castle of wonders

Beautiful surroundings, interesting art, great food and close to nature and the open landscape. What more can we wish for a FAB day out?

So I have been back to Wanås Castle…. were there under Sue’s visit but I hadn’t got my spare camera battery with me, so I asked my friend Ann Christine if she were interested in going back this week, so I can get my needs saturated. Very tricky to get to, if not having a car; from Landskrona it means …. train, train, train, bus and taxi.  Only the thought makes me tired.

Vanås Castle is located west of Knislinge, a few miles north of Kristianstad. The oldest parts originate from the 1400s. During the 1563-1570 Nordic Siftry War, the main building was thrown and burned by Swedish troops but restored around 1566.

The castle was given its present appearance at the rebuild in 1900. The Manor avenues (Herrgårdsalléerna) and Castle Dam, as well as the English Park and Orangery, were built around 1800.

Esther Shalev-Gerz, Les Inséparables , 2008

In 2014 the 8th generation of family Wachtmeister moved into the castle, Baltzar Wachtmeister (43 year) and lawyer with his wife Kristina moved in the eastern wing on the other side of the courtyard and took over the whole operation. They have 4 children. What I understand does his parents, Countess Marika and Count Carl-Gustaf Watchmiester still lives at the castle too. There should be space enough for them all.

The farm was known in the 1440s with the name Watnaas, the ridge on the water.  Today they have 1050 hectares under plough as well as 250 hectares of pastures. In about 750 hectares of the area, organic feed is grown to their own animals, containing supplementary minerals and vitamins. Particularly important is the first crops of forage, which largely determines the milk yield of the year

 The pink sheep is a piece of living art. Art in movement – “If the People have No Bread Let Them Eat Cake”, by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen – and have nothing to do with the farm, I think they are leased. It looks like they had got a refill of pink over the weekend. *smile – they are also supposed to smell of Chanel. LOVE!!!!

Among other things, due to the fact that agriculture is located in a typical median with difficulty in obtaining profitable crops, they swapped in 1999 into organic farming. Cultivations can consist of wheat, grains, fodder beans, peas and rapeseed, among other things. To meet the requirements for domestic protein feed.

Wanås gods have five different activities: Milk (and meat), crop cultivation, forest, housing and hunting. Ecologic milk is the largest with a turnover of 21 million SEK (2,2 million Euros), 450 milk cows help them with that.

In other areas, grains and carrots and potatoes are grown for desalination, all organic. the crop growth is crucial in organic plant cultivation.

Milk Heat by Tue Greenfort, 2009

They also have a very elegant hotel where you can be staying … for about 230 Euros per person, you will get a very nice double room, breakfast and “farm to table” dinner.

And housing/property that they rent out for short and long terms plus a storage unit.

Antony Gormley’s “Together and Apart”, 1998

Regarding the hunting, the wildlife is an important natural resource at Wanås, which is to be managed in a healthy and long-term way (Wise Use).Ethics and morals are extremely important for the goods in all hunting situations. The hunt is conducted in a professional manner with a trained professional hunter who works full time with the hunt.

And the surroundings cost you around 15 Euros, depending on age and worth every cent.

Total turnover is SEK 42 million (4,3 million Euros), for the whole operation.

For 30 years Wanås Castle has been showing art both outside on their grounds and indoors. The Wanås Foundation is an ideal foundation in the municipality of Östra Göinge in Skåne. It was formed on the initiative of Marika Wachtmeister, who held the exhibition activities until 2009 and the following year was awarded the Illis Quorum. 

The sculpture park and permanent collection consist of around 70 site-specific artworks in the landscape that have been created especially for Wanås Konst by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, and Ann-Sofi Sidén. The sculpture park enjoys around 75,000 visitors each year, and 9,000 children and youth participate in learning activities such as tours and workshops.

All activities at Wanås Konst are centred on contemporary art. Every season new guided tours and workshops are developed taking the current exhibitions as their starting points. The outdoor environment at Wanås offers a playful way of learning.

Primary Structure by Jacob Dahlgren, 2011

Since 1987, about 300 artists have exhibited at Wanås Art. The index today presents the artists who are part of the permanent collection, as well as the artists who temporarily exhibited at Wanås Art since 2011.

It’s not hard to understand why this castle and all it offers has become so popular. It’s a spectacular way to spend a day, on your own .. with friends or family.

Better public transport and fewer mosquitoes are to wish for, but I don’t think family Wachtmeister can do much about that. *smile 

“Whether keenly striking or laughably awful,
contemporary art is rarely unentertaining.”
David Levithan

P.S. Will come back to the art.

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