Lahemaa manors awarded the title of the best restored historical destination

At the competition “Hidden Treasures of Estonia. Tourism and regeneration of physical sites” organised by Enterprise Estonia, first prize was awarded to three beautiful manors in Vihula Rural Municipality – Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula. Second place went to Hiiumaa lighthouses, and third place was awarded to Olustvere manor.

According to Tarmo Mutso, Director of the Estonian Tourist Board, the jury, consisting of experts in tourism and cultural heritage, based their decision on various aspects. "In selecting the best historical tourist destination, we turned special attention to the authenticity of the area and the tourism products, assessed the sustainability of the destination and its consistency in developing services and products," Tarmo Mutso explained. He added that customer orientation, product quality and community involvement were also important characteristics that could not be ignored. "We also considered the openness of the destinations to different forms of cooperation, since that is the key to the success of a tourism enterprise, enabling an increase in the quality of products and services through the exchange of knowledge and experience," Mutso noted. He assured that all participants were winners in their own way, since the competition allowed for valuable feedback to be received, regarding goods and services, from the experts in these fields.

 According to Kadi Elmeste, Sales and Marketing Manager of Sagadi manor, winning this competition is great recognition of the joint efforts by the manors of Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula, and it will certainly provide motivation to further intensify cooperation between the manors. "Participation in this competition gave us another good reason for planning new marketing activities and initiating cooperation projects, in order to gain a reputation on mainly international markets, since many foreign tourists have not discovered us yet," Elmeste said. "Local tourists also have a lot to discover, due to construction and renovation works carried out in the manors of Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula in recent years, as well as successful product development," Elmeste noted.

 According to Tarmo Bachmann, General Manager of Vihula Manor, the advantage of Lahemaa manors is their close proximity – all three manors are located within a 15 km radius. "We suggest combining all three manors when visiting Lahemaa, because each manor has a different experience to offer. Sagadi is perfect for a nature vacation; Vihula is good for relaxation; and Palmse enables a wide range of cultural events to be enjoyed," Tarmo Bachmann explained.

 The Lahemaa manors have a joint account on Facebook – – providing information on holiday opportunities in the area and enabling one to share photos and experiences from Lahemaa. One lucky poster of photos will receive a luxurious holiday package at the end of May.

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