Småland Manor

  • Location: Countryside
    Hiking or canoeing around Lake Åsnen: 5km (5 mins by car)
  • Copenhagen Airport (CPH): 200km (2h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Småland Manor

How would you describe Småland Manor in a nutshell?

Småland Manor is one of the three Huseby estates, situated in a splendid park in the English style in southern Småland. Since 2008 it is the home of our guesthouse, where we combine our passions in gardening, decorating and cooking to let our guests feel at home and treat them with the best of care.

Please tell us about the history of Småland Manor.

The oldest parts of the estate dates from to the early 18th century when it was part of an iron foundry. The foundry was acquired by famous industrial Joseph Stephens who gave it to his enigmatic daughter Maggie Stephens in 1938.

The main building was rebuilt in the thirties. Three wings were added to the original manor and the house received furnishings in accordance with the fashion of that period which included, among others, dark ceilings with details in plaster, oak parquet flooring with different patters in each room, central heating, fireplaces with chimneys in marble and the park.

How did you end up running the manor as a guesthouse / Bed and Breakfast?

Spending our holidays in our summerhouse made us thinking about the possibility to move permanently to Sweden. The feeling of being so close to nature and the extensiveness around us was so overwhelming that we decided to stay here permanently.

So we started looking for a place in the surroundings where we could combine our passions of gardening, decorating and cooking. When we stood at the enchanting pond at the end of the garden looking to the house we felt that we could acquire a unique historical house with a special authentic atmosphere and flowering park. We promised ourselves to use all our imagination to (re)create a place that Maggie would be proud of.

Obviously the garden plays a large role?

Because gardening is one of our common passions we lay a big focus on the garden, both in the interior decoration and in the preparation of the served food.

Our three guest rooms are also named after beautiful flowers, with a distinct colour scheme for ‘Paeonia’ got rose colours, ‘Helleborus’ got a green and ‘Hemerocallis’ orange tinctures.

The delightful garden with the enchanting natural pond, that can be seen from each of the three rooms and creates a serene oasis of history, culture and hospitality and fully contributes the unique manor feeling.

What has been most rewarding for you running a small B&B?

More then 5 years after we left our former jobs and moved to this pearl, it still feels like the right decision. The fact that we were able to turn our hobbies into our daily work made it so much more worth it.

The enjoyment that guests stay at our place is a huge satisfaction for us. We like showing people a great time, let them enjoy our passions in and around the house. It has become a new way of life, close to nature and with respect for the house, that we want to share with our guests. And the feedback we get afterwords has been wonderful.

What do you particularly like about this part of Sweden?

The reason why we moved to this region is the ubiquitous, pure nature. Because we once fell in love with this region and started to discover it, we know better than almost anyone what this region has to offer to its guests. Småland is almost as big as Belgium or The Netherlands but with a population of only 727000 there is a lot of space. In Småland there is room for everyone. Here we have real seasons, like warm summers, colourful autumns, cold snowy winters and of course fresh spring where this stunning nature around us is waking up.

We are proud to have local mills where the waterwheels still turn and workshops where driving belts still hum. And we are equally proud of other Smålanders, like Linneus, Moberg, Lindgren or Kamprad. Many of them have museums dedicated to them. So dust down those prejudices – culture is cool here!

Småland Manor exterior
Småland Manor exterior
Fruit and vegetable garden
Garden
Garden
Manor interior
Manor interior
Dinner area
Bedroom
Manor exterior in winter

Småland Manor rooms & rates

The manor has three bedrooms that are decorated in a charming manor style and they all overlook the park. They each have their own private bathroom and two of them have a large private terrace. When we took over the house we restored some rooms like the library and the dining room and transformed them into tasteful and sophisticated rooms that now again evaporate the lifestyle of Maggie Stephens. You can still use the servant bells in the dining room to help you get served. In the house we play only classical music and there is no TV. For breakfast we are proud to serve homemade bread and marmalade as well as eggs from our own chickens. For dinner we offer home-cooked dishes, including fresh seasonal Swedish products and vegetables from our garden, so you can easily discover that our passions for gardening and cooking go hand in hand.

  • Paeonia for 2 people / 20 m²
    1195 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    Purple and pink colours characterise Maggie’s former stateroom and together with classic furniture and English wallpaper form a cosy and pleasant atmosphere.

    Enjoy the sunrise over the park or relax on the grand terrace when the sun sets.

  • Hemerocallis for 2 people / 20 m²
    1195 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    The yellow and orange colouring of this room creates a warm and light environment. Maggie’s old bedroom is located on the ground floor and is a corner room with windows facing south and southeast, both of which with a view over the English park.

  • Helleborus for 2 people / 20 m²
    1195 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    Nuances of green and beautiful furniture details contribute to a charming guest room, and the style of the room match the style and atmosphere in the rest of the house as well as the garden.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast and taxes.
Children & Extra beds
Adults only. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed December to March

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Not suitable for children
  • Central heating
  • Room service
  • Hair dryer

Things to do in Småland & Ryd

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Fishing

In our opinion nature is the decisive factor to discover southern Småland: the endless woods around the estate and the high concentration of lakes fills you with energy and lascivious wealth. Nearby lake Åsnen will become a National Park from 2015, and with more then 250 islands it is a real paradise for fishers and wild birds watchers. We help our guests with maps and a lunch to discover nature and wildlife by foot, by bike or by canoe. The Swedish right of public access gives them all the freedom to roam the countryside but with the responsibility to respect wildlife. Besides, this is one of the few regions where you can experience absolute silence and spotting stars in the inky black sky, every season of the year — for free!

The location of Småland Manor

We are in the south of Småland, which is about two hours from Malmö and Copenhagen and very accessible by train, plane and car. Småland is forests that extend for miles and miles and invite hikes and picking of berries and mushrooms. It is also meadows, pastures and glittering lakes, like lake Åsnen, and rivers, like Mörrumsån, where the clean water invites you to come paddling and fishing. Trails for hiking and cycling are also practically everywhere. It is the world of the characters in Astrid Lindgrens books. The red cottages and the pastures look exactly the same as they did then.

When is the best time to visit Småland?

Our favourite time is May and June, because the gardens look so fantastic. Trees and flowers are coming out and the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Everywhere you can see pink, red and fresh green leaves. The light is so special. We think this is a very good time to visit us.