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27.04.2010 RESTORATION OF VIHULA MAIN MANOR HOUSE COMPLETED (press release)
27.04.2010. A full 500 years after it was first founded, Vihula Manor Country Club and Spa is announcing the completion of a further stage of its large-scale project to restore the entire manor complex into the very first genuine country club in the Baltic countries.
On Saturday evening, April 24th The Vihula Main Manor House was officially opened to the public. After the renovation, this beautiful historical building houses: Reception, Reception Lounge, Board Room, Wine Cellar, La Boheme Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Cigar Lounge, Library and Drawing Room, Sun Terrace, 7 Zen Deluxe rooms and the von Schubert Presidential Suite. The renovation has been carried out with a maximum concern for preserving the historical and architectural value of the building and has struck a tasteful balance between the original historical elements and a new minimalist Scandinavian design. The pride of the house is the La Boheme Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, which is located in the former salon and dining room of the manor. The original parquet floors and ceiling ornaments have been painstakingly restored and blend together with the modern Scandinavian furniture. The light flooded restaurant overlooking the Manor Park is certainly one of the most beautiful restaurants in Estonia. The Grand Opening was celebrated with an Estonian haute cuisine dinner at the restaurant and attended by invited guests from official Estonia and the foreign diplomatic corps in Estonia.
“With the completion of the Vihula Main Manor House and other reconstruction projects we are finalizing this spring we will complete almost 2/3 of what is undoubtedly one of the largest and fastest manor reconstruction projects in Estonia, explains Tarmo Bachmann, newly appointed General Manager and continue “In addition to the Main Manor House we are also this spring finalizing a the remainder of the conference centre and we will have conference facilities for almost 400 delegates and now are finalizing new restaurants and leisure facilities”
“The beautiful manor is situated only a one hours drive from Tallinn. It is a perfect escape for leisure travellers seeking a romantic getaway, relaxation in the eco-spa, or hiking through the nature trails. For public and private organizations, business seminars and events in these unique surroundings will surely help to achieve goals”, says Bachmann. The reconstruction of Vihula Manor, which consists of two main houses, 25 other historical buildings and almost 50 hectares of land, will continue until 2012
The restoration of Vihula is more than just a return to the historical beauty of the estate. Tarmo Bachmann explains: “The original flooring, walls, staircases and other historical objects have been painstakingly preserved wherever possible, but the manor’s extensive accommodation, catering, conference and leisure facilities feature all sorts of modern wizardry that would undoubtedly have surprised the original owners, such as flat-screen televisions, in-room computers and free Internet access, Jacuzzi baths and state-of-the-art conference equipment”
The renovation has been made with the utmost care to preserve the day-to-day life of compound. The village post office and grocery shop are still located in the manor grounds. “There is a lot of natural countryside life and friendliness here and we’ve done everything we can to preserve and respect it while bringing modern conveniences and activities to our guests,” says Bachmann
In addition to the beautiful setting along the Mustoja River the manor offers its guests a variety of activities including restaurants and bars, biking, hiking, boating, horseback riding. “Four-seater golf buggies have been a big hit with guests, who enjoy trundling through the estate. “We even have a vintage Berliet car from 1927 to transport the guests for weddings and around the other local Manors” explains Tarmo Bachman.
And also a well-stocked wine cellar, a manor library and a unique Eco-SPA are at the guests disposal “We are offering our guests plenty of options at the manor itself. And besides that, we are located in the beautiful Lahemaa National Park with its many old historical manors, quaint little fishing villages and harbours, sprawling countryside and even a sandy beach only 3 km away. It really is a perfect retreat and it’s impossible to be bored here,” says Bachmann. Vihula’s restoration means far more than aesthetic improvement. “It has brought new life and optimism to the local community at a time of crisis,” explains Bachmann. “We currently employ 30 people full-time and eventually we’ll employ 60, the vast majority from the Vihula area.”
The first written source of Vihula Manor dates back to 1501, when the manor was owned by the Danish Baron Hans von Lode. The manor as it appears today was created in the 19th century when it was home to the von Schubert family, who remained at the estate until 1939.
The manor was acquired in late 2007 by Danish businessman, Hans-Henrik Kjoelby, with the purpose of undertaking a complete renovation and giving Vihula Manor a modern functionality
The Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa has been in operation and managed by Unique Hotels since June 2008, and subsequently The Manor was awarded an EU grant of EEK 30 m to contribute to various stages of development. The building company who have beautifully transformed the Manor is Restor, based in Tallinn.
Unique Hotels, also have developed and operate three other hotels in Tallinn – the recently renovated von Stackelberg Hotel, the Unique Mihkli Hotel and the City Hotel Tallinn – as well as the Unique Centrum Hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania.
We will be happy to arrange tours of the complex for representatives of the mass media. For additional information contact:
Tarmo Bachmann, General Manager