It’s like a scene from an Astrid Lindgren story. The lambs are bleating and the cat is hunting in the meadow. If it’s haying season, and the hay, which is gathered in the traditional way, is ready, you might like to spend a night or two in the hayloft. But, of course, this isn’t Astrid Lindgren’s Bullerby. It’s Svarttjärn, outside of Skellefteå.
In the tiny village of Svarttjärn, the Stenmark family invites you to in an idyllic rural setting close to the forest and with a view of the water. The style is from the ‘50s and the home is tastefully decorated. In addition to the eight beds, there is a kitchen, a livingroom area and a hobby room. Stina Stenmark, who teaches woodwork, spends a lot of time in the carpentry shop.
– On rainy days it’s fun to sit and carve a butter knife, or a hook to hang a kitchen towel on, says Stina.
The family has lived in the village for nearly 11 years.
– We love it here and we thought that others would probably enjoy it as well.
Stenmarks Lantboende (farm stay) opened in the summer of 2013. Since then, the Stenmark family and their resident dogs, calves, rabbits, cats and sheep have welcomed guests who want to escape the noise of the city. Barely two kilometres west of the Stenmark farm is Havsvågen. Covering over a hectare, this boulder field is a remnant of the retreating ice of the last Ice Age. That was 10,000 years ago.
– You can reach it by following the marked nature trail that starts close to our home, explains Stina.
The path takes you up a 120-metre climb straight into the deep woods. At the peak of Lidberget, in addition to a grill hut, there is an unusual observation tower.
– The look-out tower is on the shape of a moose called Lill’n,” says Stina. On a clear day you can see the sea from here.
In summer, a lovely bathing spot across the bay can be reached by boat. On an autumn day you might like to pack a picnic basket and head out for some perch or pike fishing.
– We’ll lend you life vests and fishing gear, concludes Stina. Above all, life in Svarttjärn is all about the tranquillity you can only find in the country, far away from the sounds of the city and just 14 minutes from Skellefteå Airport.
The sheep bleat and the farm cat hunts in the meadow. When the haymaking season comes, hay is cut in a traditional way and once the haymaking is done, you can rest for a night or two in the hay loft. This isn’t Astrid
Lindgren’s Bullerby, but Svarttjärn, outside Skellefteå. Make your resevation here >>