Four years ago, when architect Kristina Wachtmeister and her husband inherited an estate located outside the village of Knislinge, they converted its 18th-century farmhouse into an 11-room hotel. The hotel, called
Wanås (pronounced va-noos) after the estate, is renovated with sustainable oak (sourced from the estate forest) and limestone floors, vintage tile, and custom or found furniture. Wachtmeister’s understated interiors occupy the space between historic and modern, polished and approachable. Here’s a look.
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Wanås Hotel; pricing ranges from 1,650 SEK ($200 USD) to 2,200 SEK ($260) with dinner per person per night.
Magnus Mårdinger, courtesy of Wanås Hotel.
Above: Wachtmeister updated the historic farmhouse with new windows, doors, Corten steel frames, and lighting. The original stone walls are one meter (about 40 inches) thick. Above: The hotel lounge features an original marble fireplace mantel, terrazzo floors, and furniture custom-made by Christian Halleröd, the designer at perfume company Byredo, mixed with furniture sourced from the farmhouse attic. The artwork is by Ylva Ogland (left) and Ann-Sofi Sidén (right). Above: A blue kitchenette occupies a niche in the ground floor, and a staircase made of oak salvaged from the estate leads to the first floor. Above: An array of Halleröd’s custom furniture, 20th-century vintage, Rubn lighting, and a fabric-covered Tiki Sofa from Fogia. Above: The downstairs restaurant is designed with Thomas Bernstrand Size Tables from Blå Station and Button Chairs from Gärsnäs covered in red-tanned leather from the estate. Illumination is provided by rows of Rubn Holborn Pendant Lights. Above: The restaurant’s open kitchen, complete with a Rubn Long John Pendant Lamp, is where produce harvested from the estate is prepared. The sofas in the foreground are Hans Wegner reupholstered with estate leather. Above: The original farmhouse window frames show a cross section of the one-meter-thick stone walls. Above: Halleröd designed a custom oak peg rail, standing clothes rack, and folding luggage rack for guest room entryways. Above: Hotel rooms are designed with custom bed frames and chairs, Le Klint Pendant Lights, and Rubn Hunter Floor Lamps. Above: Bathrooms are finished with vintage pink square tiles and Ifö bath fixtures. Above: The mudroom at Wanås is stocked with Stutterheim raincoats and Hunter boots for guests to wear around the estate. Above: A view from the rear of the farmhouse. Above: The estate includes a sculpture garden started by Marika Wachtmeister in 1897 and now run by the Wanås Foundation, plus a historic castle rebuilt in 1556 after it was destroyed in a fire. Above: A view of the estate beech and oak trees. The Wanås Estate is an hour-and-a-half drive from Malmö or Copenhagen.
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