We are an Irish/British family living in Sweden, having moved here in 2013 looking for an adventure, and a complete change of life. We had 2 young boys, equally happy for that adventure, and who began at the local school just weeks after our arrival and are so settled here and culturally Swedish that many Swedish people that we meet cannot believe that they are not native Swedes! Us parents though, are not quite up to their level of language expertise, but we have a good basic level of Swedish! It’s been a challenge – the need to go back to studying and to train our brains again – but one that we have enjoyed applying ourselves to.
Knowing that we wanted to open a luxury bed & breakfast, that offered unique and special places to stay whether for one night or for a two week-long family holiday, our mission was to find a traditional red & white painted old Swedish farm, close to beaches but located outside of the town centre, for the opportunity that guests can stay amongst the beautiful natural environment in peace & quiet, where children can safely and happily run about or you can sit outside and eat, have a drink and just relax whilst watching the birds of prey flying overhead and deer wandering across the meadow.
Having found this place we set about renovating the outbuildings and upgrading rooms to include all services, and set about with pots & pots of white paint, to create that authentic ‘Scandi Style’ of white painted beams, walls & wooden floorboards. Furnishings in soft tones of beige, white or grey, with artistic Swedish details make for a stylish retreat, but one that is totally family friendly! We didn’t want our accommodation to be too formal, so these are all family-focused homes where you can have a hassle-free time after visiting the local beaches, exploring the woods & nature reserves which are literally on our doorstep, or visiting the historic cultural town of Ystad that is just 7km away. It totally is a place to relax, with absolutely quiet nights, star-filled skies, and really comfortable beds (as reported to us by many of our guests)!
When people ask us how we set about opening a B&B, and self-catering holiday homes, we always tell them that it’s really quite simple! As travellers ourselves, we have always looked for independently run, unique, special places to stay. We have travelled as single travellers (for both business and pleasure), as a couple and as a family too. We love nature, we like design and luxury accommodation but we’ve never favoured over-priced corporate hotel rooms. The mantra that we have applied since day one – and one which we continually apply every time we are preparing rooms for our guests’ arrival – is TNT. Tiny, Noticeable Things. The little things that matter. The delightful scent after having a shower, from our Swedish-made organic soaps and shampoos that we provide for you to enjoy. The luxurious dish soap and natural, traditional linen dishcloths that we provide, to make washing up a little bit less of a chore! Delight in using local made, sustainable products. Perhaps it is the pillow spray that we use when making up the beds, that you might not consciously smell but which hopefully aids you towards that relaxing, good night’s sleep. Natural room scents … check! Slippers in a basket by the front door …. check! Free wi-fi …. check! Plentiful and easy parking? We’ve got that covered too! Extra blankets by the sofas, some welcome goodies on arrival, an extensive library of movies to suit all tastes and genres … all there for you to make use of to ensure that you have the best possible stay.
We have also created an on-site boutique where you can buy the fabulous toiletries & skincare, candles and dish soap from L:A Bruket that we provide for you in the apartments; the linen dishcloths & tea towels from Växbo Lin; delicious locally produced foods from Olof Viktors, which make wonderful gifts to take back home (although are equally tempting to eat of an evening whilst staying here)! We also have a selection of local apple juices, ciders and other drinks, chocolates, sweets and savoury foods.
We really believe that you can stay with us and have just the break that you need, be that a quiet place to wind down whilst in the area for business, a few nights mini-break or a annual summer family holiday, where you can enjoy the natural environment but with ample choice of activities for all ages, from the very young to the not quite as young anymore! Easy links to Malmö, Lund, Kivik and Copenhagen make for a great base to explore the entire Österlen region, and of course we have a number of activity breaks that we offer here, so there is no likelihood of boredom setting in. We really do hope to see you at Red Bird Farm soon!