About Villa Sonja

    Villa Sonja today

    In 2021, we - Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen and Jimmy Olesen - bought the house in Storegade and reopened Villa Sonja with its three apartments, which may be rented throughout the year.

    We are driven by the joy of relaying Bornholm’s nature, art, gastronomy, community and the unique experiences offered by Bornholm throughout the year.

    Our passion is décor, and the decoration of the apartments has been done with uncompromising quality in every detail. We have made an effort of giving the apartments a unique and homely feel.

    The story of the house

    In 1882, Otto Andreas Christian Lillie Gornitzka moved with his parents from Copenhagen to Nexø at the age of four. In Nexø, his father founded Gornitzka's Printing House in an old stable. Later, the family moved to Allinge to set up a printing house and Storegades Papirhandel on the corner of Købmagergade and Smallegade.

    Otto was trained as a printer, and in 1908 he bought Storegade 4, a three-stories house from 1866, and he established a printing house on the ground floor. Allinge-Sandvig expanded during the same period, and Otto took the initiative to start Nordbornholms Ugeblad, which was printed at the printing house.

    Until 1928, when electricity was installed in the house, many thousand types of lead were collected every week into slits and sides by hand. In 1976, two of Otto's sons joined the company, and the first major offset press was purchased. In the 1990s, the buildinghoused a state-of-the-art printing house that occupied most of its space. The printing house had many customers and produced i.a. catalogues, brochures, and postcards.

    In the mid-1990s, economic crisis hit Bornholm, making companies close, and the printing company's turnover fell faster than the Gornitzka family could manage to change the strategy. In the late 1990s, the printing house in Storegade 4 closed, and the house was sold and converted into Hotel Maison du Nord, which later became three holiday apartments.