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We stayed at Steinar and Riitta's apartment as a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children boy aged 6 and girl aged 10) and have had the most amazing family holiday making lots of memories.
As hosts, Steinar and Riitta are fabulous. Great communication from start to finish and it was great to know that in a unfamiliar country help was on hand if we needed it. We did not arrive at the apartment until the early hours of the morning due to airline delays, however the directions from Torp airport to the apartment made it easy to find and Riitta was waiting for us upon our arrival to show us around.
Although it was a shame not to see the scenery as we drove to the aipartment due to it being very late at the night, the view that awaited us the following morning was breath-taking. The views across the Fjord are magnificent and the large windows in the apartment make it a really pleasurable experience just to sit and watch the world go by!
The apartment itself was absolutely spot-on. There was everything you could possibly require including lots of English TV channels which made my boys happy as they were able to watch lots of English football!! The whole set up of the apartment was perfect - lots of space and great views - it made for a very relaxing holiday which was perfect.
The outdoor area to the apartments is really well kept and very tidy. There are a few different parks for the children to play on and lots of different places to jump in the water and swim. Luckily we had great weather and my children made full use of the little beach areas and had a fabulous time in the water. It was teeming with sea life which I wasn't expecting.
There are two supermarkets close by - a Coop and Kiwi. We used both but Kiwi mainly as it is walking distance and I felt is was cheaper than the Coop. Kiwi had a great selection of everything and the staff were lovely.
The only thing we felt was missing was perhaps a little café/bar. There is one on the Marina but it never appeared to be open as we past. It was not however a massive problem but the complex of apartments is definitely big enough to warrant one.
We found the apartment a great base to explore the incredibly beautiful place Norway is and I don't think I have ever appreciated how relaxing water is. To drive the coastal road to Drammen, although longer than taking the motorway, was a pleasure in itself - so pretty.
We would return to the apartment in a heartbeat and I would recommend it to anyone.