Norrqvarn Hotell is set in an old mill on the banks of Göta Canal, Sweden. Surrounded by woods and fields, the hotel seems pretty idyllic, yet, nothing out the ordinary. But… there’s a couple of surprises hiding around the corner.
In a nod to the youngest guests (and those of us who still feel like children at heart), the hotel has created magical custom-made houses in the forest. You can choose between giant mushrooms or large tree stumps, all of which had been carved in wood by an artist, Sören Niklasson. Both types of houses are whimsical and filled with imaginative details, making for a truly fairy-tale experience. For something more conventional but still charming, there’s also the Lock Keeper’s Cottage by the canal. It comes with two bedrooms, your own garden and barbecue, and a whole lot of adorable vintage details.
The best time to stay at Norrqvarn Hotell is during the Midsummer Festival (celebrated in June), which is a day full of singing, dancing, and festivities. Other than that, you can enjoy the simple summer pleasures like swimming in the canal, hiking, and cycling. And, of course, Norrqvarn being a family hotel, there is a lot of activities for kids.