… yesterday I did another trip to Torpa!
A winter trip, realy coold… met some friends and joined a guided Christmas tour
in the stone castle. This house carry a lot of stories in the walls!
Part of my family have bee living in a little village cloose by, and still is, that is wy Torpa
Stenhus has a very speciall place in my heart… as it has for most of the people around.
It is located in a fantastic, increadeble envirement… so beautiful that it hurts!
Couple of years ago, specially one very hot summer I went to Hovsnäs,
a place in connection to Torpa, almost every day… rent a rowboat for the day, brought paint
stoff and a picknick… it was totaly amazing wonderfull day´s, just as the photo above!
Sometimes there are a lot of people around here, but sometimes, if you pic a non holyday
period, you can be as lucky as me at that time… for many days I had this increadble
lake nearly by myself.
Unique for Torpa Stenhus is that it is in unimpaired ownership!
Current owner family Zethelius are the direct descendants related to
Arvid Knutsson who built the stone house in the 1400s. The house has
wandered by turns on the male and female line of the family, hence the
relationship with Leijon Main & Capricorn. It is also the only
private “castle” in Sweden, passed in the same family since
the construction of the Middle Ages.
King of Sweden Gustav Vasa… who had some ”doings” at the castle!
… married third and last time Katarina Stenbock 1552-1560…
there is a legend that he had to chase her in the castles
passages to catch her… she was only 17 years old and he was 53.