Wanås hotel and restaurant opens in converted 18th-century cow barn and horse stable - architecture and design

Wanås hotel and restaurant opens in converted 18th-century cow barn and horse stable



A pair of stone barns on a castle estate in southwest Sweden have been turned into a boutique hotel and restaurant with interiors designed by Kristina Wachtmeister.
The two low stone buildings face each other across a gravel path and area of grass at the centre of the 15th-century Wanås estate and organic farm, 70 miles north-east of Malmö.

The hotel is housed in the former stables, with 11 bedrooms spread between the ground and first floor. The original walls of the stables are a metre thick.
"I wanted to make it cosy and nice as these walls can be very cold sometimes," explained architect Kristina Wachtmeister, who is married to the owner of the estate and lives in a wing of the castle with their children.
"We aimed to keep it as much as possible like it is now and then add on the cosy elements."
On the ground floor, guests can relax in a communal lounge area, with chalky blue walls, a table and chairs for working at, a bar modelled on a domestic kitchen, and a seating area with sofas and armchairs.
Wachtmeister wanted the communal lounge area to feel as if the guests were in their own home. She looked for furniture in the attic of the castle, where she found a mixture of 1970s and 1980s pieces that were used to decorate the space.

The items found in the attic are mixed in with pieces bought at auction and new furnishings bought from mostly Scandinavian designers, such as sofas from Fogia. The floors are laid with terrazzo.
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