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In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

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The property in Skinskatteberg. Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
13:06 CEST+02:00
The Swedish countryside is littered with small second homes, many up for a steal if you can see beyond dated wallpaper and imagine a country retreat with chanterelles and lingonberries growing in your backyard.

Real estate agents Fastighetsbyrån have put this Skinnskatteberg summer house - actually two separate houses, each with kitchen facilities - on the market. It's a classic example of what Swedes call a skidstuga, literally a 'ski cottage' but connoting a simpler second home in the country. 

In fact, so entrenched in Swedish culture is the summer house, that The Local's editor, David Landes, jokingly wrote last year that he assumed they came free with the passport when you become a Swedish citizen.

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The beauty of this property is in its surroundings, with the two small cottages nestled in a clearing in the woods. Lingonberries litter the forest floor, while mushroom lovers can get their wicker baskets ready for chanterelle season.

IN PICTURES: Property of the Week - Skinnskatteberg

A nearby brook, the water an iron ore laden brown so typical of Västmanland County, babbles past the homestead. Perfect for any beavers, or kids who like getting their clothes dirty. And talking of kids, there are bunk beds galore in one of the rooms, so squash them in there for the night.

Most of all, an upgrade, a lick of paint or two, and some landscaping could turn the property from quaint to gorgeous in a few brief summers.

PS Skinnskatteberg is pronounced SHIN-skatty-behrg, with the emphasis on the first syllable and the last g a soft "j" sound. 

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While you're at it, check out the latest home listings in The Local's Property Section, and find your next home with The Local's Rentals Section.

For more information on this apartment and many more, contact Fastighetsbyrån.

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