Skärfva Manor was built in 1785 - 1786 as a summer residence by the admiral of the yard Fredrik Henrik af Chapman in cooperation with admiral Carl August Ehrensvärd. The building was originally a timbered house painted red with a turf roof. In the 1860's the present panelling was mounted and the roofs were tiled. The building's odd mixture of styles has amazed visitors through all times. Here we find everything from Gothic style to the traditional open-ridged cottage and Greek temple. The house is to a large extent a play with the thoughts and tastes of those times, not least influences from the Italian trip made by Ehrensvärd. The purpose of Skärfva Manor was to serve as af Chapman's experimental workshop and hermitage during the summer.
Around the manor house a park was laid out - originally an English park. Helping with the plan was af Chapman's childhood friend and later royal architect in London, William Chambers. Today the park houses a Gothic tower, contemporary with the manor house, a temple (garden pavilion) and at the waterside to the east af Chapman's planned sepulchre. In the old days the park also housed a test basin for hydrodynamic experiments, in which boat-models were tested and a hermit's cave.
The harbour south of the park was constructed at the same time as the manor house. In the old days the most common fairway between Skärfva and Karlskrona was by sea.
The bathing-house by the waterside to the south of the grave was built in the 1870's. Originally the bathing-house was provided with a plank-enclosed bathing-corf on the outside where you could take your bath in private.
The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.
In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.
The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.
A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.