Review of Skarrildhus Sinatur Hotel & Conference Centre, Jutland, Denmark
Located in the centre of Jutland, and surrounded by beautiful nature, is an atmospheric and relaxing place to stay.
Stepping through the entrance of this beautifully restored, historic manor house, you instantly feel that you have arrived somewhere rather special.
Grand, sweeping staircases, high ceilings, designer details, and light-filled living rooms create an air of luxury – and through all the windows you get a glimpse of the stunning grounds, inviting you to step outside and explore.
Our rooms at Skarrildhus were charming. Triple aspect windows allowed us to admire the glorious views from the comfort of the room, and created a light and airy atmosphere.
The rooms were big, with plenty of space to relax in, and we loved the calm, neutral décor – with cheering splashes of colour provided by throws and cushions – and the combination of original features and modern facilities.
We also loved the eco-friendly Ecologiq toiletries in the bathroom – these plant-based products have an EU ecolabel, and are sustainable and biodegradable.
In fact, there's an eco-friendly ethos throughout the hotel, with many green initiatives in place that help to reduce impact on the environment. There's an emphasis on sustainability, based on the UN World Goals, and the Sinatur group of hotels aims to be the most sustainable chain in Denmark – including by becoming CO2 positive – by 2030.
In the restaurant, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients are used to create delicious dishes, with everything made from scratch. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible, and the hotel was recently awarded an silver mark.
While exploring the hotel grounds, we stumbled upon the herb garden, situated in a small sunny courtyard. Herbs grown here are used in the hotel's kitchen.
The use of local produce and homemade food is evident at breakfast too, with jars of homemade jams and marmalade, spreads and pickles. Freshly baked loaves and bread rolls, as well as Danish pastries, are also produced onsite.
These are served alongside a selection of cold meats and cheeses, cereals, fruits and salads.
Skarrildhus is working to reduce food miles in the restaurant, and for this reason orange juice isn't served at breakfast – as oranges don't grow in Denmark and would have to be transported from thousands of kilometers away. Instead, guests are served delicious fresh apple juice (apples are produced in abundance locally).
Food waste is also avoided, and guests are encouraged to take from the buffet only what they think they will actually eat.
Further examples of the hotel's green initiatives include a windmill that generates energy, and a biomass boiler. Wood for the boiler is sourced from the large surrounding areas of forest that are owned by the hotel.
Grassy areas aren't mowed by machinery – instead, the fields are grazed by sheep and wild horses.
Social responsibility is important too, with schemes in place to help employ local people with disabilities, or those that need flexible working arrangements.
As there is such a strong focus on taking care of nature at Skirraldhus, it's fitting that guests are able to easily access that nature when staying at the hotel.
The hotel grounds are a tranquil oasis, filled with flowers and interesting features such as bridges over streams, outdoor seating areas and riverside hammocks slung between trees.
The river that runs through the grounds is a tributary of the Skjern Å, and the soothing sound of the water can be heard even in the bedrooms.
There are footpaths leading directly from the hotel grounds into the surrounding forests and meadows, following the meandering river, and passing through some lovely scenery along the way. Bikes are available to borrow if you prefer to explore on two wheels.
Further afield, you can visit Skjern Enge, a nature reserve situated on the river delta that flows into Ringkøbing Fjord, a large lagoon.
Skjern Enge is an important wetland habitat that's home to a wide variety of bird species including avocet, bittern, tern and spotted crake. It's also an important stopping off point for many migratory birds.
A system of trails, along with observation towers and hides, gives visitors the opportunity to spot some of the wildlife in the area.
Near Vostrup, the Naturcenter Skjern Enge is a small visitor centre with fun, interactive exhibits that offer information about the various species that live in the nature reserve.
Heading northeast from Skarrildhus, Denmark's Lake District region is about a 45-minute drive away. Here there are numerous hiking trails, and Denmark's highest peak: Sky Mountain.
To the southeast, Legoland is just 30 minutes away at Billund. The theme park is an absolute must if you have kids in tow, with exciting rides and attractions, such as high-speed roller coasters, a haunted house, and 4D cinema shows. Not to be missed is the fabulous Miniland, where you can marvel at miniature European scenes, designed with amazing, intricate detail – and all made from Lego.
If you want an active break, all these Jutland attractions – and more – are easily reached from Skarrildhus Sinatur Hotel & Konference.
Or, if you just want to unwind, you could easily spend a restful day or two simply relaxing in the hotel, and enjoying the wonderful grounds.