Owned by the Kulturen museum in Lund, this is their open air museum which consists of a couple of farms and some other buildings donated to them in 1923 when the local farmers had no heirs. Kulturen's founder Mr Karlin had enough sense to leave the farms where they were and create this oasis away from all stress, and today you can walk around and look at it all at your own pace. There has been farms here since at least the 16th century which is known since they were in the Dalby Monastery's records, but nothing that old survives today. Most famous is Östarp Gamlegård, the oldest and biggest of the farms, built in 1812 when a fire had raged through what was then a whole village. Built in typical Scanian style and centred around an inner yard where life went on and sheltered everyone from the wind, it is a fantastic place, including the living quarters, the "exception" which is where the older generation moved in, and the stable block as well as a later garden at the back. You can see many more Gamlegård images in the first travelogue below. There is also a pretty little water mill and then the is the younger farm. There are also working horses, goats and so on in the fields everywhere and in high season the farmland is worked in the old fashioned way by the resident farmer whose cosy house next to the windmill is just about the only thing you cannot visit :))) See more in the second travelogue below.
Sjöbo has a mill in the town centre which was built in 1740 in Dutch style. I am not sure how long it was in action for but if you want to see more of it, the local mill society can be contacted on the phone number below.
I have only passed it by along the main Sjöbo to Simrishamn road and not turned for the Fyle Valley itself but this must be mentioned as it is one of the most famous bird watching areas in the south of Sweden and even eagles can be spotted if you are lucky, particularly in winter when you can find them around Benestad. A very peaceful place for a hike or, in summer, a trip by railway trolley on the disused line along the little Fyle Stream. You can reach it by bus from Sjöbo or Tomelilla (to Röddinge by) but it is much easier by car unfortunately. The valley itself is an ice age creation as boulders on their way to the sea from Lake Vomb cut it out.
In my quest for finding Scania's tastiest local egg cake, I ventured inside Sjöbo's old inn, yet another classic institution even if not as old as some of them. The place is less cosy than many of the other inns in that it doesn't have the countryside look to it, and reminds me more of a typical Swedish "town hotel" but that still gives atmosphere enough. In the 18th century, Linnaeus was here during his Scanian travels but the house itself has been rebuilt since (1902) and today there is only a tree that he planted in the garden. A former owner collected elephants so children love to look at those in the reception area and as for eating, there is a childrens menu. Some summer days they have barbecue evenings and you can also stay the night here which is probably perfectly OK. If you just want to pop in, there is also a "farmers shop" at the entrance where you can shop delicious condiments and things.
I don't know if it is because it is the most upmarket and well-known place in the area but when we visited, the dining room had both Polish tourists, locals and pilots from the nearby Malmö airport eating here so there is a complete mix of people. We ate in the "Oxögat" hall which is the most basic dining area. There are also the Dining halls where you can order typical Scanian goose dinners and the whole shabang so weddings are popular here. The kitchen closes in the afternoon on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: Egg cake with gammon rashers (see second picture) :))) Not as good as at Östarp but few can beat that and it was still very good and veeeeeery filling. After this, I didn't eat anything until evening the following day!
This is in fact yet another inn, and because it is off the main road out in the countryside it is not half as packed as it would otherwise be, although booking is definately advisable if you visit in July since this classical place can be found at Kulturens Östarp open air museum so that is the reason people flock here in good weather. It is also a fabulous place, and in my quest for Scania's best local egg cake with gammon rashers, this is so far the best I have found (third picture). On top of that, the interior is old fashioned and cosy as the owners thankfully restored it completely after a 1950s fire. The friendly waiting staff are dressed in local Scanian dresses and the place ooozes tranquility and a feeling that YOU as the guest are the important thing here. Dessert was a scrumptuous rhubarb crumble thing when I visited and well, the whole experience is as close to a food orgasm as you get in Sweden. One of those complete meals :) As you can see from the fourth picture, I'm not the only one in this world who thinks so. Children are welcome and it is the sort of place where they usually behave since people who come here want to experience culture. There is a special menu for them which is also of high quality and if they want to leave in advance, they cannot get run over outside as all there is is countryside (pic 5) and an ice cream kiosk.
Favorite Dish: Egg cake :)))
As Kulturens Östarp is in the middle of nowhere without a bus stop, you have to walk from the nearest Veberöd to Blentarp bus stop OR go in May to early June or late August to September when Naturbussen takes you straight there from for instance Lund. Very convenient! At less than SEK 50 a day for travelling, you can match various departures and hop on and off throughout the day. There aren't THAT many to chose from but you can see a fair bit still and also combine various tours - see the timetable below.
There is no longer a train to Sjöbo so bus is the way to go from for instance Lund, Simrishamn or Ystad. See the link below for details. You end up at Sjöbo bus station in the middle of town but these buses also stop in various villages along the way of course.