The amazing story about Vestergaarden
This is the west coast. As in - all the way out, where
the eye spies so far it is possible in flat and green. The
road to the farm is not asphalted, but rumbly in pebble
and gravel. Low farms and so high to the sky…
The history starts somewhere else - in 1992, where
Inga is home alone in her and Thorkil’s house in Hedensted.
Inga coincidentally watches a tv show - from
Vedersø - about Marie on the dune and her life on
the farm that was previously har parents, and before
them her grandparents, going all the way back to
1770, where the farm was built.
The farm, where Marie grew up and lived her life under
the roof that is now falling apart, right in front of
her, is a true dune farm.
She is now living there alone, never married, and no
children. In the show, Marie tells about her joy about
life and her faith in God, about the cats, her memories
about her parents, and the beautiful flowers surrounding
the farm, filling her life. She expresses it
herself; I live for my God, my 88 cats, and my flowers”.
In that order…
An unmistakable figure, Marie was. In silhouette,
you could not mistake her - in Copenhagen we called
it - having a garden towards the street and towards the
back yard - when she with her hat and coat walked
along the small road into Vedersø. She had respect
for people - but not for any tourists, whom she called:
Inga was moved by what she had watched in the
show. She simply had to find Marie and the farm out
there at the dune. She convinced Thorkil to go camping
at Vedersø Klit (Vedersø Dune) the following year
- and here they found both the farm and Marie, witch
hair net and chin hair. And they just clicked.
The following four years, Inga and Thorkil visited Marie
in Vedersø twice a year at her ruin of a farm. Marie
found a soulmate in Thorkil, a thought community,
which she had never previously experienced in her
life. She was so fond of Thorkil. And Inga - of course.
In 1996, Marie stoic and concise states, during coffee
by the flowers and the hay; I have decided, you will be
my heirs. Please let me know within 24 hours. Marie’s
decision was final. She would bequeath her farm to
them, when she would no longer be around. And that
is how it went.
Marie died in 1998, just 78 years old, and through the
two years, leading to her death, she never asked Inga
and Thorkil, what they were planning to do with the
farm in the future. Not one single question, she asked.
Inga and Thorkil got the key at her funeral.
Their attorney had said: You can renounce from inheritance
and dept… You can still regret…
It costed many worries and tears, when the couple
said yes to the farm, the contents, inheritance and
dept, and the 27 acres of land. Most of the land was
sold apart, when they could not fulfill the duty of
residence. And Inga was not completely sure that
they made the right decision, when the house in Hedensted
had to be sold. More tears and worries. The
couple had, after all, lived in Hedensted for 30 years.
Thorkil had sold his architect business and was now
fully concentrated on the rebuilding.
And only in 2003, when Thorkil promises Inga that
she can decide herself if she wants to move to Vedersø,
she is relieved and moves to the dune farm in
It took 11 years for Inga and Thorkil to rebuild the
farm. Everything was torn down and carefully built
again. The bricks and the rocks in the courtyard are
the only things left from the old house, and the only
things remade. The burden of the work was close to
unmanageable. Every brick was taken, cleaned, and
replaced. All other materials were new. The farm was
In 2004, the main house was done, and after requests,
Thorkil and Inge built and decorated an apartment for
summer guests in 2005.
The couple is deeply grateful for the gift, Marie gave
them. Not because they are debt free; there were too
much to rebuild, but though so grateful that they
carefully and caring have saved and kept a lot of the
contents from Marie’s home. With love, the couple
have built a memorial room in the house, displaying
Marie’s life, and the memorial clearly shows Marie’s
austerity and her love to her parents and the home.
The memorial is in two floors in the one part of the
A large glass entrance is the first sight for guests, who
are visiting the memorial.
Everything is in glass - the floor separation, the roof
and walls, with a beautiful view over the landscape -
all the way out to the dunes. The dark, cozy bordeaux
painted room is in sharp contrast to the light flowing
through the glass entrance. Every inch in the room is
dedicated to the memory of Marie.
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