My weekend on Storholmen continued being an oasis of calm, and I spent my days walking in the woods, cooking indulgent comfort food and watching movies on my laptop. Then something quite amazing happened. On Sunday I was invited to come and visit the Storholmen castle, as it is sometimes called. Its real name is Villa Kassman, and the possibility to come and see this place has been a dream of mine for many years, because it is part of Swedish fashion and political history, as well as being just utterly beautiful. The house, built in 1921, has set the scene for many historical events and the mysterious first owner Kassman has been called a Swedish Jay Gatsby. Its opulence was remarkable when the house was first built, including an entire theatre, and a miniature playhouse (that Kassman built for his daughter) that was, and still is, a fully functioning little home. Famous historical figures connected to Villa Kassman include Greta Garbo and Alexandra Kollontai.
ANYHOW, I won't go on about the details because I am sure you can imagine how excited I was to finally get to visit this amazing place, that is now a private residence. I was very lucky to be able to do this! Unfortunately the house was in a slight state of chaos because the owners were preparing it for an upcoming event, so I didn't get to see everything. On the other hand it was an honour and an event just to be there, especially since the house is pretty much falling apart (and Swedish law prohibits the owners from doing any construction on it), and it might not be there for much longer. Also, I had the privilege of being invited back, so maybe one day I can visit it in its full glory. Either way, I will carry the beauty of this amazing place with me as a memory for life. - Emily