A charming 16th century estate with two main manor house buildings, 27 other historical buildings and 50 hectares of beautiful parkland set alongside the Mustoja River in the Lahemaa National Park – Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa sits 4 km from the Baltic Sea coast and an hour’s drive from Tallinn, Estonia.
Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa is a certified Green Key hotel and venue, which follow the standards of excellence in sustainability and environmental responsibility.
The Manor offers 75 luxurious and comfortable guest rooms and suites in seven historical manor buildings, each with its own unparalleled charm and at unrivalled hotel room rates. The Back Manor (the oldest of all of the manor buildings) offers excellent views of the estate and a magically alluring riverside; the prominent Main Manor House overlooks the whole estate; the old Laundry House is beautifully situated directly on the millpond; the Barn House and Carriage House are both located in the Manor Park and overlook the beautiful Manor Garden on the other side; the large Vodka Distillery, once and now again the pride of the estate, overlooks the millpond and the Mustoja River, and the old Cattle Barn is set on the Vihula Manor Market Square.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Vihula Manor is the perfect place for holding your next conference, meeting, seminar, training day, or product
launch, as it lies well away from the bustling life of the city, yet within an hour’s drive from Tallinn. Vihula Manor boasts a large professional Conference Centre and many other unique and untraditional conference and banqueting venues. The historical surroundings and modern multifunctional conference and meeting rooms with unique
lime-stone walls, wooden beams, natural daylight, and the latest state-of-the-art presentation technology
provide extra inspiration.
Vihula Manor Conference Centre, located in the historical Barn House, features three conference halls: the 2-storey Constance Conference & Concert Hall for 120 guests; the Ursula Conference Hall for 100 guests and the Dora Conference Hall for 50 guests. Conferences and banqueting can also be arranged at the following venues: Palm House Banquet Hall for 80 guests; Oil Granary Seminar Room for 24 guests; Tea House for 10 guests, and Von Schubert Presidential Suite for 8 guests.
There are further banqueting and reception facilities in the Blacksmith’s House as well as the Vodka Distillery
and Water Mill, each offering completely unique venues for larger receptions. The total capacity of the conference and banqueting facilities of Vihula Manor is over 500 guests – one of the biggest capacities of any Estonian hotel outside of Tallinn.
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UNIQUE COFFEE BREAKS
As you already know, a good event is an event where everything has been thought through to the smallest of details. Of course, it’s crucial to make sure all the important meetings and seminars are going well, but it’s just as important to think about breaks, as this is when we recharge our batteries to be fresh for the next speech or activity. Traditionally people enjoy coffee and snacks during meeting breaks, but why not stir things up a bit and change the tradition? How about offering people 15 minutes of energizing exercises, express beauty treatments, or a sauna ritual? At Vihula, you can also send people to the spice garden to pick their own mint leaves for a cocktail. Surely that all sounds more interesting than the old coffee and snack, doesn’t it?
Vihula Manor features some of the most remarkable and beautiful dining rooms in all of Estonia! The elegant Vihula Manor Restaurant is located on the 1st floor of the Main Manor House and overlooks the estate. From the big windows of this second-floor restaurant, you can admire beautiful views of the manor park and enjoy exciting new flavours. The dishes have an interesting concept behind them – a manor style upgrade to hearty, traditional, Estonian countryside meals. Some recipes even come from the manor’s historical cookbooks, so be ready for surprises. Seating over 100 guests, the elegant and stylish interior combines original parquet floors and ceiling ornaments with modern Scandinavian furniture.
Of course, the manor also has a wine cellar, and if you just fancy a dessert or a simple sandwich, we recommend checking out the Water Mill Cafe. Yes, at Vihula you can enjoy your coffee or beer in a functioning watermill. The Water Mill Café seats 15 guests inside and another 25 guests on the Summer Terrace, serving snacks, drinks and cocktails.
Another traditional Estonian venue for a quick lunch or dinner is Kaval-Ants Tavern. In the historic Ice Cellar you will get a feel for how Estonians used to eat. Limestone walls are decorated with farm tools and waitresses walk around in traditional costumes. There’s also the possibility to organise a folk-dance show upon request. Kaval-Ants Tavern can seat up to 100 guests over 2 floors.
Vihula also offers different food-based activities for groups such as a workshop on making handmade candies and truffles. You can also learn how to make Vihula Manor’s signature cocktail. If the weather is nice, you can organise a picnic in the park.
Vihula Manor eco-SPA is a boutique spa in the peaceful countryside, a place to escape from busy daily life and indulge yourself. This completely new and unique ecological spa concept combines heritage, nature, and luxury with contemporary comfort and modern technologies.
Maybe you’re wondering what there is to do in the national park after work hours or during your team building event? Actually, Vihula manor has a lot to offer.
For starters, why not book a tour of the manor house? Or learn about the flavours and legends of vodka distillery? A golf cart tour will be a lot of fun, as will be a tour of the park by horse and carriage. The brave at heart can also book a bear watching event.
Another fun way to immerse yourself into the rich history and culture of the manor is through all kind of hands-on activities. Learn how to make salt scrub, felt soap, and make your own berry schnapps.
It might also be a great idea to get creative after a full day of work. Making something beautiful will help relieve stress and allow you to be in the moment. How about trying to felt a poppy brooch, or let your creative juices flow with porcelain painting? An awesome workshop is offered where you can make a vase or lamp from an old bottle. Alternatively, why not transfer a photo onto wood?
If your group consists of active, sporty, and outdoor people then don’t keep them indoors for longer than necessary. Let them row a boat on the pond, get together for a long bicycle ride or have some fun playing minigolf in a game called “Tour the Baltics”. There are also a couple of nice hiking trails close to the manor and don’t forget to ask about walking sticks for nordic walking.
But of course, there’s no better way to relax than to use the manor house spa. Make a couple of laps in a pool and sweat out afterwards in a smoke, steam, or juniper sauna. The idea of going into a sauna with your colleagues may sound strange at first, but know that it is a very common practice in Estonia and a great way to get to know the local culture. And if you feel like the 80-95 C saunas are a bit much, then there’s also an option to visit the manor lady’s sauna sanarium, where the temperature is much lower.
It’s definitely worth checking out the variety of spa treatments at the eco-SPA.
Various programs and small group activities are available for a nice relaxing day at Vihula Manor:
- Treatments at the Eco Spa
- Biking tours in the vicinity
- Riding horseback
- Masterclass in painting or photography
- Cooking course
- Tours to nearby Rakvere or Käsmu Maritime Museum or Viinistu Art Museum
- other options according to interest / availability
For further information on activities available in Vihula, please take a look at our recent blog post
ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AND GREEN KEY
Vihula Manor has proudly held the Green Key eco-label since 2011, signifying their environmentally sustainable activities. On a daily basis, they measure their energy and water consumption, take care of waste management, keep their buildings warm with geothermal heating and produce electricity with solar panels. Vihula Manor also takes measures to reduce water consumption and invites their guests to save water during washing. The manor even has its own garden and greenhouse, where herbs and fresh garden produce are grown, which then find use in their kitchen and delight the guests. To further raise awareness among their guests and to introduce the nature-friendly initiatives of the manor, Vihula Manor annually organises an educational Green Day.