Swedish Country Living

Swedish Country Living is building several so-called off-grid hermit cabins in the cultural landscape beside the Dalsland canal. A closed system house with shower and laundry combined with greenhouse is also under construction. The water that comes from the lake will be filtered after use in order to be used in the greenhouse.

The goal is to create a sustainable way to vacation with as little environmental impact as possible. The hermit cottage is the first of three houses to be completed and is available now.

All houses are built with wood from our own forest and sawn locally in Skållerud about 7 km away. Windows and doors are reclaimed and have new life in these houses, reducing environmental impact.

The walls are insulated with sheep’s wool, a natural material that is fire safe, soundproofing and harmless. The floor is insulated with hemp which is a non-toxic by-product from hemp cultivation. The hemp regulates moisture and has a deterrent effect on mice. The living roof of the hermit cottage consists of plants such as wild strawberry and sedum that have been picked from the surrounding environment.

Food, environment and health go together. We believe in reducing transport and are happy to serve food we produce ourselves or from nearby producers. The farm is KRAV certified and our sheep keep the natural pastures open, creating the opportunity for increased biological diversity.

We apply a Zero-Waste Policy where food leftovers are given to the animals on the farm or composted.

Our Muscovy ducks are free range and give us duck eggs and help in our battle with slugs and snails. The hens lay our breakfast eggs and tackle parasites by grazing after the sheep in a mobile hen house. We grow our own vegetables using a form of permaculture; the vegetables fertilised with sheep fertiliser in an eternal cycle.

We operate holistic management on our natural pastures to build the soil. Through grazing and constant movement of the sheep, the grass’s root system increases, which improves the soil conditions to counteract dehydration or flooding. In addition, a so-called carbon sink is created that takes care of carbon dioxide emissions.

The temporary mobile toilet has urine separation and the urine is diluted and used for the apple trees. Fecal matter breaks down and the compost becomes to soil. The same system will be in the closed system house.

Our energy consumption is environmentally certified.

We will happily collect guests from the station in Mellerud so they don’t need to drive the car here.

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