A century-old farmhouse in Sweden
A two-hour drive north of Stockholm brings you to Åmot, a tranquil village surrounded by hills and forests. Stilleben has been turning the village into a vacation destination, converting some of the village’s traditional homes into vacation rentals for those seeking peace and quiet in the Swedish countryside. One of those homes is Stoltvägen 10, a small farmhouse in a secluded location on the outskirts of Åmot.
Built in 1913, Stoltvägen 10 retains much of its original interior and character, transporting visitors back to an earlier time. The house is roughly 95 m2 (1,020 ft2) with one bedroom down and two up. The living room, an eat-in kitchen with built-in wood cookstove, and the bathroom are also on the ground floor. The downstairs bedroom may once have been used as a formal dining room, with access from both the living room and kitchen. A separate wood-fired sauna can be found in a small garden shed.
A winding stair leads to the upper floor. The main bedroom is flanked by narrow rooms that apparently would have been filled with hay or straw for extra insulation in winter. One of those narrow rooms is now being used as a very small bedroom. There is also an unfinished room that could be turned into a larger bedroom.
Electric lighting and radiators have been added to the house, but it can also be heated by two classic Swedish “kakelugn” tile stoves in the living room and upstairs bedroom. These stoves use heavy mass to store the heat of a fire and release it slowly throughout the day or night.
To learn more about Åmot or to book a stay in Stoltvägen 10, visit the Stilleben website.
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