Charming Manors of the Countryside
If history, culture and cuisine are close to your heart, head out to a countryside manor for a romantic break and a whiff of times past.
Be it noble families or industrial magnates, the rich have left behind some impressive estates around Finland, many of which have been turned into charming holiday retreats. Here’s a few of our picks:
Haikko Manor, Porvoo
Located only 50 kilometres from Helsinki, Haikko is one of the oldest and best-known manors in Finland, with history dating back to the 14th century.
The beautifully green setting is complemented by a spa and seaside saunas. The most scenic route to Haikko is the waterway from central Helsinki on the M/S Runeberg.
Svartå Manor, Mustio
An hour’s drive from Helsinki, Svartå Manor was built around an ironworks. The manor now serves as a haven for art, relaxation and cuisine, and old worker dwellings have been turned into guest accommodation.
The five historical buildings of the grounds all have their thrilling stories, including “The White Lady” ghost story.
Wiurila Manor, Salo
Since the 15th century, a manor has stood in Wiurila, 50 kilometers from Turku. The current main building was designed in the 19th century by famed Finnish architect C. L. Engel, and it is one of the most elegant country club buildings in Finland.
Besides golf, Wiurila Manor offers a country boutique, horse stables, and a horse carriage museum, among other things.
Vuojoki Manor, Eurajoki
Arriving at Vuojoki is a somewhat surreal experience: The C. L. Engel designed manor is like a piece of Helsinki’s Senate Square in the middle of an idyllic Finnish West Coast country landscape.
The well-kept garden and orangery add to the distinguished atmosphere, and the focus on art takes it a step further. The 160-year-old spruce lane is an impressive sight to behold.