A House by the Sea – Villa Sjötorp

Villa Sjötorp

High above the sea, just outside Ljungskile in Lyckorna, West Sweden, a beautiful white Swiss – style villa has been standing since 1901. During the two last decades of the 1800-hundereds, people from Sweden’s high society streamed to the seaside resort where they could find exclusive facilities at that time – an open-air swimming pool, an indoor bath house, a restaurant and daily steamboat- and railroad connections.

Carl Emil Haeger, a successful engineer and foundry proprietor from Lilla Edets paper factory decided to build his summer resident here over one hundred years ago. It came to be called Villa Sjötorp. During the 40:ies, the house was sold and used as a lodging house for one decade, where after it was bought back by the paper factory and used as a summer house for the factory employees. Decades later, the paper factory was sold, and the Haeger family succeeded the house.

Since the mid 90:ies, Villa Sjötorp is a 14 room boutique hotel with an award winning restaurant run by great grandchild Ellika Mogenfelt. We managed to get an interview with the chef and hotel proprietor and learnt a lot more about this ultra-charming hotel. Find out how Ellika managed to win it back and follow her dream to start up a guesthouse after a long dispute… Continue reading…

Gothenburg: The Avalon

Avalon Hotel

Who doesn’t love themselves a swanky, boutique, high design hotel? I can’t think of one person. The Design Hotels, are  an international hotel group, that puts design, architecture, and originality at the forefront of their business.  Lucky for us Gothenburg houses the absolutely stunning Avalon hotel ( A Design Hotel property) located in the center of the Kungsportsplatsen district.

The Avalon offers 5 star dining as well as an international bar and a wine-tasting room; a rooftop swimming pool built entirely of glass and a penthouse terrace with views Gothenburg’s main boulevards and the Storan theatre.  As we speak the City of Gothenburg is working to improve the surrounding area of Avalon Hotel and they are scheduled to open Avalon Outside, a spectacular outdoor restaurant and bar in mid April. Put it in your calendar folks.

And to top things off they are currently having a winter special “3F2”, book your stay at the Avalon with Design Hotels and just pay for two nights when staying for three.  This sweet offer has a shelf life (unfortunately) so get in before March 28 2010.

The Information:

Avalon Hotel
Kungstorget 9
SE-411 17 Gothenburg