In the large log house is Trakt Kitchen, the on-site restaurant which is also open to outside guests. The dishes have a nostalgic touch, as many of the recipes have been used on the main farm for several generations. Here, the foods are prepared at a slow pace; the sourdough is leavened, the meats are smoked and the jams are made from scratch on-site. The Hereford beef is from the farm, and so are most vegetables, fruits and berries. Eggs are supplied by the neighbouring farm. Guests are also invited to use the wood-fired sauna, located by a small lake around a one-kilometre walk from the property.
In the past, the thickly forested province of Småland has been seen as something that people travel through rather than travel to, such as from Stockholm to Malmö and the south, or from Gothenburg to the Baltic coast. It’s easy to become blasé about all the natural beauty when the landscape is so uniform. In recent years, however, Småland has experienced a bit of a renaissance with many new and unorthodox hospitality experiences popping up around the region. It is also home to the ‘glass kingdom’, Sweden’s epicentre for glass-making, and a popular region for hiking, trekking, fishing and cycling.