The history of Röstånga Gästgivaregård

Röstånga Gästgivaregård was first mentioned in the church records in 1647 and is thus one of the oldest inns in Sweden. The mail stagecoach between Klippan and Höör passed through here in its time, and therefore it was natural to come here for the latest news from the rest of the world. In these days the inn was located by the old road to Billinge. The very first innkeeper was Niels Nielsen. He was succeeded by Pål Nilsson, who was Swedish friendly and therefore harassed by the Snapphane guerilla. To make up for this, he got immunity from tax when Skåne became Swedish in 1658.

In the mid-1700s, innkeeper Rydberg moved Röstånga Gästgivaregård to its present location and expanded with several new buildings. The expansion was so extensive that the villagers protested. The protests were so loud that the issue eventually got dragged to court. On October 14 1783 there finally was a settlement at the district council in Röstånga. Their verdict was for Rydberg to pay the village men "3 pints of liquor, one farthing of beer and one cartouche of tobacco" every year at Midsummer for the rest of his life. During the 1700's and 1800's, both woodsmen and plainsmen gathered around the inn to exchange goods - the future Röstånga market. This tradition was managed until 2012 with yearly markets.

The leading innkeeper of the 19th-century was John Jonasson. He built a spacious and beautiful farmyard, homesteads of oakwood and brickwalls, three fireplaces, a private well and planted 24 apple and pear trees. In return the standard of the rooms was very poor. A guestroom could have nothing but three beds and a wonky table.

The students from Lund enjoyed gathering here and therefore Röstånga Gästgivaregård popularly was known as " The Röstånga Academy". Here they met to study and drink punch - or by all means to drink punch and study, depending on whether the eternal student and writer Sam Ask joined in or not. The story tells about a group of happy students that 1904 came in an ordered a thumbtack with the waiter. With the thumbtack they attached a 100 kr bill on the wall. The students explained that this was all of their assets this evening: "Please serve us the best you can offer, but be sure to tell us in time before it runs out!".

1906 the whole inn was destroyed by a huge fire. Two years later it was decided that it should be built up again. The municipal architect in Landskrona at the time, Frans Ekelund, sketched a new one, and the result was the inn we've got today.

Ekelund also has designed the city hall in Landskrona and the Jugend hotel Savoy in Malmo. On May 21 1909 the new premises were opened.

A legendary guest of ours has been the artist Per Gummeson, a farmer's son from Österlen. He came for what should have been a visit for a fortnight, but got so attracted by Röstånga and the beautiful nature around the village and Söderåsen, that he decided to settle down in the village and stayed for 40 years. The area affected his way of painting and several of his paintings are on display in our Per Gummeson dining room, that we've chosen to name after him. During his stay, Per Gummeson made close friends with Oscar Mårtensson, innkeeper from Eggers in Gothenburg, who took over the place in 1918. Mårtensson redeemed the whole facility and park sites and related annexes in 1925. He ended with horse carriage and introuced motor carriage (car model Nash) instead. In 1939 he expanded the inn with a large veranda, which allowed him to expand the number of guests from 200 to 500 seated guests. The veranda today has been remade to the Main dining room. The same year they also started shooting the Edward Persson movie "Kalle på Spången". The filmteam wished to shoot the movie here, but Oscar Mårtensson chose to refuse when he understood that he had to close down the inn during the shootings. To him it was more important that the door was still open to his frequent guests, so instead the movie was located at Spången.

Oscar Mårtensson was succeeded by his son Olle Griwell. During his and his wife Boel's time here, the inn was visited by the comedian duo Hasse Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson. The restaurateurs claimed that this was where they got their inspiration for the movie "The apple war." Even political celebrities have visited our inn. In 1954, the Prime Minister at that time, Tage Erlander, arranged a party leader meeting here. Also Erich Ollenhauer from Germany and Clement Attlee from England were present, among other.

In 1983, innkeeper Einarsson built the conference facilities and 39 new hotel rooms. In the autumn of 1984, Bengt Jönsson took over Röstånga Gästgivaregård after several years of running Spången. Helena Färlevik, Bengt Jönsson's daughter, took over the business after him in the autumn 2005. During the period 2008 - 2010 both conference rooms and hotel rooms on the first floor have been restored.

The history of Inn tradition

The story begins in the Middle Ages when Skåne belonged to Denmark. Those travelling on behalf of the Crown should by law be entitled to free accommodation and free ride by the farmers. This was misused and resulted in descend upon home owners. To curb this, Magnus Ladulås in 1279 established that each village should hire a bailiff, whose task would be to provide the travelers with food and accommodation. In 1283 a law was passed establishing taverns in Helsingborg. New guesthouse charter was added during Gustav Vasa's reign. In 1560 he decided there should be taverns at the major country roads. The year after, a duty to keep carriage horses and stock of food, beverage and hay was establihed. John III stated defined tariffs for various supplies in 1584.

In 1636 the national chancellor Axel Oxenstierna decided there would be taverns every two miles along the public roads. 11 years later, in 1647, Röstånga Gästgivaregård is mentionned for the first time in the church records. Queen Kristina adopted a new statute in 1649 in which both coaching stops and inns were regulated. Often the bailiff also was the innkeeper. "For unsocial hours" and other sacrifices, he received a substantial tax reduction. An inn should be located every two miles, containing one floor for the nobility, one floor for "honest people" and one floor for "simple people". The horse stables should be large.

In 1690 there were 39 inns in Scania. The number steadily increased and in 1740 there were 50. On the wall there should be a sign telling the name of the inn, where to the stagecoach was aimed and how far it was there.

During the 18th century, most people went by foot, or possibly on horseback. For those with financial means also a "ride" was available, if you were to go from a certain place to another. This simply meant that you paid to ride in a horse-drawn carriage - in other words busses and trains of our days. No goods were allowed in the carriage, only people, with one exception: poultry, oysters and lobster.

When the horse was too tired to pull the wagon anymore, you could stop at special rest areas, inns, where they switched to rested horses that could carry the passengers on. Here you also could have a meal and stay overnight. Only the innkeeper had the right to serve beer, wine and liquor within an area of two miles from the inn. This, however, was not a rule followed very thoroughly. A three course dinner cost around 12 pence in the mid-1700s, including beer. If you only wanted a can of beer, it cost 3 pence.

Gradually, trains came to replace horse carriages and the number of travellers decreased. 1933 ended the era of an inn with stagecoach, and the inns more and more turned into the historical restaurants they are today.

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Address: Marieholmsvägen 2, 268 68 Röstånga
Phone: +46 435 917 80
Fax: +46 435 917 87

Please note that if you are a party of eight guests or more, the food is pre-ordered when booking.

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