When you arrive in Ängelsberg, whether by boat, train or car, your eyes are immediately drawn to eminent Ulvaklev, which stands high on its cliff next to lake Åmänningen. The so-called King of Norberg Zetterström with interests in the nearby oil company built the villa as a residence for his son Bertil Zetterström. The commission to design the house went to the most prominent architect of the time, Isac Gustaf Clason. The result was a magnificent house completed in 1886, with prominent features of a knight’s castle in the form of pinnacles and towers, or like a castle in the French countryside. The architectural style is neoclassicism with features of the French Renaissance where the stately austere brick facade is decorated by friezes and cornices, windows and doors with blue frames and verandas with extraordinary woodwork.
Over a bridge and through wrought iron gates you come up to a gravelled level where a flagpole stands centered in front of the villa’s entrance. A welcoming porch leads you into the vestibule and on to the lower hall. The impression is grand with much of the house’s original interior preserved such as floors, doors, wall panels, coffered ceilings, deep door niches and vaults with detailed decorations and paintings.
Facing the lake side is the beautiful dining room with majestic boasing and beautiful wall paintings. In the center of attention is one of the villa’s many elegant tiled stoves from the year it was built. This, like the remaining ten working tile stoves in the house, is magnificent in both color and shape. Next to the dining room is a tower room with characteristic round walls and windows facing Åmänningen’s water mirror. The curved staircase in the hall leads to the upper floor, where perhaps the most prominent room is the salon with several windows facing the lake, and the upper tower room with access to a west-facing wrought-iron balcony.
The villa is today a qualitatively equipped residence with five rooms and a kitchen on the entrance floor and six rooms on the upper floor. On the entrance floor there are two toilets, while the upper floor has two bathrooms. Modernization has been carried out with the utmost respect for the building’s history, which is constantly present on all floors. The attic has two bedrooms, a toilet and a large attic space, and the basement has become a place for relaxation with a sauna and shower in a relaxation area with a lake view.
The plot of approximately 1.5 hectares contains not only dramatic cliffs facing the lake, but also an orchard, large pine trees and flat areas for play. The coach house of 91 square meters lines the driveway and is built in Old Norse style, contemporary with Ulvaklev. It too has been modernized and today has an entrance floor with a kitchen and living room and an upper floor with a bedroom and bathroom. A longer garage building constructed of wood houses a car garage, an insulated workshop area and storage areas. In addition, the old playhouse has been moved to the beach and converted into a sauna.