Vihula is one of the majestic manor estates on the Estonian North Coast that have been restored and opened up for visitors as a resort hotel. Vihula is just an hour’s leisurely drive away from Tallinn. It is located in Lahemaa National Park, in the middle of powerful forests, the coast with its secluded sandy beaches being only 3 km away. Things to mention in the area is the historic Altja fishing village, the manor houses of Palmse and Sagadi, the captains’ village of Käsmu and the romantic fortress of Rakvere.
The manor of Vihula was first mentioned already in the beginning of 16th century. The original wooden manor house burned down in the 19th century, the current main stone house was built after that. The restoring of the manor complex that was started twenty years ago and it is progressing gradually. The hotel was opened as the Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa by Uniquestay Hotels in June 2008, currently offering 44 rooms and suites.
I visited Vihula on a brisk cold winter day, not long after the New Year. There was a lot of snow on the country roads and as I had not called ahead, a small voice in my head was a little doubtful whether the place is open at all… But once I drove in and saw the meticulously ploughed driveways and cars parked in front of the Carriage House, my doubts were gone. The receptionist was very friendly and accommodating, getting her coat, hat and mitts and showing us around the whole manor complex, giving us a warm welcome on a chilly day.
The hotel rooms are scattered around the estate in the Main Manor house and in several other buildings and are renovated by maintaining many interesting historical details. I was pleasantly surprised, as I did not know what to expect. The rooms are fairly simple but quite spacious, stylish and full of light. Besides the other amenities, the ZEN rooms have a whirlpool bath, a computer with internet access and a bathrobe, slippers, etc. The rooms in the main building feature original wooden floors. Some of the ZEN suites in the Back Manor building have neat sunrooms with views to the park and the river.
The dining facilities are somewhat moderate at this point, consisting mainly of the tavern-like Ice Cellar, but in spring 2010 an a la carte restaurant will be opened in the main building which for sure will bring a well-needed touch to the whole manor house experience. A cozy spa was added in 2009 in the Carriage House building.
I would definitely recommend a visit – as the price is a steal compared to the modern and boring city hotels in Tallinn. It will be a great escape, both in space and time, as the tranquility of the majestic park and the picturesque river make you feel like you have stepped back at least a century!
The room prices start at 70EUR for DBL room, low season and 90EUR high season.
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The hotel web site is http://www.vihulamanor.com