The Schenströmska Manor in Ramnas is certainly a different place to stay.
Décor is in that pre-distressed “shabby-chic” look, where furniture is chosen either for its appearance of age and wear and tear or where new items are deliberately distressed to achieve the appearance of being old, delivering a soft, yet opulent, but also rustic-style.
Unlike mansion houses of England and Italy, this house is not set in a landscaped garden, and is typically Swedish in that respect, with views over open countryside to nearby Lake Nadden and the Strömsholms Canal. There is also a peculiar arrangement with a very “industrial” view from the terrace of the main house across the factories and railway of the original owner’s business ventures, and quite unlike the lawns and landscaped views of most other European country houses and estates.
Breakfast was typically Swedish, with no hot option, but was to a high standard.
Rooms were clean. No mini-bar or tea and coffee in rooms. Bathroom was adequate and clean with under-floor heating.
Parking was on-sire and free.
Staying in March was probably not the best time to stay, as I was perhaps their only guest, with Christmas and the summer months being their peak time, and events, such as weddings being their main activity.
Staff deserve a special mention, especially Helen. All spoke good English and were most courteous and attentive, without being intrusive.
The restaurant wasn’t open in the evenings, and the location is a little isolated. There is a pizza restaurant in the village, perhaps a 15 minute walk away, but otherwise you need to travel by car to find food in the evening.
I'm told by local colleagues that the wine cellar is particulaly impresive, but I didn't parttake.
I would stay here again, and would recommend it to others
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will find us 20 minutes outside of Västerås - Schenströmska Herrgården! With a history dating back to the 18th century and with a location by the water front in a harmonious, beautiful and historic location ideal for meetings, weekend breaks and weddings. Here with us 35 guest rooms and event possibilities for up to 500 persons awaits you, and in our 7 meeting rooms you will find everything you need to have a successful meeting! The lovely green areas, the tranquil surroundings, the old stable house, smithy and bakery all gives the opportunity to host amazing, unique events and activities. Down by the canal you will also find extra relaxation in our sauna and hot tubs. Elegance, personal service and a warm family feeling awaits you along with a great restaurant and a wine cellar with vintages from the year 1928. Here we are working under the leading words - "nothing is impossible"! ... more less
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