International Conference on Invertebrate Vision

Bäckaskog Castle, Sweden | August 1 - August 8, 2013

Accommodation

On this page you will find information regarding food and lodging during the conference.

Accommodation at Bäckaskog, while limited, is extremely comfortable. We have divided the accommodation into three different price categories (1-3), based on room standard. In most categories, the rooms are newly renovated and very tastefully decorated in Swedish country style.

A short description of the accommodation is given when you click on 'show details':

PRICE CATEGORY 1 (770 SEK/night in double room, 1060 SEK/night in single room)

  • Castle Show details
  • King Karl's Tavern Show details
  • The Old Monastery Show details
  • Dating from the late 1500s, the castle has been residence to several families from the military and the aristocracy, finally becoming the summer residence of Karl XV, King of Sweden, and later his daughter Louise, Queen of Denmark, during the second half of the 19th century. The middle floor of the Castle consists of various magnificent State Rooms which appear much as they did at the time of Karl XV. All rooms are located on the upper floor and are large with expansive views over the gardens. All rooms are classed as Price Category 1 accommodation.

    Number of rooms available: 11 (10 double, 1 single)

    • Price per person in a double room: 770 SEK
    • Price per person in a single room: 1060 SEK

    This lovely old tavern, which is more like a large house, is located close to Lake Oppmanna. Rooms are located on each of its two floors, and lead off from large and beautifully decorated sitting rooms, one of which has a tiled oven and a book shelf filled with antique books. The rooms are large with excellent views over the gardens and, on one side, the lake. All rooms are classed as Price Category 1 accommodation.

    Number of rooms available: 7. Only double rooms are available.

    • Price per person in a double room: 770 SEK

    The monastery dates from the early 1200s, and now forms a wing of the castle. The monks (from a French order founded in 1120) occupied the monastery until 1537 when it was closed down as a result of the Reformation. They lived mostly from agriculture and fishing. A small stream that once connected the two lakes ran right through the centre of the kitchen and the monks literally fished for trout from the warmth and convenience of the kitchen hearth! The rooms are quite close to the original kitchen and are either on the ground floor or the first floor, with views to the inner courtyard or to surrounding the gardens and pastures. All rooms are classed as Price Category 1 accommodation.

    Number of rooms available: 9 (6 double, 3 single)

    • Price per person in a double room: 770 SEK
    • Price per person in a single room: 1060 SEK

PRICE CATEGORY 2 (530 SEK/night in double room, 770 SEK/night in single room)

  • The Oast House Show details
  • The Old Mill Show details
  • The Old Smithy Show details
  • The Oast House is a long single-storey wooden building in the classical red-coloured Swedish style. Located near the Mill, all rooms in the Oast House have views across horse pastures to trees lining the shores of Lake Oppmanna. The rooms are medium sized and classed as Price Category 2. All rooms are nicely restored and decorated, either in yellow or green (pictures).

    Number of rooms available: 10. Only double rooms are available.

    • Price per person in a double room: 530 SEK

    The Old Mill is a large two-storey half-timbered house containing many rooms. It is located roughly half-way been the castle and Lake Oppmanna, and all rooms have lovely views towards the castle across a formal rose garden. Rooms on the upper level are large while those on the lower level are smaller (picture to the left). All rooms are nicely restored and decorated and classed as Price Category 2.

    Number of rooms available: 16. Only double rooms are available.

    • Price per person in a double room: 530 SEK

    The Old Smithy is an interesting two-storey half timbered building dating from the 18th century. Originally used to forge weapons, this small house stands close to Karl XV's tavern and Lake Oppmanna. The rooms are charming and original with iron-poster beds as an interesting detail. Views include the gardens and the lake. However, due to its small size, the bathroom facilities are shared. The rooms are medium sized and classed as Price Category 2.

    Number of rooms available: 6 (5 double, 1 single).

    • Price per person in a double room: 530 SEK
    • Price per person in a single room: 770 SEK

PRICE CATEGORY 3 (225 SEK/night, 4-bed rooms)

  • The Youth Hostel Show details
  • The youth hostel, reserved primarily for students, has simpler accommodation in 4-bed rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The youth hostel is an old wooden building in the classic Swedish style. This accommodation is classed as Price Category 3.

    Number of beds available: 25

    • Price per person per night: 225 SEK

Map with location of all houses (Hover on the map to enlarge):

map of the garden
  • 1. The Castle
  • 2. Lecture halls
  • 3. Restaurant
  • 4. The Old Monastery
  • 5. The Biblical garden
  • 6. The herb garden
  • 7. The rose garden
  • 8. Remains of the orangery
  • 9. Youth Hostel
  • 10. The Old Mill
  • 11. Queen Louise's engagement tree
  • 12. Grave of Karl XV's life horse Schejk
  • 13. The Oast House
  • 14. Tennis courts
  • 15. The Old Smithy
  • 16. King Karl's Tavern
  • 17. Beach and pier
  • 18. Sauna and solarium house
  • 19. Youth Hostel

In addition, delegates who wish to come by car and wish to organise their own accommodation, have the possibility of renting a small cottage in the countryside nearby (the local area is Immeln and Ivösjön). There are a couple of good websites that are devoted to cottage bookings:

Please fill in your requests on the Registration form prior to 15th May 2013. On the Registration form you will be asked to select your first and second preference of price category. Within each category it's possible to choose between different buildings at Bäckaskog. We will of course do everything in our power to grant first preferences, but we will have a first in, first served policy: those who book their room and pay their registration fee earlier have a greater chance of obtaining their first choice.

While accompanying family members are welcome, our tight accommodation situation prevents us from encouraging them to attend. There will, however, be a limited number of rooms available for families. The same first in, first served policy applies.

Food:

The price for food per person for the entire conference is 5612 SEK (ca. €647), and this includes breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner for six days, plus conference dinner on the 1st and breakfast on the 8th. Children will pay according to their age − if you need further information about this please contact our .