About this listing
My self-contained guestroom is a cozy place to spend a few days while enjoying the peaceful surroundings on Gotland during fall and winter. All the comforts of home with WiFi, TV/DVD, tiled shower/WC, and a kitchenette for light meals. Comfy beds!
A self-contained double bedroom on the second floor of our home with separate entry, kitchenette, private shower&WC and your own balcony for morning sunshine. The hillside with a multitude of wild spring flowers amongst oaks and hazels is the view from your balcony! The stone wall defining the farmstead dates from the early 1800s.
Our country home has a panoramic view to the south and west overlooking fields and meadows towards Fardume Lake – a designated bird sanctuary. The nearby marshes, grass and hedgerows provide a perfect haven for a multitude of birds and other wildlife like foxes, hares and even the occasional roe deer. Thrill to the call of cranes and geese while enjoying the magnificent sunsets with the tower of medieval Hellvi church silhouetted in the distance.
The Gotlandic countryside will delight you with its spring flowers, beginning with hepatica and wood anemones in April and a crescendo of blooms reaching their peak with over 35 species of orchids in May and June. Enjoy lovely sunny summer days and wonderful autumn colours! Biking is a pleasure on Gotland with rolling fields and forest scenery, roadsides full of wildflowers and small fishing hamlets on stony coasts. I have a collection of vintage bikes that will allow you to explore the local haunts. Avonlea lies near the coast (about 1 km to Valleviken with sandy shallow beach, harbour and restaurant), Rute Stone-oven Bakery and grocery stores in Fårösund (15 km) bike rentals and ferry to Fårö, and Lärbro (10 km) that also has a superb greengrocer. There are many lovely sandy beaches in the neighbourhood as well as magnificent stonestack fields, cafés and a bakery.
I’ll be happy to tell you about all the interesting things you can see on walks/rides in the neighbourhood. Take a walk on the many forest trails or across the meadow to the bird-watching platform at the lake. It's a bird-watcher's paradise!
Bed & Breakfast is an option for those renting our bedroom suite with breakfast served in our dining room or enclosed sun porch. Or else I’ll stock your fridge with breakfast makings and an evening snack if requested at time of booking – special for bird watchers and late night ferry arrivals! Let me know if you require bed linens and towels (extra 10Euro/ person)
For further information and pictures please visit my website at
Welcome to the lovely serenity of Avonlea!
WiFi with a code, wooden deck with lawn chairs and lake view. Swing set and sandbox for children on the lawn as well as a picnic table in direct proximity to the balcony staircase, for outdoor dining. I have a grill for your personal use.
Interaction with guests
I am pleased to welcome my guests and provide information on local sights and activities as well as lending bicycles for use in the neighbourhood. I will most likely be at home during the time I have guests. I also offer trail riding for experienced riders on my trusty Connemara ponies!
I love the wonderful spacious feeling of the scenery and view over Fardume Lake from my house. The birdlife is a constant source of delight. I hope my guests will enjoy exploring the neighbourhood by bike or perhaps with me on a guided horseback tour (for experienced riders). There are lots of great places to visit, the sea, seastack areas, lunch on a pier by the sea, excellent bathing beaches, a rustic country bakery with delicious pasteries and sandwiches, not to mention a mean cafe latte! There is a local museum depicting life in the area over the past century as well as Bunge Museet, a wonderful open-air museum featuring an extensive collection of historical farmsteads and other buildings from Northern Gotland. There are a several excellent dining venues, one just a 15 min walk away by the harbour in Valleviken (Sjökrogen) and the others within 10 km (Fabriken Furillen, Bungenäs). Why not pay a visit to Fårö, the island just across the sound from Fårösund, home to the Bergman Centre and numerous sandy beaches and seastack wonders?
There is regular bus service from Visby on line 20 which frequents Rute several times daily, stopping at Kauparve, or Rute church and once daily via Valleviken on its way to Fårösund. I would be happy to meet you at the bus by prior arrangement. There is ample parking space. If arriving at Visby airport there is a bus service into Visby several times daily where you can make connections to Bus # 20 in the direction of Slite, Rute and Fårösund. If you wish to rent a car you can do so at the airport or in Visby or else I can put you in contact or reserve a good used car from Carinas car hire in Fårösund (at very reasonable daily or weekly rates).
Other things to note
Let me know if you require bed linens and towels (extra 10Euro/ person).
If you would like breakfast (extra charge), I require at least a 24-hour notice so that I can buy fresh groceries and make the necessary preparations. Breakfast requests within 24-hours of arrival might not be possible but I could stock your refrigerator with breakfast supplies.
I am certainly available for your needs, and interaction as much as you like, but will respect your need for privacy. I am full of recommendations for fun and exciting things to do in the neighbourhood so take a look at the airbnb guidebook on our listing site and feel free to ask me any questions for suggestions on exploring Gotland. I also offer trail-riding (extra charge) for experienced riders on my Connemara ponies.
No smoking. Extra charge for pets. Quiet hours between midnight and 7 am!
I am a Canadian who's lived on the beautiful island of Gotland for the past 39 years. Alongside running my Bed and Breakfast I teach English as a home language and also work as a free-lance translator from Swedish to English. My passion is my Connemara ponies and horseback-riding. I am happy to offer assistance to foreign guests so that they can discover the treasures Gotland has on offer: historical, scenic and cultural. My home is my castle and it is a pleasure to share the lovely peaceful pastoral scenery here at Avonlea with my visitors.