Sunday, 17 July 2016

Island Life

The one place we really miss when not living in Sweden is the beautiful island Runmarö in the Stockholm archipelago, where we have our little country house. Runmarö is ideally located just 45 minutes outside Stockholm city surounded by the ocean. It takes us one hour to get from the city pulse to our place on the island.

Runmarö is a quite large island, approx 5x5 km, so we can go for long walks, bike and run. There is a charming grocery store, a bakery with delicious bread and cakes, a restaurant, a school and a fish market. There are some 200 people living all year around on Runmarö and during the summer months many more who come to spend time in their summer houses.

This is our jetty on Runmarö, where we can dock boats, watch the sunsets and go for a swim.

We bought our little place on Runmarö 12 years ago after falling in love with the spirit of the island. Our house is located in an area called Söderby, which used to be an old fisherman's harbor. It faces the ocean and is close to the more posh island Sandhamn. We have our own jetty, where we or our guests can dock boats and the house itself is located a few metres up a little piste. We have a very private location and a 4000 m2 large garden with 3 small houses: the main house (with kitchen, living/dining space, our bedroom and a bathroom), the guest house that also doubles as a second lounge and the summer kitchen (a dining room that opens up to the terrace). We also have some 200m2 terrace space and an outdoor kitchen.
Söderby used to be the harbor of the local fishermen on Runmarö.
This is our little sanctuary in the world, three small houses, terraces and a huge garden

We have spent every summer here and also come out weekends all around the year, it has been the perfect escape after hectic business weeks and the high pace of the city. This is where our dog Disco enjoyed his first months as a puppy and this is the one place we keep returning to. Since we made Marralech our main base 1,5 years ago we have only been back to the island once so we were thrilled to return and spend five weeks here in our little paradise.
Morning coffee on the terrace
Ocean views
The road leading up to our house (our jetty is on the right side)
Swedish summer days (ie 20-25C and sun if we are lucky)

Part of our summer kitchen with a mix of Moroccan pottery, local island cheramics and plates/glasses from Iittala and Röratrand (Scandinavian design brands that Per used to work with).
Outdoor kitchen with a great BBQ from Röshults

Outdoor dining, we enjoy breakfasts, lunches and dinners outdoors all the time
Summer lunch

Outdoor lounge area on the terrace

This is our summer dining room that opens up to the terrace (New England style)
Living room in the main house
Deck chairs on the terrace
A quiet corner outside our guest house

Hammock - perfect for a lazy day

Island style
Welcome to Runmarö

RIP Disco
Unfortunatley we had to say good bye to our beloved dachsåhund Disco the other week. We are hearbroken to lose our little companion and dear family member but fortunate to have enjoyed ten years filled with adventures, love and fun in his company. Disco accompanied us everywhere so it is a very big emptiness now. Our little family member will make one last journey to Runmarö when we lay his ashes to rest here on the island where he spent all his summers. The circle closes and we will have to continue without him.
Here Disco is a 2 month old puppy enjoying midsummer and his first summer on Runmarö
Disco, 2006-2016, we miss you so very much!

Our little family is now missing 1/3 of our tribe. This photo was taken a few days before Disco left us on the island that he loved.
We hope you are all enjoying a great summer, take care of your families, friends and pets!

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