We visited yet another castle on our tour to old friends some weeks ago. Läckö Castle, once voted the most beautiful Castle in Sweden.
I must confess I did not find it as interesting as Tjolöholm, but of course the looks of Läckö is maybe more of a castle with a princess waiting inside.
First we had a lecture in the King’s Hall, about the history of the castle, and then we were left to read ourselves and walk the tour on our own. There was not much of the original furniture left, but I did find a Narnia cupboard …
In the 17th century Sweden was a country of great power, so many of the paintings were from famous battles. Not my kind of art.
I found the floors to be an absolute dream though. They were laid like no other floors I have seen, and in fact this type of fitting the boards is called Läckö after the name of the castle.
There was a lovely walled garden too, and more of Miss Willmott’s Ghost (Thank you, Jude), a plant I have already ordered for my own garden next season. I just love this extravagant flower, and the story of the lady Willmott too – secretly dropping seeds of this flower in other people’s gardens…
The last picture shows a piece from the treasury at Läckö – the decorative vases used for single flowers in those days.
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Castle looks like an amazing place to visit, and I just love walled gardens
Thank you – I too love walled gardens. I believe they are more common in GB?
Yes we have certainly visited some lovely ones in Wales. And they were often associated with gentry estates here in Ireland, where most have fallen into disrepair but some are still functioning as working gardens..
I have just realised the fun with visiting gardens. I’d love to go to Wales!
There are some lovely ones
Like you I’m not interested in paintings of battles but the castle itself is beautiful and there seems to be lots of atmosphere inside – plus the gardens look lovely too!
Thank you, Sarah, glad you enjoyed castle and grounds!
Glad you liked it!
This is indeed a beautiful, beautiful castle. I visited as a kid, but maybe it’s time to take my kids for a visit 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!
And I had only admired it from pictures and from TV – so glad to have seen it in reality now! Of course you must go with your children!
I will find a way to take them there 🙂
Thank you, Ritva!
Did I not tell you of Miss Wilmott’s ghost??
Did you? I know Jude did at least. But I tend to forget things more now. Getting old, you know…
Tell me about it,….
Every inch the castle of children’s legends…and I love the light and shadows on the floor
Sue, thank you. And I loved Narnia, and find those cupboards when possible…
You’ve humanised this castle with your atmospheric photos, and made it possible to imagine something of the lives of those who lived there once upon a time.
A lovely comment, Margaret, thank you. If this is for real, you made me happy today. Making history come more alive is of course a goal to strive for!
Opulence indeed! Love those stone slab floors as well as the Lacko ones.
Mmm – glad you came along, Jo. Floors are interesting, really. Fashion goes in them as well…
Thanks for letting us visit this wonderful castle and garden. The walls in the staircase are realy special and a wooden floor like this, I’ve never seen.
i enjoyed the pictures and thanks for the background information.
I am glad you enjoyed it – a short but interesting tour I thought.
Fascinating new homework . . . for which huge thanks ! There are quite a few castles/stately homes in this style in my birth country of Estonia – Sweden was the Overlord there for a considerable time . . . so, now to look up and compare dates and styles . . . so interesting !
Impressive structure and grounds. Thanks for sharing your tour with us, Ann-Christine.
And you for coming along and – for commenting.
That was a lovely tour thanks Ann-Christine 🙂 🙂
Thank you for coming along, Brian!