We’ve come back to the city (Malmö) for a few days – even so, my heart as always at this time of year, is in the Swedish countryside. I have been busy taking my camera around our little neck of the woods on the west coast and hope to be able to share a guide (or at least some snapshots) with you after the summer. In the meantime, I’ll rely on my summer fall back: the beautiful island of Gotland.
And this incredible house has everything you might need for an idyllic summer in the swedish Baltic. Step this way to feel inspired!
Swedes typically take around 3 weeks holiday in the summer, but it’s not unusual to take anywhere between 3 to 4 weeks! Many will head out of town and camp, stay at a summer cottage (their own or visit friends and family) or head on a road or train trip in Europe. Either way, it’s all about taking some time out to enjoy everything that nature has to offer at this time of year.
As you are likely aware, the Swedish weather gods aren’t always on our side. And while we have been enjoying some blisteringly warm and sunny weather lately, there’s plenty of rain on the forecast next week! Greenhouses have become less about gardening and more about shelter these days, and the warm spaces are ideal for dining and taking afternoon naps when the weather is not quite on our side!
Swedes are great at seeking out sunny spots. In the garden it’s not unusual to find quite a few different areas so you can follow the sun! I love this dining area looking out over the fields of Gotland from under the boughs of a tree!
This dreamy limestone ‘gård’ (Manor House) beside a church looks out over the surrounding farmland – and offers plenty of space to be alone (hey, I absolutely love my children, but things can get intense in the school summer holidays, am I right?
The main room is so large, it offers both a sitting room and dining area. But you could also slope off to play the piano!
You’d be hard pressed fining a home on Gotland without a local grey sheepskin throw.
I love the wood cladding finishing touch on the storage in one of the children’s bedrooms – especially the green hue which helps to draw nature indoors and adds a serene touch.
I love an A-frame ceiling, it adds a really awe-inspiring touch to a room, don’t you think? Plus, old wood beams are a dream!
Quite a children’s room, don’t you think?
One of the incredible things about these limestone houses is the thickness of the walls – check out the window area! The rough texture of the walls also catches the light in a beautiful way.
While the dining spot further up this post makes for a great spot for supper al fresco, I could easily image a fika (coffee and slice of apple crumble!) right here, how about you?
What a perfect place to unwind in the summer. Actually, scrap that – I could imagine living here all year-round, how about you?
See more pictures and find out more about this manor house here.
Would you like to see a few more cottages on the Swedish island of Gotland? Check out:
A rustic summer cottage with a pool
Elsa’s inspiring cottage
A beautiful limestone barn on airbnb
A converted schoolhouse on the island of Gotland
This weekend I need to write an article about Christmas for a magazine – and I’m kind of struggling to get in the mood. Someone suggested I put on a Christmas jumper and play some jingles (“last Christmas….”) let’s see what happens!
I hope you have a summerier weekend ahead than me! Thank you for stopping by – see you Monday!
Photography courtesy of Bertwig Fastighetsförmedling.