Kjobing Manor

Ærø (Insel), Syddanmark, Denmark

Dating back to the 17th century, Kjobing Manor is located on the Danish island of Ærø, which has won multiple awards as Europe's most sustainable island. 100% green electricity, communal town heating plants, an electric ferry and a free island bus are just some of the notable achievements. Kjobing Manor is located right in the historic center of Ærøskøbing, the small island capital, with just 1000 inhabitants. A holiday here is like a journey into the past: the medieval town center with its pretty squares, colorful houses and small cobbled streets is extremely well preserved.

Collette, your hostess, has lovingly restored the listed property and can accommodate a total of 12 people in five guest rooms. A spacious, modern kitchen is available for the preparation of breakfast and light meals. Two cozy and stylish living areas invite you to relax, read or socialize. “What first attracted me was the ambience of the inner courtyard paved with old cobblestones. Here you can still see the carriage ruts made by the horse-drawn carts,” says Collette. Thanks to seating in the garden and in the inner courtyard, guests can find a private spot outside as they please. In the colourful, bright and individually designed rooms there is a successful mix of English antique furniture and modern Danish design. Of particular note are the numerous paintings, most of which were by Collette's father-in-law.

Stone Age dolmens, Viking Age forts, medieval churches and nature everywhere: all this and much more can be explored in an environmentally friendly way on Ærø thanks to numerous hiking and cycling trails and the free island bus. Beautiful sandy beaches invite you to sunbathe and swim in summer. Canoeing, sailing trips, horseback riding and winter swimming are also popular outdoor activities here.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom130 €


ArchitectureKjobing Manor, built in the 17th century, is one of five manors on the island, and the only one privately owned. Collette, your hostess, acquired the dilapidated listed buildings in 2007 when a tree had already grown through a roof. Striving to preserve its old charm while still making it comfortable to live in for herself and her large family, Collette renovated the buildings to high ecological standards. For example, all rooms are well insulated with paper wool and the windows are double-glazed to minimize heat loss. The original wooden floors, doors and windows have been carefully restored. The interior design forms a charming ensemble of antique English furniture and modern Danish design, with each room being individually designed.

Collette, your hostess has lived on the island of Ærø since 1969, when she moved from London where she worked for the BBC. As a retired academic, local Red Cross treasurer, church councilor and founder of a 33-acre nature park, she has close ties to her community. The mother of 5 children and grandmother of 11 grandchildren bought Kjobing Manor with the aim of bringing her extended family together - at least occasionally. During the rest of the year she rents out her beautiful premises to guests.

EnvironmentOn the island of Ærø, 100 percent self-generated green electricity comes out of the sockets everywhere. The green energy which also supplies the local electric ferry, comes entirely from the citizen's own wind farms, solar cells and a straw-fired power plant. Strict waste separation, the use of ecological cleaning products and energy-saving lighting are just as much a matter of course for Collette as drying laundry in the attic instead of in the dryer. Like many other islanders, Collette seldom uses her own car, but travels mostly by bike or on the island bus, which is free for both islanders and tourists.


  • Small, tasteful B&B in a 17th-century manor house
  • Interesting collection of contemporary Danish and modern art
  • Located on the island of Ærø, voted one of the most sustainable islands in Europe
  • Ærøskøbing is a very well preserved Danish town from the Middle Ages and is fully protected
  • Electric ferry and free island bus offer environmentally friendly mobility options
  • Many activities and excursions in the area: hiking, cycling, trips to the small harbors on the coast, the beaches, to Søbygaard with its moated castle, and much more
  • Also suitable for events

B&B4 roomsCommunity kitchenChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • B&B with 5 individually designed rooms
  • In total, the B&B can accommodate 12 people
  • A room with 4 bunk beds
  • There is a shared kitchen
  • Two gallery rooms for reading, working and relaxing
  • Beautiful garden and courtyard


Märchenstadt ist der Beiname von Ærøskøbing, zu Deutsch auch Ärösköping genannt. Ærøskøbing, Hauptort auf der Ostseeinsel Ærø auf der Höhe von Flensburg, ist bereits 750 Jahre alt und gilt als die besterhaltene dänische Stadt aus dem Mittelalter. Wobei Stadt ein wenig irreführend sein kann, denn nicht einmal 1000 Menschen leben in Ærøskøbing. Kein Wunder also, dass die gesamte Stadt unter Denkmalschutz steht.

Bei einem Besuch in Ærøskøbing solltest du also nicht nur den schneeweißen Strand und die bunten Strandhütten besichtigen, die längst zu einem Touristenmagnet geworden sind. Sondern dir auch ganz viel Zeit nehmen, um durch die engen Gassen der Altstadt zu schlendern, und Ziegel- und Fachwerkhäuser bestaunen.

Miriam Keilbach, reisereporter.de, June 2022
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom130 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Flensburg it takes a good 2.5 hours to drive to Kjobing Manor (95 km). It takes about 4 hours from Hamburg (255 km), from Rostock about 5.5 hours (377 km) and from Copenhagen it takes about 4 hours to Kjobing Manor (194 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The harbor is only 5 minutes away from Kjobing Manor. From there there are hourly ferries to the mainland (Svendborg). The buses on the island can be used free of charge.