Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Open Canoe available for guests use and NEW WiFi now available.
If like us, you like the idea of a holiday in a countryside location:
Is quiet but not isolated
Provides accommodation that is considerate of the earth's natural resources
Offers a chance to experience wildlife in its natural environment
Is located near lake and forest
Is abroad but doesn't cost the earth to get there
Then this will be heaven on earth for you too!
Through carbon off-setting our cottage is now 'Carbon Neutral'. Re-cycling area also set-up for guests.
The Cottage was built in 2001 in typical Swedish Falun red and white style. It is in a small hamlet of 15 privately owned cottages spread out along the lake shore amongst the trees. Quiet and peaceful, this comfortable home from home is close to many beautiful, interesting and exciting attractions and activities.
As with everything in Sweden, environmental considerations were paramount in the construction of the cottage. It has its own well, providing clean pumped drinking water all year round for the shower, flush toliet and modern kitchen.
Being only 30 metres away from Stor Sjo Lake and swimming, drainage is provided by the modern version of a reed bed ensuring no polution enters either the lake or the water table.
The raised sundeck wraps around two sides of the cottage, which with garden furniture is perfect for dining al-fresco. Should the sun get too strong, simply wind down the awning or cool off with a dip in the lake.
With one double bedroom,a bunk bedded room and separate guests annexe with two single beds, this is just wonderful for families or for couples wanting a quiet, romantic retreat. The large lawned garden offers plenty of space for garden games or a gateway to explore the forest behind.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ginborn 30 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stockholm Västerås 144 km, Nearest railway: Storvik 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Lots of wardrobe space in both bedrooms.
Open plan lounge, dining, kitchen area.
The kitchen is immaculate in a modern blue/grey painted finish.
The shower room also offers a utility sink and washing machine.
There is lighting on the exterior of the house and the sundeck.
The drive and front door are lit by a Victorian style lampost.
Oh, and of course, a coffee machine!
Post departure cleaning service available for £100.
|Further details outdoors|
Free use of open canoe for guests with huge lake to explore. In 2012 guests even canoed up a feeder river to see a beaver dam.
The large lawned gardens feature a selection of mature trees and the original log cabin built over 100 years ago. The plan is to renovate this internally at a later date.
A door opens from the lounge on to a large raised, south facing deck, perfect for breakfast in the sun and views over the lake and the small swimming beach only 30 meters away. The lake bottom here is sandy and slopes gently, offering a safe place for young children to play in the water.
The Norrland/Lapland region
Sweden was voted "Favourite European Country" in the Guardian, Observer & Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards 2006 - Excellent fishing too!
What springs to mind when you think of Sweden?
Undoubtedly ABBA and IKEA will be high on the list, perhaps images of snow, elk and vast expanses of forest. All these Sweden is justly famous for – but it has so much more! Did you know, for example, that just outside Stockholm lies an archipelago of 24,000 islands, many of which are completely uninhabited? Did you know that bears and wolves still roam the forests, lynx and wolverines still hunt in the mountains, or that Sweden contains Europe’s largest area of wilderness? That summer temperatures can rise to the high twenties?
Sweden is a fantastic destination for wildlife and outdoor holidays throughout the year, and offers a range of activities hard to find anywhere else in Europe. What’s more, it is readily accessible from the UK, an easy country to travel in, thanks to the well-developed public transport infrastructure and the fact that almost everyone speaks excellent English, plus the country has a reputation for being clean, safe and politically stable. So put away your preconceptions about Sweden and prepare to be amazed at the wealth of opportunities the country offers for a close-to-nature experience!
Stor Sjö Lake (30 metres from the front door), Swedens 3rd warmest lake!
With beautiful beaches, attractive fishing and rich bird life Stor Sjö lake is naturally a goal for anyone finding themselves in the centre of the Gästrikland region in summer. With a surface area of 71 km2, Stor Sjö lake is the largest in the region. It has around 365 islands and many beaches perfect for the rich bird life - Mallard, Common Teal, Goosander, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Bean Geese, Barnacle Geese, Whooper Swan, Brent Geese, Wigeon, Shelduck and the Bar-Headed Geese have all been observed around the lake.
For the Nature Fanatic...
The Sandviken area is a rich natural environment with a number of forests, parks & nature reserves. In the County of Gävleborg there are c.a. 130 areas protected by nature reserve status and a further couple of hundred areas deemed as having valuable biodiversity. e.g. 20km NW of Sandviken at Österbergsmuren you can find 300 yr old pine trees. The forest here is dramitically different from the surrounding forest including rare wood composting fungi, 99 different mosses and lichens and more than 300 species of butterfly including endangered species such as dot lichen Arthonia leucopellaea and the three-toed woodpecker.
Gysinge nature reserve, 45 min drive south of the cottage, was set up in 1975 to protect a large area of natural environment typical of the Dala River such as deciduous forest and river meadow. A large part has now been incorporated into the Färnebofjärden National Park first and foremost known for its abundance of bird life. There are about 200 species with over 100 nesting here regularly. The rich bio-diversity of plant and animal life include 270 different Tracheophyta vascular plants, 20 or so fish species and 70 endangered insects and that's without the elk, deer, hares, fox, beaver, pine martin, wood lemming & lynx.
Färnebofjärden National Park covers 10,000 ha of which 4,000 ha is water.
Fishing license - 100 SEK/wk or 40 SEK/day - Boat hire 200 SEK/day incl motor or 100 SEK no motor - fish include Pike, Perch and Pike Perch. Stor Sjö lake has provided fishermen with pike weighing in at 12kg, pike-perch at 8kg and perch at 1.5kg.
The Cottage has its own open canoe now!
Open canoe hire, forest walks and DIY open air grills - 30 min drive
Farnebofjarden National Park - 55 min drive
Arsunda Viking Museum - 20 min drive
Elk Park - 30 min drive
Adventure Pool - 25 min drive
Huge sandy beach with swimming - 20 min drive
Bear & wolf safari - only 1 hrs drive
Europes largest bear park - 2 hrs 20 min drive