A year ago we wrote about the fantastic Scandinavian SeaSauna, and recently we read that one is making its way to the Hotel Fabriken Furillen in Gotland, Sweden. So, we checked out the Furillen, and now we really want to go there.
I've never been to Sweden, and apparently the island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea, is quite the mecca for holidaymakers. After vacationing in Gotland, photographer Johan Hellström decided to move his family there permanently. They bought a limestone quarry from a cement company (as you do) on the small island of Furillen off the north-eastern coast.
The Hellstroms started building and before long they had an 18-room hotel and restaurant. The result is extraordinary – classic Scandinavian design, simple, beautiful and austere, with industrial highlights. The tower above, once part of the old quarry, now serves as a folly to the hotel and a reminder of its heritage.
Furillen itself is sunny, windswept and littered with wildflowers and crushed limestone. The former industrial landscape of the quarry has been described as a little ghostly, making it perhaps an odd choice for a hotel. And yet sometimes audacity pays off, and the Fabriken Furillen has been a huge success.
In addition to the main hotel, the surrounding area is dotted with quirky little hermit cabins from Arvesund and Swedish designer Mats Theselius. Each cabin is made from recycled wood from Swedish barns and is big enough for just one person.
The Fabriken Furillen is boldly unique, and the hermit cabins only add to its appeal. When they get a SeaSauna, we figure the hotel will be pretty much irresistible. See you there. RM