Kvarnbo Gästhem Saltvik
Located on a quiet country road in Saltvik approximately 12 miles (20km) north of funds Mariehamn, it is easily accessible by automobile. Within walking distance are miniature Kvarnboviken shore and jetty, village church, forest paths and Viking burial website. The guest house has two or three bicycles for exploring additional afield and there is a little supermarket near, but the closest restaurant is approximately three miles (5km) away.
Style & personality
Owners Ella and Martin purchased the house (saving it from demolition) from 2001 and found it as a guesthouse in 2005. The few have given new life into a number of their building’s original characteristics (chandeliers, floorboards, cornicing, doorways) and added their own unique bits (gilt mirrors, retro telephones, bookcases) to make a characterful country getaway. The dining area, with glistening wood tables, fire area and walls full of paintings, is a show-stopper.
Service & amenities
Ella and Martin are hot hosts that are delighted to discuss the background of the home and surrounding region and efficiently deal with requests, such as adding additional beds into rooms or providing bikes — Martin’s additionally a motorbike enthusiast and contains some antiques in his workshop that will interest fellow fans. Guests are encouraged to save food and beverage in a communal refrigerator in the huge terrace, use an outdoor barbecue and there is a toaster also.
Décor is as tasteful and retro from the eight bedrooms since it’s from the tropical regions, consider patterned background, classic dining table and chairs and cut flowers. All these are spotlessly clean and have lofty ceilings, hardwood flooring, bathroom with bath and shower, and a kettle for coffee and tea. Space is much more spacious at first floor rooms compared to floor and there is a selection of double, triple and even quadruple beds, perfect if you are using a group or loved ones.
Food & beverage
No restaurant, but you are able to pre-order tapas (a choice of local meats and cheeses) and wine — Ella’s also a sommelier, so it is definitely worth looking for a glass or 2. The highlight of a stay at Kvarnbo, nevertheless, is your sumptuous breakfast. Dining room doors have been flung open every morning to an adjoining room where tables are pilled full of handmade breads, herring, smoked salmon, salmon, salads, pastries, homemade jams, porridge, Åland pancake and boiled eggs, and all superbly lit by candles. It is surprising and totally magical.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $92 (#70) , quadruple $120 (#101) . Free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There is a sizable outdoor backyard, toys and additional beds can be added into bedrooms to accommodate a family of four.
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