The oldest current record of Tiraholm is the name Tidhra, which dates back to
1414 when the squire Peter Gudmundsson was head of the farm.
Eneroth, Porat and Löfgren are other family names of those that have owned the
property before it was sold 1896 to a German sawmill. In 1907 Tiraholm was
bought by Strömsnäs Bruks AB.
The tale of Ebbe Skammelson tells of the mystique surrounding Tirahol, which
stretches back to 11th century.
T H E E K W A L L ‘ S B E C O M E S O W N E R S
In the early 1920’s, Maja, a woman from Stockholm, contracted tuberculosis
and needed fresh air to improve her health. Doctors were consulted and she was
given advice to spend time by Lake Bolmen, where the air was clean and healthy.
So, her husband Per Ekwall bought the farm Tiraholm in 1928. The couple had
four children and following this, their son Gustaf along with his wife Theresia
became owners of the farm twenty years later.
T H E F I S H I N G
Gustaf and Theresia had a conventional farm predominantly dealing with milk
production at Tiraholm, in addition to this; they were doing a little fishing as a
side interest. At the end of the 1950’s Gustaf started to drive to the market in
Ljungby with freshly caught fish to sell, especially the famous Bolmen white
fish, but also Pike, Eel and Perch.
This extra income was a blessing for him and his wife since by now their family
had grown and were parents to six children.
The youngest child was Nisse and together with his wife Vicky he took over the
farm in 1981 with fishing as the main occupation. His cousin Hugo, who is a
fisherman in lake Mälaren, helped Nisse and Vicky to get started fishing
with trap nets. Trap nets are a sustainable fishing method whereby the trap can
be left in the water for the whole season. The nets are emptied regularly and
protected species, or undersize fish are returned to the waters unharmed.
Along with the takeover of the farm, Nisse and Vicky also started to farm
Rainbow trout in the lake. Gradually the farm has expanded over the years with a
processing facility, smokers and newer boats.
F A R M S H O P A N D R E S T A U R A N T
As Vicky and Nisse settled into their busy role as fish farmers, they extended
their family with the addition of three children, Jens, Malin and Jonas. Amidst
all of this hard work and the pressures of a new family, they were able to open
one of Sweden’s first farm shops in 1988.
The shop specialised in smoked, pickled, filleted and fresh fish from Bolmen
long before the phrase “locally produced food” became popular.
The shop developed a good reputation and in order to broaden the range on offer,
the couple began experimenting with pies and burgers. From here, the next step
of starting a small restaurant was visible on the horizon, but there was still some
way to go. In 1998 Tiraholm’s fish restaurant open ed, becoming what is probably
the only purely inland fish restaurant in Sweden, and with a completely local
touch. Pike, pike, eel and rainbow are cooked according to your order.
In 2006, the need for a small function room at Bolmen had presented itself. After
storm Gudrun had devastated large parts of the farm’s forest, storm -felled timber
was cleared and milled. During that winter a pub and ice cream cafe was built
using the timber, as an extension to the existing restaurant.
As the popularity of the restaurant grew, the number of visitors to Tiraholm
continued to increase, and in 2010 the restaurant room was expanded following a
decision made by the children Jens, Malin and Jonas about a greater involvement
in their parent’s venture, which facilitated this further expansion.
The restaurant’s capacity was increased from its previous 40 indoor seats to
today’s level at just over a 100.