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.

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.
Notice the lovely red painted patterns on ends of the beams in the center of the ceiling.

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.