Photography: Åke E:son Lindman

This guest house on stilts in Sweden’s Eriksberg lets visitors spy on the wildlife below through a glass viewing panel on its floor.

Dubbed ‘The Illusion Villa’, the mirrored cabin is wrapped in polished steel, chosen to reflect back views of blue skies and the nearby nature reserve. It’s raised four metres above the ground on metal poles, to give guests a chance to watch the local animals gathering to feed, with red deer, fallow deer, mouflon and wild boar all roaming freely.

SynVillan – which is designed by architects Sandellsandberg – has space to sleep four, and is powered by solar energy and gas. Interiors are decked out in pastel pinks, blues and yellows, and lined with timber panelling in classic country cabin style.

A wood-burning stove is located next to the home’s glass viewing plate, so guests can stay warm while wildlife-spotting, and there’s also a raised terrace with stools and a counter for those keen to be outside.

Guöviksvägen 353, 374 96 Trensum, Sweden

Photography: Åke E:son Lindman
Photography: Åke E:son Lindman
Photography: Åke E:son Lindman

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