“A delightful two-storey 1900s house with a stylish makeover (sleeps 4-6) in the old heart of Reykjavik – great for families and friends”
The cottage has a warm, welcoming feel; original features such as antique pine walls sit well with the vernacular woollen throws, stripey rugs and attractive wicker tub chairs. The beds are super-comfortable with good mattresses and crisp linen.
The hub of the house is the open-plan living space on the top floor, where a white kitchen flows into a dining area and then a lounge. Here you'll find a double sofabed with space for 2 additional guests, plus a couple of chairs and a TV. There's also a balcony looking out over the city, plus a garden with a deck and chairs beneath the trees.
The 2 bedrooms on the ground floor interlink if you want them to, and there's a bathroom with laundry facilities (washer and dryer) off the small downstairs sitting room. There’s no bath but you do get an excellent shower and gleaming heated towel rails.
The new open kitchen upstairs has everything – oven, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, pots and pans, coffee maker and kettle, toaster – and you get a welcome hamper packed with cheese, bread, coffee and tea (plus a free bottle of wine!) as a thank-you for booking through i-escape. There's a grocers nearby, too. Eat around the wooden table, seated on 8 pretty antique chairs, or under trees in the decked garden at a green-painted wrought-iron table.
It may not be cheap to dine out in Reykjavik, but it’s a treat. Fish Market serves creative fish dishes, and puffin burgers. Tuck into fresh, locally caught fish and chunky chips at harbourfront Icelandic Fish and Chips. For stunning harbour views dine in fashionable Kalabrautin on the top floor of the striking Harpa concert hall. There are more views (plus wild goose and reindeer) at Perlan built atop the city’s water tanks with ‘fine dining’ in a rotating glass dome. Glamorous Hotel Borg is an Art Deco hotel with a celebrity Icelandic chef and good-looking food.
This is a very child-friendly house, with accommodation for 4-6. The laundry room is handy for families, and there’s a cot and stairgate. Reykjavik is a great place for a break with the kids – small, easy to navigate and packed with interesting sights; you may even get to gasp at the Northern Lights.
Both bedrooms have queensize beds, there's also a large sofabed in the living room. There is no charge for extra beds or a baby cot. Note there's no bathtub only a shower
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There’s a steepish wooden staircase between the 2 floors, but there's a stairgate at the top