BEAUTIFUL MANOR HOUSES IN LAHEMAA
Hundreds of preserved historical manors are one of the most attractive sightseeing in Estonia. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were more than 2000 manors (main manors, parsonages and manor dairy farms) in Estonia. Once a home to German and Russian landlords, many of these estates now serve as galleries, luxurious spa hotels and gourmet restaurants. While many manors have crumbled in time, some have been beautifully restored and remain open to the public. Many of these architectural landmarks come with their own manicured gardens and feature an art collection inspired by the establishing family of nobles. For their classy, poetic ambience, mansions are also popular wedding venues among the locals. In Lahemaa National Park, four manorial ensembles have been restored to a greater or lesser extent, including parks and alleys with a total area of 265.9 hectares. Besides Palmse Manor, Sagadi Manor and Vihula Manor in Haljala borough, there is Kolga Manor, which is located in Kolga village in Harju County. It was first mentioned in 1298 as the possession of the Roma convent in Gotland. Over the centuries Kolga Manor became one of the largest and most representative manor complexes in North Estonia. Unfortunately, today most of the unique complex is in poor condition or in ruins.
The Palmse Manor is one of Estonia's finest baroque manor ensembles and one of the few manor complexes that have been restored together with the park. Renovation began in 1972 when the manor was taken over by the administration of the Lahemaa National Park.
The history of Sagadi Manor dates back more than half a century ago. The complex is extraordinary for its unity: lots of outbuildings with repaired roads, parkways and ponds. Sagadi now operates a forest museum, a manor-museum, a nature school, a hotel and a restaurant.
Vihula Manor complex is one of Lahemaa's most picturesque and largest surviving manor complexes. It is a mansion with numerous auxiliary buildings of different age. Today the manor hosts concerts, conferences, weddings and other receptions.