Read Our Latest Blog Post
29th October 2018
Trying new things, discovering new flavours and making local connections: this holiday is as much a culinary experience as it is a social experience. Food that has been inspired by, and created from nature. Explore this wonderful region through its cuisine and become closer to your surroundings.
In recent years the culinary scene around Skåne, Sweden's southernmost county, has blossomed and we are eager to show you what it’s all about. We are often asked the question, ‘What makes Scandinavia so special?’, and although it's a combination of things including lifestyle, food, architecture, clean air and beautiful landscapes, each and every one is connected through its proximity to nature. We have carefully selected hotels with high-quality restaurants offering local-craft foods, the opportunity to dine with a local Swedish family and a guided food tour of Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s culinary capital.
Day 1 - Skåne
Arrive Copenhagen Airport and collect your hire car from the Europcar office at the airport. It is a short drive from the airport to the Danish side of the Öresund Bridge, a magnificent engineering achievement which carries vehicles and trains across the Öresund to Malmö in Sweden. Malmö is worth spending a couple of hours exploring, especially the beautiful medieval old town with the famous Lilla Torg square. Western Harbour, Malmö's modern harbour development, has a wonderful boardwalk overlooking the Öresund and bridge and some excellent ecological restaurants to relax over lunch or maybe just an ice-cream.
From Malmö you drive southwards further into Skåne, towards the south coast, to Ängavallen which is located at Vellinge in the lovely countryside. For your first night we have included a 4-course dinner in the hotel's restaurant.
3 nights VELLINGE - Ängavallen Ecological Hotel
Day 2 - Explore Skåne
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the main building at Ängavallen before getting ready to explore. No visit to Skåne is complete without a visit to one of the counties most famous - dare we say 'infamous' - towns...Ystad. This beautiful quintessential holiday town has a glorious location, seamlessly boasting both countryside and beach on its doorstep; a combination which makes Ystad desirable for both locals and holiday goers alike. Fans of the popular TV detective series, Wallander, may like to pick up a walking map from the Tourist Information Office and join the Wallander Walk - a stroll around the town which takes in many of the series' locations.
Just east of Ystad, you'll find one of Sweden's most enigmatic sights; Ales Stones. Some believe that the 59 stones are a burial monument, others claim that the stones served as an ancient astronomical clock due as the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter. Whatever their original purpose, no visit to Skåne is complete without a walk around them.
Alternatively, of course, you could just find yourself a cosy spot on one of Skåne's pristine beaches and while away the hours with a good book and a picnic...
Day 3 - Relax Skåne
Today we recommend you relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your location. After another leisurely breakfast why not stroll around the farm's extensive grounds and perhaps pay a visit to their lovely home-made produce shop which has a wonderful selection of organic cheeses, chutneys, jams, yogurts and breads to tempt you, and while you're there why not try one of their homemade cakes with a cup of tea/coffee or hot chocolate? Guests on the farm are encouraged to visit the animals and join in with daily life.
Day 4 - Lund and Helsingborg
It's time to leave the southcoast and head northwards, passing Malmö and heading to the ancient university city of Lund. Stroll along the city's delightful cobbled streets and explore the myriad of shops, restaurants and cafes which cluster around the centre. We strongly recommend a visit to Kulturen, the city's open-air museum filled with historic buildings and gardens for you to visit. Step into the houses and experience life in the city and the countryside from the Middle Ages to the 1930s, with guides dressed in costume and in character. You can also choose from among 20 exhibitions - from folk art to modern design, from medieval history to the present day, from local culture to world culture. Next door to Kulturen you will find Lund Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, which chimes twice daily and is anticipated eagerly by awaiting visitors!
After leaving Lund you will continue northwards along the western coastline to Helsingborg, a beautiful Swedish coastal town overlooking the Öresund and Denmark on the other side. Your hotel is located right in the town centre and has an excellent kitchen with a menu designed by multi-award winning chef, Marcus Samuelsson.
2 nights HELSINGBORG - Clarion Grand Hotel Helsingborg
Day 5 - Kullaberg Peninsula
Explore the Kulla peninsula with coastal views, walks, idyllic fishing villages, and organic farm shops.
