Pater Noster Marstrand Sweden

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Pater Noster A home on the horizon

Pater Noster is Sweden's most famous and spectacular lighthouse, remotely located at the tiny island Hamneskär outside Marstrand on the Swedish west coast. The extremely hazardous waters surrounding the island have been feared for centuries, and seafarers used to read The Lord’s Prayer - Pater Noster in Latin - when their ships approached the dangerous reefs.  The lighthouse was constructed in 1868 and given the name Pater Noster as a tribute to the sailors’ prayers. Although the island was considered inhabitable, a house was built for the lighthouse master, his family and staff. For almost 110 years, generations of lighthouse keepers lived with their families in this extreme environment, caring for the lighthouse, rescuing shipwrecked sailors and creating a small and isolated society of its own.

Now, Stylt breathes new life into the lighthouse master’s old home, creating nine guest rooms accommodating up to 18 guests, a restaurant, bar and outdoor café. The ambition is to turn Pater Noster into one of Sweden’s top destinations.  “During my 30 years within the hospitality business, I have rarely come across such a unique destination”, says Stylt’s founder and partner in the lighthouse project Erik Nissen Johansen. “It’s all there - the remote location, the fantastic nature, the extreme weather conditions, the thrilling history - and soon, great hospitality with a dash of roughness and low-key luxury.