Built as an aristocratic country manor in 1746, Kokkedal Castle was a private residence for much of its existence, hosting salons and parties for Copenhagen’s elite. Restored and opened as a hotel in 2011, the castle is now one of Denmark’s most luxurious stays, set on acres of sprawling parkland along the Danish coast, just 30 minutes north of Copenhagen. With its manicured gardens, afternoon tea on the terrace, and 18th-century–inspired decor, it feels like that friend’s country estate you’ve just been waiting for an invitation to—if, that is, your friend has an excellent restaurant in the original cellars, specializing in Danish country cuisine, and a world-class holistic spa ready to cater to your every whim.
To top it all off, thanks to the castle’s location, both Copenhagen and the region’s myriad other sights are within an hour or two’s reach, either by train or by car.
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Thirty minutes north of Copenhagen, on the Danish coast, Kokkedal Castle offers sprawling green acres for guests to explore, as well as a prime location for day trips to both Copenhagen and the countryside. On the grounds themselves, there are hiking and biking paths, and, within a stone’s throw, beaches, fishing villages, and the 18-hole Kokkedal Golf Club. In other words, everything required for a refined country getaway. A 15-minute drive north is the seaside Louisiana Museum, whose architecture and setting are as impressive as the modern art within. Another 15 minutes or so north of there is the medieval town of Helsingør, whose Kronborg Castle is touted as Hamlet’s. Inland, a 30-minute drive from the hotel, is Frederiksborg Slot, a Renaissance-era Danish royal castle with extensive, lake-dotted grounds that are perfect for picnics.
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Rooms: 61 rooms, two junior suites. From $264. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Under the stone arches of the castle’s cellar, the fine-dining Cellar Restaurant serves seasonal, locally sourced Danish cuisine intended to evoke nostalgia and comfort. An extensive breakfast—free for guests—is also served here. In the elegant, wood-and-leather Library Bar, wine and well-mixed cocktails are served alongside snacks and larger dishes from the Cellar Restaurant. In the warmer months, refreshing drinks and light bites can be ordered on the breezy patio overlooking the castle’s rolling grounds. Like at any castle, afternoon tea is a royal affair, served on dainty porcelain in the airy Garden Room. Spa and gym details: Kokkedal Castle is home to Scandinavia’s only Sodashi spa—a holistic, all-natural affair with a pool, sauna, steam room, and treatments tailored to your specific needs. While it does not have a gym, guests have access to the neighboring 18-hole Kokkedal Golf Club, and the grounds have walking and biking trails.
Who's it best for: History-loving luxury travelers looking to escape the city. Our favorite rooms: In the effort to faithfully restore the castle, none of the hotel’s rooms are identical. Room 304, a charming Superior, has its own private terrace overlooking the manicured grounds, and plenty of light streaming in through the windows. Goes well with coffee: Don’t miss out on any of the baked goods at Kokkedal, from the flaky croissants to the classic Danish teatime buns. The hotel has an in-house pastry chef, so there’s a reason you’re getting the best.