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Stjernsund Castle occupies a beautiful position on a headland just south of Askersund in Sweden. It was built in a neoclassical style and contains remarkably well preserved interiors from the 1850s when the manor was owned by the royal Bernadotte family. A guided tour of the house takes about 50 minutes. Footpaths in the peaceful parkland offer inviting walks and beautiful views. 

The history of the Castle dates back to the 17th century and the aristocratic Oxenstierna family. The current building, with its austere facades and the four magnificent columns marking its entrance, was built in 1808 after the ironmaster Olof Burenstam had acquired the estate.

In 1823 the Castle was sold to the royal family and here King Karl XIV Johan used to break his journey to Norway. His grandson Prince Gustaf, the “singing prince” refurnished the Castle. Today Stjernsund can offer one of the most lavishly appointed mid – 19th century interiors. The Cassel family bought the castle and developed a model farm here. On the death of Augusta Cassel in 1951, Stjernsund Castle and its park were bequeathed to the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, Histor and Antiquities to be preserved as part of Swedens cultural heritage.

 

Author: Pernilla Gäverth

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