Villa Saaro.

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Quest’oggi vi porto al mare:  appena fuori la bella Turku,  sulla penisola di Ruissalo che si affaccia sul Golfo di Finlandia.  Ruissalo e’ praticamente tutta adibita all’estate:  con seconde case,  un grand hotel con spa,  campeggi,  spiagge,  posti barca,  campi da golf…ed e’ anche un po’ sopra le righe,  se vogliamo.

Proprio a Ruissalo si trovano alcune ville d’epoca,  ex residenze di famiglie abbienti che il comune di Turku ha acquistato e riconvertito in locali pubblici.  Una di queste e’ la splendida Villa Saaro.  Edificata nel 1850 su disegno dell’architetto P.J. Gylich in stile imperiale e successivamente ristrutturata,  fu proprieta’ della famiglia di commercianti Wendelin,  che vi incluse un ampio parco. 

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La villa cambio’ proprietario nel 1896,  venendo acquistata dalla famiglia Rettig e successivamente dal comune di Turku nel 1957.  Oggi e’ un’elegante caffetteria aperta in estate con una spaziosa veranda,  come vedete nelle foto.  Il parco di Villa Saaro era fra i piu’ belli e ricchi di Ruissalo,  all’epoca,  ma ancora oggi e’ una curiosita’ perche’ vi si trovano piante che possono sopravvivere solo qui,  nel clima un po’ piu’ mite della costa,  come ad esempio querce e frassini.

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La spiaggia pubblica davanti a Villa Saaro e la discesa al mare attraverso il parco.

Qui sotto vedete un dettaglio degli eleganti interni:  alcune delle enormi stufe,  presenti in ogni stanza.

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Villa Saaro.         Today,  my friends,  I’ll take you to the seaside:  just outside beautiful Turku,  to the peninsula of Ruissalo,  overlooking the Gulf of Finland.  Ruissalo is almost just a holiday place in itself,  a very smart place:  there are many summer cottages,  a big hotel with spa,  camping sites,  berths for private boats,  beaches,  golf curses…

Among other attractions in Ruissalo,  there are many old mansions,  formerly owned by wealthy families,  transformed into public places and cafes.  For instance Villa Saaro,  built in 1850,  designed by architect P.J. Gylich in imperial style and owned by the Wendelin family of dealers.  Villa Saaro changed owner in 1896,  it was taken over by Rettig family and had a renovation;  in 1957 the municipality of Turku bought it. 

Today this charming villa is a cafeteria,  open in summertime,  with large rooms and a spacious veranda.  The surrounding park used to be among the richest in Ruissalo,  but still nowadays it is interesting to see,  as there are plants which survive only in the milder coastal climate:  for instance oaks and ashes.

In the last photos:  the parkway to the sea and the public beach;  a few of the majestic huge stoves placed in every room.  The interiors of Villa Saaro are very elegant.

 

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Linked to:  IMAGE-IN-ING.  MakroTex Challenge.  Travel Tuesday.  Floral Bliss.  WATW.  Tuesday’s Treasures.   All Seasons.  Thanks to the kind hosts!


45 thoughts on “Villa Saaro.

  1. This is such a beautiful and peaceful place! Wish Finland was not so far, I would have liked to visit this one. Love the French windows of the cafe (?). the round heating “tower” inside is also beautiful – when I lived for a year in Germany I learned to love them (although all the ones I saw were square, not round as this one) – this one is so pretty! Many thanks for catching all the details of this beautiful estate for All Seasons. Have a lovely week, Jesh

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