Built in 1753, Yxtaholms Castle is a real treat for visitors to Sweden and Swedish residents alike. It is set in one of Sweden's most naturally beautiful areas, on an island in the tranquil, forested lake called Yxtasjön. The area is quite remote, there is nothing within walking distance of this sprawling country estate, but you can drive about 3 km to the cozy town of Flen for conveniences. Nyköping is about 50 km away, and Eskilstuna, Katrineholm and Strängnäs are a little closer (Flen is kind of in the middle of all of them). The cozy vacation town of Malmköping is also just a few km down the road.
The country manor contains 7 different buildings, all of which contain some of the 48 rooms in the estate. We stayed in the North Wing, which was a building containing four suites, which was just perfect for us as our whole extended family could stay in what was essentially our own private building. Inside the main building is the restaurant, serving fixed menus of quite mediocre Swedish food, and upstairs you have a bar and sitting room that is quite cozy, especially this time of year when it was all decorated for Christmas. There are bikes that are free to use - definitely recommended in the summertime to explore the grounds. There are also horse stables on the premises that you can do horseback riding (extra cost), as well as taking rowboats out on the lake, doing wine tasting (extra) or other activities.
The grounds of the estate are beautiful, especially in the summertime, with lakes all around, lush deciduous forests, people out rowing on the lakes - and also in the autumn when the trees turn ablaze with color. Winter can be a scene out of a storybook, with snow falling on the frozen lake outside your window, but unfortunately when we were there it was just cold and rainy so we didn't get to enjoy any of those things. You have a sauna out by the lake and walking and biking paths throughout.
We had a suite, and it was surprisingly spacious, especially the bathrooms, and modern too with flat screen TV, large modern shower (some rooms had a bathtub) and wireless internet access (not in all rooms, and it is Telia Homerun, so you have to pay extra for it). There was a small desk for setting up a laptop, and the bed was reasonably comfortable. There was a separate sitting room with a sofa, and we had a bottle of champagne and a plate of chocolates and fruit in our room (might have been part of the package we ordered though, I forget). Typical Swedish wooden floors in the suites.
Yxtaholm is used largely for conferences, so you'll likely see medium-sized Swedish groups here (only 48 rooms though so not huge groups), but it is a family friendly atmosphere for sure (even though we only saw a couple children). This was a lovely short getaway, it felt totally Swedish which was nice in this age of modern chain hotels, and really gave you a feeling of being on a typical Swedish countryside estate, while at the same time offering enough modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. We would definitely return to Yxtaholm, but in the summertime when it is at its most beautiful.
- Also Known As:
- Yxtaholm Slott Sweden/Sodermanland County