There’s a famous photograph of a man standing on the steps of a lighthouse while a massive wave sweeps around the structure. You know this shot — it was taken during a storm in Brittany, France, shortly before the lighthouse keeper was rescued by helicopter. It’s a powerful image, suggestive of the forces of nature and the isolation of solitude, of loneliness. Well, this lighthouse isn’t that lighthouse. This lighthouse, perched on a tiny island near Damman, Sweden, is a party house.
First, a key fact that you need to keep in mind: It’s for sale. Yes, the whole thing, boat dock, helipad, structure, and light can all be yours for 19 million Swedish kronor, or about $2.8 million.
Got that? Onward.
The Damman lighthouse has eight bedrooms, a restaurant-sized kitchen, and dining room for up to 50. It has during its long life served as a hotel. There’s what the owners call a casino, but we’ll call a game room. There’s room, somewhere, and plans to add a swimming pool (better be heated or there’s no point). There are views of the Baltic to die for, no neighbors, and no noise curfew. You want to pull the blinds, hole up, and binge on Nietzsche? You can do that, of course. But if you want to hire Poison and rock the house for three days straight, you can do that, too.
Although, actually, you might not want to turn it up to 11. The lighthouse was built in 1873 and there’s no telling what might shake loose and fall down, despite extensive renovations and additions over the years.
The house was operational as a beacon for 95 years, from 1874 to 1969. For the next two and a half decades, it sat empty, abandoned, and dark. Then it was renovated in 1995, a process that’s ongoing, and run as a guest house/hotel for a few years. Amenities include diesel generators with plans for a wind station, desalination, and room/plans for six more bedrooms. And for a fraction of the bonus of a Wall Street trader, it can belong to you.
Interested in buying? Contact Pontuz Lofgren.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.