A stay at Kokkedal Castle
Alice makes her way to Kokkedal Castle for a luxurious overnight castle stay.
With a Copenhagen card in hand, I located the train towards Helsingør and made my way up north. It was the express train and before I knew it, 20 minutes later I had arrived at Kokkedal station.
It only takes 15 minutes to walk to the castle from the station, however should you have heavy suitcases, it may be a good idea to pre-book a taxi or a private transfer. The castle is located at the very end of Kokkedal Alle.
I could hardly contain my excitement and when I reached the end of the road past the forest, the horses and there it was in all its grandeur – Kokkedal Castle.
After a warm welcome, I was given the key to my room. All the double superior rooms featured in our packages are located in the 2 buildings next to the main castle building. Both buildings are connected to the castle by an underground passage. The bright rooms are a decent size; feature a queen/king-size bed and a rustic bathroom with a shower. There are only deluxe/executive rooms and suites in the main building and these can also be booked upon request.
After familiarizing myself with the picturesque Kokkedal Castle and surrounding area, I decided to have a little rest prior to getting ready for dinner. I was very excited about having dinner at the hotel restaurant, Slotskælderen – translated as the castle basement.
Luckily I had made a reservation at the restaurant as it was Friday night and it was fully booked. The people living in the area are frequently using the restaurant as well.
I had the scallop tartare for entree and the beef fillet for main and the lovely lady serving suggested an excellent match of wine to both dishes. It was very exquisite yet very simple. Their menu is seasonal using local culinary inspiration. I felt a little royal sitting in the restaurant, which had the original arches and a cosy ambiance with candlelight.
It was evident that the Danish summer has started and Kokkedal slot has set up Ruinart-bar on their terrace and there is even a seasonal champagne menu put together by the chef in cooperation with Ruinart. A real bubbly treat!
Kokkedal Castle has bikes you can borrow to cycle around the area. These are included in your stay. They are quite steady bikes and I think I was a bit too short to ride the standard size, even though the seat had been taken all the way down, however this did not stop me from setting off to explore the area. As it was still light outside after dinner, I decided to have a stroll.
Not far from Kokkedal through the forest, there is actually another smaller castle called Sophienberg, which was established in 1744 by King Christian VI´s wife, Queen Sophie Magdalene as she wanted a place by the sea, where she could retreat and enjoy the views of Øresund. It was used as their summerhouse. The castle has in recent times been used as a conference hotel, however it is closed at the moment.
Further down the coast you will find the charming Rungsted havn (harbour), which has lots of nice restaurants and boutique shops. Should Slotskælderen be fully booked, this is where I suggest you venture out for dinner.
After a long day of exploring the streets of Copenhagen & the Castle, it was time to sleep (in this incredibly comfortable bed).