Hidden In A Forest

One of our favorite old garden pavilions – or “lusthus,” as they are called in Scandinavia – can be found hiding on a forested estate, north of Stockholm.

Built in 1888, this grand old pavilion first caught our eye in the lusthus book, “Länge Leva Lusthusen,” by Hans Mårtensson.

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The the lanterna (cupola) sits like a crown on top, and all around the exterior, fussy “snickarglädje” (gingerbread woodwork trim) gives the building a festive appearance.  Looking up under the eaves, a celebration of “snickerglädje” catches the eye.
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Notice the lovely red painted patterns on ends of the beams in the center of the ceiling.
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The windows are marvelous. The tiny inset panes of stained glass panes in yellow, red and blue highlight these 120-year-old windows.

I remember this lusthus was not easy to find.

The book had given us the general whereabouts, but it took some hunting to find the structure.

It was a treat to behold and much larger than we had imagined – roughly the same size of our own Herrgård 15 pavilions, and roughly the same height.

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