Are you longing for a vacation in the countryside? A calmer pace, fresh air and beautiful open meadows grazed by cattle... Skåne in the south of Sweden has a rich agricultural heritage as well as a tradition of hospitality, and today many of the farmers also welcome guests. Whether you opt for a traditional B&B or rent a few rooms with your own amenities. A stay in the Skåne countryside is as relaxing as it is rewarding. There are around 50 farms that are part of the Stay at a farm network. Visit their website for the full list.
Life at a horse farm
Watching the blooming canola fields from a horse is a wonderful way to explore Skåne at your own pace.
Many horse farms accept guests, several having Icelandic horses as their specialty. One of those is Axbrogård, just north of Kristianstad in north-eastern Skåne. Stay in a typical Skåne farmhouse and rent a horse for a week. Ride for 2-3 hours per day and care for your horse. If you are bringing your own horse there’s extra room in the stable.
Fishing vacation on a countryside farm
Skåne has some of Europe's best waters for pike, and the fishing along the coast is top notch.
Venture up to Ivösjön, the biggest lake in the region, and stay at a farm by the lake. Catch everything from pike and pike-perch to eel. The Furustadsgården farm sublets a small red cottage by the water, and the owners will help you with boat, fishing gear and fishing permits.
Immeln is the third biggest lake in the region. A couple of miles further north east and surrounded by woody wilderness, Immeln is lined by stony beaches and over a hundred small islands, creating the impression of an archipelago in middle of the woods.
Rent a room at Killeboda gård Bed & Breakfast by the southern end of the lake, or opt for the small cottage by the lake that comes with its own small bridge. Fishing permissions can be purchased on site.
Live in the woods
In Skåne there are light and airy beech forests in the south to deep coniferous forests of the wilderness in the north. If you fancy a relaxing time amidst trees and greenery, try Svenstorp in the village of Sösdala. Spend the night in the comfortable farmhouse and enjoy walks in the beautiful forest, or watch the cattle as they graze the meadows. Don’t forget to bring your rubber boots - the grounds tend to be wet.
Life on an organic farm
Skåne is referred to as the larder of Sweden and almost 50% of the country's total food production is grown here. if you want to live on an organic farm pay a visit to Åsgård-Holkestorp outside Tomelilla in southeastern Skåne. The cosy cottage for rent has its own small porch and kitchen.
Family vacation on a farm
There are lots of family-friendly farms in the area, and this website has a large selection to choose from. A lovely example is Borrby Kungsgård with a history from the 13th century. Rent fully equipped accommodation perfect for families with kids next to the organic fields. Kids can enjoy toys, trampolines and bikes and they will love cuddling with the farm dogs, cats and rabbits.
Take care of the animals on a farm
There are several farms who the chance to take care of animals. One of them is Folkesro outside Simrishamn i eastern Skåne. Try driving the tractor, pick your own breakfast eggs in the henhouse and feed the horses, sheep and cattle. For more information on places who give you the full farming experience, visit this site.
Agriturismo – live your dream in the countryside
There is a vast selection of Bed & Breakfastfarms offering accommodation and morning meals at reasonable prices. Some places are equipped with a kitchen where you can prepare you own meals. You may need to bring your own linen and towels.