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5 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in West - St. Martin´s, Marteinsel

2x2 Bedroom 2unit Cottage, Private Paradise, Top Spot, Natural Wonders

Cottage MARTEINSEL or ST. MARTINS is just in a walking distance from Iceland´s most famous natural wonders, Geysir and Strokkur, and only 20 min. drive from the Golden falls, you´ll find this beautiful two-unit cottage in an enchanting and peaceful location. Enclosed by shrubbery of Icelandic birches and sheltered by the slopes of 620 m high mountain ( a paradise for amateur climbers with an astounding view from the top.) Marteinsel (St Martin´s) cottage is the perfect place to stay when exploring the natural attraction of south Iceland. You have the famous Geysir in only a 30 min. walking distance, and Gullfoss (the Golden falls) is close by (12 km) It´s around 1 hour drive to the National park Thingvellir, and by comfortably short day tours you visit all the most popular tourist attractions in south Iceland, such as Thjorsardalur, close to volcano Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey and the black beaches of Reynisfjara. The beauty of the highlands is also within reach from the cottage, glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull are a few of many hiking possibilities, as marked trails in Haukadalur Forest - 10 minute drive from St. Martins cottage.

St.Martins cottage is named after the patron saint of the chieftains who lived in Haukadalur in the middle ages, consists of 2 units, that can accommodate up to 8 persons, main house is 56 sqm. With 2 bedrooms, kitchen and living/dining room, bathroom, shower and storage, guest house is 24 sqm. just a few steps from the main house along the veranda, it has a sofa bed for 2 persons and a smaller room with a bunk bed, a bathroom with a shower, a spacious veranda is around the houses and is 54 sqm. We do have a hot tub.

Its up to you whether you enjoy your stay only in the main house or take advantage of the extra facilities offered in the guest house.

The hot tub is a source of relaxation and well being in the soothing warm geothermal water, from a local spring in the vicinity. There, in unforgettable tranquillity you will relax after the day´s activity and enjoy the scenic beauty, breathing the clean fresh air of the Icelandic countryside.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jón Örn & Sigríður / spokesperson is Kristín
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016

About Jón Örn & Sigríður / spokesperson is Kristín

Managing this property is Kristín Gestsdóttir. Owner is Jón Örn Marínósson.


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

really nice cottage, awesome scenery

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was a really nice place to stay in. It's very cozy and we felt welcomed seeing how it's well kept and clearly decorated with lots of love. We always enjoyed coming back to 'our' house in the evenings to end the day in the hot tub. Having slept comfortably in the quiet surrounding of the mountain, the view over the valley while the sun rose was enjoyable to watch in the mornings.

We were especially surprised at how big the guest house was, plus, we didn't expect the house to have such a big veranda and even a small garden to sit in.

We'd also like to thank Kristin again, as she tried her best to answer all the questions we had beforehand.

All of us wish to come back soon- I think you can rarely find such pretty places, so we'd highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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A Wonderful Cottage in a Beautiful Location

  • 4 of 5

My family (four of us, including two teen boys) spent six nights at St. Martin’s Cottage in June 2015 and would rate this property very highly. For anybody looking to escape rush hour traffic or crowds of people in your daily life, St. Martin’s is the perfect solution. I selected it as a home base for exploring Southern Iceland, and while a property nearer to Selfoss may have shaved some time off of driving to a few destinations, I don’t think I could have found another property with as much charm and solitude.

Both the main cottage and second cottage (with additional bedroom) are in immaculate condition and the kitchen is equipped with everything needed to prepare basic meals. We found the bedrooms to be slightly small, with not a great deal of room for our bags; the boys’ solution was to sleep in the main cottage and use the spare cottage for the bathroom, luggage storage, and changing room. We used the hot pot a number of times, but fair warning: patience is required as it can take 2-3 hours to fill each time. However, since we were there over the summer solstice, daylight wasn’t a problem, and it was a wonderful sensation to soak away the weariness of a day's hiking at midnight with birds singing in the nearby screen of trees that offer additional privacy around the cottage. As we didn’t have compatible phone coverage, wi-fi in the cottage would have been nice to book a few excursions, but I overcame that challenge by parking outside a nearby hotel to take care of business.

The location is perfect for visiting Geysir and Strokkur (especially late in the evening after the tourists depart), and Gulfoss was closer than I imagined. In the other direction, the Fontana Spa in Laugavartn was about 30 minutes away, and is also highly recommended as a smaller, but more peaceful alternative to the Blue Lagoon.

Overall, I would happily spend another week in St. Martin’s Cottage if we’re ever lucky enough to return to Iceland.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to write a review. Its nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay at St. Martins. Welcome back! All the best, Kristín
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing stay at Marteinsel. The cottage is well equipped, absolute private and quiet. Especially we enjoyed the hot tub nearly every evening. The geysir center is just a 20 minutes’ walk away but can’t be seen from the cottage.

Thanks to Kristín for the perfect organization and the interesting talk when we met in one of the other cottages.

Also thanks to the owners Sigga and Jón Örn for building this beautiful place.

Next time when we are in Iceland we hope to stay again there.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Beautiful cottage in rural surrounding

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 7 nights in St. Martin´s Cottage. It is located on a super location! Everything you can wish is present (except an Internet connection). Everything was nice and very clean. It was remarkable that in this vulcanic area the hot water didn´t have a sulfur smell. The cottage is a perfect starting point for trips. Gullfoss is very impressive, but the east side of the falls is much less touristic. The Geysir/Strokkur area is nice, especially late in the evening when most of the tourists are gone. Þingvellir is a visit worth. Walking on the Eurasian and American plates is a great experience. When you own a 4 wheel drive car, you are able to travel in the interior region of Iceland. We drove on roads F333 (starting point just behind Geysir), F338 and F337. Remember, you need a car with sufficient ground clearance. It was an exciting experience. Summarized, it was a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for posting a review of your stay. We are in a fantastic area, in the middle of the Golden circle, yet so peaceful in the valley Helludalur. Welcome back! Regards, Kristín
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cozy cottage in a stunning sourrounding

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place in a stunning surrounding. We spent 8 nights at St. Martin's Cottage. Kristin (the landlady) was always available for us with helpful hints and friendly advice. The cottage is comfortable, cozy, clean, very peaceful and quite. It is a private home, warmly and beautifully decorated. Excellent opportunities for day excursions, some of the top spots in South Island being just around the corner (geysirs). Always looked forward to be back at the cozy cottage and relax in the hot pool. The cottage has also an extra guest house specially suitable for kids, with an extra bathroom. We can definitly recommend St, Martin's cottage to discover Island and relax.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Owner's Response: Dear Frederik, we are so pleased that you were satisfied with your dwelling at St. Martins. Welcome back and thank you for taking time to write a review. All the best to you and your family, Kristín, Sigga and Jón
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Keflavik International airport
Nearest Barpub
900 Metres
Geysir Centre
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Geysir Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
900 Metres
Geysir Centre
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in West, Iceland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
15 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning and laundry £65

1/3 of the rental fee is required as a booking deposit and the balance 30 days before arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on West on Europe

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Guest house
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Main house
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 main house - 2 Single Bed , each bed is 90 x 200
    Bedroom 4 guest house - 1 bunk bed, sleeps 2, 2 x 70 x 200
    Bedroom 2 main house - 1 bunkbed, sleeps 2, 2 x 70 x 200
    Bedroom 3 guest house - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , open space living area, sofa bed sleeps 2
  • 2 unit house, 4 bed rooms in total
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming

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