Who We Are?
Bona Sweden Hotel Club was founded in 1994, with the goal of preserving and expanding the infrastructure in Bona.
For the entirety of these years, we have continued to be a family run business. Putting the same care into Bona for all these years, treating every project on a personal level.
We believe that above all, we must preserve the history of the region. Letting it blend into the stunning beauty of the surrounding nature.
We have been working hard to maintain, as well as renovate the historic buildings of the area. As well as construct new estates to be embraced by the ethnic Swedish flora.
What We Strive For
There are a few points we strive to reach with each of our projects:
1700 - 1886
1886 - 1902
Bona was originally a salvation home, which in 1775 was bought by Godegård’s mill owner Jean Abraham Grill, who built a bar iron mill there with a blank bar iron hammer and a couple of hearths. Bona mills were run by members of the Grill family until 1886. They mainly made bars, semi-finished products and tools. Gustaf Grill, an agronomist and zoologically interested, moved his zoo from the farm Ruda in Brunneby to Bona farm, and kept 140 Swedish mammals and birds there, divided into 49 species.
After the Grill era, the property was owned by patrons Oskar Lundqvist and S V Lundborg. Lundqvist invested in agriculture and forestry and acquired, among others, Stora Ängesby and Lindenäs in the then Motala parish. His son was the author, forester and professor Eric Lundqvist (1902−1978), who for many years worked with forestry in Indonesia and who wrote a large number of books with motifs from his stay in this country. India is depicted in the book Mother India.
1902 - 1948
1948 - 1981
The mill was purchased in 1902 by the state, which from 1905 to 1948 ran the State Educational Institution for juvenile delinquents. After the penal form of compulsory upbringing was abolished, Bona was transformed into a mental hospital called Västra Ny sjukhus. The facility was designed by architect David Lundegårdh.
After the hospital was closed in 1981, the buildings have been used for a refugee camp which is now closed. There have also been educational activities in the form of Bona Folkhögskola (1984−1998), which is now active in Motala under the same name.