Category Archives: Dream homes

Mountain cabin in Reineskarvet, Norway

Pretty spring colours are everywhere, so fresh and bright, or alternatively delicately pale pastels, Easter decorations, flowers, summer fashion, blah blah blah. When the rest of Europe is packing away their merino thermals, up north Easter is when the ski season actually gets going.

This cabin is in a fantastic location in Norway near Ål, in Reineskarvet, only a short hop from the ski resorts Hemsedal and Geilo, and another short hop from Finse. The entire plateau is a true Disneyland for cold weather adventurists, and it has played a big part in  many polar expeditions; Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition trained in Finse, and many present day adventures have started here (our Greenland trip included). Hardangervidda’s fierce weather provides ideal training conditions for such adventures, with blizzards, extreme cold and high winds a normal occurrence during the winter months.

What better place to build a cabin, I say. The mountain hut is located at 1100 metres with huge panoramic windows giving these incredible views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness. Outside and Inside it is clad with aspen, lovely light pale wood that is soft to touch and has great acoustic properties. A neat 124 square metres houses five bedrooms, a bathroom, a sauna and a huge open plan living space. I’d happily have winter all year long if I could live here.

via Hytteliv, photos by Sveinung Bråthen

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Farmhouse in Österlen, Sweden

I discovered Elle Decor Country in a WH Smith in Stansted Airport on our way to Finland last month, this magazine is a-grade house porn and it gave me much joy during another painful Ryanair flight to Tampere. It is impossible to pick your favourite house, but this one is a strong contender. An old gabled farmhouse in south-west Sweden belonging to Maria Åström, who inherited the house from her parents, and her husband, artist Sam Stiggson. It is full of stuff, and it looks so lived in, and loved in, instead of being styled within an inch of its life. Shot beautifully by the Stockholm based photographer Jonas Ingerstedt.

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