The idyllic Wallby Country Resort in the village of Skirö in Småland is surrounded by quiet nature; imagine nothing but forests, fields and lakes. Dating back to the 14th century, the estate was once a farm but today hosts a comfortable hotel and restaurant as well as cows, horses, cats and rabbits, and even a veterinary clinic. Also, lest we forget, its very own ghost! “It can be quite tricky to make time for yourself these days,” says Magnus Nyman, owner of Wallby Country Resort since 2000. “Wallby is great for stressed out city dwellers in need of some downtime. They can come here, relax and unwind, and rediscover the joys of the countryside. Nothing brings you back to the present more than sitting in a boat on a lake here, all alone.”