Things worth knowing about your cottage
Arriving and leaving
The lease is always from Saturday 4 p.m. to Saturday noon.
Please leave the cottage in the same neat condition you like
to find it on arrival.
Depending on the weather and location you can find wild strawberries,
raspberries and bilberries in the middle of the summer.
Then in August lingonberries and cloudberries ripen and chantarelles
open the mushroom season.
You can fetch drinking water from shops or service stations,
if there is no well available near your cottage.
Before the beginning of the rental period you will receive
directions to the cottage or the owner, who will take you
to your cottage. Please inform the owner of your approximate
Most of the cottages do not have flush toilets but earth closets,
privies. They stand somewhat apart from the cottages. In the
earth closet you use e.g. lime chloride instead of flushing
The owner will provide your earth closet with the chloride
and arrange that the container is emptied.
From 1.1.2016 fishers aged 18–64 years have to pay a fishing management fee, except for angling with a hook and line, ice-fishing, and herring fishing with a rig, which are free of charge.
The fishing management fee entitles you to lure fishing using one rod, reel and lure in the whole of Finland, except Åland islands or areas where fishing is prohibited.
For other fishing methods and for fishing with more than one rod 18-64 year old fishers need to pay the fishing management fee as well as have permission by the water owner.
The fishing management fee is 39 euros for 1 year, 12 euros for 7 days and 5 euros for 1 day.
Finns live very close to nature. For this reason they keep
their summer houses simple - often quite intentionally. The
area in sq.m. quoted in the description of the cottage always
comprises the total surface area of the cottage (except veranda). In our cottages smoking is not allowed indoors.
As the cottage is private property it is the taste of the
owner which decides the interior decoration.The furniture
is simple and often there are no wardrobes.
Beds are often narrower and harder than in a city apartment.
In many cases there are no closed bedrooms, but just alcoves
or sleeping galleries.
Bunk beds are common. In most cases the bed-quilt is not an
eiderdown but a quilt in a cover.
Add to the close-to-nature experience by using the outdoor
grill. Try grilling tomatoes, for example, or potatoes, meat,
sausages or fish which you have caught yourself.
The grill can also be used for toasting your bread. You can
buy charcoal and lighting fluid at service stations.
Holiday cottage prices
Holiday cottage prices (per week including VAT 10%) are in
A-season: from the middle of June until the middle of August
B-season: from the beginning of May until the middle of June and
from the middle of August until the end of September
In cottages that are suitable also for winter use, the price
category in winter is usually the same as in the high season
in summer (= A-season).
Number of persons
The number or persons stated when booking should not be exceeded.Please
remember that children also count as persons. The maximum
number of persons allowed is specified for each cottage.
Many holiday cottages have an open fireplace. Sitting in the
late evening by a fire is a one of the highlights of the cottage
holiday. There is firewood ready for use at the cottage, but
notice that the wood is not necessarily chopped.
Pets are allowed only by agreement with the cottage owner.
No quarantine is required before entering Finland.
A rowing-boat always goes with the cottage. It can be used
for fishing, for visiting other shores and islets or simple
for enjoying the idyllic lake scenery.
Market days are a stimulating experience. Besides finding
much fresh food in the market, this is also the place where
you get to know people and their way of living especially
well. In smaller places market days are simple and on a small
scale. Buying your food from the farmer next door can also
be fun and quite an experience for the children.
Every cottage is right beside a lake and a sauna always belongs
to the fixtures - and this combination constitutes your “shower”.
You wash in the sauna room and take a “shower”
from a bucket or have a dip in the lake.
This is an extremely old Finnish tradition which you will
quickly learn to enjoy.
What to take with you
When going to a holiday cottage you should bring with you
bed-linen, table-linen and towels, as well as toilet paper
and soap and shampoo.
All cottages are equipped with tableware, cutlery and kitchen
utensils, and there are also blankets or bed-quilts and pillows.
Saimaatours, Kirkkokatu 10, FI-53100 Lappeenranta, Finland
tel. +358 - 5 - 411 7722
The minimum rental period in the A-season is one week (from
Saturday to Saturday). The prices of the cottages are per
week and per cottage. In winter (except in New Year's time)
and in the B-season the minimum rental period is three days.
When the rental period is less than one week, the rental price
is calculated per days (for instance three days and two nights).
Floor plans of cottages:
1 = living room
2 = bedroom
3 = dressing room
4 = hall
K = kitchen
W = washroom
Sa = sauna
T = terrace