If you are longing for a calm countryside vacation full of fresh air and beautiful open meadows, then try Skåne in the south of Sweden. It has a rich agricultural heritage and a tradition of hospitality. At a farm stay you can choose from a traditional B&B or rent a few rooms with your own amenities. You’ll find a stay in the Skåne countryside 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.
Like horses? Holiday at a stud farm
Watching the blooming canola fields from a horse is a wonderful way to explore Skåne at your own pace. Many stud farms accept guests, several having Icelandic horses as their speciality. Learn more in this article.
Enjoy fishing at a countryside farm
Skåne has some of Europe's best waters for pike, and the fishing along the coast is top notch.
Fish pike in the some of Europe’s best waters, or try the excellent fishing along Skåne’s coast. Immeln, the third biggest lake in the region, is lined by stony beaches and has 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. Buy fishing permits on site.
Relax in the woods
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 can be wet.
Go organic on an eco farm
Skåne is known 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, visit Åsgård-Holkestorp outside Tomelilla in south-eastern Skåne. The cosy cottage for rent has its own small porch and kitchen.
Holiday with the whole family
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 that’s perfect for families next to fields growing organic crops. Children can enjoy toys, trampolines and bikes and they will love cuddling with the farm dogs, cats and rabbits.
Why not take care of the animals?
There are several farms who let you take care of the animals. One of them is Folkesro outside Simrishamn in eastern Skåne. Drive 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.