Vihula Manor House Tour
The manor is shredded in legends, which have been past on from generation to generation, visit the old historical houses, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and get acquainted with the large renovation project, which has been awarded by the Estonian Cultural Heritage Fund.
You are welcome to join the full daily manor tour at Water Mill at 13:00. Price 7.50 EUR
You may also visit:
- at 13:45 Vodka museum (legendary shot included). Price 10 EUR/per person, groups 45 EUR (up to 30 pax)
- at 14:00 Water Mill Demonstration every Saturday. Price 2 EUR
From the old book of legends….
“A couple of hundred paces from the Back Manor is a charming wooden structure on the edge of the gardens known as the kissing tower. According to legend, an amorous son of the owner of Vihula fell passionately in love with one of the local peasant girls. They would meet each night under cover of darkness at this secluded setting above the Mustoja.
The girl, named Lily, was said to be the most beautiful maiden for far and wide and she would often comb her hair sitting beside the lily pads using the dark water as a mirror. But the water ghost who lived in the river thought that she was staring lovingly at him and appeared to her one day to demand that she marry him. When she refused, he lured the young man to his lair and drowned him. When Lily still rejected his pleas to marry him, the water ghost drowned her as well.
Today, couples celebrating their wedding parties at Vihula come to the kissing tower to be photographed. If they kiss, which they certainly will, they are certain to enjoy a long and happy life together, free of menace from the malicious water ghost.
Some guests who have stayed on the upper floor of the Back Manor admit to having felt a passing chill, despite the warm weather or winter heating – a peculiar feeling they can only explain by assuming the building must be haunted. But it’s not the water ghost seeking another victim for his watery retreat, since the chill is only momentary; it’s more likely to be the despondent spirit of the young man wandering in loneliness from room to room”
(Howard Jarvis, “Manor in an Ancient Forest” )