Sweden is beautiful at any time of the year. In spring with the early sunrise, in summer when breakfast is waiting al fresco, in autumn when the mornings are mystical and in winter with freshly fallen snow.
Being close to nature and becoming one with the elements is an adventure that awaits guests at Näsets Marcusgård. In 2014 Mireille van Ruiven and Willem Terstegen from the Netherlands moved into the former farmhouse and founded Näsets Marcusgård there in 2015. At first they started with two residential units in the former barn and a few years later expanded to include the huts in the forest. The house is a family business. It was originally a farm built in 1910 and supplemented with outbuildings in 1917. In the early days the farm was full of life and activity and became known as the center of Näset. This served as inspiration for the owners: together with other entrepreneurs in the village, they ensure that the landscape does not become empty and die out.
At Näsets Marcusgård, personality and time are the luxuries. Here guests are not just offered a place to stay, but an overnight experience. The accommodation consists of the Supermåne, Oddis Öga, Fähus and Hölada. The rooms in the forest are deliberately reduced to the essentials so that guests come into intuitive contact with the elements. The furnishings of Fähus and Hölada are also inspired by nature. Everything is spacious and flooded with light. The works of art hanging in the Fähus and in the Hölada come from artists who have stayed here. A recurring color in the interior is orange. This is due to the very first piece of furniture Mireille and Willem bought: an orange retro sofa. The colorful beginning of everything.
ArchitectureThe conversion of the former barn perfectly shows how existing structures and materials are reused at Näsets Marcusgård. The owners build as ecologically as possible, using recyclable materials that affect nature as little as possible. All materials are recyclable, come from small, sustainable companies and move without leaving a trace. This is particularly taken into account when choosing the forest structures and all other additional facilities. They try to work as climate-friendly, passively, well insulated and water-saving as possible.
FoodNäsets Marcusgård offers vegetarian and vegan food, made by the local bakery and made from locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The food is served a la carte and not as a buffet. Leftovers can thus be perfectly avoided. All dishes are homemade and spiced up with whatever is growing in the garden. If you would like something special, order the Dutch PuurBetuws delicatessen package. To do this, the owners have returned to their roots in the Netherlands, in the area known for the best cheeses, juices, dried sausages and nougat. The pack therefore contains: chive and nettle cheese, "Greetje" mustard/dill dip, dried sausage, a nut mix, a bottle of sparkling apple/raspberry juice and a bag of nougat. There are also rolls from Snitth's bakery (the package is of course also available vegetarian).
So far, volunteers who receive board and lodging, young people from the village and the sons of the owners (for a fee) have worked at Näsets Marcusgård. From time to time, students from Dalarna who do research for projects are also accepted. Mireille and Willem support art projects on their farm and offer artists the opportunity to be inspired in nature for a few days or a week and to network with like-minded people. Their driving force is to keep the rural area worth living in with sufficient offers for young and old. They want to be an inspiration for tourists, but also for people who want to move to rural areas and for those who are already residents. They are therefore actively looking for niches, strive for innovations and work together with similar companies in the village and in the region, but also beyond. For certain vendors, they also provide the concept of a living showroom. Guests learn about innovative products, try them out and buy them at home. Examples of this are Click and Grow with its intelligent garden and Loofy';s with its plastic-free care products. Mireille and Willem have also joined a group to improve the quality of services in the village.
EnvironmentEvery year, Näsets Marcusgård measures itself against the sustainability criteria for hotels and tourist accommodation provided by the GSTC. This gives you an insight into progress and shortcomings. This forms the basis for the annual action plan, among other things.
Well-BeingAt Näsets Marcusgård there is a wilderness sauna in the middle of nature. In winter, guests roll in the snow to cool off, in summer they can use the watering cans. The Norse Druid Path in the area is intended as a medial forest path. Sandnäsgård, an alpaca farm nearby, offers alpaca hikes to slow down in nature. The property also works with a hiking guide who places a strong focus on forest bathing in nature on her tours. Mireille and Willem have created a small book of eight hikes in the area for guests to choose from. In summer, the area is also great for mountain biking, lake swimming, stand-up paddling, canoeing and kayaking. In winter, guests can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes and go on interesting and sustainable tours with qualified guides.
From Stockholm it takes about 4 hours to drive to Näsets Marcusgård (297 km). From Gothenburg it takes a good 6.5 hours (524 km) and from Dalarna it is just under 2 hours (98 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train station is in Rättvik (40 km away). Pick-up from there is possible (SEK 250,-).
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