in the spotlight - the pictures of the B&B
The eye catcher on property Lidhem 2:3 is the beautiful mansion house from 1897. The history of this place goes back to 1400, when Jöns Slatte lived here. Lidhem is one of the 5 smaller goods in the region. Klingspor is maybe the most well known person that lived in Lidhem in the beginning of 1700 as he set up Toverum's ironworks. Lidhem has been a family home until 1943 when the forest management board took over and started a forestry school. The old school bell and the blackboard are still in place and close by -near lake Gersjön- you’ll still find some remainders of the ironworks. In the early 2000’s the house became a family home again and in 2009 me and my family bought the property.
Besides the mansion house there are 2 annex buildings, the former principle’s house and the building with student rooms, that nowadays contains 2 apartments. The buildings are surrounded by a permaculture garden of 1,7 hectares with a large pond, 2 vegetables gardens, 2 polytunnels, a small shed/ chicken coop andf a duck house near the pond. There is a raft to the island in the pond and hidden in the woodland there is little tree house.
Nowadays we only have chickens but the fence for sheep is in place and electric fencing for pigs is available as well as a mobile pig shelter. We use the sheep shelter as an outdoor kitchen now, but your sheep will still like it here.
Besides the B&B we have had a small eatery and café mainly for overnight guests and welcomed conference and course groups.
In Lidhem you can still enjoy silence, peacefulness, starry skies and live a down-to-earth live. Even if it feels like living in the middle of nowhere -far from all the stress- it is still close to small towns as Vimmerby and Västervik where you can find all the services you need. A school, gasstation and a small grocery store are ’around the corner’, only 7 km away. Kids can take the schoolbus to Frödinge or Vimmerby.
We have the forest on the other side of the road, a bathing lake at walking distance and are situated 20km from the ‘famous’ Astrid Lindgrens World and about 50 km from the archilpellago.
For me it is a place that evokes both creativity and curiosity. Part of the furniture, decoration and lighting is made of 'old Lidhem stuff' we found in the shed opposite our house before it was demolished. On the first floor old windows and door are reused in the new wall that divides the library form the living room.
Our style is a bit eclectic, we combine old and new stuff, reuse and upcycle. We did not try to ’undo’ the funtionalisme of the 50’s, just adapted it more in our style.
The garden offers possibilities for keeping chickens, pigs or sheep on a small scale. For vegetable gardening - both annual and perennial vegetables - and forest gardening. Alternatively you can give a part of the garden back to nature and see what the natural succession gives you. There is already a high level design for a garden that is selfsustainable on water, fertilizer and soil that I am happy to share with you if you like. If you want to be selfsustainable on vegetables, eggs, fruit, berries and meat that is abolutely possible. I could even sell plants, honey, eggs and vegetables on the REKO ring in Vimmerby for a while and feed a family of 5.
We moved in in 2009 and have renovated since then. A lot I can tell you, every penny we earned was reinvested in the house. We used the ground floor of the mansion house as a Bed and Breakfast as well as the 2 annexes and lived on a part of the 1st floor and part of the loft of the mansion house, the south side. With a beautiful view over the surroundings and 2 balconies to enjoy the morning and evening sun. On the first floor there are even 2 conferencerooms with amazing views.
As our dog could no longer climb the stairs, we took the opportunity to move to one of the annex buildings and save some energy during wintertime as well. In a hurry, having to change the 2 apartments in the former principle house back to a familyhome again, we moved/ reused everything including the kitchen and washbasins from our home in the mainbuilding. So now the first floor of the mansion house looks somewhat sad but I am sure you will see the potential of those rooms!
There is still some work to do -like painting the annex buildings and maybe change the dormer windows and installing solar panels at the same time- but the main job is done.
After getting my permaculture design certificate and having completed my high-level garden design it became clear to me that I want to completely focus on my passion for permaculture design and grow vegetables, berries and other functional plants on a small scale, for own use and demonstration purposes. That I would rather want to transform a lot of smaller gardens in sustainable places than one large one. If you know what you want it is easy…although leaving Lidhem is not easy.
So now we are looking for some enthusiastic, energetic people that like to live on the countryside and preferably continue the work with the B&B and permaculture garden. That like to pick fresh eggs, berries, herbs and vegetables and enjoy them for breakfast or dinner. Or, as we have an approved kitchen, restart a café or restaurant. I plan to continue the business on a small scale and with limited opening hours -as I am starting up www.permalund.se as well - until a buyer shows up and I am happy to assist in the beginning.
If you would like to share the place with likeminded people (sambruk) I can advise to follow Liselot Abel from Sörby retreat.
By the way, my holiday home ‘Lösen’ is also for sale. A nature house, just around the corner. In case you thought the place was too little for all your future plans.
Read more about Lidhem on www.hemnet.se (beginning of 2022) or contact Magnus Eek at Fastighetsbyrån i Vimmerby. Price idea 435.000 euro, opportunity to take over business and inventory as well.
Some more snabbshots of the place in summertime, inspiration how we used different rooms and history you will find down here. Check on hemnet for the current situation.