If you are looking for a great place to stay this summer, it just might be in Sweden - the Baltic island of Gotland that is. And let me tell you, even if you didn't have plans to head there anytime soon, you'll definitely change your mind after seeing these pictures! Friends of my family (no, I'm not impartial, so here comes the sales pitch!) are the proud owners and proprietors of this gorgeous hotel, and I think it would be the perfect place to go for a lovely vacation.
Last year husband-and-wife team Björn & Karin renovated an 18th century building and transformed it into a small hotel. It's situated on a dreamy 2-acre property, next door to a red barn they converted into a restaurant. This hotel is located within walking distance of a secluded beach and one of the best golf courses in Sweden, not to mention a nature reserve and a small marina.
However what I wanted to focus on here (because they have done such a fantastic job) - is the interior decor. They decided to decorate each room differently and I love that. No one room looks exactly like the other, and each one has a theme. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to basically have six rooms to decorate however you saw fit? I would be on cloud nine. Although the funny things is when I look at these pictures, I mostly feel like I could have made the same choices, in terms of the design. These rooms have a good feel. Let's a take a look at what they did. It's gorgeous for sure.
Ok, so this is the lounging area as you enter the hotel. A Chesterfield sofa and chairs! How I love Chesterfield sofas and chairs. It really doesn't get any better than that.
Well maybe it does: green leather wingback chairs. Just like a classic library. But in a light Scandinavian setting. The best of both worlds in other words.
The first floor of this building was originally from the early 18th century (the second and third floor were added some years later) and you can really see that from this picture. I mean check out the thickness of those walls.
Aren't these doors awesome too?
So let's take a look at the rooms now. Here is the "Scientist" room. I absolutely adore the wallpaper - the color, the pattern. Doesn't it feel like you enter a completely different world in here, one which you wouldn't mind hanging out in for a while?
Most of the furniture and accessories in these rooms are antique and for sale, so that's also a neat aspect.
The Mozart room. This wallpaper is lovely too.
This mini suite is pretty great as well (do I have to say I like the wallpaper?)
Look at that large tiled stove! Classic old-fashioned charm...
...but modern style bathrooms!
The "Creativity Studio"
And a room inspired by early 20th century design. Again - the tiled wall stove! Again - the wallpaper! Also, isn't that ceiling lamp just great!
Check out this bathroom. Here you have angled ceilings, and the most adorable, practical sink!
Lovely views of fields and meadows...
The barn next door with the restaurant.
Inside the restaurant.
Cozy wood beams, wooden furniture and modern art on the walls.
I'm really running out of superlative words to describe this little gem. I think they've done such a great job with the renovation and the decoration of each room.
So, if you're looking to take a vacation and you want a charming hotel to stay in, then I think you should make a reservation and take the next plane to Sweden. More information can be found at stelor.se