Off to Gunnebo Castle, I mean House

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Map of the estate.
An hour north (I think) of Gothenburg was a Swedish version of a castle. Well, that's how my friends described it. Imagine to my surprise that it was actually an estate. It realy looked like something out of a Jane Austen novel and I was waiting for the ladies costumed in Empire waisted attire to step out of the house. And where was Mr. Darcy?

Taken from the brochure, a little about Gunnebo House:
Gunnebo House is set within the 100 acres of the reserve, along with other buildings, gardens, parks, fields and forests. The house was built at the end of teh 18th century as a grand summer residence for the wealthy merchant John Hall. It was described as "the most beautiful and exquisite wooden building in the kingdom".
The name Gunnebo was first mentioned at the end of the 14th century in a list of properties owned by the church.

In 1778 John Hall purchased the estate in order to erect a villa where he could reside during the summer. Carl Wilhelm Carlberg, the town architect of Gothenburg, was commissioned to design the entire estate, including the interior decoration, most of the furniture, the gardens and the surrounding buildings. It is one of Sweden's best exemples of neoclassical architecture.

After the death of John Hall Sr., his son, John Hall Jr., took over the family company. Although artistically gifted, he did not inherit his father's business acumen. The Hall trading house was put into receivership in 1807 and for Gunnebo a period of decay followed. Gunnebo was sold at auction and the estate finally came into the ownership of Baron Carl Sparre and his wife Baroness Hilda Sparre. They looked after and preserved Gunnebo and allowed a great deal of the original detail to remain. After the death of Hilda Sparre, Gunnebo was purchased by the Municipality of Mölndal. Between 1949 and 1952 the house was renovated, following the original drawings and other documentation.
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Map of the estate.
Map of the estate.
On the path to Gunnebo house.
On the path to Gunnebo house.
One of the lakes on the estate.
One of the lakes on the estate.
It was a little bit cold.
It was a little bit cold.
Why do I always sner at the camera?
Why do I always sner at the camera?
Smile!
Smile!
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Fence made of cut saplings.
Fence made of cut saplings.
Thats me!
That's me!
Baaaaaa!!
Baaaaaa!!
She was fascinated by the sheep. A…
She was fascinated by the sheep. …
A mama and her babies.  Mmm, tende…
A mama and her babies. Mmm, tend…
We were trying to be artistic.
We were trying to be artistic.
Part or frieze on the back of the …
Part or frieze on the back of the…
The back of Gunnebo House.
The back of Gunnebo House.
Master of the house.
Master of the house.
My friend Anne, trying to figure o…
My friend Anne, trying to figure …
One of the statues in the garden. …
One of the statues in the garden.…
View from the gardens.
View from the gardens.
Some of the finds in the store.
Some of the finds in the store.
The fireplace in the restaurant.
The fireplace in the restaurant.
Feeding the horses, not my best po…
Feeding the horses, not my best p…
Check-in out the horses.
Check-in out the horses.
Not sure what shes doing!
Not sure what she's doing!
The front of the house.
The front of the house.
Waiting for Mr. Darcy?
Waiting for Mr. Darcy?
Since the niches were empty, my fr…
Since the niches were empty, my f…
The front of Gunnebo House.
The front of Gunnebo House.
Loving it!
Loving it!
The last picture!
The last picture!
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