The opening of the new Gränsö Manor in 1850 was an historic event. It was Västervik’s most beautiful and impressive building, with a façade as grand as the castle that inspired it, the Rosendal royal residence at Djurgården in Stockholm. What’s more, it had a location that none of Sweden’s other manor houses could match – right beside the sea and framed by majestic oaks and picturesque meadows.
The manor also hosted an annual ball known as Oscarsbal, where the local nobility and Västervik’s wealthy merchants and industrialists rubbed shoulders. In those days the Royal Navy used to dock at the outer harbour and after the officers were rowed ashore, they danced until dawn out on the manor’s private island, Ekholmen. The dancing always began with a specially-composed quadrille called Plaisir de Gränsö, or “Gränsö’s Pleasure”.
Nowadays guests visit Gränsö Manor several times a year to enjoy themselves, relax and rejuvenate next to the sparkling water and the manor’s sunny façade – to experience Gränsö’s pleasure in a new way.
In creating the modern-day Gränsö, we have preserved the history, environment and traditions of the past, carefully adapting our style, modern interiors and excellent service to create a truly unique destination – a grand manor house with a breathtaking sea view.
Welcome to Gränsö – Beauty by the Sea.