We stayed in Kiviniemi cottage between 29 December 2015 - 02 January 2016 with a group of friends. The cottage is situated in a stunningly beautiful spot, surrounded by a lake and a gorgeous pine forest. The location is very secluded, feels like there is literally no one around for miles. It is a perfect spot for a relaxed holiday. The surrounding scenery is incredible. The cottage itself is a pretty chalet-style log cabin, with two bedrooms and a living room with a fireplace. The rooms are nice and comfortable, albeit rather small. The fireplace gives the living room a very cozy feel. Since it was rather cold, we used it all the time and didn't have any issues with it. The kitchen is fully equipped with anything you can possibly need. There is also an electrical sauna inside the cottage, everyone was very happy with it. Perfect for cold days. The living space is not very vast, I'd say that this cottage is ideal for four people, we were five adults and a kid, and all in all, we had enough space, but the sofa in the living room is not super comfortable. Additionally, there is a separate guest house down by the lake, which has beautiful panoramic windows and another sauna, plus a small kitchen and a sofa. It must be amazing to spend time there during summertime, but during winter we didn't use it at all, though it was very warm, comfortable and beautiful.
The cottage was very clean, the owners of the cottage - Jenni and Pasi - were super helpful and accommodated our every request. Jenni explained everything in detail and was always there to help with additional questions (we called a few times during our stay, and Jenni always replied and helped us straight away). Thanks a lot for your hospitality and all of your help!
Please note that since the cottage is in a pretty distant location, the internet doesn't always work well, so if you want to watch something, bring flash drives with films. we were able to watch stuff online, but wi-fi was not always working okay. This is a normal thing for 3G wi-fi, so just be prepared.
The satellite TV has about 500 channels, lots of channels in German and English, 2-3 Russian channels.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay immensely and would definitely come back again! The area must be absolutely gorgeous during the summer, but during winter is is also charming and amazingly beautiful. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway with family or friends and nothing but stunning scenery around, Kiviniemi is definitely a place to go.
Our short stay at Rock and Lakes' Kotiranta Cottage was everything we expected from a traditional Finnish lakeside cottage. Privacy, comfort, peace and the space to relax and disconnect ourselves from the hustle and bustle of our regular lives.
In saying that, there were plenty of activities to keep us busy. Including taking a row boat out onto the lake, fishing, hiking, swimming and our most favourite activity of all, indulging in our very own private sauna.
We also arranged a 'Fishing Under the Midnight Sun' trip, which was the absolute highlight of our stay. It was memorable not only for being the most successful fishing trip we've ever had, but also for the spectacular lakeland scenery we witnessed. Our local fishing guide, Saku, was very knowledgable, professional and an absolute pleasure to chat with. At no stage during the 4-5hr trip were we bored. We could not recommend him highly enough.
Our family (parents, 2 teenagers and 1 dog) stayed at Kiviniemi cottage at Rock And Lake for one week in June 2015. We also rented old fashioned bathing tub and electricity outboard motor for the boat. Weather was typical Finnish summer, raining and occasionally sun shining but we had really nice time. Location is so quiet and peaceful, lake is beautiful, cottage had two saunas, this place you can really forget work and have lazy holiday! Owners are very helpful and friendly, thank you so much!