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May 2014
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Westerby Gärd: Time to pause in nature

Westerby Gärd © Plume

Having traveled a road lined with birch forests and colorful tall grass, an hour from Helsinki, the Westerby Gärd guest house welcomes you into its farmhouse dating from the 17th century in the countryside surrounded by fields of rapeseed. Inhabited by the same family for 150 years, the 400 year old farmhouse is still covered with the red paint of Falun, which is a very typical color of the country and called “punamultamaali ” in Finland, which means “painting the earth red”. Now converted into a family hotel, the house offers twenty rooms in the Swedish Gustavian style, with a discreet charm in the house annex. The restaurant, known for its English chef Stuart offers a revisited Finnish menu that can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the fields and garden nearby that provides all the vegetables to the kitchen. Before dinner, to work up an appetite, one must take a ten minute walk up the path amidst the birches to discover a wooden pontoon, and take a moment to take in the lake, one of the countless Finland.

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