A charming old farm house, decorated with very elegant taste (kind of country chick), the lady of the house just wonderful and warm (an a well known TV cook in Finland). The service was very kind and welcoming, and the isolated spot in the beautiful countryside really relaxing. The sauna was a treat (but as it is very traditional, no shower there; you wash you self with buckets of warm water. This is familiar to every Finn, but might be a bit exotic for others (but fun!)
In deed most of the accommodations share shower and toilet (and actually those in the back yard did not have any facilities at all). The so called "presidential suite" (the loft above the main house), which we had, was cosy and decorated in a very Scandinavian way (i.e it was very empty, to the point that there was no place at all for the luggage or cloths). It had a toilet without a shower en suite. As it was early spring, the room tended to be cold all the time (or then very humid from the gas heater; these issues affected sleep quality). This is again a thing well known to a person used to traditional Finnish summer house (they are usually light built and often without conveniences.
We had the package A, which include a welcome drink, sauna for an hours, dinner, two breakfast, lunch and a cooking course with a dinner together with the other guests (fun!). The cooking course was not very ambitious (and overbooked with it 9 participants), and hence very little learning took place, even if it was very entertaining. The maximum capacity of the course is 12, which seems a bit too much to me.
So what did it cost? With three bottles of wine and perhaps 5 grappas on top of everything, it was over 900 €. Taking into account the primitive nature of the accommodation, it felt too much (even though I love spent money on high quality hotels etc.). The question is, of course, how you put a price tag on an experience.
Would I then recommend the experience?
Probably yes. It might be a good idea to stay only over one night instead of two. Don't expect material luxury; it's like visiting good friends' summer house with relaxing atmosphere and good food (and a price ticket).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Namaste is an old fisherman's cottage on the islands' southern shore dating back to the 18th century. "Namaste" is a Sanskrit word and it means, among other things, welcome to my heart. Ten years ago I started with cooking workshops and bed & breakfast. Today we are slightly bigger but the core is the same. We offer four different Pampering packages that include accommodation, cooking classes and meals. We have cosy and comfortable accommodation for up to 16 persons. And depending on availability, it is also possible to just come for a lunch or dinner - check in advance though. We can also receive larger groups in our big pavilion. Together with other participants you will prepare different dishes - made of the best possible ingredients. If the group consists of more than 12 participants it will be divided into two. A paper-thin pizza made by you and other tempting delicacies can be produced in the purpose built pizza oven. If you want to focus on wine or enjoy a game of Boule, feel free to do so. ... more less