Vihula Manor complex is one of the largest and most and significant in Estonia. It belonged to von Schubert family between 1810-1919. Most of the over 20 buildings date back to the 19th century. The main building was constructed in 1892 to replace the earlier one destroyed by fire.

Today Vihula Manor provides luxurious accommodation in historical manor buildings. There is also a spa, conference center and golf courses available.

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Vihula küla, Vihula, Estonia
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Founded: 1892
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Sander Post (4 years ago)
Very nice and quiet place to just relax and take it easy. Wonderful pillows. In my opinion number 1 mansion in Estonia
Ege Lehtsaar (4 years ago)
We loved our stay at Vihula manor. We stayed at a zen suite. Our room was really cozy and private which was perfect for a romantic vacation. The surroundings on the estate are beatiful. We stayed only for one night and during winter, but we would definitely want to go back during summer and stay for longer, because it looks like they have a lot of activity oportunities, for example discgolf and spa which we didn't have time to use. Restaraunt was great, my best experience of all hotel visitations in Estonia. Food looked and tasted amazing. Breakfast food selection for ditterent items was not very big like in bigger hotels but there was no need for it because everything in the selection was with good quality and very inviting. Staff was very friendly and attentive towards our needs.
Punta Teno (4 years ago)
A very beautiful area, consisted of many old, nicely renovated buildings and huge terrain around, very well preserved too. Even a 1,5 kms hiking trail on the premises...! Everything situated only about 4-5 kms from the sea and great, sandy beach with big stones. The hotel is very nice, but what we liked most was the really exceptional breakfast with a great choice (eg. 8 types of herrings!; fresh fruits, many yoghurts, apart from all the usually served things like ham, cheese, eggs, sausages, cereals etc.). Steam sauna and pool free of charge. Other saunas and spa treatments additionally paid. Great to be there (especially if you catch some good promotion!, as the regular price are rather high), even if some can say it all seems to be a bit snobbish...
Peeter Tomusk (4 years ago)
The scenery is amazing and the staff is friendly. But, the broken door on our bathroom didn't get fixed during our four day stay. Breakfast is offered from 8-10, but they stop replenishing the servings at around 9:15.
Pavel Stassi (4 years ago)
Perfect place to get away from the city. It's especially beautiful during summer time. Has all sorts of activities including golf, museum, spa, animals, restaurants.
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