It was a local baker who first got the idea to start a café and guesthouse in Sæbø – and this is the story about how the hotel, formerly known as Bondeselva Strandhotel, started. The old timber walls you are over two hundred years old and originate from an old school building and other old timber houses from Valdres.
In 1986 a local architect was hired, and during that year the hotel gained 16 rooms and two suites. But at the time it was politically impossible to get municipal permission to serve alcohol. The only option was to get permission from the government, but to obtain this, the hotel had to have at least 20 rooms and status as a tourist hotel. The hotel lacked two rooms, so they continued to extend the building. Bondeselva Strandhotel became a reality with 30 rooms and a yard with smaller timber houses.
Ship owner Oswald Longva from Ålesund took over in 1987 as new owner. He hired Håkon Otterlei to manage the hotel, here renamed Sagafjord Hotel. New rooms were built.
The boaters discovered Sæbø and the fairy ale hotel with a goat on the roof. The hotel also became a popular restaurant for boaters, camping tourists and salmon fishers in Sæbø. In 1989 the hotel received the Building Award from Ørsta municipality, and in 1993 the Product Development Award from the Tourism Team in Møre and Romsdal.
In January 2012 new owners took over the hotel, when the investor group consisting of Tryggestad, Gjørtz and Rønneberg entered the scene and bought the whole property portfolio. After comprehensive rehabilitation and extensions, the ”new” Sagafjord Hotel was opened 6th of July 2012.