Day 6 - Denmark and Kokkedal
In your car take the 20 minutes ferry crossing from Helsingborg across the Öresund to Helsingør in Denmark, a lovely city known for Kronberg Castle, the setting of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. You now have a very short and relaxing drive to Kokkedal and Kokkedal Slot. Why not spend the remainder of the afternoon strolling around the grounds of the slot, or better still, why not cycle around them - your hotel has bicycles available for hotel guests.
During the evening you have an included 4-course gourmet dinner which is served in the hotel's atmospheric restaurant.
2 nights HØRSHOLM - Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen (4 star)
Day 7 - Explore Louisana Sculpture Park
A free day to explore your beautiful surroundings, we suggest visiting Louisiana Sculpture Park, a world-renowned contemporary gallery located by the sea.
Day 8 - Arrive Copenhagen
Relaxing morning in your countryside surroundings before taking the coastal route passing magnificent dream houses and dropping off your hire car in Copenhagen, the gastronomic heart of Scandinavia.
2 nights COPENHAGEN - Copenhagen Admiral Hotel (4 Star)
Day 9 - Free Day to Explore
On the last full day of your holiday you have the option to be part of a 2-hour guided food tour of Copenhagen. (4-hour tour available).
Day 10 - Return Home
Short train ride to Airport for return flight home.
Departure Days: Wed, Thu & Fri
Departure Dates: May - Sep 2018
Duration: 9 nights
Prices from: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
|Departure Dates||Price from per person||Single room|
|1 May - 30 Sep 2018||£2075||On request|
|The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person|
TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 (our preferred option as it means we can chat through the holiday with you) or email your requirements to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will come back to you with holiday offer.
READ: Our Terms and Conditions which apply to this holiday.
ÄNGAVALLEN ECOLOGICAL HOTEL - Vellinge
Ängavallen is a working ecological and ethological farm. As you would expect all their produce is organic and of the absolute highest quality, and they have won awards for their ecological and ethological farming. They produce all their own food products, and by this we really do mean all! Meat, milk, six cheeses, eggs, yogurt, creme fraiche, pates, mustard, herbs, olives, jams, pickles, bread, sausages...the list is enormous! And not only do they serve them all in their lovely restaurant but also have a lovely farm shop and cafe where you can buy them to take away or enjoy in a sandwich with a coffee. It is farming as it should be.
Ängavallen's intimate and comfortable hotel is actually a collection of converted farm buildings with the main manor house farm building accommodating the hotel's award-winning restaurant which is listed in Sweden's White Guide (the Swedish equivalent of the Michelin Guide). The farm buildings house a total of 19 rooms and offers first-class accommodation with an inviting, informal, light atmosphere. The rooms though simple and neutral in decoration have been carefully thought through and include a number of handmade items and recycled farm equipment in their furnishings...including a beautiful old cattle trough which now makes the perfect washbasin! The farm and buildings are set in a beautiful 19th century park with lots of space to find your own, cosy spot....along with the farm's resident cat and dog!
CLARION GRAND HOTEL HELSINGBORG
This fabulous hotel is conveniently in the heart Helsingborg next to the harbour and overlooking the spectacular Town Hall, an excellent example of neo-Gothic style architecture with towers and pinnacles.
All rooms have generous dimensions fully equipped with modern and comfortable faciilities. The hotel is large but successfully maintains an intimate atmosphere and offers a blend of old architecture and modern décor. As well as the prime location and high standard we have specially chosen this hotel for Kitchen & Table, the name of its fabulous restaurant with a menu designed by multi-award winning chef, Marcus Samuelsson. After dinner we also recommend taking an evening stroll across the newly designed harbour overlooking the picturesque Oresund Sound, it's where the locals like to enjoy themselves and you'll spot interesting architecture, great views and small bars and restuarants.
COPENHAGEN ADMIRAL HOTEL (4 star) - Copenhagen
Built in 1787, enjoy the best of past and present at this historic hotel location in the heart of Copenhagen overlooking the Royal Opera and Playhouse, and is close by Nyhavn waterfront and major attractions.
