A new hotel has been created on Sweden’s remote Hamneskär island, which is home to the famous Pater Noster lighthouse and has open sea views. Swedish design agency Stylt converted a 19th-century lighthouse master’s home on the rocky isle into a hotel, which brings together Swedish nautical charm and wild surroundings.
Windswept Hamneskär island on the west coast of Sweden was once a small community built around the Pater Noster lighthouse (meaning ‘Lord’s Prayer’). The red iron-constructed lighthouse was built in 1868 and lit up the horizon off Marstrand to help guide sailors through its dangerous waters.
Inside Stylt has incorporated original rustic details with vintage maritime details and introduced a richness through warm metallics, traditional furniture and dark hues inspired by its surrounding waters.
Timber boards lie underfoot and sit below ceilings painted white and lit by circular cage-like steel chandeliers and bulkhead lighting. Meanwhile, custom-made framed art prints hang on wallpapered and painted walls, and wood-framed windows look out to the sea and vivid sunsets.
Guests arrive by rib boat from Marstrand or Gothenburg and are offered back-to-nature pursuits such as deep-sea fishing (and cooking their catch), sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, cookery lessons and meditation in the lighthouse itself. Short story writing is encouraged, and the quiet ‘gunpowder cabin’ offers the ideal writing den.
Pater Noster has nine double rooms and a cliff-side outdoor sleeping area, and rates include dinner and breakfast. Homemade baked goods are on offer at its summer café while its restaurant offers seafood and fish dishes that incorporate locally sourced seaweed.
From: The Spaces
Your host: Mirja Lilja Hagsjö
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 8 rooms (15-20m2) (161-215 sq ft), 1 freestanding cabin (32m2) (344 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2020 • interior design: Stylt Trampoli (Gothenburg) • bathroom amenities: Vakinme (organic, Swedish West Coast) ✅ one room is available for dogs (which much be kept on a leash on the island), no charges • check the Pater Noster website for transportation to the island