Småland Manor is a traditional Swedish estate turned into a small country hotel with only 3 guest rooms and lavish gardens.
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.