Friday, 18 January 2013

Frozen in Time–Nääs Castle

Friday My Town Shoot Out

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.

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Nääs Castle is a 17th century mansion at lake Sävelången in the province of Västergötland in Sweden, not very far from Göteborg.

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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.

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The Castle is out on the little island, the Crafts College buildings are facing it from across the water.

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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.

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In the old barn there are now stables and a riding school

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… but the horses weren’t at home when we looked in:

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In the buildings between the stables and the Castle there is a restaurant and café and a little shop.

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The main building, Nääs Castle, is open to the public between May–September; but guided tours only.

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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.

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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:

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The kitchen was also used for giving cooking classes; which is why there is a blackboard.

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Servants’ stairs, and food-lift

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The pantry

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▼ Below, for comparison ▼
Photo from Wikimedia Commons of the men’s lounge upstairs

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For a few more peeks upstairs, visit the Nääs website

12 comments:

  1. Wouldn't it be fun to study at the Crafts College? I love the mouse traps too!

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  2. the kitchen is my favorite part of the visit. love that tree lined road. a bed and breakfast there would be lovely to stay in.... and the old brick barn is wonderful.. indeed froze in time

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  3. How pretty! I love the old car parked out in front...it looks like it all came straight out of the 1940's!

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    1. There was a wedding party in one of the wings, that old car was used to drive the bride and groom I think.

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  4. Great subject for the topic, Monica. What a grand estate and how fortunate that it is preserved as a living reminder of times gone by. I really like the shot of the kitchen and the servants stairs.

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  5. The buildings there are so beautiful! I hope they will be preserved for a long time for the future generations. Being in an urban country with lack of land for growing populations, lots of old buildings have already been torn down with more high rise building in it's place.

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  6. A fascinating place. I especially love seeing the servants' quarters in these old houses. I think I must have been a boot boy in a previous life! That barn is enormous. The only barns that big in this country tend to be tihe barns where the Lord or Abbot stored the tenth of everyone's produce that he charged from his tenants.

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  7. This is very interesting. I love stuff like this. I'm amazed by the thickness of the walls as compared to the window in the kitchen. I suppose this is to help insulate the building.

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  8. Thanks for the awesome tour, I loved it!!! From the first picture on. The first picture could stand on it's own, but then so many more goodies!!! I adore the long shot you took down the stable, the old fashioned car, the kitchen, and that horrid thin winding staircase!

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  9. yes great old buildings, and the glimpse into how it was furnished and used is wonderful.

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  10. Reminds me of the set up in Downton Abbey. Preservation of old properties hold items and customs frozen in time.
    QMM

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  11. I love this post. I love the history of it all. But that mouse trap photo...that is interesting and tells a story all by itself.

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