Wallby Säteri Hotel — Vetlanda, Sweden
*We were kindly hosted by Visit Sweden during our entire stay in the country but all words, pictures and opinions are our own.*
The majority of our time at the Wallby Säteri Hotel was spent outdoors, whether that be down by the lake switching from sauna to the cool waters of the lake itself or out walking through the misty woods at the back of the estate. We got the impression that that’s the reason for most people to visit - to experience fresh air, indulge in a little peace and quiet and to absorb the surroundings with all five (or six, depending on your view) senses. To renature.
Each room is a little chocolate box lodge with an upper deck and the most doll’s house kitchen setup we’ve ever seen. A tribute to Astrid Lingdrens (the creator of Pippi Longstocking and basically a saint in this area of Sweden) sits on the wall and the lights in the window make you feel as though you’re in some kind of fairytale.
We were shown how to crayfish party - a celebration that usually marks the end of summer and is just another excuse for everyone to sing, be silly, eat food and drink schnapps. We found that pretty much everywhere we went the people seemed to love making anything into an official occasion to do just those things; it turns out that as well as being very ‘outdoorsy’ the Swedish love to eat, drink and be merry.
Perhaps for us our highlights were the woods and the sauna, we can’t ever get enough of that combination and it’s something we really lack in the UK. Outdoor heat/water experiences are definitely one of our favourite things and we will sauna whenever the opportunity arises.
Leaving Wallby we felt relaxed, inspired and thoroughly looked after - Magnus (not our Magnus but the owner of the estate) was an incredible host and a real eccentric character.
Visit Wallby Säteri’s website here.