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…

Come Along at Capital Cooking’s Food Adventure in West Sweden

Swedish oysters are like the U.S. women’s gymnastic team – a rare mix of power and elegance that combine to make them the world’s best.”

West Sweden Food / imagebank.sweden.se

Lauren DeSantis from Capital Cooking, a food and travel TV show and blog, has had the pleasure of exploring the West Swedish food scene recently. She’s been out in Bohuslän’s stunning archipelago on crayfish- and oyster safaris, stayed at Villa Sjötorp Hotel, probably Sweden’s most charming fin-de-siecle villa and indulged in West Sweden’s culinary delights. Read about her adventures in the quaint seaside resorts Ljungskile, Grebbestad and Fjällbacka:

Crayfish safari in Fjällbacka.

Oyster safari in Grebbestad.

Villa Sjötorp Hotel and Restaurant.