Explore Sweden’s historic manor houses near Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Havens of tranquillity, Sweden’s manor houses and historic stately homes are often within easy reach of the larger cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
Swedish city breaks are full of adventure, but for a peaceful change of scene, why not explore Sweden’s country house estates? A number of idyllic manor houses are located surprisingly near the major cities – Stockholm, the capital, located on the east coast; Gothenburg on the western coast; and Malmö at the very south-western tip of the country.
Here’s our pick of some inspiring country house estates, each with a unique character and heritage.
- Idyllic stately country house estates near Stockholm
- Historic manor houses near Gothenburg
- Malmö’s manor house retreats
All offer accommodation and dining packages for guests longing to wake up in elegant surroundings steeped in history.
Idyllic stately country house estates near Stockholm
Hesselby Slott – musical dreams past and present
Hesselby castle has music running through it veins. Iconic Swedish singer-songwriter Bellman used to perform at this inspiring country house estate when it first swung open its doors in 1650. Fast-forward to the present day, Hesselby castle has been converted to a unique hotel, co-owned by famous Swedish singer Tomas Ledin. Several of the hotel’s so-called “artist rooms” have been designed by other prominent Nordic music personalities, including Pernilla Wahlgren, Roger Pontare and Arja Saijonmaa.
Intimate folk music festivals are occasionally held in summer in the baroque landscaped gardens. For guests preferring to record their own music, they can do so in the castle’s music studio.
This imposing country manor house – located a mere 15 kilometres from central Stockholm and accessible via the underground train network – hosts all manner of functions, from conferences to intimate wedding receptions. There are many types of packages available, combining accommodation, dining and activities to suit every taste.
Ulfsunda castle – a historic wonderland in Stockholm
Built in 1644, Ulfsunda castle is one of the oldest stately homes in Sweden. A number of barons and other titled families have lived here over the centuries. Since 2000, this fascinating manor house has served as a charming hotel, complete with a beautiful garden studded with apple trees. Each of the 54 hotel rooms and suites has been decorated individually in contemporary style, and the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The team behind Ulfsunda castle likes to entertain its guests. Wine tasting and murder mystery games are only two examples of the activities on offer. Located a stone’s throw from lake Mälaren, and a couple of kilometres from central Stockholm, the castle can be reached by bike in about 30 minutes from the city centre.
Historic manor houses near Gothenburg
Thorskogs Grand Manor House – a tranquil, high-end oasis
Grand but homely in feel, Thorskogs Grand Manor House (Thorskogs Slott) is located some 40 kilometres north of Gothenburg.
Today’s elegant building was built in 1892 by Shipyard Magnate Petter Larson – though the history of the manor house stretches as far back as 1249, when King Haakon Haakonson the Elder of Norway and Sweden’s Birger Jarl sat down on this site to sign a peace treaty between Norway and Sweden (it didn’t last long, alas).
The 18th century English-style parkland is dotted with rare trees and shrubs. A stone’s throw from the grounds, you’ll find Svartedalen’s nature reserve, which boasts several walking trails. The lakes that form part of this peaceful terrain are perfect for a swim or a canoe trip, and there’s also a golf course nearby. Many activities can be enjoyed on castle grounds, too – or indeed within this striking Swedish manor itself. The Thorskogs Grand Manor team takes pride in tailor-making experiences and packages to suit each individual party staying at this historic manor.
Tofta Manor – culture and golf in a countryside setting
With heritage dating back to the 16th century, Tofta Manor has strong cultural associations. The open-air performances put on by Tofta Theatre – often featuring works by Ibsen and Strindberg – are a highlight of the summer.
Tofta Manor nestles close to a nature reserve situated between Marstrand and Kungälv, some 40 kilometres from Gothenburg. Keen golfers will find this an appealing destination, as there’s a golf club within the Tofta Manor grounds. The nearby stables, meanwhile, offer both riding lessons and trail-riding excursions.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and a three-course set evening menu based on local produce. Guests sleep peacefully in the two charming annex buildings, the Smithy or the Dairy (there are no rooms in the actual manor, due to the building’s listed heritage status).
Malmö’s manor house retreats
Häckeberga castle – a lakeside gem
A stately retreat for nature lovers, Häckeberga castle nestles on a small idyllic island, surrounded by 4,600 hectares of nature reserve – perfect for leisurely walks. There’s also ample opportunity for bird-watching as Häckeberga Lake is a protected bird sanctuary. The history of Häckeberga Castle stretches back to the 18th century, but the beautiful renaissance building standing on the site today was completed in 1870.
As for the hotel facilities, there are 27 rooms and suites, of which 13 are located within the main manor. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the restaurant, and there are numerous spaces suitable for conferences and intimate weddings.
Please note: the castle and grounds are privately owned and only accessible for hotel guests.
Örenäs palace – elegance and natural beauty in equal measure
The fairy-tale-like Örenäs palace is surrounded by natural beauty close to the sea. This grand manor, built in 1918 by sugar beet magnate Carl Tranchell, is a popular wedding and conference destination. Örenäs offers stunning, period-style accommodation and has a beautiful event space with views across the palace parkland and the Öresund Strait (which separates Sweden from Denmark).
This is a walker’s paradise, and guests keen on swimming during the warmer months can opt for a dip in the sea or a few strokes in the outdoor pool. Other on-site features include a sauna, spa, gym, mini golf and a boules court.
There are two dining options to choose from: the on-site Slottsrestaurangen and the more casual Ålabodarnas Hamnkrog, which is located next to the grounds, serving freshly caught fish.