In the month of July, Swedish cities can feel very deserted. Many have fled to the countryside to ‘nytta av’ (benefit from) the lush greenery and 24-hour sunshine for several weeks, sometimes up to six! Hey, we’ve waited a long time for this good weather, when it arrives we need to make the most of it! Every July, Jessica, a high school teacher and the creator behind @bynilsgarden, locks up her house in Trollhättan to enjoy the peace and quiet of her pretty country retreat 70 kilometres away. Located in Mellerud, Dalsland, just West of lake Vänern, it’s a place Jessica goes year-round to watch the seasons unfold. The traditional 1900 Falun red and white structure conceals a pretty, pared back interior with a country feel. Outside, a pretty veranda provides a spot to enjoy the evening sunset. I caught up with Jessica to find out more.
“The house was built in 1900 as a small ‘Soldarttorp’ (soldier’s croft). The previous owners took great care of it, renovating it slowly with a passion for old houses. It’s located in Dalsland, next to the mountains and a beautiful lake”.
Note: a ‘soldarttorp’ is a croft (or cottage) on the property of a farm reserved for Swedish volunteer soldiers. The dwelling was part of the soldier’s pay and included a small field, a few farm animals and other small outbuildings.
“I use it every month of the year. It’s beautiful in summer but it’s also special to light a fire when it’s snowing outside”.
“I renovated this house myself and live here alone. I was looking to create a warm, cosy and relaxing feel with an old country style”.
“I love the silence and the good energy. It’s a place I come to rest”.
What a beautiful cottage! I can certainly understand why Jessica loves to come here year-round, how about you? It looks so peaceful.
See more of this pretty cottage and Jessica’s Trollhättan house on instagram at @bynilsgarden.
Wishing you a wonderful mid-week – see you Friday!*
*I am posting three days a week during the summer holidays in order to spend a little more time with the crazies. Check in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – or enjoy the archives round the clock!