Combining traditional Swedish design elements with a modern aesthetic, SynVillan is a 1-bedroom holiday rental that hovers above the Eriksberg Nature Reserve near the UNESCO-listed city of Karlskrona.
Silence. Serenity. Peace of mind. Sometimes we long to get away and leave the world behind.
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions to our region due to the Covid-19 pandemic, guests may cancel their stay free of charge up to 5 days before arrival.
How would you describe TypeO in a nutshell?
TypeO Loft is a luxurious slow living one-room bed and breakfast located in the southern Swedish region of Skåne and Österlen. It’s all about creating room for the self — silence, serenity, peace of mind. That’s what we want our guests to experience.
What was the inspiration and story behind TypeO?
It all started in our minds around five years ago when we were both living urban-centric lifestyles. I was working as a full-time travel writer and on the road 250 days of the year while Magnus works as a creative copywriter and marketer, neither of which was stress-free. So we decided to make a radical change in our lives and acquired an old farmstead in the Swedish countryside with the intention of leaving city life and starting anew at a slower pace.
Staying here has done so much for our physical and mental wellbeing — we can ground ourselves and find some kind of tranquility — and it’s something we wanted to share with others. We want our guests to experience what a slower pace of life and being surrounded by nature can do.
Please tell us about the history of the building and your interior design vision.
The building is an old farmstead that used to be connected to one of the castles in the area. Although many of the old records have disappeared, as far as we can tell, the property was built in 1842 to house a family and their animals.
The interior has been transformed to accommodate modern living, but with respect to the original materials of the building, and this is something we have tried to continue in the loft’s design. For example, in Sweden, there’s a tradition that everything should be painted white, but we decided to keep the old oak beams as they are.
The loft is in the same building as the farmstead where we live and work. But it has its own entrance, so guests never have to interact with us if they don’t want to!
Please describe the atmosphere of the loft and what’s so special about it to you.
It’s quiet and really peaceful — if you have high blood pressure, this is the place to come! Guests can relax on the sofa and just take in the views while seemingly lost in time. We love the property’s close access to nature, with beautiful walks in the nearby forest and hardly any road traffic if you want to go cycling.
Compared to southern Europe, the area is still very unspoiled and hasn’t been exploited by tourism. It’s the perfect place to get an authentic taste of the slow lifestyle.
How long would you recommend that guests stay?
If you were limited on time, then three nights would allow you to see quite a lot of the region. But you could definitely stay longer, particularly if you wanted the opportunity to really wind down or retreat from day-to-day life.
TypeO Loft is made up of an open-plan living room, kitchen and bedroom, with ensuite bathroom.
You enter through a huge glass window facade, which leads to its 50-square-metre open living space. In addition to the bedroom and a small ensuite bathroom, there’s also a lounge area and a fully functioning kitchen.
While it might seem small in size, the high ceilings make it feel very airy and you’re constantly connected to the outdoors through the glass facade. It’s a space that invites you to read, listen to music and just take in the views.
Breakfast is included in the rate and consists of locally-sourced produce that is provided upon check-in for guests to prepare at their convenience. Guests can also purchase items from the “mini-bar”, although this doesn’t include alcohol because of local licensing laws.
There’s lots to do in Skåne for a weekend or a longer break. Try the golf courses in Vik, Sjöbo, Ystad and Tomelilla, ride horses, enjoy water sports, including fishing and boating.
A 10-minute drive or 20-minute bike ride will take you to several beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for many kilometres, with scarcely any people on them. One that’s particularly well known in Sweden for its fine, white sands lies within the Sandhammaren nature reserve and is never crowded due to the limited parking available.
The area is also becoming known as a culinary destination and was recently listed in the New York Times as a gourmet “place to watch”. There are a lot of great artisanal food purveyors and restauranteurs doing creative things, so people come here to eat well. You’ll find several good restaurants within 10-30 minutes away from TypeO by car. Alternatively, you can make the three-kilometre-long walk to the nearby castle where alfresco dining experiences are offered in the summer featuring their charcuterie meats.
The topography and climate of Skåne is a cyclist’s dream. The network of public transport lets riders bring their bikes on board and the variety of the landscape offers excellent opportunities for amateurs as well as for seasoned enthusiasts.
TypeO is located in what’s been referred to as the “Riviera of Sweden” due to its unique light that’s attracted many artists throughout history. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Copenhagen and around 40 minutes from Malmö, which is the third-largest city in Sweden. The area is renowned as a beach and country getaway and it is also known for its exceptional landscape. Surrounded by oceans and rolling fields, the local community's laid-back and bohemian outlook is a way of life.
The closest town to the farmstead is Ystad, which is around 10 minutes by car, and although the main road is only a couple of minutes away, it all feels very rural. Our nearest neighbour is an 80-something-year-old farmer who lives 1/2 a kilometre away.
We love all the seasons because you can see the transitions so closely, but the weather is generally best between May and September (the warm temperatures in southern Sweden extend a little longer than in Stockholm). Easter is a major event in the area as many of the local artists and creatives open their studios. This kicks off the season, with people driving between studios to meet the artists and dining at the region’s restaurants.
But the TypeO Loft experience is about more than sunny summer weather. The view from the triangular floor-to-ceiling window is in constant transition; the light and shadows altering throughout the day, the changing seasons over the course of a year. So it’s really a great destination throughout the whole year.
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