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There is not a lot that you can say about this historic house as it can only be seen from the outside. Notice boards do supply information.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arthur D
Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed a peace treaty signalling the end of the cold war. Plagues and information boards give a little more detail about this historic building. Many come here to take pictures. Located on route 41 by the seafront about 2km away from the harbour area.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not a lot that you can say about this historic house as it can only be seen from the outside. Notice boards do supply information.

Thank Arthur D
East Northport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This former French consulate is where The Reykjavík Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. Although no agreement on arms control was reached at the time, it paved the way for future talks and is often cited as the end of the cold war. For me, it is just a house on the water, surprisingly, not... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Built in 1909 for the French consul Jean-Paul Brilouin, it was later the home of the poet Einar Benediktsson. In the forty's and fifty's it served as the British Embassy, but was bought in 1958 by the city of Reykjavík and restored. Legend has it that the house is haunted by the spirit of a young woman, it even got... More 

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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Unfortunately ,not many people around us could recognize the place for its historical importance. You know, the Reagan Gorbachev meetings. I've seen documentaries, pictures, etc. but the only thing it-said there was that it was some sort of haunted house.

1 Thank Victoria Q
Germantown, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Another place to visit while in the City Center. Nice for photos and nice views across the water - fun to walk around if the weather is nice.

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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Hofdi House is located close to the Fosshotel Reykjavik just across from the waterfront. I dont think it is open to the public but it is an interesting historic building which wqs once the British embassy and back in the 1986 was the venue for the Reykjavik summit between Regan and Gorbachev.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

A place I was keen to see and was surprised by its prominent location and simplicity, not much to see but take a photo and remind yourself of its role in the end of the cold wae

1 Thank r0blin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This house is situated right near the waterfront and has nothing else built near it except a couple of statues. We never went inside (not even sure if you can) but it's a place where all the tours stop for photo opportunities. With the sun on it the house looks like one you would love to own, but in poor... More 

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Wil, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

In 1986 Reagan and Gorbachev met here to talk about the end of the cold war. Nowadays, the house seems small given the importance of the event.

1 Thank ginkgobiloba1

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