About Palstorps Hage

Palstorps Hage is a family fun farm where we focus on active play and learning in and near nature. Palstorp is located just south of Nyköping in the beautiful valley of Kiladalen. The former farm was turned into a play and activity attraction in 2001 by Håkan and Helena Nilsson in 2001. In 2011, the Hansson family took over and continued to develop the business, with the help of their competent co-workers.

The vision we have for Palstorps hage is to be a natural choice for a fun day out for famillies who live within 2,5 hours away from us.

Using our creativity and commitment, we want to make more people aware of how fun and educational being outdoors can be. By trying the activities together, memories are created which can strengthen both the individual and family and friendship ties. We believe that this will also make our guests more aware of our wonderful nature, our cultural heritage, and the value of these.

In May 2015 we will inaugurate a new part of our business – a forest village (Skogsbyn) with six unique cottages built on the wooded slopes by Palstorp. In the forest village we focus even more on people spending time together in nature. You can find out more at www.palstorpsskogsby.se​

The owners

Marie Hansson

Born in March 1979 and grew up in the country in the northern parts of the Västmanland province. I went to university in the Jämtland province and truly enjoyed its amazing natural landscape. I now live with Lars and our children Axel and Matilda at our beloved Palstorps gård.

What's the best thing about working at Skogsbyn and Palstorp?: I love the variety of tasks to be carried out during the year. During the summer months we meet so many fantastically playful guests, young and old alike. I get to work outdoors all year round, which suits me well. During the winter months I prepare the oncoming season, with planning and paper work.

What did you do before you started at Palstorp?: I studied Sustainable Nature and Culture based Tourism at Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) and Outdoor education at Linköping University. Weekends and school holidays I would work in restaurants and hotels. When I graduated in 2002 I started working as the head of tourism in our neighbouring municipality Oxelösund, where I continued working until we bought Palstorp in 2011.

Interests: Family and friends, and preferably spending time with them outdoors. Springsteen and cross country skiing. Hiking and travelling. Animals and the outdoors.

Favourite time of year: The autumn with all its colours and the clean fresh air. Just thinking about it makes me feel happy to the core!

Favourite food: A meal outside after physical activity. Even the simplest of dishes will taste magnificent.

Favourite spot: Lying on my back, looking up at the skies through the branches of the old maple tree at Palstorp on a beautiful summer's day. Or binoculars at the ready at the brook of Härjeån on a cold winter's day looking at dippers and maybe an otter or two!

Dream destination: Australia and its outback, the Great barrier reef, koalas, kangaroos and the Aboriginal culture.

Lars Hansson

Born in November 1972 and grew up in Oxelösund which has a beautiful archipelago with amazing birdlife. We live at Palstorps gård in Kiladalen since 2011.Together with Marie, I own Palstorps hage and Skogsbyn. My dayjob is at Schneider Electrics, and I own and run Bunkertours – a company that publishes military history books and offers guided tours.
What's the best thing about working at Skogsbyn and Palstorp?: It's exciting to see how Palstorp has changed and is still developing, and how much joy it brings our visitors.

What did you do before you started at Palstorp?: I have a degree in engineering and spent my university days in Stockholm. I did my military service onboard HMS Carlskrona. I have also studied at Studsvik Instrument and Cewe Instrument,

Interests: Family, our home and friends. Travelling, Bruce Springsteen, animals and the outdoors. Military history and all things subterranean.

Favourite time of year: September and snow-filled winters.

Favourite meal: A nice piece of steak, preferably cooked outdoors.

Favourite spot: The peninsula Femöre and our cottage in the Härjedalen province.

Dream destination: The Antarctic archipelago with leopard seals, wandering albatrosses, penguins, and good travel companions.