About Avonlea

Welcome to Avonlea in Fardume, Rute.

Our modern country home has a bird’s-eye view to the south and west overlooking fields and meadows towards Fardume Lake, a designated bird reserve. The nearby marshes, grass and hedgerows provide a perfect haven for a multitude of birds and other wildlife like foxes, hares and even the occasional roe deer. The panoramic vista over the lake with the tower of medieval Hellvi church in the distance is enhanced by glorious sunsets and the call of cranes and geese. The seasons each have their distinctive charm and colours that are mirrored in the ever-changing surface of the lake. We also have a number of historic monuments in the neighbourhood such as stone graves from the Bronze Age, ship graves from the Iron Age and our local medieval church, Rute church built in the 12th century, as well as the remains of a medieval manor right next door!

We are your hosts: Luella, a retired organic dairy farmer and Göran, a native Gotlander who returned after 50 years of living on the mainland to become my partner here at Avonlea in 2019. The property here at Fardume consists of 8.5 ha arable land which is rented to Jonas, the dairy farmer who now runs the operation at Alvans, and 25 ha of natural grazing land where Jonas pastures his heifers, enabling us to meet the EU biodiversity criteria. The horse paddock and house grounds as well as 18 ha of forest near the coast complete the holdings. We have two ponies, a Connemara gelding named Mackenzie and Bus Lasse, a Gotlandruss, (native Gotlandic breed) together with Marley, our young Danish-Swedish farmdog and Viola, our elderly cat.

If no holiday would be complete without your pets, we also offer accommodation for your horse and dog! And we’ll be delighted to tell you about all the interesting things you can see on walks/bike rides in the neighbourhood. We have a number of vintage bicycles that you can borrow for short exploring excursions.

Be sure and try a jar of Avonlea honey from our bees that collect nectar from the meadows here in Fardume.