Helnæs Byvej 21
Tlf. nr.: +45 88 44 23 20
Stig Nør Larsen og Hanne Plechinger
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Book one of our beautiful luxury holiday apartments: Blåhat, Sanddalen, Granfætter or Tjæregryden. Each apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and bedroom in choice materials, and accommodates 2 or 2 to 4 people. Dogs are allowed in several of the holiday apartments.
Four additional apartments are being built in the period from October 2021 – March 2022. These can be rented from Easter 2022.
Helnæs Mølle Outdoor & Ferielejligheder has been completely rebuilt, ready for visitors, and is located in the middle of the Helnæs peninsula on the south of Funen.
Enjoy staying in one of our tasteful luxury holiday apartments in natural, authentic Nordic style, or arrange a wedding, family celebration, or big occasion in our outdoor buildings, built in basic, rustic materials. Together with the big tipi and green area, the buildings and surroundings are ideal for large-scale arrangements in style – close to nature and open to the sky.
Helnæs is the place for sea-trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding, and for walks or star-gazing in an area without light pollution.
The outdoor buildings encircle an attractive courtyard with an iconic ‘meeting place’ bench around the big oak tree. The buildings connect with the old Helnæs Mill, which we plan to renovate in the next few years. At present, however, the mill is not accessible for visitors.
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The new buildings and development of the outdoor area at Helnæs Mølle, ‘Holidays and Outdoor Activities for all’ were supported by:
Development of the Outdoor area: Helnæs Mølle ‘Holidays and Outdoor Activities for all ’ is supported by the local action group LAG MANK. Click on the logo and read more about the European agricultural fund for rural development.
Helnæs Mill is a landmark and a monument to the old West Funen farming culture. It is a beautiful base if you want to enjoy natural scenery, with beaches and the sea, hills, birds and animals, and to get a glimpse the culture of West Funen, with its farms, houses, fields and meadows, and the life of the area.
The land surrounding the mill is truly beautiful. There is a large, grassy slope down to the sea, with two deep gullies, which are carpeted with flowers in the spring and through the summer. Sometimes the slope is quite yellow with cowslips and buttercups. Because they have always been used as pastures, this slope and the foreshore form one of the last open areas bordering the bay, where cattle have nibbled down bushes and small trees. Bushes have sprung up long ago on both sides of the mill slope, but these areas used to be open grazing land too.
From the top of the slope, and from the cap of the mill, there is a view across the bay. To the south are the islands of Illumø, Horsehoved and Vigø, with Horneland behind them. On the opposite shore you can see the woods at Skovkrogen, Løgismose and Damsbo. Far away to the east is the silhouette of the hills at Svanninge.
There have always been paths down to the sea in the two deep gullies on the slope. Very little is known about the old paved area below the gullies. The sides are paved with heavy boulders forming an outer frame, filled with smaller stones in the middle. This would suggest that wagons were driven or pushed out onto it. However, we know just as little about what was shipped out or unloaded there, or when.
The mill property includes a couple of fields near Vesterhave, extendeing out to Maden. Vesterhave itself consists of many small plots, surrounded by heavy, ancient stone walls and hedges. The stone walls are covered by countless mosses and lichens in all imaginable colours, from green and yellow to grey and black. Between the small plots a deep, wide road is hedged off; its width indicates that it may once have been a cattle road, along which animals were driven to graze on the Maden.
Maden is a large meadow area, which today is partly fenced in and drained, but the high tides used to wash right into the meadows in winter. During the great storm in 1872 the whole of Maden was a foaming sea. The water came right up to the houses in the village of Helnæs, and on one of the farms there are still marks in the wall showing how high the floodwater came up. Maden is now owned by the Forest and Nature Agency, and is the home of thousands of birds. It is a breeding ground for waders, gulls, ducks and many small birds which thrive in wet areas.
There is lots to see if you go for a walk on the headland. Near the road to the lighthouse and Lindhoved, there are Neolithic burial stones, and the lighthouse itself is also worth a visit. The coast is wooded to the south east and in Hegnedskov, between the mill and Vesterhave. Bobanken and Halen form a great ridge that gives an idea of the mighty natural forces that formed the countryside in the Ice Age.
The village of Helnæs is built in two characteristic sections, partly along the road extending from the mill to the church, and partly as a large, open circle of farms and houses. Furthest to the south in this circle, Helnæsgård was probably the big house or fortress on the headland. For many years the beach at the south-east corner has been a base for fishing, with fishing smacks and dinghies berthed there. Some fishing is still carried on today with seine nets.