Tapion Tupa | Spacious, charming house by a lake

Entire cottage hosted by Ritva

  1. 8 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 2 bathrooms
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
Park for free
This is one of the few places in the area with free parking.
Free cancellation for 48 hours.


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This large traditional log house, nestled beneath a steep mossy hill crowned with tall pines and overlooking the farmland and birch groves around Lake Vuonisjärvi, is your tranquil retreat for enjoying a truly unique holiday in the Finnish countryside.

Whether it's just gazing out to the lake with a drink in your hand or swimming, fishing and foraging for berries and mushrooms in summer, or sledging, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing in winter, it's all here on your doorstep to discover.

The space
Tapion Tupa is a lovingly refurbished traditional Finnish farmhouse-style holiday home with expansive views and a lakeshore for swimming.

The charming open plan kitchen and dining area has exposed timber walls, a traditional white-washed fireplace and a 6-seater dining table. Three double bedrooms over two floors, a downstairs lounge with a striking tiled fireplace and a 4-seater dining table, and an upstairs TV and play area with comfy seating, balcony and views to the lake make our house a comfortable and large enough space for everyone to have a relaxing stay.

Fitted with cosy underfloor heating, a fully equipped kitchen with high-quality kitchenware, sauna, bathrooms on both floors, any many touches of both traditional and new Nordic design, such as high-thread cotton bed linen and curtains of Finnish fabrics, our house provides a perfect setting for a laid-back family holiday and a great base for exploring North Karelia's national parks and areas of natural beauty.

Vuonisjärvi is a shallow lake teeming with coarse fish. There's a rowing boat for your exclusive use, fishing rods and even some fish traps - Matti can show you how to use them! If you're into swimming, we've cleared the vegetation from the shore, built a jetty and brought in fine sand for easier access to the lake - and for building the best sandcastles. There's a large outdoor sauna made of old Karelian pine in the garden. Your rental includes the firewood.

In addition to a gas BBQ on the veranda, there's a firepit for toasting marshmallows and enjoying that very Finnish activity of barbequing sausages or making pancakes on the large cast iron griddle.

The sloped lawn between the house and the lake is great for playing outdoor games in summer and for sledging in winter. Check the woodshed for some lawn games and beach toys. We can also give you directions to local picnic sites with campfires; all have firewood provided.

First built in 1902 for the workers of a nearby sawmill, we moved Tapion Tupa to its current location in 2004 and named it after the ancient Finnish god of forests, Tapio.

We live across the lake and are at hand to help with any questions you may have.

We have many happy memories of the holidays and celebrations we've enjoyed here with our children, grandchildren and friends. We hope that you too will fall in love with Tapion Tupa just as much as we have.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful holiday home in the Finnish Karelia.

Your hosts, Ritva and Matti

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Beach access – Beachfront
Dedicated workspace
Free driveway parking on premises – 4 spaces
Private sauna
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Private patio or balcony

7 nights in Lieksa

5 Apr 2023 - 12 Apr 2023

1 review

Where you’ll be

Lieksa, Finland

Lieksa is known for its national parks and vast areas of managed forests - yes, there are bears in these woods! If you'd like to see some, you can book a wilderness guide in Lieksa. Other natural attractions include the white sandy coves of Lake Pielinen, which stretches the distance of over a 100 kilometres, Ruunaa Rapids with fishing and rapid-shooting tours, and Koli Hill which has attracted tourists to this area since the 1800s.

But Lieksa is also a town proud of its industry, and a vibrant community with an international brass music festival, popular Pielinen Outdoor Museum, and great shops, cafes and restaurants serving local produce. A large modern Library offers books and magazines in English and Russian and a quiet workspace.

In summer, you can catch a passenger boat from Vuonislahti or Lieksa across Lake Pielinen to Koli, and in winter you can drive across the lake on Finland's most beautiful - and longest - ice road.

Nearby, within 15 to 30 min drive, are a charming village shop and cafe "Wanhan koulun puoti" set in Vuonislahti's historic school building, artist Eva Ryynänen's house museum Paateri with a church and a cafe, and children's favourite Pikku-Kili Animal Farm.

Hosted by Ritva

  1. Joined in September 2018
  • 1 Review

During your stay

We're happy to help with any questions you have and provide information on local restaurants and places of interest.
  • Languages: English, Suomi
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy