This century-old property on the shores of Sweden’s Lake Vättern was built by a sculptor as his home and studio, and it comes with its own private harbour.
Artist Carl Christian Christensen constructed the National Romantic style property – a Nordic branch of Art Nouveau – in 1911, and lived there until his death in 1953. Known as Villa Ulfsbo, the Jönköping property was a hub for the local art community, and Christensen left it to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his will as a space for artists’ residencies.
Villa Ulfsbo’s current owners bought it from the Academy in 1996, and gave it a top-to-toe refurb and extension in 2010, staying close to its artistic roots.
Stylist Lise-Lott Glance created its interiors, which blend old and new. Christensen’s hand-carved artistic features – including ornate beams, doors, frames and fireplaces – have been retained inside the four-bedroom Swedish villa.
The show-stopper however is the monochrome double-height living room, with its exposed ceiling beams, painted stone hearth and clerestory windows that flood the space with light.
Villa Ulfsbo has panoramic views of the lake and mountains, the most dramatic of which can be enjoyed from the kitchen, which has a large terrace for al fresco dining.
But that’s not all. The house, which is on the market via Fastighetsbyrån for 20,000,000 SEK, sits on a 6,433 sq m plot of land. Known as Ulfsbo Park during Christensen’s time, it’s dotted with his artworks, including a giant urn and carving of Saint George and the Dragon. A carved stone staircase also leads down to the lake.
In 1927, Christensen added a separate studio, which today is used as a small guest house. There’s also a garage, which had been fitted with a summer bar.
If you’re keen to splash out, you could expand the facilities even further: an adjacent plot of land and 3,000 sq m lake are available by separate negotiation.