Astri T. & Anders A. Fretheim have built &
own Jønnhalt Gjesteseter. Astri is in charge of the day to day running.
Jønnhalt Gjesteseter was originally built as a summer farm
in the 1870's. The farm to which it belongs is situated just above Ringebu
and is called Nordrum. Cheese was produced for sale over many years and
the farm maid played a central role during these years.
In one of the buildings (the Selet), the cheese was cooked up in
three large iron pans, heated, of course, by wood. Many of the other farms
in the area also produced cheese and it was of large economic importance
for the farms.
Ole Steberg (1835-1904) was one of the pioneers in the prodcution
of the very special Gudbrandsdal cheese.
In the 1950's a dairy in the valley took over production of dairy
products and the summer farm was no longer needed. Between 1988 and 1993
most of the buildings were taken down, restored, and placed together with
a lawn in the middle. In 1993 Jønnhalt Gjesteseter started a new
phase in its history, welcoming paying guests..
Today's owners, Astri & Anders, still have the Nordrum farm and
have a herd of milking cows which use another of the farm's summer farms
Jønnhalt Gjesteseter is now restored to a high quality guest
lodge with all modern facilities. The outside, log cabin effect, is still
retained. There is a log fire in one of the lounges and we enjoy setting
up a long table for all our guests to gather around in the traditional
In the old sheds (Fjøset) there are 5 double rooms two of
which have extra beds in the rafters. In the barn (Låven) there are
two double rooms on the upper floor. On the ground floor is a light, open
meeting room with place for 20 people. This room can also be used for dance.
A wood fired sauna has its own house. Here there is room for 15 people
and it includes a relaxing room, shower and toilet, as well as a back door
for taking a snow bath!
Another building, 200m from the main complex has 2 double rooms,
lounge (with fire) and kitchen. All the bathrooms are tiled.
The place is blessed with good, clean drinking water from it's own
well. The rooms are all centrally heated. Road to the door all year round.