Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our summer house



The guest house.


One of many sheds filled with machines and tools.






The veranda... I see potential here.



Our bay.

My brother's cottage and just 50 meters up this road is our summer house. :)
Today I am packing bags and getting ready for a weeks long vacation in Sweden. Me and the kids are flying out tomorrow and I can't wait to get out to our summer house.

You see, my brother and I took over our late grand father's brother's home in 2001. A paradise situated in the archipelago only an hour and half from Stockholm city and with 2 minutes walk down to our own little bay. Many summers and vacations have been spent here in pure bliss and joy. I even lived there for a short period of time, in transit between living in the US and Mallorca, Spain.

Since 2001 the family has grown, not just my own but my brothers' families as well and we have been waiting for someone to sell close by... We've been waiting for the opportunity to add another property to our family paradise. And last year it happened.

Our good friends Rossario and Renée decided to sell their cottage after some health issues and reaching their 70's. With no children to take over, we gave them an offer and the deal was done. They have treasured their little cottage like it was their baby for over 40 years and we are delighted to take over.

The cottage is small but we have plans on expanding it. If we can we will make it double the size. It is only 50 m from my brother's house down the road and the garden is spacious with mushroom filled woods in the back...

The house comes with everything, even a set of garden work clothes are left on the veranda. And yes, there is a veranda!!! Happy me. I see potential here. Hopefully we can close it in and make it a proper veranda, and I can enjoy hours of lazy crochet, solitary card games and reading crime novels on rainy summer days. It will be great to go back and see the house again. Our savings account might be emptied but where did the money go I sometimes wonder. This weekend I think it will all sink in for real. Our savings are not gone, only invested in our very own Swedish cottage. And we might just paint it red... Maybe.I haven't decided yet.

Kärlek
Annette

PS 1: All pictures were taken last fall in November when we got the key...
PS 2: I'll show you the inside some other time.



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22 comments :

  1. Oh what a treasure! You and your brother will have your own spot of paradise - I'm afraid I am SO envious!!! Please do show us the inside soon! x

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  2. Hej Annette,
    such a lovely house.
    You will have many great holidays there.
    I like it in black, it's beautiful.
    Enjoy your time in Sweden!

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  3. Rigtig god ferie, elsker, elsker Sverige :) skal heldigvis derop i år igen- igen, da jeg har givet min mor et gavekort på en tur til Sverige for at besøge hendes søster, altså min moster. En god måde at få planlagt at komme derop mindst en gang om året.

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  4. I have been so excited for you since you first mentioned it! Wonderful to have. My sis and I also share a tiny house near a beach. Although it is smack bang right in the middle of a busy resort town, it's far enough from the shops and stalls and waterpark to imagine it's not there. We love it and also want to add a wider stoep, as it is little more than smallish mobile home!

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  5. What a beautiful place to relax and crochet and so special to be near your brother for a week, I know it means a lot to my children to spend time with their cousins. Thankfully several are living in the same town, tonight will be a family swim with all those old enough meeting at the local swimming pool. Have a great trip. Sharon x

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  6. It looks perfect, just what I imagine when I think of a "Stuga". enjoy your stay there.

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  7. Beautiful, it actually amazes me how much this looks like cottage country in Canada. I almost thought it was until I read it was in Sweden. Wishing you many summers of happiness.

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  8. Annette, I'm so happy for you! Life is like a rocket.....it's well worth every penny. Real estate is always a good investment and can only appreciate over the years. I look forward to lovely pics and posts from here!

    Sheila

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  9. It looks utterly wonderful, you lucky girl! :)

    S x

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  10. Congrats! More memories waiting to happen, enjoy!

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  11. Annette, I wish you a lovely holiday at the summer house in Sweden !!!
    It's a beautiful summer house. Will probably still cold, beware that you do not get sick!

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  12. Oh, what a wonderful place! And all those plans of hours of crocheting and reading crime novels... what a joy :)

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  13. Ooohhh! That is so pretty! I love that it is black, I don't think I've ever seen a black house before. I know you will have a wonderful time there.

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  14. Have a wonderful time, it looks like heaven x

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  15. It is lovely! The kiddos will have many happy adventures there :) I love the surrounding grounds <3
    Smiles, DianeM

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  16. Kul att få se bilder från er fina stuga. Och välkomna hit! SMHI har lovat strålande sol den kommande veckan så ni har valt en bra tid. :)

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  17. How exciting to have and tune to your tastes.

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  18. Do you know what I love about your blog Annette? It's you. What I mean is, you encompass everything.....which is a real delight. I love how you have managed to start up a business, yet not become 'detached' like so many other blogs have. I love how you inspire, but manage to keep it all so real at the same time. Does that make sense? It's what I find so lovely about your space here. Don't ever change a thing!!!!!!!!! xxx

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  19. Maravillosas fotografías!!!! Que casa más bonita, enhorabuena

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Kärlek
Annette

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