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.
Great rustic retreat
We had a wonderful week in this lovely woodland setting. Camp fires, hot tub and beautiful surroundings were amazing- a great place to explore the New Forest and south from
Well placed location
Cosy log cabin in pleasant woodland setting with added bonus of plenty of walks on the doorstep. Having access to our own hot tub was fantastic! Accommodation was accurately described although the sleeping platform above bedroom 2 was not really accessible for anyone other than a young child. Even then the vertical ladder looked a bit daunting. The cottage was well equipped and is well placed for trips into the National Park, Winchester, the south coast and even the Isle of Wight should you wish to visit for the day. Ringwood is a pleasant town in its own right with everything you might need but roads are very busy. All in all a great place for a holiday.
Great place to stay
Everything was exactly as we hoped. Luigi was very helpful and friendly. There is traffic noise, but as long as you're aware of that it's not a problem
Had an amazing experience . Everything was nothing short of perfect. Thank you Karelia.
Came here Monday to the Friday and was absolutely fab, so relaxing and didn’t want to go home! Came here with hubby and 2 kids (6 years old and 7 month old) definitely will be coming here again!
Peaceful & relaxing
We have just had an amazing chilled week stay here. You wouldn’t even know it was off the dual carriageway! Hot tub was a bonus & the kids thought the snug bedroom upstairs in the single bedroom was great fun! Moors Valley is literally on your door step, so no need to park & pay as you can walk through the forest to get to it. We even saw an Adder & squirrels. Luigi was a great host & very welcoming. Would happily come here again & have recommend to our family & friends.
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)