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Canopy swings hang outside the cottage, emphasizing its pastoral charms. 8 Eight years ago, when Jennifer Jansch, creator of the eco-savvy reusable-gift-bag company Bag-all, first saw Oak Hill, the country cottage that would become her family’s Swedish summer home, it was love at first sight. “I lost my breath it was so beautiful,” she recalls. “I thought, If we don’t buy this, somebody will be living in my house forever.” Built in 1830, the three-bedroom, two-story residence is nestled into the middle of a sprawling estate in a veritable ocean of wild grasses. Located near the sleepy town of Björnlunda, in the aristocratic province of Södermanland, the home is just an hour’s drive from Stockholm, where Jansch, her husband, Mikael, and their three 150 Lonny The Jansch family’s summer cottage is nestled in the open fields of the Swedish province of Södermanland. daughters lived until moving to New York City two years ago. Jansch—who, in addition to her gift bag company, has founded three international magazines (Mama, Family Living, and Your Life)—was drawn to Oak Hill’s potential as a warm-weather sanctuary for her daughters, a nostalgic spot reminiscent of her own childhood, where the family can read, play board games, and glory in their home’s exquisite natural surroundings. “You could look for 100 years and not find a house like this,” says Jansch. “My relationship with it is like a love story—meant to be.” L Lonny 151