Have a relaxing stay in the middle of beautiful Dalsland
Staying in a Hermitage Cottage at Swedish Country Living is a truly memorable nature experience. Surrounded by forest, overlooking the water, it’s a paradise where you can relax completely and wind down in luxury off-grid accommodation.
Accommodation – Close to nature stay with a luxurious feel
At family owned Swedish Country Living you’ll find two cosy hermitages, the Slate House Hermitage and the Hermitage Cottage, where you can have a luxurious stay in cabins with no electricity or running water. When you’re here its easy to wind down, feel good and just enjoy the peace and quiet in the middle of the Dalsland’s countryside. Each cottage has access to a private bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and toilet in a separate building.
Some of the things that make the accommodation climate smart:
The hermitage cabins are made from reclaimed building materials and wood from their own forest. Insulation comes from natural materials like wool, hemp and wood fibre.
The closed loop cabin uses water from the lake for the shower. The grey water is then filtered via the greenhouse and returned to the environment. The urine diverting compost toilets separate waste to recover nutrients, which are then used in the fruit garden.
The site’s electricity is produced by their own solar array.
The best time to visit Swedish Country Living is April-September.
Activities – Sustainable adventures in nature
Swedish Country Living is situated in beautiful wild countryside. A wonderful place where you can just be, and appreciate the natural surroundings full of fresh air and clean water. There are also several ways to be active, both on land and in the water.
Walking and paddling
There are lots of walking possibilities.
Paddle canoe or kayak in the nearby lake.
The beautiful natural setting is perfect for relaxation and wellbeing.
A morning or evening dip in the lake is always an energy boost.
Enjoy the peace of nature from your bedside in the glass cabin.
Food – Home produce and nature’s pantry
Food, the environment and wellbeing are all connected at Swedish Country Living, where the meals served are made from their own produce or ingredients from the local area. The farm has a KRAV organic certification and provides everything from meat from the grazing sheep, to home grown veg. With the addition of wild herbs, dining experiences direct from nature are created.
Some examples of their sustainable production:
Meat from their own sheep which is butchered on the farm, and breakfast eggs from their own hens.
Vegetables are grown using permaculture methods and fertilised with sheep manure from the farm in an eternal cycle.
A zero-waste policy where food waste is given to the animals on the farm or composted.
Named Sweden’s Most Sustainable Destination in the 360° Eat Guide 2021.
Transport – How to get here in an environmentally friendly way
Swedish Country Living is just over an hour from Gothenburg by train, and there are several ways to get here with low carbon emissions.
The train stops at Mellerud station, where you can book transfer by the accommodation’s electric car, a journey of around ten kilometres. If you travel from Gothenburg the train journey is just over an hour, and from Stockholm around five hours with one change.
Own electric car
There’s a 22kW solar EV charge point on site for guests arriving in their own electric car.
Carbon footprint calculation – how the climate is impacted by your holiday
Let us assume that there are two of you living in London and wondering where to go for your holiday this year. You want to have a comfortable stay, eat well and experience something memorable. We’ll show you here how much you can save the climate by travelling to Inforest instead of a standard hotel somewhere else in Sweden. You can also see the CO2 emissions caused by different travel options.
The calculation includes return transport from London for two people, and accommodation. The result is shown per person in the diagram.
Would you like to know how sustainable your planned holiday is?