About this listing
Cozy Swedish country cabin with big garden, 3 minute walk to lake with child friendly swimming. Close to forest walks. 45 minutes drive from Stockholm. Sauna, fire place, fully equipped kitchen.
The standard is simple with limited indoor plumbing.
View of the lake from one of the swimming spots (not from house, 2 mins walk away): Almost midnight in June and sunset still happening.
Minimum stay is 3 nights, over the Midsummer weekend (2015 it's June 19) the minimum is 4 nights.
Very cute and picturesque summer house about 45 minute drive north of Stockholm. 3 minute walk to lake and swimming spot. Very close to forest walking path, Roslagsleden.
Big garden, 2900 sqm (0,7 acre). Lawn for games and an area with more trees that shield against the neighbouring houses.
THE HOUSES (both are only yours when you rent the property):
House 1: Built -64. 36 sqm. Living room with working fire place, dining table for 4-5 and comfy big couch that can turn into a double bed. Alcove with two bunk beds (4 beds). Fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, water boiler, sink with hot and cold water, big fridge and freezer. Big veranda with dining table - under roof with space heaters. Great for days that are either too sunny or too rainy.
House 2: Built -80. 42 sqm. Big bedroom with 2 double beds (120 cm wide each).
Toilet room with dry drop toilet. Sauna + washing room with shower with hot and cold water. Also a room for storage and tools - good for craft work...
This place is great for a simple life. The running water is limited on this property but I had some updates made during 2015.
There is a shower in House 2, and a sink in the house 1, that both have hot and cold water, but there is no water toilet or bathroom sink.
Tap water is acceptable and safe for drinking but is heavy in iron so it has a color and smell that makes it not ideal as drinking water. I always keep plenty in big containers that can be filled up again from a communal tap in the area (most guests don't have to refill during their stay).
There is a small sink inside and a bigger outside for doing dishes. After big dinners, with 10 people or so, I find it easier to do dishes outside the next day.
Showering: In 2015 I had a shower with hot and cold water installed next to the sauna. It's a bit small but works great but the hot water would run out if 3-4 people take long showers right after each other.
This place is wonderfully nostalgic and the standard is quite common in Swedish summer houses. But it might not be for people who are looking for easy comforts.
I keep drinking water in a few 10 liter containers in the kitchen. Filling them once lasts for more than a week if the tap water is used for washing hands and dishes etc. Sometimes I can have them filled before your arrival but not always.
This is a non-insulated summer house and recommended for rentals April-October. Heating is done with fire place and electric heaters. If you arrive late in the evening on a cold day the first night might be a bit cold, but there are of course lots of blankets.
If you come in September-October, my favorite past time is forest walks and mushroom picking (autumn chanterelles) or just hanging in and around the house, cooking, playing board games, relaxing etc. Some people rent this house in order to get work done, like writing on a book. It is perfect for that.
It is possible to buy a 1 week mobile surf stick for about 200-300 SEK in Stockholm or Åkersberga. Telia, Halebop and 3 Networks have worked okay enough for checking email in the house. It's probably too slow for streaming video.
RENT FOR THE SEASON:
If someone wants to rent longer (like several weeks in the summer and some weekends during spring or fall) a big discount is possible. If you are the type who likes to fix things and tend to the garden for example, we can definitely come to an agreement.
SHEETS AND TOWELS:
Sheets and towels are not included. Since it's hard to take care of the laundry when I am not there I prefer if you bring your own bed linens. If that is not possible they can be rented for 70 SEK for a single set and 100 SEK for doubles ($10-15). Bath towels for 30 SEK.
There is no cleaning fee but you have to leave the place as you found it, which means do your dishes and put away, wipe down all counters, sink and tables, take out trash, vacuum clean the floors and fold blankets that you used. All electricity has to be turned off, especially sauna and water heaters. If this is not complied with, part of the deposit will be kept to cover costs of cleaning and extra electricity bill.
Unfortunately I do not allow pets as some future guests might be allergic.
You have full access to both houses and no one else will be on the property when you rent it.
Interaction with Guests
I will not be around during your rental, but I have left a folder with information on how everything works. You can also reach me, or my father (who has a house only 5 km away) on our cell phones should you need to.
The house is located in a summer house area with about 100 houses dotted around the roads. There is lots of forest around.
My house is only 3 minutes walk from the nearest swimming spot, where there is a dock for swimming, as well as a little child friendly patch of sand for shallow bathing, a slide and some beach toys for the smallest kids. There is also a porter potty here and a walled in changing area.
If you walk 15 minutes you reach another swimming spot in the same lake. And if you continue on this road a little more, you reach the orange marked hiking path Roslagsleden.
A 15 minute walk in the area on the other side of Svensbodavägen takes you to a small soccer field that also has boule courts (bring your own balls). This is also where the communal water tap is located.
DISTANCES AND TRANSPORTATION:
Supermarket is 7 km (4,5 miles) away. Bus stop is 5 km (3 miles) away with bus straight to Stockholm city or with change in Åkersberga.
Åkersberga with big shops/supermarkets is 20 km (12 miles) away and on the way if you come from Stockholm.
Norrtälje, a very cute picturesque summer town, is 20 km away.
Archipelago is 6 km away - there are some public traffic boats that leave from Östanå Färjeläge. Östanå Färjeläge also has the closest restaurant, called Östanå Sjökrog with good food (pasta around 150SEK, mains 180-270 SEK).
I do recommend coming here by car. It is possible to take the bus from Stockholm and walk 5 km but you need to bring with you food and sometimes drinking water or you'll have to get that in the supermarket 7 km away, so it gets difficult without a car.
At the moment I have no bikes at the house for you to borrow.
Coming straight from Arlanda Airport is tricky with public transport (2-3 buses via Norrtälje, and then walk 5 km) and expensive with taxi (no fixed price but a guess is around 1000 SEK).
In order to find my place on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps put in "Svensboda, Norrtälje, Sweden".
• No smoking in the house. There is lots of outdoor space for that but please don't throw cigarette butts on the ground.
• Be mindful and nice to the neighbours :)
• No pets allowed.
• If you play loud music a lot, there is a possibility that the closest neighbours will complain if they are out there. If that happens, please respect their wishes.
• Nothing but toilet paper can be put in the drop toilet.
Before you leave:
• Make sure water and heat is turned off.
• Do all the dishes and put away.
• Wipe down counters, tables and sink.
• Vacuum clean all the rooms. You can walk in with shoes if you want, but you should leave it without any trace of that.
• Take away recyclables and take out garbage.
• Put used sheets in the laundry basket if you have rented sheets. Shake and fold blankets in the beds.
• Complete list in the house, main rule is "leave it as you found it, ready for the next guest". If not, a cleaning fee will have to be kept from your deposit, which will have to cover having someone drive out there and clean after you.