While we love the way America approaches log cabins, sometimes it is interesting to look to other parts of the world to see how different countries interpret the rustic, back-to-basics lifestyle.
Sweden has a longstanding tradition with log cabins. It is not uncommon for Swedes to have a summer house in the rural areas of the country, giving them their own retreats from the city.
This delightful log cabin is located in Äskestock — 180 miles (290 kilometers) south of Stockholm — and looks like a different world compared to Sweden's sophisticated capital city. The cabin sits in an abundant forest area, with access to an archipelago of over 5,000 islands.
Listed for sale on Svensk Fastighetsförmedling, the cabin has 592 square feet (55 square meters) of living space and includes two separate bedrooms. Shall we take a look inside to see how the Swedes like their rustic getaways?
The ample-sized cabin has an attractive dark stain on the exterior paneling. It is an unassuming summer house with none of the pretensions of a large, palatial log home.
The living room is finished with hardwood floors and a wood-paneled ceiling. The large windows allow plenty of light into the cabin, while the white walls ensure it is reflected all around the home.
The sitting room is a delightful place to relax with comfortable furniture. The room is heated in no time at all — perfect for when you return home after the sun has set.
The kitchen and dining area share the same room, with ample space for a dining set. The south-facing window ensures this room is also light and bright.
The elegant, modern kitchen does not appear out of place in this rustic summer house. The white appliances and white cabinetry combine to create a sleek cooking space that looks clean and inviting.
The two doors in the kitchen lead to the bedrooms.
With a small footprint, this cabin's bedrooms are inevitably a cozy size. Twin beds are a clever use of this space to allow more party members to join you on your rustic vacation.
The second bedroom is practically the same as the first, featuring two twin beds and lit by a small window. Despite the small floor plan size, this cabin can comfortably sleep four adults.
The bathroom is a bright, white space with a clean appearance in comparison to the darker bathrooms of some cabins we have seen.
Stepping out back, we find a south-facing terrace that faces the water. The furniture set allows for effortless outdoor dining.
The cabin even includes a boat-docking space, giving the owners the opportunity to explore the remote beaches around the peninsula.
The simple layout of the cabin can be seen from the floor plan below.
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