Discovered via Pinterest: Sågverket Möten Rum & Kök. Translation: “Sawmill Meeting Room & Kitchen,” a waterside hostel and retreat center with uncommon style.
Situated in northern Sweden’s High Coast region, Sågverket occupies four buildings on the grounds of a historic sawmill that many years ago was converted into a nature retreat. More recently, it was given a facelift by visionary owner, David Fahlén, who transformed the spread into a showcase of rustic-luxe Scandi design—cafe-restaurant, gardens, sauna, and wood-fired hot tub included. Just this week, the property changed hands again—it had been listed by Fantastic Frank, who no doubt had a hand in some of the styling. We’re assured the new keepers know a good thing and plan to keep the Sawmill buzzing.
Above: During the cold months, Sågverket operates as a meeting center with a schedule of retreats. From May 15 through August, it morphs into a low-key family hostel. Fahlén furnished the rooms himself with a high-low mix of finds, many of them from yard sales and Ikea.
Above: Tiled walls, pale wood, and dark accents at one end of the restaurant.
Above: Black pendants and Nelson Sepulveda’s Z1 Lantern (available from Home Stories in Brooklyn) in the tall-ceilinged dining room. The communal table was built by a local carpenter.
Above L: Details worth copying: Outsize tiles in an offset pattern and a utensil rail (with wicker carpet beater). Above R: Labware vases.
Above: A well-designed kitchen in an apartment for staff or guests.
Above: There are 15 guest rooms in total, no two alike, and all with shared baths. There’s no TV (but there is Wi-Fi), and kids and well-behaved pets are welcome.
Above: No hogging the blanket: In the Swedish style, double beds have two sets of covers. Fahlén says he decorated the bedrooms very simply: “The only purpose is for you to rest in a beautiful setting and get a good night’s sleep.”
Above: As is fitting for a former sawmill, there’s a wood shop.
Above: The bright open space upstairs from the restaurant is alternatively put to use as an art galley, conference room, party spot, and yoga studio.
Above: The red shingled main house dates back to 1910. Built with wood from the sawmill, it served until 1933 as the manager’s house.
Above: Follow the birch trees to the water. The property is situated on the Ångermanälven, a river that runs to the sea (Hemsön island visible on the other side is a ferry ride away). For more details, go to Sågverket.