim regularly in the lake and often go on day trips to attractions near by. The Thingvellir National Park is only half an hours drive away and we have walked there in 6-7 hours, The Hvalfjördur (Whalefjord) is a stones through away and is one of the most beautiful fjörds in Iceland ( the road along the fjörd was voted the best driving road in the world by the presenters of Top Gear) The highest waterfall in Iceland Glymur, is ten minutes drive from the cottage and a wonderful walk. Gullfoss(the Golden Waterfalls) Geyser and the Thingvellir

national park can all be easily visited in a day. (Just over an hours drive). And many many more.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"There cannot be a house anywhere in Iceland with a more sheltered position and more stunning view than here? It's incredibly beautiful."

"..Despite being here through a fairly bad storm with lots of snow, we were lovely and toasty. It was so romantic we found it hard to leave the cottage at all."

"Iceland has been full of wow moments for us. But the biggest wow moment at the end of the week was the feeling we had when we arrived and looked out of the big kitchen windows! It's an amazing place."
Nov 2012
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Kjósarhreppur Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bathroom and toilet with washing machine and separate tumble dryer. Bath with shower attachment.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 in bedrooms, 7 in all (including sitting room) Large comfortable sofa bed in sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Mobile phone reception at the cottage is excellent so internet can be accessed via 3G personal hotspots. There is a little pub / shop called Kaffi Kjós, 800 metres down the road, which is open all summer and on or selected dates during winter. It has a full license, a bar and a restaurant, is a general store, and the people who run it are very friendly. Outside: The garden stretches down to the lake with access to the water's edge. There is a large south facing terrace with a dining table and chairs. There is a gas barbecue. There is a spa bath pool (from Feb 2017) heated with geothermal hot water piped from a hot spring up the valley. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Professionally laundered linen and towels are included, guests are expected to leave the cottage in the same state that they found it. The check out time is 10 am and check in is 2pm unless otherwise arranged.


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Near Reykjavik, Lakeside Cottage
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews

Relaxing cottage, well equipped and great location

  • 4 of 5

Gunnu Hus was a fantastic find: very well equipped, clean cottage with plenty of space for children, plus in wonderful peaceful location which was perfect for exploring so much of this wonderful country. The owners, Gudrun and Fergus, could not have been more helpful and hospitable.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage on a lake near Reykjavík

  • 5 of 5

This was a great rental on Lake Medalfell about 30 min from Reykjavík. The house has a nice wrap around deck and it sits on the lake. My son-in-law spent the long Icelandic summer evenings fishing for trout. The location is also convenient if you plan drive the Golden Circle and very close to Þingvellir National Park. The house comfortably accommodated 6 adults (3 bedrooms). It was very clean and had a good selection of kitchen supplies as well a nice washing machine and dryer. Gudrun was very nice, and she was easy to contact by email and phone. She made us feel very welcome and at home. This was one of the most enjoyable vacations I've had. I would not hesitate to stay here again. Perfect !

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Stunning location and beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful cottage for 10 days, the views are absolutely out of this world, stunning is an understatement. We also got to see the amazing aurora on more than one night. I cannot recommend this property highly enough. Gudrun was an absolute pleasure to deal with too. Amazing stay would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Devon, England

Loved It

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Gunnu Hus. Comfortable and homely place in a great location in a great country. What a view to look out on every day. We managed to see the Northern Lights but missed the whales. Did the Golden Circle over two days, stunning.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful, calm, quiet and romantic.

  • 4 of 5

We had such an amazing time in Iceland, totally fell in love with the country and this cottage. It was so nice to go exploring in the day, and then return to our own piece of tranquillity. It has a homely feel and incredibly warm and inviting.

I'd go again, in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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in der Nähe von Salzburg, Österreich

wunderschönes, gemütliches Haus mit traumhaftem Ausblick, direkt am See

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben uns in Gunnu Hus sehr wohl gefühlt, das Haus ist sehr gemütlich und perfekt ausgestattet, besonders haben wir die herrliche Terrasse mit Blick auf den See und das Wohnzimmer genossen; die Lage ist toll für einen Island Aufenthalt - nicht weit von Rekjavik und ganz im Grünen, ruhig; nur 5 Minuten weiter nettes Kaffihus; von den unendlich vielen unglaublich schönen Natureindrücken Islands sind wir abends voll Freude in dieses schöne Haus zurückgekehrt

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
93 Kilometres
Leif Eiriksson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Kaffi Kjos
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Reykjavik Harbour
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
kaffi kjos
Nearest Ski
66 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The nearest beach is in Hvalfjördur (Whalefjord) it is a 5 to 10 min drive. You may see a whale there, or catch a fish, but you're not going to get much of a suntan. The road round Hvalfjord is thrilling to drive: it is Jeremy Clarkson's favourite road in the world, or so he said. The mouth of the Lax River has a spectacular salmon run, which you can see from the road bridge (10 minutes from the cottage).


The international airport is 1 hour 20 mins drive away, the Reykjavik domestic airport is central Reykjavik (35 mins).


Reykjavik (city centre) 35 mins (city centre)

Mosfellsbaer (nearest supermarket etc) 20 mins

Thingvellir National Park 30 mins

Geysir 1 hour

Gullfoss (waterfall) 1 hour 10 mins

Further Details:

The local amenities are in Mosfellsbær, a 30 min drive. there you will find banks, bakeries, supermarkets, post office, doctors surgery, car mechanics etc.

Kaffi Kjós is a general store, pub and restaurant a 10 minute's walk along the lakeside road. It is open during the summer months and on a few selected dates during winter. There is a wonderful swimming pool in Mosfellsbær called Lágafellslaug; it has a 25 metre pool with lots of lanes, 3 water slides, a sauna, steam bath and hot pots. It charges no more than around £2 for adults and half that for children. Highly recommended.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $415.46

Booking Notes:
All payments must be made on time and there is a deposit of $300 for breakages or professional cleaning if tenants have failed to clean properly themselves at the end of their stay. Cleaning products are available under the kitchen sink.
NB If you would like your cleaning done for you, this service can be provided at an additional cost of US$90. Please make sure you ask the owners for this when you book.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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