Authentic Finnish Log Cottages
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About Steven G
I am Steven, and run these Finnish Cottages with my Finnish wife Susanna. The Karelia & Viipuri Holiday Cottages were instigated by my parents Helena and Richard in the 1980s. Helena was a Finnish national when she came to England as an au pair. She grew up in Finland where many families have summer homes set in natural surroundings often beside a lake. Because of this influence, the idea of bringing these traditional log houses and a piece of Finland to Ringwood was born. Although Helena has passed on, Richard ran “Karelia Holidays” for many more years, and in 2015 I returned from Finland in 2015 to take over the running of the cottages. I am now buying these off my father. Since February 2016 we have employed a full time manager, Gigi, to run the day to day business, maintaining the original friendly holiday atmosphere on which it was founded. With these cottages we have endeavoured to duplicate the relaxed style that many Finns enjoy in their summer cabins all over Finland. We hope that we have succeeded.
Steven G purchased this House in 1984
Why Steven G chose Saint Leonards and St. Ives
Karelia and Viipuri Cottages are located in a quiet and tranquil forest location, but only 20 minutes drive from the famous Blue Flag beaches of Bournemouth & Studland. Our land offers direct access on to Ringwood forest: that means cycling, hiking and wildlife watching are literally on the doorstep. Many species of birds make their home with us and often deer, rabbits and squirrels are sighted. Ringwood is five minutes drive away and holds a market every Wednesday. It also has two supermarkets and a range of small shops to interest everybody.
What makes this House unique
Large beautiful and private garden. Great for kids to run around in. A Finnish log cabin experience! Plus we back on to Ringwood Forest and have miles and miles of forest land on our doorstep.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We are only 2 miles from Moors Valley Country Park, one of the most popular venues in the New Forest (eg Go Ape, Miniature Railways, Segways, Kids Parks, Venture Trails, Bike Trails)