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The house

Vestergade 44 has since the house was built in 1784 been the setting for many different events.
When originally built it was decorated according to the trends of the time with stately living rooms, rooms and quirky nooks for useful chores. Built in the South Jutlandic style with half-timbering, which to this day is visible on the back of the house, the house became a natural home for many of Ærø's officials and artists over the years.
Among the more nationally known artists was the sculptor Gunnar Hammerich known for his many portrait busts and for the figure “Resting woman” which can now be seen in Hostrup's Have in Frederiksberg.
But also Rainer Werner Fassbinder himself fell for the place when he used the house as a location for his film Effi Briest - which many describe as one of his masterpieces.

Later it has become what we know today, when the house in 1984 started being used as a bed & breakfast, when the former owner Susanna Greve opened the house to an atmospheric and nationally known seaside hotel, in what is considered by many to be one of Ærø's most beautiful buildings.

From 2022, the new owners took over the house and with a loving and gentle hand, they have renovated the house and its 11 rooms, which in 2015 by national broadcaster TV2 was named one of Denmark's 16 best beach hotels in beautiful company with famous Ruths hotel in Skagen and the beautiful Helenekilde.
A title that has also inspired the new owner to add one of Ærø's nationally known bathhouses on the beach Vester strand to the existing facilities of the house.
Thus, visitors in the beautiful setting can now also go to the beach knowing that should a light rainstorm force them away from the beach or they need to change clothes, the beautiful little bathhouse can be used. Just as it has been for hundreds of years. 

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