A short story about an unfinished stately home
Skokloster had a park, but not as grand as was thought fitting for the estate's size. This design was executed according to the standard of the age. If, and how much of, the park was ever realised is still debated.
One thing that we do know never was finished is the Sea Lodge. The drawings are kept, however, and they give us a good idea of its layout.
This is the lake view of the Sea Lodge, the view most visitors would have seen. People mostly came over the lake, either by boat or by sleigh.
Boats or sleighs would have stopped at the harbour (4) and the guest would have alighted onto the quay (2).
The main entrance (8) were supposed to have been two stories high, reaching all the way up through the building. The existing decoration inside the main house indicates that the ceiling would have had a richly ornate stucco work, possibly painted, and walls in strong colours.
To the left of the main entrance we find the Housekeeper's room (10) and a storage (9).
Room 14 is an ante-chamber to the Master's sauna (11) where the stoker would tend the fire. A storage for wood is nearby (15). Rooms 12 and 13 are a changing rooms with adjoining privies.
The toilets for common use (22 & 23) were designed with three holes in a row. Privies with multiple seats were not uncommon in Sweden.
On the other side of the main entrance we find the scullery keeper's room (17) and a scullery (16).
And the kitchen covers the rest of the floor with ovens (18), kitchen range (19), servant's dining room (21) and extra ovens (20).
Outside the building there would have been a small kitchen garden (5) and a fish pond (3).
The corridor (29 30) gets its light from a light-shafts (27 & 28). The staircase (31) takes you to the next floor.
Formal visitors would have continued up the stairs and exited (49) into the outer courtyard.
To the left of the stairs we find a suite of rooms intended as living quarters for senior members of the staff and tower rooms "to keep things you do not use on a daily basis", as the architect put it.
On the other side we find similar rooms. The house is, in true Palladian manner, designed in perfect symmetry.
The rear of the Sea Lodge faces the main house (54) and is separated from it by a court yard (50).
This is the view of the Sea Lodge from the main house. The two towers would have contained collections of arms and armour, according to the architect. Count Wrangel already had three rooms for that purpose, however.
The entire complex from a distance would have had a coherent design, although the two structures had two different architects.
Text: G. Sandell, National Historical Museums.
For further reading: Andrén, Erik. 1948. Skokloster, ett slottsbygge under Stormaktstiden. Nordisk rotogravyr: Stockholm. (With a short English summary.)