We are Karin and Poul Erik Fredskild, and we live on our hospitable farm in the middle of Mandø village - right by the dunes that separates the village from the beautiful foreshore and the vast Wadden Sea.
Karin has grown up on Mandø. 25 years ago we found each other, got married and decided on a common future on the island.
We bought the Karin grandparents farm, and converted it - initially the farmhouse for our own residence - and later the stable, and the barn were converted into six spacious modern guest apartments with associated café and outdoor facilities. Karin is the day to day manager, hostess, and the all-important pivot point in the work of taking care of the guests.
In the old days it was very common for the men on the three Danish North Sea islands to go to sea on long voyages. First, to earn money, and partly to be able to work at home during periods between the sailings. Poul Erik's life is very much about this life - in a contemporary version. He switches between permanent periods at his workplace, offshore in the North Sea, and periods at home on Mandø, where he lives his passion: Drawing, constructing and building.
The conversion of grandfather's farm to the modern guesthouse has been an ongoing process for more than twelve years. Step by step, we have dreamed and conceived it together. Poul Erik has then designed, organized, constructed and almost single-handed - with the help of Karin - built the country house.