Gjorslev – modern life in an authentic castle
History, heritage and a growing friendship in the Danish castle that tea practitioner Mette Marie Kjær calls home.
Gjorslev castle dates back to 1400 when the castle was built for the Bishop of Roskilde, a close confidant of the Danish Queen. In and out of crown ownership, the estate, which is situated on the Stevns Peninsula, 40 km south of Copenhagen, is now privately owned.
Mette Marie Kjær, founder of the first tea house in Denmark focusing on Japanese tea culture, dreamed of escaping the city and ended up getting the keys to the 450 square-meter south wing of Gjorslev castle. After turning away from her career as an art photographer, she became a practitioner of the art of tea. She opened her business “Sing Tehus” and 12 years later, she moved into the castle where she now lives and holds spiritual tea ceremonies.