Villa Nokka – Ultimate privacy
Idyllic winding road that goes through the scenic countryside, I can’t stop admiring it even though this is the country where I have grown up. Beautiful fields, water here and there, the autumn colors – just so peaceful! We are driving towards Villa Nokka, one of the luxurious villas in Padasjoki next to the national park of Päijänne. The place is situated in a private peninsula, in the middle of the woods. No neighbors around, just the nature, soft wind and quietness. Total privacy!
The villa itself has the size of 150 m2 and there are 3 bedrooms to choose from. All rooms are modern, but at the same time really cozy and comfortable. I catch myself wondering how nice it would be to spend a Christmas here, or summer holidays or just a week in the middle of winter, enjoying the brisk mornings in the warmth of the fireplace and admiring the scenic lakeside view from the big windows.
And an absolute plus is that there is a 24/7 concierge service available and all your needs will be taken care of at any hour. Pure luxury!
The villa owner is one of the friendliest men I have ever met, he made us feel like home right from the beginning. He introduces us to one of his colleagues, a multitalented young man Timo, who drives the boat taxi in the area of Lake Päijänne and he also organizes different kind of fishing trips with his co-workers. We will soon experience couple of different fishing trips, but before that it’s time to go sailing!
I have never been on a sailing boat, so this is truly something different. It’s a long marvelous boat. The couple that owns it can handle it with a pure professionalism. They have made a round the world trip with this very same boat. We set off from the harbor of Padasjoki and gently slip towards the open lake. Spectacular scenes and we are just drifting along as the wind takes us further away. The sailing boat has sleeping places for 6 people, own small kitchen and handy little table to enjoy meals. Perfect little get-away place for people who have passion for sailing, water and nature. They are actually planning to make it as a romantic get-away place for couples travelling to Finland. Not a bad idea at all!
We come to a popular recreation area in a lush, narrow island. Couple meters away from the pier there is a campfire place where we enjoy each other’s company at the same time as the food is warming up in the campfire. There is a 6 km long hiking trail from one end to the other, and between there are several natural beaches where you can go swimming. The island is a part of the Natural park of Päijänne and some even spend a night in a tent there – really close to the nature.
After the little break we are divided into two smaller boats and go fishing. We experience the tricky trolling and the fascinating spinning. We even do catch a pike, but there are still some fish that stay unharmed in the waters. The local fishermen know the best places for fishing and teach us and give us handy tricks on fishing. With proper boats, good equipment and professional guides fishing can be a great fun even for ladies.
After a really pleasant day with our staff it’s time to head back to the villa. You really can feel being taken care of and safety is one of the most appreciated things with these people. We arrive back to the villa just in time to see a beautiful sunset, sauna is warming up and it’s time to relax in the outdoor hot tub. It’s starting to be chilly outside, but in the warm +37 degrees water it doesn’t matter. After the gentle sauna it’s time to discover all the delicious meals that the local catering company has delivered for us. Plenty of different dishes are made from Finnish ingredients and the main courses fish and crayfish were all caught from the nearby waters. Truly locally produced food! By an order they can prepare a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner as well as sophisticated dinner parties.
The day has been long and it feels absolutely amazing to slip between the soft bed linen and a big, warm blanket. It doesn’t take long before we fall asleep, dreaming about the beautiful lakeside area where we are at the very moment. Highly recommended!
All the services in Villa Nokka are always tailored to the group who is staying there. So if you have your own image of your perfect vacation – just let us know!
For the New Year 2013 there will also be the latest and greatest high quality villa of 185m2 with a sauna house 70m2 available. Will you be the lucky one to experience this one first?