Gunnebo House and Gardens - The 1700s summer villa
A quarter of an hour out of Gothenburg lies Gunnebo House and Gardens – an excellent choice if you want to stroll around in a beautiful park setting and eat well. Perfect for a day trip!
Surrounded by leafy woodland, Gunnebo House sits on a hill between two lakes, Stensjön and Rådasjön. The first thing you notice are the gardens. During summer the bushes and trees are perfectly trimmed, the lawns always mown, and the flower borders take pride of place with a magnificent show of colours. The manor is equally beautiful, with a style that reflects a period when detail was everything, and the budget unlimited when it was a matter of creating something world class.
Nowadays Gunnebo is a living 18th century estate and cultural centre, where you can make your own journey of discovery, go on a guided tour, or enjoy one of the many events. The garden and park are open all year round. It’s truly an attraction for all ages and tastes.
How to get there
Gunnebo House is in Mölndal, approximately 10 km south west of central Gothenburg. The nearest stop is Gunnebo Park, from where it’s a one kilometre walk up to the House. Take the Västtåget train to Mölndal station and then bus 753, or tram 2, 4 or 13 to Korsvägen, followed by bus 753. The whole journey takes just less than 30 minutes. In Västtrafik’s travel planner you’ll find the quickest route. Search for Gunnebo Park.
Gunnebo House was designed as a total work of art by Gothenburg’s city architect, Carl Wilhelm Carlberg, in the 1780s. Almost two hundred original drawings laid the foundation for several extensive reconstruction projects which have restored the property to its original appearance. A 45 minute guided tour will take you through the whole building, with many interesting stories and anecdotes from the past. During the period from October to March the tours take place at weekends, and every day during the summer.
Photographer: Happy Visuals
The green spaces around the house are made up of both formal gardens and wild landscapes. Closest to the house is the formal garden, with statues, decorative urns, exotic plants, topiary and avenues.
Photographer: Lina Ikse
A bit further away is the English Garden, with paths taking you to tranquil lakes and dramatic cliffs. There are also two large kitchen gardens, where vegetables and herbs are harvested to be used in the restaurant. The garden is open all year round. The park and forest around the estate have a pushchair and wheelchair friendly circular walking trail.
Photographer: Happy Visuals
Coffee House and Restaurant
Gunnebo Coffee House and Restaurant is in the old servants’ quarters, right next to the castle. Lunches, pastries and coffee are served here every day. All ingredients are organic and the menu is seasonal, closely connected to the place and the 18th century.
Photographer: Jonas Ingman
Have a taste of The Edible Country
The Edible Country is a collaboration between Visit Sweden and several of Sweden’s regions, where you can book a table outdoors and have a go at DIY-ning. Make food with good friends, discover new and exciting ingredients and get closer than ever to Swedish nature. The tables are spread all over Sweden. When you book the table at Gunnebo you can enjoy delicious ingredients from the estate’s kitchen garden, surrounded by stately oaks, in a beautiful historic setting.
Photographer: TINA STAFREN
- All the activities held here. It can be worth checking the events calendar on Gunnebo’s website when you are planning your trip. Activities are arranged here all year round. You can enjoy concerts, Family Seed Days in spring, midsummer celebration, summer theatre, an autumn harvest market and traditional Christmas markets in November.
- A visit to the open farm. To the east of the kitchen garden there’s a group of traditional Falu red buildings. It’s Gunnebo’s farm, where children can say hi to the horses and cows, and play in the play area.
- Buying something nice to take home. In the shop you’ll find home baked bread from the award winning bakery, and several other Gunnebo products, like tea mixes and jams. It also stocks garden equipment, local craftwork, toys and books.
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