PENTTILÄ GARDENS COTTAGES
Synsiö Lake with Penttilä boat house and sauna in the distance
twee VAKANTIEHUIZEN in Finland
two secluded COTTAGES in the Finnish Lake District
artists in residence
painting and drawing courses EN NL and there are the water color workshops on the island of Puukonsaari.
hiking fishing swimming boating picking berries and mushrooms
POAM sculpture park
Airbnb offers vacation homes in Finland. Our two cottages are
original small traditional working family homes in the middle of nature.
Penttilä Gardens - an open space in the midst of forests and lakes -
the name gardens applies to the period in which Penttilä was a center
for horticulture and a fruit and vegetable farm. The inhabitants left
somewhere during the sixties of the twentieth century and the forest
reclaimed the gardens, the berry field and the orchard; the fields were
planted with fir trees and birches. The five hundred and fifty meter long
drive to the house was slowly overtaken by the forest. Sometimes people
would venture to reach the wilderness garden to dig up certain garden plants
and young oak trees - oaks can only be found in the far south west of
Finland, but the micro climate here makes it possible for certain plants to
grow this far from the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland.
Now there are two cottages available for people who enjoy nature and love to swim and hike or just take it easy and listen to the calm and peaceful sounds of the forest. One or two times a year a fisherman rows by one of the cottages.
sunset at the sauna - auringon lasku rantasaunaluona photo©Ulenkate
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A COTTAGE IN FINLAND - The Finnish summer is relatively short but is flooded with magical light and a surge of natural growth, every moment of which Finns savor and relish. Fishing, boating, sauna bathing, berry picking and eating are the favored pastimes, and Finns appreciate and value the elements of withdrawn, contemplative privacy that the summer house retreat affords. Visit Finland! The Finnish summer home is ideally situated close to water - sea or lake, almost always on a forested shoreline, with a wood-burning sauna within easy reach. Summer houses are scattered throughout the country, and cottages available for holiday rent enable visitors to enjoy the same replenishing pleasures as their Finnish hosts. Visit Finland! The Finnish summer home is ideally situated close to water -- sea or lake, it is usually always on a forested shoreline, with a wood-burning sauna within easy reach. The Finnish summer is flooded with magical light and a surge of natural growth, every moment of which Finns savor and relish. Fishing, boating, sauna bathing, berry picking and eating are the flavored pastimes, and Finns appreciate and value the elements of withdrawn, contemplative privacy that the summer house retreat affords. Summer houses are scattered throughout the country, and cottages available for holiday rent enable visitors to enjoy the same replenishing pleasures as their Finnish hosts.
the blue cottage het blauwe huis sininen talo
Marjo Heikkinen-den Arend and Lucien den Arend speak Finnish and English
as well as Dutch and German. Marjo will give weekly courses in Finnish for beginners
at Penttilä - studying an hour or two each day you can learn the basics
of this language.
Lucien who is an artist (see www.denarend.com) conducts workshops in sculpture and painting for visitors.
on the shore there are the smoke sauna and a normal wood heated one
skiing in the winter
Penttilä Kartano (manor) used to be a vegetable and fruit farm - in the greenhouses tomatoes, paprika, grapes and a variety of flowers were grown. Horticulture was one of its specialties. Since the fifties of the twentieth century nature has been recapturing its terrain. But certain species of plants have persevered and they recall the period that Penttilä was one of the most famous nurseries of the region.
one of the sauna platforms
Penttilä is situated in Etelä-Savo in south eastern Finland in Kangasniemi, between the cities of Jyväskylä and Mikkeli - both a sixty kilometers drive. Each has museums and theaters - Kangasniemi center with its shops is ten kilometers from Penttilä.
Penttilä has its private beach - or rather shoreline, on Lake Synsiö - there is a smoke sauna, as well as a normal one with a wood furnace of course - in the summer the water temperature varies between 20 and 26 degrees.
for those who like to fish, or just want to row, there are two rowboats available.
one of the last apple trees in the meadow
The remnants of the orchard - fruit trees still produce apples and plums in the fields with wildflowers.
picking apples in the fall
The autumns in Finland are famous for their myriad of colors - ruska, as the Fins call it, is one of the most beautiful periods of the year