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HISTORY & HERITAGE
Wiurila Manor has a long and unique history.
Wiurila Manor is mentioned in historical records as early as the 15th century. At that time, Magnus Johansson till Wiorela owned the manor. Wiurila came into possession of the Armfelt family in 1787, and is still in their possession today. Anne-Marie Aminoff is the current owner of Wiurila.
The Armfelt family welcome you to this unique private family estate.
Wiurila’s modern services help fund the preservation of Wiurila’s history & artefacts, keeping it alive for people to enjoy today & in the future!
Wiurila’s unique architecture was designed by two esteemed architects of Finland. August Philip Armfelt commissioned the first national architect of Finland, an Italian called Carlos Bassi, to design a new main building for Wiurila. Building work on the neoclassical mansion was completed in 1811.
Later, August’s son Magnus Reinhold employed Carl Ludvig Engel to design the façade of the agricultural & domestic wing at Wiurila. C. L. Engel, a German architect recognised for his Empire style, is well known for designing famous landmarks including the Helsinki Cathedral and the main building of Helsinki University.
Wiurila’s unique thick white columns are thanks to Magnus, who declared Engel’s original slimmer columns “too unsubstantial”. The buildings were completed 1835-45.
HORSE CARRIAGE & HOME MUSEUM
Get a glimpse into the life of the Armfelt family in times gone by!
Wiurila has a unique, privately managed Horse Carriage and Home museum, located above the Grand Ballroom and Bistro. The museum was created by Anne-Marie Aminoff who continues to manage it today.
The many carriages are from different periods in history, with most being preserved over time by the Armfelt family. The Home museum displays furniture and household goods from the Manor house, offering a special insight into daily life over the generations. In late 2018, a new dining room display was added to the Home museum.
Open to the public in summer, during Wiurila’s general opening times.
Tickets can be purchased at the Bistro for self-guided visits.
If you’re visiting as a group, please call Wiurila on +358 400 121 900 | info[at]wiurila.fi.
ARMFELT FAMILY HERITAGE
Amongst the Armfelt ancestors were Barons, Counts and prominent military figures. Several had friends in high places. And some were industrious entrepreneurs who brought many new enterprises to Wiurila.
In Wiurila’s Grand Ballroom, you can meet the Armfelt ancestors dating back to 1787 through their portraits.
Discover the stories of three Armfelt ancestors from different generations & periods in time.
COUNT AUGUST ARMFELT
A DESIGN-THINKING ENTREPRENEUR
Count August Magnus Gustav Armfelt [1826 – 1894] took over management of Wiurila at age 18, and solely inherited the estate when he was 31. It’s said that being the proprietor of Wiurila was not his life’s passion. But given the responsibility, he put all his energy and passion into it.
August was a man with his eye on the future. He brought new enterprises and prosperity to Wiurila. He purchased more land, and agriculture became the main source of income for the estate at the time. August also established a distillery, brewery, dairy and a dairy school at Wiurila. In addition, he commissioned a glass and brick factory on the estate – and some of Wiurila’s buildings were constructed using bricks made on site. Many of the goods produced were exported to parts of Europe on Wiurila’s own ships.
Wiurila was at its peak during Count August’s era. His entrepreneurial attitude transformed Wiurila and made it thrive. August’s visionary spirit continues to be an inspiration at Wiurila today.
COUNTESS “VAVA” ARMFELT
A GRAND INTERNATIONAL LIFE
Countess Adelaide Gustava Aspasia Armfelt [1801 – 1881], often known as Vava, came to Wiurila in an unusual manner. She married her cousin, Count Magnus Reinhold Armfelt. But they weren’t only cousins – Vava was the illegitimate child of her husband’s uncle. Her mother, Princess Wilhelmine, the Duchess of Sagan, had a relationship with Gustav Mauritz Armfelt.
When Vava married her cousin Magnus, she brought with her to Wiurila an international background and cultural influences. She also brought money. Her mother gave her a large sum, which she quickly invested into decorating Wiurila. New paint and wallpaper went up, new ovens were ordered and a balcony commissioned – and she purchased late-Empire style furniture decorated in red silk. The interior design was impressive for its time. Vava brought colour, life and culture to Wiurila. During her era, Wiurila was a truly splendid manor.
Vava Armfelt left a legacy of grand living and enjoyment at Wiurila. Her perspective to “make the best of things” and enjoy life through art, culture and pleasure influences Wiurila to this day.
COLONEL VON ESSEN
KNIGHT OF THE MANNERHEIM CROSS NO.30
Colonel Hans-Olof von Essen [1900 – 1973] is a well-known Finnish military figure and an Armfelt ancestor. His mother Saga was born at Wiurila and was one of the many daughters of August Armfelt. Hans-Olof had a decorated military career, serving as a military agent in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest. he was in charge of the JR 26 during the Winter War, and in charge of the Uudenmaan raakunarykmentti during the Continuation War.
For his exemplary military service, he was awarded a Mannerheim Cross – the most esteemed Finnish military decoration. He is Knight of the Mannerheim Cross no. 30. He was also an equestrian enthusiast and avid sportsman, having represented Finland in the Equestrian events in the 1928 Summer Olympics.
Wiurila is open for group bookings by appointment
CONNECT WITH US
+358 400 121 900
WHERE WE ARE
24910 Halikko, Finland
11.5 - Varjosta Valoon duo piano concert
12.5 - Mother's Day Lunch
11.5-9.6 - Wiurilan kesä näyttely I art exhibition
14.6-25.8 - Wiurilan kesä näyttely II art exhibition
11.7 - Wiurila Cultural Thursday
27.7 - Domenico & Folke classical concert
23.8 - Film night: Leif Wager retroperspective
25.8 - Traditional horse & carriage event (Cancelled)
30.8-1.9 - Finnish Championship in carriage driving
23.11 - Christmas Market
29.11 - Christmas concert hosted by Salon kamarikuoro
17-20.12 - Christmas Lunches in the Grand Ballroom
Wiurila | Viurilantie 126, 24910 Halikko | Y-tunnus 2211358-3 | +358 400 121 900 | email@example.com | www.wiurila.fi | © 2019 by Bullerobong Oy Ab