Weekend Away: Glass Cabin Retreat in Dalsland, Sweden
Alaine Handa takes us into a glass cabin in West Sweden that will have you yearning to be surrounded by nature. Discover how spending time immersed in nature can restore your health and boost your creativity.
When the emails pile up, messages to answer, deadlines, and the stress becomes too much; maybe it’s time for a weekend retreat!
While searching for an enjoyable Midsummer countryside experience, I discovered the glass cabins on the Väst Sverige website. Their glass cabins designed for an unplugged weekend and sounded like a perfect retreat. I signed up!
Although I did not fully unplug during that weekend, I did slow down and even got some writing done.
Unwind and relax in a glass cabin surrounded by nature
The concept behind the 72-hour glass cabin rental is to give your mind and body enough time to unwind and relax.
The glass cabins were part of a social experiment. The thesis was that people’s stress levels would decrease through reconnecting with nature. Benefits include reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels.
You can read more about that study here: Wind down like a Swede – new study reveals the significant health effects of Swedish nature.
Usually, hotels are fully booked during the busy Swedish Midsummer season. I wrote an email to the Baldersnäs Herrgård property to inquire about availability. They were quick to reply and excited for me to experience the beauty of the natural surroundings of the lake.
Without a car, a staff member graciously picked me up from the Åmål train station!
Travel tip: Prebook your bus ticket on the Västtrafik website
I experienced the sweetest and kindest hospitality from the staff at Baldersnäs Manor! I was sad to leave on my last day there because they were so wonderful. (Hej Susanne!)
Although it was a busy weekend for the property, they made me feel welcome and comfortable as a solo female traveler.
The property features a traditional manor house with modern amenities and cozy common areas. The sauna by the lake and the easy walking trails surrounding the lake were my favorite!
As the glass cabins don’t have any bathrooms, I was given a room in one of the extension houses in addition to my glass cabin.
I used the extra space to unpack my belongings, write, and sleep at night. I slept in the glasshouse one of the nights.
My weekend consisted of hanging out by the glass cabin, the property’s gardens, hiking around the lake, and relaxing by the sauna.
When you book the 72-hour cabin package, all meals are included in the price, and they tell you when mealtimes are served. Because I arrived on Midsummer’s Eve, a herring buffet dinner was my first meal there.
If you have any food allergies, I recommend that you alert the property when you make your booking. The herring buffet was a cultural experience for me because I have never eaten that much herring and boiled potatoes in my life!
The rest of my meals at the property that weekend were hearty and delicious. They are served in the main dining room, or you could choose to eat outside if the weather is nice. It drizzled a bit during the weekend I was there.
The glass cabin is located overlooking the lake on the opposite end of the property by the main walking trail.
You are given a basket with extra blankets, a flashlight/torch, water, drinking glasses, and there are plenty of candles in the cabin to light so its extra cozy when it gets dark.
Sunset is gorgeous in the countryside.
After lighting some candles and reading a book in the glass cabin, I cozied up under all the blankets and pillows and closed the doors of the doors.
The lit candles gave a beautiful glow all around the cabin, and the quiet calm of the country lulled me softly to sleep.
I highly recommend wearing warm layers because it can get chilly at night, especially if you come during the colder months.
After a weekend in the Swedish countryside, I felt very relaxed and peaceful. I highly recommend every urbanite spend time in the country to recharge and disconnect with modern life stress.