Gunnel & Lars-Åke built Villa Illumino in 2008 to follow the style of how houses used to be designed on the island. They decided to open it to the public in 2009 and make it a Bed & Breakfast, wanting to share the beauty and solitude of the island with people from all over the world. Gunnel & Lars-Åke share their living quarters with Gino, their loyal Golden Retriever, Odyses and Aphrodite (their two cats) and three turtles. They have taught different subjects in high schools and love teaching and sharing the knowledge they have.

The archipielago of Stockholm contains more than 30,000 bigger and smaller islands. One hundred and fifty of them are inhabited.

Blidö was originally four individual islands, Oxhalsö, Västerö, Blidö and Sikmarö, which grew together due to the rising of the land. The island is more fertile and lush than the neighbouring island of Yxlan. There are nice broad-leaf woods and more open landscape is found with the cultivated land at Blidögård and Hemsundet. Outside of Blidö the barren islands of the outer archipelago include islands like Själbottna, Svartlöga, Rödlöga, Gräskö and Kudoxa.

You can read more about Blidö on the official Stockholm Archipielago site where most of the little facts on the side of each page on the site was taken from.

From Villa Illumino you can see the island of Norröra. You can get there by taking the boat Blidösund or Sandkilen Helmi. Norröra is often called "Saltkråkan". It was the setting for a popular children's movie, based on the book written by the famous Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren -"mother" of Pippi Longstockings.
Sunset in Blidö
Villa Illumino in the summer
Room 3 in the lower level
The living area
Down on the rocky private beach
The kitchen belonging to the outside extension
Beautiful sunset
The Baltic Sea freezes over in the cold winters
The porch at the front of the house
The most amazing colours paint the sky
Room 2 - view 1
Silja Line appears from behind the island
The colourful rocks by the beach
Villa Illumino in the Spring
On Furusund (the Ferry) towards Blidö
The bunker beds in the extension
Pärongården, Norrtälje
Another beautiful winter day at Villa Illumino
The sunset seen through the windows in the living room
Room 2 - view 2
Want to discover the island of Blidö? Take a bycicle and enjoy the scenery!
A winter landscape from the beach
Villa Illumino at dusk
Another view of the living room on the ground floor
Go down to the beach and dip your feet in the refreshing water
Room 2 - view 3
The sunsets will take your breath away
A bottom bunker bed in the extension unit
We serve breakfast in the dining area
At Villa Illumino you can use the outdoors toilet or enjoy the luxury of the indoors shower or bath
Summer offers vivid and beautiful colours
Room 1 - view 1
Welcome to Villa Illumino. At the entrance, the greens are inside as much as outside
Side view of the outside porch
Room 2 - view 4
Looking out through the window
Another view of the bright living room
Sandkilen Helmi boat
The dining room sits next to the living room
Norrtälje is the closest "city" from Blidö and well worth visiting
A bright view of the front porch
Enjoy the fresh air you can take advantage of out in Villa Illumino
Kayaking is one of the many fun activities you can do on Blidö
Fishnet down by the rocky beach
Fishing for both adults and kids
Detail shot from the garden
Bring your sketch books, water colours and other painting materials and sit down by the beach to paint
The Baltic Sea shows its fury from time to time