Stora Holms Säteri
Manor house, café and garden
Råda Manor is a well-preserved estate with a fascinating heritage dating back to medieval times.
Råda Manor, Råda Säteri in Swedish, stands white and elegant, in undulating, diverse landscape by the lake Rådasjön in Mölnlycke. The manor house includes the main building and wings, plus a number of outbuildings, and you can enjoy a Swedish “fika” in the café (open daily).
The garden at Råda Manor has a history that spans several centuries. The layout and structure of the garden indicate that it was probably created at the end of the seventeenth century, and information about the historical garden influences the development of the present garden. The aim is not to re-establish the growing of plants and crops for sale, however, but to pass on knowledge about the activities of a forgotten age along with gardening and cultivation skills.
Hannu Sarenström, an author and gardening enthusiast, designed the terrace planting and selected the plants. The borders flower from early spring until late autumn. Hannu took his inspiration from the history of Råda Manor and the location itself. Every season has something fresh to offer, with different combinations of colours at different times. The long bench was inspired by old photographs found at the manor house.
Råda Manor is part of the lake Rådasjön nature reserve. The reserve has special ecological, cultural and recreational values that are taken into account in its management. The Labbera peninsula is part of the manor grounds and is easily reached by following a signposted nature trail. This is a great place for a walk through the impressive beech forest or to visit the ruined folly built by Martina von Schwerin in the nineteenth century to add character to the landscape.