“I’ve never tried that before, so I’m sure I’ll manage it” – so said Pippi Longstocking, and these are the words Swedish florist Anna Starrén and her husband Martin live by. Martin had always dreamed of building a floating cottage from which to explore the lake beside their country home. And when his friend passed away, he put all his effort into turning his dream into a reality. Read on to discover more! 

The starting point was to build a floating pontoon (measuring 5 x 10 metres), upon which the little red and white cottage (measuring 4 x 3.5 metres) was built.  The pontoon is attached to the mainland using a series of mooring lines. 

The house has everything you might need for a relaxing day by the lake including a sleep loft, sauna, isolated floor, wifi, fridge, gas stove, shower, water converter, shower, dry loo, binoculars, bird book, ceramics for 10!, a coffee maker and an anchor! 

Oil lamps are dotted around the little cottage, providing light and heat. The cottage is also powered by 2 x 160 solar panels and a 3x 90 amp battery. 

The kitchen, sofa and ladder have all been hand built to fit the space. 

Anna says: “building this house is one of the best things we’ve ever done, it’s become our year-round refuge.”

Come winter, the lake freezes over and the little cottage becomes a perfect spot for ice bathing. 

A whole is cut into the ice so that they can still take a dip after a sauna. 

BRRRRR! 
Could you imagine winter bathing like this? 
If you’re ever in Sweden during winter, you must try it – it’s such a crazy yet wonderful experience (especially afterwards once you’re all wrapped up warm again and nursing a mug off glögg!). Studies have shown it has numerous health benefits! 
See Anna’s inspiring instagram feed @starrensannan for more pictures of the floating cottage, as well as their main house. You might also like to stop by Anna’s homepage for more information about her work as a florist and upcoming workshops (how I’d love to do one of those – I wonder if she holds any at the floating cottage?). 
Would you like to see a few other unusual properties today? 
Happy lillördag! 
Niki
Photography courtesy of Anna Starrén with thanks 

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“I’ve never tried that before, so I’m sure I’ll manage it” – so said Pippi Longstocking, and these are the words Swedish florist Anna Starrén and her husband Martin live by. Martin had always dreamed of building a floating cottage from which to explore the lake beside their country home. And when his friend passed away, he put all his effort into turning his dream into a reality. Read on to discover more! 

The starting point was to build a floating pontoon (measuring 5 x 10 metres), upon which the little red and white cottage (measuring 4 x 3.5 metres) was built.  The pontoon is attached to the mainland using a series of mooring lines. 

The house has everything you might need for a relaxing day by the lake including a sleep loft, sauna, isolated floor, wifi, fridge, gas stove, shower, water converter, shower, dry loo, binoculars, bird book, ceramics for 10!, a coffee maker and an anchor! 

Oil lamps are dotted around the little cottage, providing light and heat. The cottage is also powered by 2 x 160 solar panels and a 3x 90 amp battery. 

The kitchen, sofa and ladder have all been hand built to fit the space. 

Anna says: “building this house is one of the best things we’ve ever done, it’s become our year-round refuge.”

Come winter, the lake freezes over and the little cottage becomes a perfect spot for ice bathing. 

A whole is cut into the ice so that they can still take a dip after a sauna. 

BRRRRR! 
Could you imagine winter bathing like this? 
If you’re ever in Sweden during winter, you must try it – it’s such a crazy yet wonderful experience (especially afterwards once you’re all wrapped up warm again and nursing a mug off glögg!). Studies have shown it has numerous health benefits! 
See Anna’s inspiring instagram feed @starrensannan for more pictures of the floating cottage, as well as their main house. You might also like to stop by Anna’s homepage for more information about her work as a florist and upcoming workshops (how I’d love to do one of those – I wonder if she holds any at the floating cottage?). 
Would you like to see a few other unusual properties today? 
Happy lillördag! 
Niki
Photography courtesy of Anna Starrén with thanks