The essence of wilderness
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTO: BROKAMÅLA ESTATE
Spending time in nature increases health and wellbeing. At Brokamåla Estate, visitors can explore nature, take part in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, or simply relax for a while.
Sweden’s most southern wilderness offers something that many of us lack, yet desperately need — peace and quiet. At Brokamåla Estate, in the western part of Blekinge, guests have access to more than 25 lakes, fabulous fishing and hunting opportunities, private beaches and boats, and beautiful hiking routes. With over 200 lakes, this area is also called the Lake District of southern Sweden.
Owners Lars and Maria Sällström explain that guests especially remark on the peaceful setting and the opportunities it offers for relaxing and recharging. “Here, you can be on your own for a while,” Lars says. “Our guests appreciate the silence and the possibility for undisturbed time, whether visiting with family or perhaps for a company event. We are surrounded by forest and yet only one and a half hours from Copenhagen’s international airport.”
Simplicity with finesse
The concept for Brokamåla has developed gradually, inspired by trips and work abroad, for example in Scotland, where the couple could see the potential of offering something a bit special. Unsurprisingly, it has become an incredibly popular concept and, some 27 years since its humble beginnings, the estate has around 1,000 visitors per year, from places as far away as Dubai, Ukraine and Brazil. In fact, Brokamåla was one of only 15 attractions nominated for Sweden’s Big Tourism Prize (Stora Turistpriset) in 2016.
“Our clients are our best ambassadors,” admits Lars. Many visitors come back, and the owners listen to their feedback and requests in order to develop the concept even further. “We get so much energy and happiness from the people we meet,” agrees Maria. “It’s such a privilege to live in this setting and many visitors come just to be a part of our everyday life. It makes for a living countryside and creates job opportunities.”
Brokamåla has great accommodation in the form of a number of cosy cottages — and an old barn dating back to the 1700s — each with two to three bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, and, of course, with nature just around the corner. There is also an old building with a hayloft, which hosts four bedrooms, and conference facilities for groups. “This is what we call simplicity with finesse,” smiles Lars. Food is also an important part of the concept, with meals provided by Jämshögs Gästgivaregård — an inn that dates from 1888 and which these days is also owned by the Sällströms. Plenty of local, organic produce is included on the menu as well as wild boar, moose, deer and salmon trout.
A fisherman’s dream
Blekinge offers world-class fishing along its coast and stunning archipelago, as well as in the many lakes and in the famous Mörrums river 20 minutes away, where people from all over the world come to catch salmon and trout. The region is also a major player as a golf destination, and is often called the Swedish Golf Coast. There are eight well-managed golf courses, with challenges for both amateur and professional players. Brokamåla offers tailor-made packages, with fishing, golf and more.
“After a day of adventures, such as fishing or hunting, and a lovely three-course dinner from the inn, our guests can take a short walk down to the lake and enjoy our nature spa,” says Maria. This has a sauna and two wooden bathtubs, ideal for well-deserved rest and relaxation. The estate also houses an old 18th century underground storehouse, which is still used to store food, as well as hosting events such as whisky and beer tastings.
Brokamåla Estate is conveniently located in close proximity to the charming cities and towns of Karlskrona, Karlshamn, Sölvesborg and Olofström, meaning that there is plenty to explore for curious visitors.
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