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Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Reykjavik, Iceland - Quiet And Peaceful Neighbourhood in City Center

A beautiful historical house located in quiet residential neighborhood in the city center with a private garden and a private parking.

A 2014 Citroen C3 is included in the rent, guests can use it to take trips to the country or zipping around town.

It is filled with Icelandic design and Icelandic history and it is an incomparable opportunity to get to know a side of Reykjavík usually kept secret by its inhabitants. Vakta spans two centuries and is full of history. It was brought back to life from an unremarkable storage room to its former beauty, using original materials and building techniques. Its owners have designed it to reflect the essence of living in Iceland. Vakta is a window to a simpler time, where you can relax and simply experience the beauty of Reykjavík and all its rich history. Vakta is committed to follow strict ecological guidelines to ensure sustainability by using environmentally friendly products, from the soaps to the towels. The property is surrounded with a beautiful garden including parking and a small closed of garden for barbecuing and dining outside. Even though the house is located in a quiet neighbourhood in the city centre it has a great access to restaurants, cafes, shopping and all the best that Reykjavik has to offer.

More Details

Margret Gylfadottir
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Swedish, Danish
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Margret Gylfadottir

I am anthropologist and love old houses.

Margret Gylfadottir purchased this villa in 2010

Why Margret Gylfadottir chose Downtown

I have passion for old houses and their historical value.

This property is close to where I live and admired for long time.

The House is located in the oldest part of Reykjavik Centre in quiet neighbourhood with beautifully restored houses.

What makes this villa unique

I finished renovating it 2013 and would like to give others the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the past, filled with Modern Icelandic Design.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What can I say! I wish there was an option of 6 stars as this wonderful house deserves every one.

We visited Reykjavik as a group of to take part in the Reykjavik marathon and had possibly one of the best holidays we have ever had and a major part of that was due to our wonderful accommodation in Vakta House.

I chanced upon the house via Google and enquired via email. Margret could not have been more helpful or accommodating, acting as both owner and tour guide. I could not have organised the trip without her help. The booking process was painless.

The house itself is utterly beautiful - quaint, quirky, warm and oozing character. It's one of the oldest in the city and perfectly located, just 2 minutes walk from the centre with shops, restaurants and all the sights on the doorstep. That said, it is in a quiet, peaceful street and we all slept soundly.

Inside the house couldn't be better equipped. We all agreed that many of the appliances - coffee maker, hair dryer and shower were better than the ones we have at home. The beds were very comfy and it was immaculately clean.

I can't recommend this beautiful house any higher. We will definitely be back.


Vakta is an historic building that has been restored to a very high standard. It's in a great location and is comfortable for a family of four. It really made our visit to Reykjavik special. Margret the owner is very helpful and a nice host. We enjoyed our stay and will hopefully be back someday.


If you are looking to stay in charming accommodations in the quaintest neighborhood in Reykjavik, Vaktahouse is the place for you. Less than a block away is the old town square complete with a friendly tourist information centre that will assist in making travel or sightseeing plans for anywhere in Iceland.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Vaktahouse and can't recommend it enough.


“We loved the house, it is so cozy and charming. Also we loved the interior design, and the perfect blend with traditional Icelandic patterns and modern features, such as the B&O.”

“We were absolutely amazed by the welcome, when we had wine, bread and cheese and the roses. It gave us so much respect for the house and for you as a host. Thank you very much. ”

Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Downtown in Miðborg

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One Bathroom with WC and Shower. Washing machine is located in the bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The sleeping loft is 45m2, floor to ceiling height is 185 cm (6 feet). It has a full size bed, sofa-bed and mattress that all have quality mattresses.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: The property is surrounded with a beautiful garden including parking and a small closed of garden for barbecuing and dining outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linens are included.


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Luxurious Villa Includes Free Car
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful and Cozy Home!

  • 5 of 5

Wow. Where do I begin? Margrét greeted with a smile, some baked goods, a bottle of wine, some items in the refrigerator and the next few days were marvelous in the cozy house. The house was renovated in recent years and is a historical house in a great area of the city. It's close to everything I needed during my stay.

