Back in July 2012, my brother and I went on a couple of outings to historical buildings in the area. The FMTSO theme this week reminded me that one of those I had still left unblogged… How very convenient. So I’ll be focusing on the Time aspect rather than the Frozen. But in the metaphorical sense you’ll get the latter as well.
Nääs Castle is a 17th century mansion at lake Sävelången in the province of Västergötland in Sweden, not very far from Göteborg.
Nääs estate, now a cultural heritage site, is renowned for its Crafts education during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beside several nature and walking trails, Nääs estate also provides Bed & Breakfast as well as conference accommodations.
The Castle is out on the little island, the Crafts College buildings are facing it from across the water.
The old Crafts College
During the summer craft courses are still held at ’Slöjdseminariet’, the old crafts college. I’ve been to crafts exhibitions there in the past, but there was nothing of that kind going on when we were visiting now.
In the old barn there are now stables and a riding school
… but the horses weren’t at home when we looked in:
The main building, Nääs Castle, is open to the public between May–September; but guided tours only.
The earliest castle on the estate was built in the 16th century. The last private owner of the present mansion and associated land was August Abrahamson, wholesaler from Gothenburg. He founded the Crafts College and after his death (1897) donated the entire property to the State in order to secure continuity for the educational programme.
We went on a guided tour inside the main building, which has indeed been “frozen in time”, as the last owner’s instructions were to keep it preserved exactly as it was when he lived there. Unfortunately, the only room where photography is allowed is the kitchen and servants’ hall:
The kitchen was also used for giving cooking classes; which is why there is a blackboard.
Servants’ stairs, and food-lift
▼ Below, for comparison ▼
Photo from Wikimedia Commons of the men’s lounge upstairs
For a few more peeks upstairs, visit the Nääs website