Pädaste Manor, a grand hotel in the Baltic Forests
Along the shores of Estonia, one of the brave Baltic nations that has miraculously retained a flourishing culture and identity throughout centuries of occupation and oppression, the low lying countryside island of Muhu welcomes vacationers from the newly thriving and vigorous cities of Tallin and Riga. The forests of the island are beautiful oak, birch and spruce, and the marshlands stretch out endlessly into the Straits of the Suur and the Väike, the waters that separate Muhu from the mainland. On the southern coast of the island, the Pädaste Manor, once a medieval estate and royal residence, overlooks Pädaste Bay, and offers its clientele some a most luxurious boutique service.
Estonian forests surround the Pädaste, while the Baltic waters are decorated with islets in the distance, and the hotel features a design that blends the country inn with deluxe amenities, with wood burning fireplaces in many of the suites, several guestrooms with balconies, and a boating dock for bespoke explorations of the nearby bays and inlets. The island is filled with little homesteads and villages, and if you should explore the meadows and forests of Muhu, the exotic place names of the closely related Estonian and Finnish languages, lilting tongues derived from a shared and ancient Asian source, create the sense of an elven forest world. The Pädaste itself is an estate of several buildings, and at the heart of the central Manor House, the ancient walls of the original 14th Century building still stand strong. The Manor embraces modern technology, of course, and upon your arrival at the Pädaste, you receive an in-room iPad for the digital control of every aspect of your room,
The Many and Varied Pleasures of the Pädaste
The Pädaste Manor is a complex of 24 total rooms distributed among three separate buildings, and each structure offers unique attractions. For instance, in the Manor House proper, there are fourteen rooms, with the Grand Suite serving as the penthouse option. A special room, Number 15, includes the Manor’s surprising and soulful Poetry Loft. A narrow ladder in a corner of the suite leads to a little mezzanine, where a lovely collection of volumes of poetry awaits you, as well as a skylight that opens to the stars. A comfortable chair allows you to read and rest and look up at the night sky, and this may be a unique offering among all the hotels of the world.
Another building on the estate, the Carriage House, once housed the transporting coaches of the Manor’s noble residents. Recently renovated with a detailed attention to antique themes, the building now houses a total of nine suites, with the Double Room as the most luxurious choice.
The Private Farm House, open to one party or family per stay, was constructed in the 18th century. With its thatched roof and log house structure, the Farm House was also recently restored with loving attention to its history, as well as a commitment to including the finest luxury accommodations that modern life provides, all available through your in-room iPad. Situated in the midst of an apple orchard, the Farm House is secluded and cozy, with a private library, a grand fireplace, a veranda and a private garden. The upper story offers a balcony and expensive terrace that provide beautiful view of the water and marshlands.
The Manor also operates the Pädaste Spa for its guests, with a complete menu of massage and beauty treatments. A sauna followed by a dip in the Siberian cold tub on the Spa Terrace is not to be missed.
Taking a Tour of an Island at Peace
The Pädaste Manor can easily create arrange bespoke activities for summer or winter sports, as well as exciting explorations of the island of Muhu. Bespoken tours of the villages and historical sites on Muhu are easy to arrange, and the island is perfect for bicycling in the summer. There is a genuine ostrich farm, the Jaanalind ostrich farm, on the island, and the Muhu museum in Koguva village offers a good look at the simple life of farming. For a fine example of grand European luxury dining, try the Alexander Restaurant at the Manor, where Chef de Cuisine Herkki Ruubel provides a nine-course menu for guests, as well as seven- and five-course offerings, all emphasising a Nordic theme. After a few wines from the Manor’s prized collection, you can watch the sunset over the bay in the West, and savour the luxury experience of Pädaste Manor.