Margrét texted me one night to let me know that the northern lights were out and I should go outside to check it out. This is something that shows the true character of her and it is something I deeply appreciated. I was in town on business and I had my nose in my laptop computer and I wouldn't have even noticed if she had not notified me.

Vakta also comes with a car, which was so nice to have, as I left the city a few times to be a tourist when I could do so. I look forward to my return in 2018!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew, Thank you for your kind words! You were the best guests and I look forward to welcome you again in 2018:-)
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Woodstock, Vermont, USA

Wonderfully perfect small house in the best location

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two teenage boys, and I stayed at Vaktahouse for four nights. The boys at first thought it was too small, but then they loved it. Very well designed. Had everything we needed. It is just a block above the center of town, and a couple blocks from the harbor. Grocery store also a block away. It is an easy walk everywhere and yet in a fairly quiet neighborhood. The use of a car and bikes made it perfect. Wine, fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, chocolates, and coffee were there waiting for us when we arrived, which was very welcome after a long flight. Olafur (Margret's assistant) delivered baked goods the first morning and gave us helpful information. Margret was accessible by text to answer all our travel questions. We highly recommend Vaktahouse!!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crane, TX

When I arrived. Oli greeted me and was very welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible stay in Iceland! Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet , relaxing place to stay. The car included sold me on this..just be sure you know how to drive a manual . No problem for me since I can drive a bus and a fire truck 👍🏻. Oli greeted me with wine, fruit and a few snacks in the fridge. If I had questions during my stay he was quick to respond and very helpful! Thank you for the memories....I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Little Haven!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was beyond cozy, romantic and beautifully decorated. Margret was so warm and gracious...she greeted us with baked goods, filled the fridge for us as well as a basket full of fruit and a bottle of wine for our honeymoon! She even mapped places out for us. We were pleasantly surprised of how quiet and quaint this historic home was within walking distance to everything we could possibly need! The bedding was super comfortable we kept saying to each other we "don't want to get out of this cloud!" =)

We wished we would have stayed longer. Thank you Thank you Thank you! We cannot say enough...

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a honour for us at Vakta to have you as our guests. We hope to get the opportunity of welcoming you again and then for a longer period of time:-) Warmest wishes to you, Margrét
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A lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay a Vakta House during the February half term. Whilst the accommodation could make a romantic bolthole, we were there with two children, both of which enjoyed the novelty of sleeping upstairs in the large, shared loft bedroom, which slept 4.

The location was great - the tourist office and harbour were just around the corner, and since we were in the old residential part of the city, we were not disturbed by the lively bars and restaurants of the newer parts of the city.

There were plenty of restaurants nearby, but we were extremely grateful to be self catering since we were already aware that Iceland is an expensive place to eat.

The thermal pool along the street was a great (and cheap) hit with us all. It was nice to do something with out so many other tourists around!

The car was a great bonus, the accommodation very clean, warm and beautifully designed. Margret gave us a warm welcome and was very helpful with ideas. I would recommend a stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emma and family, Thank you for your kind words. I´m so happy that you could make the most out of your stay in Iceland as the weather was not kind to you at all;-) But it is a big adventure to see Iceland in its real winter coat! It was a honor to have you in Vakta and thank you so much for taking such a good care of the house, leaving it spotless as well as the car. We at Vakta look forward to welcome you again one day! Best wishes to your wonderful family, Margrét
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful and comfortable place to stay; in the middle of old Rekjavik so easy to wander out to see the city or visit a restaurant. The bikes were great and we cycled along the shore and sculpture trail. The car was a bonus enabling us to visit the Golden circle and drive up the west coast. Margret was very helpful recommending where to eat and places to visit. Our only regret is that we did not stay longer

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alison, Thank you so much for your review. I´m happy that you could make the most out of your three days with us at Vakta. The bikes are wonderful way to get to know the city and the neighborhood you are staying in better, and the option of the car if you want to go out of town, or just drive around the city. It was a great pleasure to have you and your husband as our guests in Vakta and seeing how much you liked the house and its history and enjoyed your staying. We do hope that we will see you again one day in Vakta. We are looking forward to it! Warm regards, Margret
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Keflavik airport
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres


Keflavik International Airport is about 45 min drive from Reykjavik City Centre.

Centrally Located so good access to Buses and short walking distances.


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.