Sustainability and a do-it-yourself attitude unite at this back-to-nature retreat in the Swedish woods.
Sustainability is the hotel world's catchword of the day, but Urnatur takes this concept one step further into the realm of self-sustainability. Craving a cup of tea? Staff will help you forage for local herbs to make it yourself. A three-hour drive from Stockholm in the Holaved forest, the seasonal (April through October) Urnatur offers accommodation in tree houses and hand-hewn huts. Light comes from kerosene lamps, and heat from solar or wood power, with wood being gathered from storm-fallen trees whenever possible. Most menu items are procured locally, such as crayfish and berries, and activities include building nesting boxes for owls. Moss Cabin’s peat roof is covered with wild strawberries in the summer, and Tin Castle offers one of few concessions to the modern day: electricity to meet event needs.