The rooms can be described as handsomely rustic with wooden beams to give each room a golden glow, while the décor features custom designed, teak furniture by Trip Trap. Windows on the eastern facade of the hotel provide views of the Copenhagen Opera House and the quiet harbour, while western facing hotel rooms on the upper floors gaze over the Royal Palace, with Copenhagen’s characteristic rooftops, towers and spires stretching into the distance.
The hotel restaurant, SALT, accommodates 110 diners. Its design and concept were devised in close collaboration with world-renowned design firm Conran & Partners. The London-based company has designed renowned establishments in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. SALT’s décor is inspired by the modern Parisian brasserie. The plates show elegance, while innovated cuisine features amazing taste combinations. Although modern Nordic cuisine is the hallmark of SALT restaurant, there is more than a hint of French inspiration in the meals created by head chef Rasmus Møller Nielsen. Rustic raw ingredients and elegant international cuisine are combined to form a higher synthesis.
KOKKEDAL SLOT COPENHAGEN (4 star) - Kokkedal
Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen (castle in Danish) is everything you would associate with a real castle – a fairytale exterior, a stylish interior, an amazing location set amidst a rolling landscape with forest, sea, beach and open meadows. But with a spa and modern facilities it offers a classic experience with a contemporary twist.
Staying here is about enjoyment, relaxation, intimacy and mindfulness and enjoying the good things in life - especially nature and food!
The castle has a main building and then three further outer buildings containing rooms. You will be staying in a superior double rooms in one of the outer blocks attached to the castle by underground tunnel. The tunnel also connects the buildings to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and restaurant. The indoor pool and sauna and steam room are all free of charge to guests staying at the hotel and there is a bathrobe in the rooms for those who wish to wear theirs to go to the pool. The pool is open daily between 0700 and 1900 and the Spa is open daily from 0900 till 1700.
A Taste of Skane & Copenhagen
Dine with a local family in Malmö
A Slice of Swedish Hospitality is a special dining concept. Basically you dine with local people in their homes; food is a 2-course meal (either starter and main or main and dessert) and is always something they would eat themselves at home - locally produced and locally eaten! All the participating hosts love entertaining and talking about local life and the best things to see and do in and around their town. They also love to hear your stories too...
Price: Price ranges from £30 - £50 depending on the host and number of courses. Please let us know if you would like to dine with a local and we will be happy to make all the arrangements for you.
Ystad is the gateway to Ale’s Stones, Sweden’s answer to Stonehenge. Nobody knows exactly how this megalithic monument arrived in Skåne, but this mystery continues to attract tourists from all over the world. Archaelogists have been scratching their heads over the answer for years and whilst we have several credible explanations including it being used as an ancient astronomical clock, we’ll never know for sure what the truth is....
Turning Torso and Western Harbour
Visit the Turning Torso, Malmö’s most famous architectural landmark at 190 metres high. Located on Western Harbour, a new stylish area of the city with the best view of the Oresund Bridge.
With panoramic views over the Öresund and Denmark, few castles in Sweden have a more beautiful location than Sofiero. Once the home of King Gustaf Adolf, the garden pays homage to the King’s final wish for preserving his garden and love for rhododendrons!
Visit Wonderful Tivoli Garden
Reportedly the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Disneyland, Tivoli is an elegant combination of amusement rides, flower gardens, food pavillions and open-air stage shows.
Who is this holiday for?
This holiday suits everyone, and especially those who take pleasure in experiencing different places and cultures not just through the landscape but through its people and cuisine.
This holiday spends three nights on a working farm therefore it is especially good for those who have a keen interest in ecological and ethical farming and food production. The farmyard is accessible to all guests who are actively encouraged to visit the animals which include pigs and piglets, cows, calves, goats, sheep, lambs, geese and chickens. However, it is important to remember that the farm's purpose is to produce organic produce - which includes meat. The animals are extremely well taken care of but they are not pets. We would recommend taking a pair of wellies with you for kicking about in the farmyard.
I have dietary requirements, will these be catered for?
All of the featured hotels for this holiday have superb kitchens and are able to offer delicious vegetarian alternatives and cater for special diets including diabetic and gluten free as long as we inform them in advance. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Can this holiday be adapted for public transport?
Certainly! A superb train network means if you would prefer to do this holiday using public transport instead of hiring a car then we can arrange that for you. Call us on 01274 875199 for more details.