The Alvasjön Residence

hjo, jönköping county
4 bedroom - 1 bath
(5 reviews)
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€175 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 8
1 king
5 twin / single
1 toddler bed
Crib
sleeps 1
1 baby crib

Perks for the Parents

Nestled in the woods of a baronial estate beside Sweden’s largest private lake, 2 hours west of Gothenburg, this remote hideaway featured in the Guardian's top 100 European villas of 2015. With a large deck with views of the lake, woodlands and lawns, the house is set on 1 level with an upper sleeping loft ideal for teens. The estate includes a bike shed and a lake house with a sauna, plus canoes and row boats. Spend days picking blueberries, cycling forest trails and diving from the floating platform in the lake.

Why Kids Love it

There is a vast amount of space to run and play in at the house, which is part of a small collection of cottages and houses on the same estate. Canoes and rowboats are fun in the summer, as is the sandy lake beach and beach hut. Three bedrooms are downstairs, while upstairs there is a loft ideal for older children. There are chickens on the estate to feed and visit for fresh eggs. The nearest town, Hjo, has ice cream shops, a pretty harbour, an outdoor heated swimming pool, lake beach and playground. Children should be supervised around the water and should wear pants and long sleeves while exploring the woods. As the property is remote, an adult should accompany children on the trails to avoid getting lost.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 5 days. There is a stair gate for the steep stairs up to the sleeping loft; it is best for older children. The location is remote: the nearest town is 25 minutes away, and there is no WiFi or TV. The nearest road is 2 km away. Many of the facilities are shared, including bikes, canoes and the lake house. Life jackets and bike helmets are provided along with a tagalong, kids bikes and a baby bike seat. If you are lucky you might spot deer and elk in the forest. There is also serious fishing in Hokensäs, a five minute drive away, along with the best leisure centre in northern Europe in Skövde, 40 minutes’ drive away. Free parking on site.

About the Location

The house is in a private nature reserve near the town of Brandstorp in southern Sweden. It is a short drive from the shore of Lake Vättern and around 2 hours west of Gothenburg. Nearby towns include Hjo (25 minutes) which has a cashpoint and supermarket, Skövde (50 minutes) and Jönköping (40 minutes). The area is wooded and quiet, with cycling and hiking trails, forests full of blueberry bushes, pine trees and silver birches. It is rural with limited facilities, although there is a good shop a 5-10 minute drive up the road in Brandstorp. Car rental is essential. The nearest international airport is in Gothenburg, a 2-hour drive away; Stockholm is just over 4 hours away by car.

Accommodation Details

The house has a large open plan living space incorporating a kitchen, formal dining area and lounge, and 3 bedrooms downstairs, including 1 bedroom with kingsize bed plus optional cribs and fold out bed for a small child, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds and 1 with 1 twin bed. The upper sleeping loft has mattresses on the floor and can sleep up to 3. The bathroom has a shower. There is a deck with seating and views of the lake and lawns.

Style Notes

Simple Swedish. This pared back country cabin has views of the lake and forest and revels in the countryside location. It is a place for simple pleasures: canoeing on the lake as a family, playing on the sandy beach and cycling trails in the woods. The decor is comfortable and themed around owls - the insignia of the former estate owners. The immersion in nature is the key feature, with a simple pared back interior to keep things calm and soothing. We love the spacious deck for evening entertainment and the great shared facilities.

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Ed G.
Member since October 12, 2014
Ed, Sara, Ella and Simon live in Tunbridge Wells most of the year and in Sweden for the summers at our house in the middle of the forest.

5 reviews

Nicole W.
Visited in July 2018
We had an unforgettable time at The Alvasjon Residence and were sad to leave. Ed and Sara and their lovely family were incredible hosts and thought of every little detail imaginable from a generous welcoming package of provisions to a very helpful information kit that includes local towns, attractions, maps and shops. The cottage exceeded our expectations and gave us the perfect escape from urban sightseeing.
Angie P.
Visited in August 2017
What a special place this is! Our family of 5 (kids aged 10, 7 & 3) stayed for 8 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. The house is really well equipped and comfortable, and we particularly appreciated the black out blinds on the windows and the welcome bottle of wine in the fridge! The kids collected eggs from the chickens and berries from the forest most days, and we were all very impressed to watch Ed's daughter catch a good size pike in the lake. The shared equipment was a fantastic plus: top quality mountain bikes for all the family, plus of course the row boats and canoes. Great local info from Ed and lots of helpful advice on how to make the best of the place (particularly loved the Children's House in Tideholm). We loved the lack of screens & the chance to completely disconnect and spend slow time together amidst such precious natural beauty. Highly recommend!
Katharina K.
Visited in August 2017
We had a wonderful time at the Alvasjon Residence. Sara and Ed were excellent hosts and the lake, forest and surroundings were stunning. We would go back to this unique place again.
Daniela M.
Visited in June 2017
We had a wonderful time at the Alvasjön Residence and would definitely come back! We travelled with our two daughters (4y, 10m). The house is equipped with everything you need: high chair, toys, baby cot, blender, plastic plates etc. The residence is located in a forest overlooking the private lake. If you don't want to see anybody you really don't have to. There are other houses on the property but they are mostly empty during the week. We enjoyed taking the bikes for a tour (one kids seat, two pull-alongs are available), hiking through the forest (maps are in the house), picking blueberries and mushrooms, taking the row boat out for a spin, playing on the beach, or sometimes driving to one of the many little charming towns. Especially Hjo and its harbour are worth a visit. The ice cream parlour Moster Elins at the harbour is superb! Everybody was very friendly and helpful. Ed provided us with lots of information beforehand, the caretakers of the property were always reachable by phone if something was needed. One of the best holidays we ever had!
Colin W.
Visited in June 2016
We spent 8 nights at this property in June 2016 with our 3 children aged 10, 8 and 5 and had a fantastic stay. The house is in an amazing location with beautiful woodlands and the lake right on your doorstep. The boat shed is well equipped with canoes, paddles and a wide range of life jackets and there is a wide choice of sizes of excellent quality bikes. The house itself was cosy and comfortable and had everything we required for our stay. Ed was extremely helpful, informative and easy to communicate with and ensured that we had a fabulous time. We would highly recommend this property.

Hjo, Jönköping County

Lakes, rivers and sled rides

On the western shore of Lake Vättern in south Sweden, four hour’s drive from Stockholm, Hjo is a water and nature lover’s dream. Be charmed by the simple wooden houses, the lovely parklands and beautiful landscape. Take the kids to the city park, visit the bison farm or check out local handmade crafts at Butik Rustik boutique. Call in at a kennel to see how sled-dogs live and listen to stories about their adventures north of the Arctic Circle.