THE HISTORY OF SKÄRVAIn the late 1700's two men of differing temperament and vision – one an art-lover, the other more technically-minded – decided to combine their insights and talents in a joint project. The architect Carl August Ehrensvärd felt that "primitive northerners" lacked the inspiration afforded by classical antiques, whilst shipbuilder Fredrik Henrik af Chapman craved a summer-house haven by the sea. Their notions harmonised and coalesced into Skärva Herrgård, where both servants and masters lived under the same roof. It became a place characterised by joy and community, as well as peace and serenity. Vice-Admiral Chapman, renowned for his shipbuilding skills throughout Europe, gradually withdrew from the project later on in life to focus on scientific research. Then, in 1806, the mansion was sold as a farmstead, and was eventually acquired by the Wachtmeister family. In 2014 the mansion came under new private ownership – and its doors, once again, open to all.
OUR VISION AND VALUESSkärva Herrgård is a magical place. It’s a place where guests can relax, reconnect with nature and find time for themselves – yet at the same time, it’s a place to celebrate life, to meet people, find inspiration and create fresh, innovative ideas and projects together. Skärva Herrgård combines both: it’s a Seminar centre where groups can be creative and learn together, and at the same time it’s a Guesthouse that offers recreation and relaxation … it’s also an Events Venue packed with excitement and celebration. Skärva Herrgård combines Swedish history with Modern Art, successful business meetings with meditation retreats, and guided Nature tours with classical concerts. We aspire to be a place of balance, a welcoming haven for all kinds of people. Utilising art, philosophy and science, we aim to inspire people to access new ways of thinking, to provide impulses for visions of a new world and profound personal development. With life lived in accordance with natural cycles, Skärva seeks to work towards a more sustainable society and, most importantly, engendered by the people who come here … Skärva is quite simply a place of joy, community and happiness.
OUR AIM IS TO CREATE AND PROVIDE A SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN MEET AND FEEL INSPIRED. A SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN CONNECT WITH THEMSELVES, WITH OTHERS AND WITH NATURE.