Try being Lord of the Manor for a few days at one of the 150 or so castles in Skåne. Full of fairytale charms, beautiful gardens, works of art, corridors full of age-old intrigue, and the odd resident ghost, you shouldn’t miss the magic of castle dining. And here in Skåne it won’t cost you a King’s ransom for your visit either. The food and beverages has come a long way since medieval times too. Here are a few tips on six castles where you can live the life of Lords and Ladies, if just for one time. 

Bäckaskog castle

Bäckaskog castle

The favoured country residence of King Karl 15th over a hundred years ago, the castle lies between two sparkling lakes just northeast of Kristianstad. Enjoy some royal relaxation while the chefs roast wild boar and deer over the open fire, just like the ancient monks. If you’re feeling active, serve up a few games of tennis before dinner, ride bikes in the enchanting surroundings or canoe on the lakes. Then off to bed in your suite for a right royal sleep. Beautiful outdoor area in the summer.

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Häckeberga castle

Häckeberga castle

Right on the lakeside in one of Skåne’s prettiest nature reserves, Häckeberga Castle is the place to relax your pace. Built in 1875 in late renaissance style, the castle is surrounded by woods that are home to rare birds of prey and plenty of fallow deer. Quiet and peaceful, yet just 30 minutes from Malmö, 20 minutes to Lund, and 15 minutes to Malmö Airport, it’s the right location to spoil yourself with luxurious bedrooms and personal service. The castle is worth visiting just to savour the fantastic food with mouthwatering flavours prepared by the chefs using locally grown produce.

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Kronovalls Vinslott - The Wine Castle of Kronovall

Kronovalls Vinslott - The Wine Castle of Kronovall

If wine is on your mind, then don’t miss the home of the Åkesson wine family in the middle of a beech forest in beautiful Österlen. Train your palette on some of the tens of thousands of bottles of Swedish-made sparkling stored just eight meters below your table, and tuck into some fabulous dishes made from local ingredients. Then spend the night in a room furnished from the 18th and 19th century named after your favourite grape variety. Don’t miss its wine festival, or take in one of the outdoor concerts that feature some of the best Swedish and international artists every summer.

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Sofiero castle

Sofiero castle

With panoramic views over Öresund and Denmark, few castles in Sweden enjoy a more beautiful location than Sofiero. Named Europe’s most beautiful park, you can stroll through the 10,000 rhododendron bushes and picnic on velvety lawns amid lush flower beds. Don’t miss the restaurant, voted as one of the best in Sweden and serving local specialty dishes according to what’s in season. Speaking of seasons, you’ll never be lost for things to do. From listening to international stars such as Sting to painting courses and garden festivals, boredom is not an option.

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Svaneholms castle

Svaneholms castle

Why do ordinary, when you can go castle class? Dating back to 1530, Svaneholm castle is built in Gothic revival style and situated on a beautiful inlet on Svaneholm Lake. With menus designed to enliven all your taste buds, and matching wines to pepper your palette, this mix of south Sweden and classic French cuisine is not to be missed. And legend has it you won’t be alone during your stay. If you’re feeling bold, try out the ghost exhibition. You might run into the white lady, man with the cloak, the grey monk or the hairy lady. Don’t miss the annual Christmas market if you’re around during the festive season. If you are a group you can try your hand at cooking courses, line dancing, “castle battles” and much more.

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Örenäs castle

Örenäs castle

Like champagne? Love golf? Then Örenäs castle is the perfect place for you. An oasis of greenery on the coast of Skåne, it’s the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of the city and an inspiring environment for both weekends and creative meetings. Located 15 km south of Helsingborg, the castle offers you magnificent views towards Denmark and the island of Ven. Sample their grandiose multi-course menus, all cooked with style and sophistication, and use the castle as the perfect base for your activities and visits. Stay over in modern equipped rooms, go for a round of mini-golf in the grounds, take a walk in the park, or go fishing right next door. Paradise just came a little closer.

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