It is said that Gudbrandsdalen (The Gudbrand Valley) has its name after the mighty Dale-Gudbrand in who lived at the farm in Hundorp in the 1100s, and to have been the most powerful man in the Gudbrand Valley at that time. Originally known as Hundrop Farm, Dale-Gudbrandsgard was the centre of power for a very long time. The farm owner, called Dale-Gudbrand, was the political leader until 1021, when King Olav Haraldsson introduced christianity. The memorial of their meeting sits upon a small hill just outside the hotel. The grounds are also home to one of the five Pilgrim Centres along the Pilgrims Trail from Oslo to Trondheim.
In a landscape which is redolent with history, this hotel sits among some of the region’s most culturally and historically significant land. The Hotel stands on the ground where the farm dormitory building once stood, before it burned down. Tar was used to preserve timber in days gone by, which made buildings extremely flammable, and fire an ever-present risk. Skrivargarden is one of the original farm buildings, and is part of the hotel, used today for conferences or groups. It dates to 1840 and was used first as a courthouse, then a farmhouse, with the second floor now restored to its original design. Inside there are several wall paintings, by distinguished artist Ragavald Einbu.
There are also a number of burial mounds within the hotel grounds, which are thought to contain the remains of some of the powerful Gudbrand family, who ran the farm and the area for hundreds of years. The size and the shape of the mound depicted the person’s standing in society. A small stone circle is also located within the grounds, an indication of ancient occupation.
The grounds are also home to one of the five pilgrim centres along the Pilgrims Trail from Oslo to Trondheim. A pilgrimage is an inner and outer journey through cultural history and landscapes, and the Pilgrim Centre at Dale-Gudbrands Gard is a natural stop along the route to Trondheim. The centre runs a hostel, exhibitions and a farm shop with a selection of local food and souvenirs.
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- Claudio AParma, ItalyTrip Type:BusinessMrTuesday, 7th June 2016Nice and quiet, wonderful view, a little red train will whistle past from time to time reminding everyone that life is running away. The terrace is beautiful specially in good company and the... Read full review
- TerrindaLillehammerlovely day at Dale-Gudbrands GårdMonday, 18th July 2016Drove up from Lillehammer to try their buffet on May first, and what a pleasant surprise. The food was wonderful and our waitress was forthcomming and nice. Too bad the place is only open for... Read full review
- haakonksSanta Rosa Island, CaliforniaTrip Type:CouplesNice quiet hotelSaturday, 30th July 2016Stayed here for a night on the way from Trondheim to Oslo. The hotel is at a historic farm in Gudbrandsdalen. Its a small family run place, with only a few room. Our room had the amenities you would... Read full review
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By road from Lillehammer, Dale Gudbrands Gard can be found along the E6, direction Trondheim, approx. 7 minutes north of Ringebu town centre. The farm is signposted with the official brown signs indicating an attraction, and offers easy access and ample parking.