Gotland Part 3: Farms old and new



Just up the main road 142 from our temporary home in Sundre, is Bottarve Museigård, in the Vamlingbo parish.  It is a very lovely 19th century farm.


The morning we toured the farm a woman in period dress was getting the fire in the kitchen ready for baking bread.

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The house was faithfully restored in 1920, tools and equipment collected for the museum.  It had been passed down from one generation to the next, until 1917.   It was sold in 1918 and purchased by Hoburgs hembygdsforening, a foundation created to preserve it as a typical Gotlandic farm.  The lovely gray-blue color in various shades, usually called Gotland blue, has become Bottarve’s mark.  It is made from linseed oil and Kimrök (carbon black) and zink white (oxide).  The sandstone slab roof weighs thirty tons.

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To the right of the main entrance is the parlour.  All the furniture is original to the farm except the settee and the chest, from 1702.

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The parlour was heated with this white tile stove.


The living room, next to the kitchen, is where the family ate, slept and carried out work during the winter.  The furniture is original to the farm.  The cabinet beds are the only two left on Gotland still situated on the original places.


The old folk’s room, downstairs on the main floor.  It has a green tile stove.

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In the upstairs rooms is a collection of household and farm equipment, including these bells from a horse harness.

It is as nice as anything you’d see at Skansen.


The barn is now a handmade craft shop.  The description below is how the roof is made.


We very much enjoyed touring the old farmhouse, and purchased two hand made rugs from the gift shop.  Continuing north on 142, we took the turnoff for 140.  Just a few kilometers up the road a sign points to Petes Farm Museum.  At first we thought it was Pete’s, but there is no apostrophe and does not sound the same.

From the Gotlands Museum website:


Under the wide sky and the long horizon in the Hablingo parish on southern Gotland lies the beach of Petes. The farm is from the 19th century and was bought by the pharmacist Ada Block in 1947. She donated the entire farm to Gotlands Museum in 1965.

Mårten Peders, or Petes was first mentioned in the late 16th century.  Records of the farm and its different generations of owners can then be traced all the way down the centuries.



Another beautifully restored farm house from 1820, they had converted the barn just last year into a cafe.  We toured the house and had a wonderful lunch outside with a view of the water.


The downstairs room.


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The wall cupboard is part of the original farm.



The West Room on the second floor, and Ada Block’s bedroom.



The view from Ada’s window.


The East Room.  The tile stove was made on Gotland.


This cupboard was made by the Gotlandic cabinet maker Olof Blomberg in 1790.


The grandfather clock was made by Peter Norsell, a clockmaker from Visby, in 1778.


The house was beautiful and the location wonderful.  The barn was converted to a cafe just last year.   We had a very good soup and sandwich.




We toured both of the farm museums in one day.  It was quite delightful.  On another day, we toured the Bunge Museet, an open air folk museum.  It is on the north side of the island near Fårösund and has several examples of old houses.   What I like about the two in the south is that they are in their original locations.  The stories of the farm owners are in the museum pamphlets, and it seemed more personal.

As we drove around Gotland, I took pictures of the every day working farms, of which there are many.  They are not museums, but still lovely in their own way.
















This one is near Faludden and we believe has been converted into living spaces and is no longer a barn.


This is one of the few barns we saw that was falling down.  It is on the far eastern point of Gotland.


This used to be a barn and was converted into shops.  The shop on the left, Lin Living, sells only sustainably made linen goods.  The man holding the dog, Bella, is one of the creators/owners, along with his girlfriend.   The shop is in Ljugarn.



On the inside of Lin Living, you can tell it was a barn.




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1 Response to Gotland Part 3: Farms old and new

  1. Teresa Favazza says:

    Love all the barn pics and especially the
    Gate and Barn at Petes farm. Fantastic trip!!!

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