Established in 1860, Hotel Aak was the first tourist hotel in the Norwegian countryside, attracting salmon fishers, mountain skiing pioneers and international guests from near and far. More specifically, it was widely visited in the 1800s by British travellers such as Winston Churchill’s grandfather and writer De Beauclerk, the latter of whom wrote a book about Norway where she referred to the hotel as ‘Norway’s pearl’. The hotel would serve traditional dishes and accommodate visitors in comfortable, classic rooms in the idyllic farmyard close to the beautiful river Rauma.