Established in 1611 as a crown-owned farm, Horstad Gård has a long history. There is even evidence of farming in the area dating back to the Iron Age. Since 1959, Fred. Olsen & Co holding company has owned the estate.
With the barn being the oldest building, dating back to the 1800s, recent renovations have carefully maintained the historical feel while upgrading the buildings to modern needs. “Horstad Gård opened to the public as a lodging and tourist destination about ten years ago,” explains Øyvind Stensveen, the chief administrative officer at Fred. Olsen & Co. “Since then we’ve hosted all types of visitors, including hunting parties, corporate retreats and families.”