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Gentlemen's Wing

Torsten Kreuger erected this building above the palace’s old cellar and laundry room. It was used to house male guests during holidays and after late-night parties. The gentlemen often used the rooms to rest after hunting trips and outlandish cocktail hours, where staff served drinks from silver trays wearing nothing but fancy facemasks.

 

Interior Designer Pontus Djanaieff recreated each of the two suites, junior suite and four deluxe rooms to resemble the quarters of the eccentric personalities who used to visit. The perks: clawfoot bathtubs in each room, poolside location, and Sweden's very first mechanical bowling alley under the same roof.

Jussi Björling

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When visiting his dear friend, Marguerite Wenner-Gren, opera singer Jussi Björling slept over in the Gentlemen's Wing. His top floor suite is a spacious and extravagant retreat.  
Jussi Björling, Sweden’s most prominent tenor, visited Häringe on numerous occasions. Marguerite Wenner-Gren was also a trained opera singer and, presumably, the two had plenty to talk about. (Before Marguerite became a full-time housewife she was a great success in Germany, amongst other places.) Whether or not Jussi entertained other guests with his singing at Häringe is uncertain, but we do have a few facts on him. Jussi was born in 1911 and during his boyhood, his mother passed away from tuberculosis. Following her death, Jussi, together with his two brothers and their father David, toured up and down the country as an all-male version of The Sound of Music’s famous Von Trapp family. Jussi’s debut took place in Örebro, in 1919. Later, “The Björling Male Quartet,” as they became known, travelled to the USA and the boys recorded six songs. Shortly after, their father died from appendicitis and it seemed as though Jussi’s career would end before it ever really started.

 

Luckily, with the help of some valuable connections, Jussi was given the opportunity to audition for John Forsell, director of the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Mr Forsell was very impressed and his notes from the audition read: “Only 17 years old. A phenomenon. Should be accepted and nurtured. Should be able to become something.” Two years after that fateful day, in 1930, Jussi Björling made his opera debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Juan. The following year, his international career took off after an acclaimed performance at Tivoli in Copenhagen. Jussi performed at the most prominent venues throughout Europe and the United States, and he was worshipped by audiences all over the world. Jussi also recorded dance music under the pseudonym Erik Odde. His very last performance was in 1960, at Skansen in Stockholm.

 

During a particularly lush dinner at Häringe, it is said that Jussi and Marguerite had made so many toasts that when it came time for Jussi to escort Marguerite to her room, it took the pair two hours to venture up the stairs and another hour for Jussi to find his way down again.

Attributes
Room type Suite
Room size 42 sqm
Hästens® bed 180 cm
Extra bed Yes
Shower Yes
Bathtub Yes
Bathrobe & slippers Yes
Toiletries Malin + Goetz
Desk Yes
Pets No
View Herb garden
Wifi Of course
TV 32"
Ipod dock Yes