a little summer cottage in the heart of the city

Cycling through Malmö, it’s exciting to see all the bright green leaves spring to life on the trees after many months of dormancy. And across town, allotment season has begun! I was amazed to discover that Swedish allotments often have ‘kolonistuga’ – small inhabitable cottages in which you can live from late spring to early Autumn, providing a country oasis in the heart of the city. Do you have something similar in your country?

This pretty cottage was on the market last year and I was excited to see it snapped up by Hannes Mauritzson (who’s apartment I once featured here). Located on ‘Slottsskogskolonien’ in Gothenburg, which I believe is the same allotment area as Elin Lannsjö’s charming allotment, the cottage measures a teeny 27 m2 / 290 f2. Hannes has applied his own signature touch to the little cottage using a lick of paint and vintage touches – while some of the original wood still shines through. Take a quick peek at how it looked when Hannes bought it and then scroll down to see how the pretty cottage looks today! 

What a perfect place to tend to blooms, maybe grow a few veg, sip rosé and sleep over the summer, don’t you think? His faithful four-legged friend Charlie certainly looks content! 

And just in case the Swedish weather gods aren’t playing nicely (fair chance!) – there’s always the wood burning stove too! 

Would you like to see more allotment cottages today? I’ve featured quite a few in the past: 

I hope these lovely spaces have filled you with inspiration today. 

Niki