The Emperor's Villa.

The Emperor's Villa.




Jul 2012

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

History of the house:
In 1885 Tzar Alexander III announced that he would buy a house in Fredensborg. His wife Maria Fjodorovnas (Dagmar to the Danes) parents King Christian the 9th & Queen Louise lived at the castle in Fredensborg. The russian imperial family would visit almost every summer and eventually they bought a house of their own. They rebuild the house for several years, turned it in to what you get today. They called it their "miniature Gatchina". In 1892, Alexander gave Dagmar a Farbegé-egg with a picture of their new home.
Their son (the last tzar) Nikolai II carved his name in one of the windows in the house. The glass is still there.
Today it's called the Emperor's Villa.
In 1894 Alexander died, leaving the house uninhabited until, their daughter Granddutchess Olga sold the house in 1928.

We are the 3rd owner since and are in process of restoring it in every possible detail. Although it is NOT a building site. We live here and do very small projects at a time.
The main entrance is actually through the palace garden. The closest neighbor is the Castle where HM the Queen lives from April through November every year.
The Emperor's Villa has new heating, fireplace, new bathroom, new kitchen and various possibilities for children in the 1200 m2 private garden surrounding the house.
Outdoor furniture in the garden incl. a trampoline for kids, a swing, playhouse with a secret entrance, a slide, and hot-tub for 8 people in a totally private area and a lot more.
It has a master bedroom with a balcony and 2 other bedrooms. 3 living rooms and a basement with washer and dryer.
The Villa is in the very centre of Fredensborg and it's history. 10 restaurants within 2 minutes of walking. Supermarkets just as close. At noon and again at 10 in the evening you can enjoy music from the soldiers guarding the Queen.
Two steps out the main door and you are in the palace garden.
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More about us

  1. Henrik is the headmaster at a large private school in Hillerød and Maria is a socialworker helping and working with blind people here in Fredensborg. We are both 43 years old. We have two daughters. Ella is 13 years old in 6th grade. She is quiet girl. She loves drawing, dancing and singing. Her sister Inga is 4 years old.

    We have made four exchanges, one with a family from Chancy, Switzerland in 2013, and another with a family in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2014, Den Haag in Holland in 2018 and Noyers, France in 2019.

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Where is it?


In Fredensborg you can enjoy walks in the 1.200.000 m2 Palace garden situated right next to house. It's a Baroque Garden with many different paths leading you to the castle or to the 3rd largest lake in Denmark, where you can rent a canoe or kayak. The summer of 2013 the palace garden finished the greatest renewal since it was founded several hundreds of years ago.
Hillerød and Helsingør are cities close by. They also have old palaces worth paying a visit.
In Helsingør you can visit "Hamlets" Kronborg. And in Hillerød another great castle.

Fredensborg is a cosy city with many good restaurants in short walking distance.
In the summertime it will take you about 10 minutes by car, to reach any of Northern Zealands many fine sandy beaches. 3 options for grocery shopping in Fredensborg.

Fredensborg is located close(30 min drive) to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark and home to the little mermaid and Tivoli. In Copenhagen everything from ballet, through the annual jazzfestival is possible.

A black Mercedes can be part of the swap.

Buzzy restaurants
Hotel Store Kro (neighbour)
Retail therapy
Bit of culture
Fredensborg Castle - next door.
Walks in the park
In the park outside the door. Lake Esrum through the park.
Spot of exercise
Go for a run in the park og cayaking on the lake. We have a canoe to borrow.
Day tripping
Tivoli in Copenhagen. Louisiana -museum of modern art.

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