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The 10 best rural hotels and getaways in Österlen, Sweden

10 charming Österlen stays for a rural weekend away

Summer in Österlen is beautiful, mesmerising and inescapably short. The southeastern Swedish region has attracted artists and other creative types for centuries – mainly due to its unique light and the relaxed way of living, which is slightly slower and a bit more laid back than in the rest of Sweden. Österlen is dotted with pretty coastal towns, long sandy beaches and plenty of quality cafés and eateries. We list 10 of our favourite stays around the region.

01

TypeO Loft

We know it is frowned upon to toot our own horn, but we can’t not mention TypeO Loft – our own secluded one-room slow living bed and breakfast – when covering Österlen. As travel writers, with the many wonderful destinations we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in mind, we wanted to create a hospitality concept that brought together all that we’ve loved. But also everything that we have missed. The result is TypeO Loft, an intimate and personal getaway that is specifically arranged for our guest’s comfort and relaxation. It has been called Skåne’s – and possibly Sweden’s – most stylish B&B in the domestic press.

TypeO Loft
Gamla Lundavägen 418
Ystad
Sweden

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02

Talldungens Gårdshotell

The Talldungen countryside hotel, run by husband and wife team David Levung-Höök and Emma Höök, started out as a foodie hotspot that attracted people in the know. A decade later, Talldungen is the place to see and be seen for anyone who visits Österlen. The relaxed 18-room property, which has an on-site micro-bakery, serves up a mean Med-inspired four-course menu well worth the visit.

Talldungens Gårdshotell
Bengtemöllevägen 7
Brösarp
Sweden

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Grams Gård

An 1851 farmstead, made up of three wings that form a U-shape around a cobblestone courtyard with a large chestnut tree at its centre, has been transformed into a spectacular retreat. The reason it looks so good is due to the fact that its owners, Ia Hjärre and Andy Nettleton, are both architects. The farm offers three types of accommodations: a 90 square metre ground floor apartment, a 50 square metre studio flat and a 25 square metre cabin, placed on its own in a nearby field.

Grams Gård
Simris 184
Simris
Sweden

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04

Villa Strandvägen

A stone’s throw from Ystad’s beach and just around the corner from Ystad Saltsjöbad spa is Villa Strandvägen, a gorgeous wooden villa designed by Danish architect Peter Boisen. At the seven-room property, which is decorated in a romantic and floral Laura Ashley-inspired style, head chef Minus Källström and his team set out to create a feast for the taste buds with a seasonal menu.

Villa Strandvägen
Strandvägen 1
Ystad
Sweden

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Örum 119 Löderup Sweden

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Örum 119

Örum 119 is so much more than a place to stay. This lifestyle destination, which attracts hordes of visitors, is a café, a wood-fired pizza restaurant, an artisanal bakery, an ice cream parlour, a garden shop and a hotel merged into one. The hotel, located in a former school, has 15 well-appointed rooms. There is also Norrgavelhuset, a separate house with a decor by Nirvan Richter, designer and founder of environmentally sustainable Swedish furniture brand Norrgavel.

Örum 119
Örumsvägen 119
Löderup
Sweden

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Rubensholm Bed & Breakfast Brösarp Sweden

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Rubensholm Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the rolling landscapes around Brösarp is Rubensholm, a bed and breakfast housed in an 18th century half-timbered farmstead. Here, owners Margareta and William Söderlund have created a charming and rustic retreat that focuses on the simple pleasures in life – enjoying a glass of chilled wine in a comfortable wicker chair in the courtyard, dozing off to sleep in between linen sheets and starting the day with a breakfast tray packed with local treats.

Rubensholm Bed & Breakfast
Rubensholm 106
Brösarp
Sweden

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07

MårtenPers Källa

Hospitality, nature and culture are brought together at MårtenPers Källa, an 11-room property housed in a former cowshed. This place is an odd bird, featuring exposed brick walls, ornamental wrought iron railings and cement floors. Our favourite space is the rustic event space where large square window panes frame the breathtaking views of rolling fields like live postcards. MårtensPers Källa also has an art hall and a summer theatre.

MårtenPers Källa
Brantevik
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Rebecca Wallin and MårtenPers Källa

08

Ystad Saltsjöbad

In 1896, pharmacist and local politician Salomon Smith put in a motion to build a hotel along the sandy beaches on the outskirts of Ystad. Today, this same hotel has grown into one of Sweden’s most popular wellness destinations. With 139 rooms and suites, a spa area named Lido, several treatment facilities, a lounge area, the Nero bar and restaurants Port and Gildas, Ystad Saltsjöbad is sure to keep you busy.

Ystad Saltsjöbo
Saltsjöbadsvägen 15
Ystad
Sweden

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Photography courtesy of Ystad Saltsjöbad

09

Karlaby Kro

Karlaby Kro is one of Österlen’s more classical getaways with its white lime mortar façade, crisp bed linen and traditional table settings with white tablecloths and candelabras. This 22-room countryside inn, located west of the quaint coastal town of Simrishamn, is known for its restaurant, as well as its orangery with a swimming pool.

Karlaby Kro
Karlabyvägen 50
Tommarp
Sweden

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Bäddar Ängar Tomelilla Sweden

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Bäddar & Ängar

The romantic and bohemian vibes are unmistakable at Bäddar & Ängar, a 10-room bed and breakfast located just north of the town of Tomelilla. The idea is to bring together people from all walks of life, which is done through various activities in the fields of wellness and spirituality. How about a crash course in line dance or a class in ikebana flower arrangement? Nothing is off-topic at Bäddar & Ängar.

Bäddar & Ängar
Everöd
Tomelilla
Sweden

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