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Holiday homes in North Jutland

In North Jutland, you can sit back and relax in a holiday home or cottage home that suits your needs for a great holiday. Feel the fresh breeze on your skin and enjoy the astounding surroundings of nature that surround the holiday homes.

Familie går tur i naturen ved Skallerup Seaside Resort
Skallerup Seaside Resort
Holiday towns

In the 1940s, the trade union movement and Hjørring tourist group build a holiday resort in Skallerup, The Skallerup Seaside Resort. The resort opened to the first tourists and holidaymakers in 1949. The town and resort still exist today, but it has been modernized during the years to comply with modern standards.

Par gående på strand med hund - Hjørring Kommune
Hirtshals
Holiday with the dog

A Summer house or cottage home gives you the most optimal holiday if you want to bring your dog to North Jutland. There is plenty of room for play and walks without being disturbing others. Bring your dog to North Jutland, there is room for everyone!

Sommerhus i naturen

The history of the holiday home culture

A historic retrospect

The "Summer resident culture" of Denmark started in the 18th century when the townsfolk fled the cities to relax and enjoy a simpler life in the countryside. 
First, at the end of the 19th-century, holiday homes as we know them today started to get built. Artists "occupied" the beaches and the significant light near Skagen and Hornbæk in North Sjælland in the first place but soon the bourgeoisie followed them. In the beginning, they rented rooms in locals' homes but it did not take long before people sought to own their own plot of land and in the 1890s the first real summer house land has been marked out. 
In Jutland, it was the wild nature of the west coast that attracted people. Firstly Skagen, but also Løkken, Blokhus, Lønstrup and many of the other known coast towns along the west coast belong to the oldest area with summer houses in Denmark.

With the railways and the ship traffic at the beginning of the 20th century, it became easier for townsfolk to reach the countryside, which was part of the reason why so many holiday homes were built in this time, for instance along the coast and the islands of Rømø, Fanø, Samsø, Læsø, Anholt or Bornholm.

At the beginning of the 20th century, holidays were reserved for only a small group of people but this changed slowly between the 1920s and 30s and after the Danish Holiday Act in 1938 everyone had the right to have two weeks of paid holiday. That created extra interest in new and cheap summer houses. Many of these houses were only simple weekend-cabins built of the available material - or they just put an old railway wagon on their plot of land, which was often in a short and cycle convenient distance to the city.

Restrictions and considerations of the nature

With growing prosperity at the end of the 1950s, it got serious in constructing summer houses and most of the 200.000 summer houses in Denmark have been built in the 60s and 70s.

Because of the flourishing holiday home industry, it was in 1977 decided to make a "no-built" zone along the coast and rules for how close to the coast it is allowed to erect buildings. This respect for nature has already been considered by the architect Ejnar Dyggve in 1916 as he made a development plan for the area around Lange Travs in Tibirke Bakke so that the beautiful nature was not destroyed by the intensive construction of summer houses.

The development plan says that only one house can be built for every barrel of land, that the houses should be placed in the valley lows, have a roof made by straw and the building should fit the local building traditions. Nowadays this region is one of Denmark's most beautiful summer house areas.

Skagen sommerhuse og mølle
Skagen

Architect designed holiday homes

Some of the well-known architects of Denmark have also left their mark on the construction of summer houses. Poul Henningsen drew a standard house for the standard house company Myresjö - one well-preserved copy can for instance be seen in Gammel Skagen.

Modern Holiday homes

The typical holiday home today is far away from the simple weekend in an old cottage. Nowadays it is popular to have your own peaceful and modern holiday home. It is still nature and the escape from the hectic life that attracts tourists. The good part is, you don't have to leave modern comfort behind when you flee to the countryside.
The holiday homes are well-equipped, almost like a normal house. To make sure it is possible for you to stay there not only in the summer season, but insulation, floor heating, and fireplaces make these houses inhabitable all year around.

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