The home of Peder Günth whose life inspired Henrik Ibsen to write "Peer Gynt" in 1867, is open to the public thanks to the 27-year-old who restored the estate.
The traditional farm houses at Vinstra in eastern Norway inhabit more than just tourists, it is also the former home of the person who many believe inspired Henrik Ibsen to his infamous character Peer Gynt. What is today the Per Gynt Gaarden, was Peder Günth's farm during the 18th century, though he was more interested in hunting, fishing and chasing women than managing the estate.
The stories about Günth's extravagant lifestyle were still circulated among the locals when Henrik Ibsen in 1862 visited Gudbrandsdalen, shortly before his departure to Italy. Ibsen brought the stories with him to Rome where he wrote the play, "Peer Gynt". Ibsen later wrote to his publisher: "It may interest you to know that Peer Gynt is a real person who lived in Gudbrandsdalen, probably at the end of last century, or at the beginning of this century."
The farm was passed down from generation to generation of the Günth family until the 1800s. Mikkel Dobloug's great grandparents bought the farm in 1936. After losing both his parents in 2001, Dobloug decided to use his inheritance to restore the estate and made the dilapidated farm into a guest house with an emphasis on tradition and history.
"I had to realize my mother's dream of restoring the place—to restore life within the timber walls of these houses. I chose to turn it into a hotel, or a guest house, if you will. Here you can come and enjoy the place, the history and the beauty—traditional food, culture, and experience the tranquillity of the nature," Dobloug said.
Among the celebrities who have signed the guest book after the restoration are Danish Queen Margrethe and Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann.