Gulskogen Manor, Drammen

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Gulskogen Manor is a manor house and landscape park which forms part of Drammen Museum in Drammen, Norway. The manor house is filled with historic furnishings and reproduction works of art.
Drammen’s richest merchant, Peter Nicolai Arbo and his wife Anne Cathrine Collett acquired the manor at auction in 1794. They gradually expanded the property into a modern country house estate. The main house and wings resemble European stone architecture. At the beginning of the 1800s, rows of magnificent landed properties within the vicinity stretched like two belts along both sides of the Drammen River.
The manor house at Gulskogen was erected in the Louis XVI style in 1804. The house contains the original furnishings that belonged to several generations of the Arbo family. In the many beautiful rooms of Gulskogen Manor are works by the distinguished history-painter Peter Nicolai Arbo. He spent his childhood here and there are several paintings made by Arbo in the main building.
Gulskogen Manor comprises a main house and an outbuilding with a courtyard and park grounds. Estates like these were run as model farms in the old days, and new farming technology was quickly adopted. The present barn is from 1887 and now holds some of the tools that were used during this period. The side wing that houses the tool house and wagon shed is the original building, but is hidden under new paneling.
The garden was laid out in the style of an English landscaped park, and was officially opened with a huge garden party in 1804. The garden has always been the estate’s main attraction, and stands today as one of Norway’s best preserved gardens from that period. The garden is divided into three terraces that are connected by stairs. The prominent terraces are separated from each other by straight-lined avenues and other seemingly random areas.
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  • beautiful garden, historic house. Sometimes they have events in the garden. In the summer they also have animals as peacock and other birds. recomend a trip here just to relax and enjoy this...  more »
  • This manor belonged to the same family all the way up to the 1970"s. The last owner lived in the house up to that time. Because of this Gukskogen Manor is a charming place with a lot of it' original.....  more »
  • Original untouched features in the lovely house. Gardens with peacocks. We saw a crowd of Eritreans celebrating a wedding and it was just beautiful. Highly recommended.  more »
  • Beautiful serene park garden, not far from Drammen city centre. A hidden gem, highly recommended.
  • Wonderful place 😍
  • Very nice
  • En vakker OASE! Dette er en perle plassert rett utenfor Drammen sentrum. Gården ligger helt nede ved Drammens elva og har en vakker og stor hage. Det finnes ender, samt påfugler her. Det finnes også muligheter for en liten rast da bord og stoler er plassert rundtomkring hagen. Hjembrakt er lov, og det synes jeg personlig er en opptur. Det er også gratis å komme inn, og det fortjener en applaus. Det er åpent fra mai til oktober, og guide informerer på såvel Tyrkisk som norsk. Eneste jeg vil påpeke er at toaletter var stengte, og at påfugler var ikke å se idag. Tror dette handler om utbedring på gård. Når gården fungerer optimalt kan kiosken servere god kaffe, og ferske nystekte vafler. Tommel opp!
  • En oase nesten midt i byen! Grønt og frodig, et godt sted å la tankene vandre og finne roen. I kiosken har de nydelige vafler og god kaffe. Settet du deg ned kan du regne å få besøk av gårdens faste innbyggere, påfuglene. Anbefales på det varmeste! ♥️😊

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