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The owners of Emmes Retreat like to provide guests a unique experience sleeping in a tree house in beautiful, silent lakeside in forest surroundings.
Emmes Retreat - located in the Jakobstad region not far from Finland's west coast - offers accommodation for a total of 10 people in four different tree houses, where you can spend a relaxing holiday. Enjoy the beautiful nature with forests and a pristine lake right on your doorstep. If you are looking for even more closeness to nature and like camping, you can stay in a Tentsile tent instead.
In the area they also have a yoga-tree house and of course a sauna with lake view.
We choose to call this house Haven because it's a little bit away from the other buildings. In other words, a perfect "hideaway for lovebirds" or if you come alone on your own retreat, here you can be completely alone with yourself. The house has thick insulated glass walls and roof that closes out the sound but keeps the room warm. You will experience a wonderful sense of stillness and a real close connection to nature.
There is nothing to much here, just a wide comfortable bed, almost like sleeping in the middle of nature. Here you are surrounded by green trees, water and blue sky and you can smell the wild rosemary that surrounds the house.
The name of tree house Vilan (the rest), describes the house quite well, in the silence and peace between the trees you can rest and sleep well. This tree house is built high up between solid pine trees, with stunning views of the area and the lake. The house has a wide solid double bed for 2 persons.
Vilan has an especially good thermal insulation and that may be one reason that we fancy Vilan especially warm, cosy and silent. There is also a dry closet, a wood fire place and a gas heater in the house. Vilan is our first tree house and was completed in 2013.
The name Ovan means Above, that´s becauce Ovan is, in a way, a little bit above the lake on one side. On the other side you can reach the house along a ramp with a wheelchair, rollator or a stroller. From the terrace around three sides of the house you have views over the area and the lake. On the lakeside of the terrace you can enjoy your morning coffee in the sunrise if you are an early riser.
Ovan can also be used by one person with disabilities, it has e.g. a bigger dry toilet. On the other hand, the bed can easily be changed to a double bed for two persons. There is also a small kitchenette with gas- cooker, fridge and a kitchen sink. The house has gas heating approved for residences.
Lyan (The Nest) is our largest tree house with four beds in two separate bedrooms. There is a kitchen/living area with a table for four persons, a wood fireplace and a gas heater. The kitchen includes a small gas- cooker, a small fridge and a kitchen sink. From the terrace/balcony of Lyan you can sit and enjoy the evening sun and sunset over the lake.
Can you imagine the feeling of sleeping in a Tentsile tent, a tent hanging between trees, like floating in the air. You can breathe fresh air , feel the wind in your face, listen to the sound of water, watch the clouds in the sky and feel the scent of the forest. The feeling that the trees are protecting and carrying you while you sleep. In the morning the birds and the sun wish you a wonderful start of the day.
You can choose if you want to paddle with a kayak or canoe to a small islet nearby hang up the Tensile there (with our assistance if needed) and spend the night there with nobody else around, or you can sleep in the Tentsile on the Emmes Retreat- area, where you will find a beach sauna with showers and dry closet next into the main building.
The Pietarsaari region is a vivid and beautiful area on the west coast of Finland where nature, sea and beautiful beaches are never far no matter where in the region you are. There are about 50 000 inhabitants in the region, a majority who have Swedish as their first language. This gives the region a slightly different and exciting twist, and a special mix of both traditional Finnish culture and influences picked up from Sweden through the centuries.