About an hour's drive from Riga, and 4 km from the town of Kandava, you'll find Rūmene Manor, an ideal destination for those times when you want to do the impossible - turn back the wheels of time. Even if it's only for just a couple of days, to experience the now almost-extinct feeling that there is no reason to hurry, and that after breakfast, you can read a book, or take a leisurely morning walk along the park pond under the canopy of great, old oak trees. If you have a hankering for civilization, take a bike ride to one of the strongholds of the land once known as Vanema - Kandava - first mentioned in writing in the year 1230. The restoration of historic Rūmene Manor is one of the most illustrious projects completed in the last few years by the famous Latvian architect Zaiga Gaile. It belongs to the family who co-own Bergs Bazaar, and is both their holiday home and a luxury resort open to the public. As such, it offers the services of Hotel Bergs - Riga's most well-known hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World - but within the walls of an authentic manor. Interestingly enough, when the manor was acquired in 2004, its only inhabitant was a stork, which had made its nest on the uppermost chimney. The road to Rūmene winds through an alley of ancient oaks and alongside a pond; from the top of the hill, the view of the neo-gothic-style manor house, with its majestic stairs leading practically down to the water's edge, is simply breathtaking. A seven-hectare park surrounds the buildings, its greatness just as bold as that of the house, and a stylistic complement to it as well; this can be especially seen in the elegantly planned walking paths that wind throughout the estate. But the manor's greatest charm is sure to be found in its ideal suitability for the rhythms and viewpoints of 21st century life - an aura of well-aged patina envelops the interiors, but without any hint of musty old-timeyness. Pale brick walls, painted ceiling imprints, faded window sills - everything is light and lively. Even the Persian carpet, which looks as if it has outlived several generations, still springs back after every footfall. Everything here has its own history and tale to tell, which gives the place even more personality. As befits a manor house, guests are served meals created by Kaspars Jansons, head chef of Hotel Bergs.
Rumene Manor is located 1 hour from Riga International Airport
Rūmene, Kandava district
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