Hawkhill’s Cottage Retreat

Stay at an exclusive log cottage by a peaceful forest lake. Let your mind and body relax in the heat of the Finnish sauna and find your calm place during a rejuvenating and gentle morning exercise class in the forest. Experience a sunrise hike and taste the simple but delicious Finnish food. Hawkhill’s Cottage Retreat is a perfect package if you want to truly disconnect from the stresses of life and connect your mind and body with the serene nature of Finland.

Duration: 3 nights. Check-in at 16:00, check-out at 12:00.

People: 1-16

Price: From €690 / pp for 4 persons sharing a villa. Minimum 4 persons, max 16 persons.

Availability: Jan 2 to May 31, and Sept 1 to Dec 20. From Friday to Monday or from Tuesday to Friday.

Your accommodation will be one of our sustainable wooden villas or traditional hand-built log cottages. Located by a calm lake and surrounded by the Nuuksio National Park, all villas and cottages come with their own sauna, private beach, rowing boat and a campfire place for you to enjoy.

Our host will meet you upon arrival, and you will be served refreshing welcome drinks.

Fresh Finnish-style breakfast will be served directly at your cabin every morning. In the first morning at a time of your choosing, you will be treated to a relaxing and rejuvenating relaxation exercise in the forest where our instructor will guide you to reconnecting with nature. In the second morning, you will be led to a wellness walk in the forest where you will learn how Finns find their happiness in the forest. Our guide will find a good spot for you to take a break in nature, enjoying hot or cold lingonberry juice according to season.

During your stay, locally sourced, enticing lunches and dinners will also be served directly at your cabin. Afternoons are reserved for relaxing in the peace and quiet, however you can also engage in one of our free activities or add a guided programme to your schedule from the examples below (or see the full list here).

What’s included:

  • Private lakeside villa, double rooms, linen, towels, eco soaps and shampoo, final cleaning.
  • Hawkhill’s DIY Meal Kit: Finnish snacks, 3 x dinners, 3 x breakfasts, 2 x lunch, recipes for each dish.
  • Your personal host, to meet on arrival.
  • 2 morning exercise classes at your chosen time, duration 1 hour each, to be held in the forest by an experienced instructor.

Examples of what you can add to enrich to your experience:

  • Half board or full board catering: For those preferring the effortless option, we are happy to serve high-class meals directly at the cabin. Hawkhill’s very own chefs prepare the food, using the otherwise unoccupied kitchen of the nearby Tervalampi school. This way, the food is always freshly served, while we support the village community financially. Our chefs favour seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable products.
  • Learn Cooking by the Fire with our Wilderness Chef: In Finland, the most traditional way of cooking is using open fire for cooking. Our one-of-a-kind outdoor open-fire kitchen is a perfect place to learn secrets of the open fire cooking. You will learn to cook a delicious three-course dinner under the guidance of a wilderness chef who will hand over all his delicious recipes. The ingredients are sourced locally and include wild herbs and with positive co2 footprint.
  • Guided Hike in the Nuuksio Lakeland: For a nice afternoon activity before sauna, venture outside to experience the magic of the Finnish nature; feel the beauty of mossy forests, smell the scents of bog and watch the stillness of a glimmering forest lake. Our experienced guide will tailor the route to the season, weather and group’s needs. For a truly unique hiking experience, ask for our Bog Know-How and Alien Species venture, which allows you to explore our bog as well as learn about Finnish bog mythology and restoring the biodiversity of bogs.
  • Breathing with the Forest: Based on both Eastern and Western skills and knowledge, this one-hour class is aimed at creating an even deeper sense of wellbeing by reinforcing the mind-body connection and connection with nature. By engaging in soft, primal movement synchronised with breathing, you can re-discover what ancient humans knew naturally: we are all one.
  • Wild Herbs: CO2-free Nutrition: Hawkhill’s Wild Herb Course is a great way to get to know the most common wild plants that are easy to find in Finnish forests and meadows. You will get the best tips on how to identify, forage, handle, preserve and enjoy the plants. A trained wilderness guide, who is an eager wild herb enthusiast herself, will be your guide, happily sharing her tastiest recipes with you. Options to add to this programme: wild herb tea tasting, wild herb lecture (1 hour), delicious wild herb dinner by the fire, wild herb foot bath workshop.