Yxtaholm Castle is a fantastic scenery to enter on a beautiful day. Situated on a cape in a small lake, the buildings are surrounded by water with small foot bridges and walking paths between the different buildings.
The main building is very pretty but would need some additional love on the outside from the owners (paint has fallen down from the chimneys here and there etc.) You can sit outside in the garden to have your drinks or dinner, which was really great.
We stay in one of the adjacent buildings in a great room with two bedrooms and two toilets (good for families) on the top floor. Rooms were beautiful designed. Beds were comfortable. Room was clean. Overlooking part of the lake on one side and the castle entrance on the other side of the room. TV's in both bedrooms. One strange detail was that the hotel do not supply shampoo and other common details in the bathroom. Very annoying since you normally expect this to be available and do not bring your own. Penny wise and pound foolish in my mind...
There is a SPA in a separate building. There were no time slots available when we stayed there so I can not comment on the quality.
Next to the SPA building there is a sauna house including a sauna (shared by both men and women), showers, a relaxation room and an outside jacuzzi. There is also a small dock where you can dive into the lake. We thought this building was great, you can sit outside in the nice jacuzzi and overlook the lake. But the maintenance of this house has to be improved. There were loose tilings in the shower and the sauna had an unpleasant smell from the floors. The refrigerators with refreshments were empty. Easy and inexpensive to fix if you had a management that cared.
We were only here on Yxtaholm for one night but the impression I would guess is valid for longer stays. Our main objection was the lack of staff training and the poor hotel management. This castle have great potential through its beautiful setting and buildings. But you have to educate your staff so they can release the potential of the hotel to its customers.
When we arrived we received absolutely no information at all except for the location of the room. No information or presentation of the hotel, the facilities, the food, location of things etc. So don't expect a proactive introduction, if you want to know something, ask. On the good side, the staff were all very friendly and helpful when you did ask them something. You get the felling they really want to help, it is just a matter of training so they know what to say. For example there was no presentation of the food (except for a paper leaflet lying on the table) or the wine. When asked about the wine, you noticed the poor girl had no idea what to say. There was a impressive cheese platter but no signs what the different cheese actually was. What a shame. We knew by reading on the internet in advance that the castle have a very impressive collection of Calvados. Not one word about this on site. Basically, very basic knowledge about what was or could be served. That was a real disappointment, I would guess a lot of people like us come here with great expectations on the food and beverages.
The food (set menu, could not be changed) was a very pleasant experience and also the matched wine package was a winner, but for us food and wine lovers, one expect more knowledge about what they actually serve you and the ability to discuss and be guided through the experience.
All this being said, we still really enjoyed our stay here and warmly recommend it. I think it is just a matter of time before staff get the training they need. When they do, I think this place will be a real winner.