The hostel “Åtta Små Hem” is located in a beautiful old industrial district. It consists of 3 red timber 19th century houses with the ancient names Rosendal, Gråbo and Källarbyggnaden.
Reception, café and breakfast buffet are located in the old cellar vaults.
Överum is situated in Västervik municipality. It is a small industrial community with around 1 700 inhabitants.
Överum is close to a lake for swimming and Gudinge beach is 17km away. Around 25 different fishing lakes (one with game fishing) are in the surrounding area and, for those wishing to exercise, there are hiking paths, a ski slope with a lift and good cross country skiing, plus rock climbing. Good lingberry, blueberry and wild mushroom picking.
There is also a unique industrial museum here, displaying the area’s 340 years of history.
The hostel is located in a beautiful old industrial environment.
The hostel has earned the description “one of Sweden’s most beautiful hostels” and is ranked as number ten in the world!
We can count among our guests hockey legend Rolle Stoltz, Peter Harrysson and Bill Clinton’s closest assistant.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the King and Queen of Sweden, have also stayed at the hostel.
Some Överum history
The name Överum can be traced back to 1390 when it was spelt Öfrarum, meaning "the upper exposed place”. The community, as with Rome, was built on seven hills, each with its own name: Lusthuskullen, Pinaberget, Ekkullen, Heisikskulle, Stockholmskullen, Åkessons kulle and Blå jon. When Volloner and Holländare were invited to Sweden in the 17th century to promote industrial development, they were attracted to the regions with good supplies of iron ore, strong water power and lots of forest. In 1655, King Karl X Gustav gave permission Abraham de Beche to found a factory in Överum. Much of the old industrial environment has been preserved today. The old hammersmith is today an industrial museum, including past and present Överum ploughs.