Coming into Rosendal it was immediately apparent that the village lies in a place of sublime beauty. Huddled around a bay in the Hardangerfjord, the village also lies at the mouth of a river and at the foot of some spectacular mountains on top of which lies the Folgefonna glacier, Norway’s third largest.
Parking the car we set off on foot to explore our surroundings. We soon came to the river and crossed on the main bridge before heading up a pathway on the right bank which brought us to a path which indicated the way to the Rosendal Barony. We wandered along what appeared to be a farm track past hundreds of rocks which had fallen from the mountains above and past large flocks of the resident sheep.
Crossing the river again on a small bridge we walked past Treo farm which is the tenant farm of the barony and soon found ourselves entering the landscaped grounds of the Barony itself.
Meandering along the wooded pathways in the grounds we soon came to the Barony itself which is surrounded by manicured lawns, flower beds and the rose gardens which give their name to Rosendal (Valley of the Roses).
Having been travelling for quite some while by this point we forewent the pleasure of a tour of the inside of the Barony in favour of some tea in a café which was built in a converted greenhouse which still had plenty of flowers on display to attract the wasps as we tried to enjoy some Earl Grey.
With that done we had a last look at the Barony before heading out of the gardens and back to the car for the next instalment of our trip.