Villa Söderås, built in a classic Art Nouveau style in 1912, is one of Lidingö’s most prominent villas. Situated on the Hustegafjärden bay at the eastern tip of Lidingö, the property has an enchanting view over the sea approach to Stockholm. In its recent history, the villa’s roles have included that of an up-market archipelago guest house.
Villa Söderås was designed by the architect Harald Falkman and was originally built as a summer residence for Carl L Laurin, CFO of the publishing company, Norstedt & Söner.
Many years of hotel and restaurant business has taken its toll on Villa Söderås.
Extensive renovations and remodelling have been completed during the last several years.
A HOUSE STEEPED IN HISTORY
The site on which Villa Söderås stands was divided off from the Elfvik Estate by the owner at the time, former Colonel Albert Janse, who needed capital for the extensive renovation of Elfvik. The site was one of several that Janse sold at the beginning of the 1900s to wealthy Stockholm residents who were looking for a summer residence close to the archipelago.
Through the years, Villa Söderås has been used at various times as a private nursing home, a conference facility for PK Banken/Nordea, and as a restaurant and hotel for private individuals and conference delegates. In 1977, a separate, large hotel building with some 40 rooms was constructed behind the villa.
The restoration is now complete. Irrelevant materials and modifications that resulted from remodelling in the 1970s, have been removed. They have been replaced with contemporary materials such as high-quality green copper, Kolmård marble and glazed roof tiles to enable the building to shine in its original style. Villa Söderås will now be able to return to operation in the areas of hotel, restaurant and conference business, offices or for institutional purposes in accordance with the City of Lidingö’s zoning plan.