Phillipshaugen Lodge is named after the wealthy Englishman Ethelbert Lort Phillips, whose signature is still in the lodge logo.
Towards the end of the 19th Century Lort Phillips built 5 “sports villas” in Scottish Highland style around inland Nordmøre. He aimed to attract the wealthy British upper class who were interested in salmon fishing in the area. The 5 lodges were Hvilestedet at Leikvin, Vangshaugen, Todalshytta, Tredalsbakken and Phillipshaugen.
Lort Phillips used Phillipshaugen as a starting point for hunting and fishing, for recreation and parties with good friends. It was also rented out to friends and tourists and other good associates of Lort Phillips.
Today the lodge is almost identical to how it looked when it was built over 100 years ago: One of the buildings has been constructed out of notched timber logs, with natural wood panneling inside.
During the Second World War the cabins were rented out to the British Army who used them as a recreational place for their officers.
Lort Phillips visited Phillipshaugen for the last time in the late 1930s, right before it was sold. From 1946 - 1961 the lodge was owned by the Royal Norwegian Automobile association, and the Norwegian Mission Company took it over from 1961 - 2014.
At the beginning of the 80s a new and modern building was erected, containing 15 bedrooms, a large kitchen and a dining hall with panoramic views across the Øksendal mountains.
The lodge has now been bought by local investors, who once more are welcoming visitors from all over the world for overnight stays, weddings, meetings, seminars, festivals as well as school camps.