In 1626, Saka (Sackhof) was given as an estate by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus to the alderman of Narva Jürgen Leslie of Aberdeen, whose origins were Scottish but who had probably entered Swedish service during the time of the Thirty Years War. The estate later passed into Baltic German von Löwis of Menar family, and the current building was erected during the ownership of Oscar von Löwis of Menar, in 1862-1864. It was built in an accomplished Italian renaissance style, unusual for Estonian manor houses.

During the Soviet occupation of Estonia, the manor was used by Soviet military forces. During this time the manor and the park fell into disrepair. It was abandoned, looted and left in ruins after their departure, but has later been restored. Today the manor offers accommodation.

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Voorepera-Saka, Aa, Estonia
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Founded: 1862-1864
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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www.saka.ee
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Elar Haljas (9 months ago)
Restaurant quality has taken small decline due overall situation. Duck filet quality was not the beat, tasted little bit of liver, so probably the bloodletting was not done properly. Children portion for cutlet and potatoes was enough for the small 4 year old, but older person would go hungry.
Sille Alabert (10 months ago)
Beautiful old castle
Karl Jakob (2 years ago)
Camping room quality isn't the best, but i had a really great sleep. No table lamps and something is wrong with the plumbing.
Minh Long (2 years ago)
The manor is a perfect destination for a relaxing get-away. There is a spa, a restaurant, tennis court as well as playgrounds around. The manor itself is cute, well maintained even though the room is not very sound proof.
Nele Viks (2 years ago)
Lovely place, good service.
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