Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Top Summer Experiences in Sweden

A gem of a castle in the Arts and Crafts style An astonishing sight on the Swedish west coast, Tjolöholms Slott (Tjolöholm Castle) has welcomed visitors for almost 50 years. Make sure not to miss this marvel, which makes the perfect day trip, should you be passing by this summer. By Pia Petersson  |  Photos: Will Rose

In the early 1970s, the ownership of Tjolöholm Castle was passed on to the local municipality, having belonged to the same wealthy merchant family since it was built in the Arts and Crafts style around the turn of the last century. “For many years, the castle stood largely untouched, as the family that owned it didn’t spend much time here,” says deputy manager Elisabeth Elfström, adding that it still retains many of its original features, including the former workers’ cottages, a village hall and a church. This year, Tjolöholm hosts a fascinating new exhibition called Downton – For better or worse, in which costumes from the popular British TV series, Downton Abbey, are on display. The focus of the exhibition is love and marriage – a fitting theme as

several fairytale weddings are held yearly at the castle. Around Tjolöholm, visitors will find wonderful paths passing leafy woods, beaches and spectacular viewpoints. Given that Tjolöholm is located next to the sea, visitors can take a dip just below the castle, and there is also a small sandy beach suitable for the youngest visitors.

Detail from the exhibition  Downton – For better or worse.

The gardens at Tjolöholm are something out of the ordinary. The impressive kitchen garden supplies the restaurant with vegetables and herbs. Additionally, there are some exciting developments worth noting. “The castle garden is currently being restored by castle gardener John Taylor to become the Arts and Crafts garden the original landscape architect intended it to be over 100 years ago,” Elfström concludes.


A summer destination for your senses Against all odds, considering the northern location, Wij Gardens is blossoming with six unique show gardens and seasonal theme days. It offers a getaway full of experiences for those who want to learn more about gardening, nature and crafts. Easily accessible yet hidden in Ockelbo, this leafy haven has something for everyone. By Kristine Olofsson  |  Photos: Wij Trädgårdar

A stroll around the many gardens of Wij is more than just a visual experience. “We like to call them inspirational gardens,” explains Malin Hermansson, director at Wij Gardens. “We aim to inspire our guests. For example, descriptive signs are present on the grounds, and the vegetables used in the restaurant come directly from the kitchen- and herb gardens. The other in-

gredients are locally sourced in line with the season.” After wandering around the lush gardens, guests may choose to unwind and relax in the one-of-a-kind garden spa. Submerged in the calmness of nature rather than a bubble bath, and with activities such as yoga in the rose garden, guests are given the chance to completely disconnect.

With its open, green spaces and themed activities, Wij Gardens is also an excellent destination for families. “Connecting and having fun with nature can be very engaging, not only for children but for parents as well,” Hermansson smiles. With its flourishing nature and diversity, the description given by founder Lars Krantz could not be more accurate: “Wij Gardens is a large workshop where life is the material.” Web: Facebook: wijtradgardar Instagram: @wij_tradgardar

The rose garden: Pernilla Hed

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