Far from busy city life, in a northeastern corner of the Swedish island of Gotland, lies the remote peninsula of Furillen. And in the midst of the rough yet inspiring natural landscape you’ll discover a industrial-chic boutique hotel with stunning Baltic Sea views.
Craggy limestone formations stand starkly beside deserted beaches, and sea birds nest among the ruins of an old gravel quarry. This used to be a military area until the early 1990s and it is still largely unknown to tourists. Accessed by a high-speed ferry or plane, and a 45-kilometer drive, the striking gray structure of the Fabriken Furillen is a eco-friendly design masterpiece.
Since 2000, the old factory buildings from the limestone industry have been used as hotel and restaurant by the Fabriken Furillen, owned by photographer and entrepreneur Jonas Hellström. He started out using the abandoned factory and its surroundings as a backdrop for commercials and rock videos. In 1999, he bought the whole complex of 500 hectares and converted it into a minimalistic hotel and restaurant.
Hellström chose to collaborate with Scandinavian architects when designing and building the hotel, around and inside the old factory. The hotel was kept in a minimalistic Scandinavian design in hues of white and greys. Lots of daylights, sea views, open fireplaces and wool textiles creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The rooms and suites are all fitted with luxury Hästens beds and as a guest you can go on a bicycle ride to explore the area – on a Skeppshult bicycle.
Afterwards, enjoy a meal prepared with local and seasonal ingredients fresh from the hotel’s own farm. The chef Filip Fastén together with friends runs the pop-up restaurant at Furillen. Back in 2014 Filip was ‘the chef of the year’ in Sweden and he has previously worked at the restaurant Frantzen and restaurant Le Rouge in Stockholm. The restaurant is only open in Summer – although winter at Gotland perhaps even as quiet and alluring.
How to get there? Fly to Visby Gotland with SAS or Norwegian via Arlanda Stockholm. The hotel offers airport shuttle. Rooms from €150 per night, including logs for the fireplace and a breakfast buffet. That is if you can get a room – as the hotel seems to be fully booked until next year… Perhaps worth putting your name down on a waiting list? Contact details here: furillen.com