Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Ms Sisko Hirvonen, over 20 years’ experience in the international tourism business in Finland.
Sisko will be managing sales and marketing and be part of the the operational team at Kotona Manor.
o be one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Nordics. The concept is scalable and future development is based on creating independent Kotona – units in various, unique locations.
History & Story
The Owners, Kimmo and Taru, were high school sweethearts during the 80s and reunited after 23 years. With their own travels and experiences behind them, they wanted to share the rest of their adventures together. Their wedding was held with the magical Finnish winter as a backdrop – an unforgettable experience for guests who travelled from all over the world.
From their dream of creating a permanent home in Finland, Kotona Manor was born. An architecturally exceptional modern sanctuary built within the tranquil surrounds of Finnish nature. The discrete hideaway. The discreet hideaway, where guests immediately feel at home.
Opening date 01.02.2025
Date Added Extensions
Possible extensions 2028
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Our goal is to connect our guests with local people, local culture, and the way of life in this part of Finland – the happiest nation in the world!
Finnish Lakeland is the largest lake area in Europe with some of the cleanest lakes in the world, 55 000 in total. There is a small canal between Kotona and the wider lake area, which makes the property even more discreet. In addition, we have a private road which ensures that only our guests have access to the area. Kotona Manor is located on an 18-hectare plot directly accessible by helicopter, boat, jet ski and car.
Our own 600 m shoreline offers us the best opportunities to experience the lakes during each season. Our location has all the necessary modern facilities but is also remote enough to avoid light pollution and the hassle of rush and noise.
Keys sites / activities in the area
All programs, activities and experiences are carefully chosen by our professional team, who are keenly aware of the best options for each season because this is our home. Our children might travel to school on cross-country skis or even an SUP-board. We are keenly attuned to the rhythms of nature, foraging mushrooms when they’re ready and savoring fresh lake fish dropped off by thoughtful neighbours. Guests are invited to explore our private paths and routes nearby—whether with huskies, snowshoes, cross-country skis, kick sleds, or hiking boots. On our property you can get safely lost and found.
The name « Kotona » means « at home » in Finnish, which is fitting as the owners’ concept is based on their passion for sharing their home and the Finnish « way of life » with their guests.
FITs: children over 12 years old. For buyouts, children of all ages.
• Number of suites: 11
• Number of Luxury rooms: 11
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 11
All of our rooms are luxurious, suite-level spaces with a lake view and details carefully curated by world-class interior designers. Each manor room spans an expansive 49 m², with a keen focus on audio-visual concepts and cutting-edge room amenities, infused with luxurious elements. Embracing the essence of nature, we’ve incorporated abundant local wood into our room designs, fostering a seamless connection with the surrounding environment. Huge lake-facing windows give you a spectacular view of Finnish Lakeland nature. Our round main building represents the circle of life as well as the cycle of the year, which is at the core of our concept. At the same time, it offers our guests a natural viewpoint to nature, wherever you are on the property.
Architectural plans have been drafted by the internationally awarded, Helsinki-based JKMM. With their creativity, design and unique approach and our owners’ vision, this beautiful property comes alive. The Manor’s interior spans a spacious 1030m² catering to an exclusive clientele while maintaining an intimate ambiance tailored to a select few guests.
Restaurants & Bars
We offer full-board services (beverages excluded). In collaboration with Michelin-awarded chefs, we have developed a delicious clean food concept showcasing our lakes and forests. An exhilarating flavor journey that follows the seasons and harvests. Our products are local, and the recipes are from around the world. At Kotona, the journey to our dinner table is made together. Guests are invited to join us on excursions, and the fresh catch is brought straight to the table. lake – fire – plate fishing, foraging and meat smoking. Breakfast is garnished with freshly picked seasonal berries, and the soup is made from delicate chanterelles discovered in the forest.
Restaurant full capacity is 46 pax and it is divided into different atmospheric sections.
• Bars, lounges:
Our beverage selection includes beers, berry wines, gins and whiskeys from local producers. We have also searched the world for a high-quality selection of wines for our wine cellar, which are the most natural accompaniment to our Lakeland treasures. Our bars and lounges are located in different spaces in the main building, in our living room and in our orangerie. In the summer season our outdoor terrace will be the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine.
Immerse yourself in the timeless tradition of Sauna, an essential element of Finnish life and culture. A space of introspection and solace, where cherished moments can be shared with loved ones or embraced in serene solitude. Saunas have been woven into the fabric of Finnish life for centuries, marking both beginnings and endings.
At Kotona, we invite you to discover the art of crafting your own sauna experience, from the rustic charm of a traditional wood-burning sauna.
Wellness comes from nature, and we go the extra mile to bring you expert therapists who have meticulously crafted Kotona’s signature treatments, harnessing the pure ingredients sourced from our surrounding natural landscape.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Our main building surrounded by nature and the natural space in the middle of the main building (inner courtyard of 40m2) offers us spectacular possibilities for a range of different events. We can also take groups by boat to a remote island or host a special event with food and entertainment in the middle of the serene lake. Our restaurant has a capacity of 46 pax.
Extra Notable Features
Our seasonal experiences offer our guests insight to the Finnish lifestyle; forest skiing in the winter, swimming and rowing in summer and foraging seasonal berries for the cooking class.
Number of employees
3 now (when opening 9 – 11 employees)