When I was invited to visit Estonia, I really wasn’t sure what to expect… I had heard of the beautiful landscapes and lively capital, but I really didn’t know much about the hotel scene in the country. The beauty of what I do though is that new adventures are only ever a “yes” away. And so a few weeks after being contacted by Visit Estonia, I found myself perched on a window sill at Vihula Manor, contemplating the majestic Estonian countryside.
Vihula Manor is a very special place. Tucked away in its own little forest, only miles from the stunning Viru Bog nature trail and Lahemaa National Park. It is a 16th century estate composed of two main manor house buildings, 25 historical buildings and 50 hectares of parkland set alongside the Mustoja River. It is the perfect getaway if you visit Tallinn is it is only an hour’s drive from the capital. I was only there for one night, but boy oh boy what a night it was!
The evening started with a full body treatment at the eco-spa… I opted for “The Secret of Eternal Youth” because how could I not? It is a moisturising and nourishing body treatment that smoothens wrinkles and promotes the formation of new skin cells. Includes body exfoliation, wrap, herbal bath and an aromatherapy massage with the “elixir of eternal youth”.
After what seemed to be centuries of indulgence, I just had enough time to walk back to the main building (while tipping my hat to the Estonian president himself) to join the others for dinner at La Boheme, the formal restaurant located on the first floor of the hotel. There we were treated to a three-course meal of local delicacies and I may or may not have tasted bear meat (never again).
The rest of the night was spent relaxing in my room in order to gather strength for our morning adventures in the Viru Bog… Stay tuned for the visual diary, as it truly was a unique experience.
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Mademoiselle Robot was a guest of Visit Estonia at Vihula Manor