When your daily routine becomes insufferable, it is time to escape. Saka Manor is the ideal destination with its untouched natural beauty – the soothing waves, murmuring waterfalls, chirping birds, peace, quiet and isolation.
The Saka estate lies on the edge of the North-Estonian coastal cliff, where the Baltic Klint reaches its greatest height – rising 55 metres above the sea.
Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 1,200-kilometre-long limestone escarpment extends from the island of Öland, Sweden to the Lake Ladoga, Russia. The tiny stretch of the coast in the Ida-Virumaa county includes backpacking trails and abundant picturesque waterfalls, including the most well-known, Valaste and Karjaoru waterfalls.
The coast is densely lined with lush ancient forests.
The white sandy beach is truly a gem for our guests. In search of the most direct path to the sea, countless streams and small waterfalls leave behind windy trails at the foot of the cliff wall, where bluish clay meets the sand.
The wild beach is scattered with trees ripped out from higher up on the cliff, their roots twisted together like snakes.
Twenty metres above the shore, the Kivisilla waterfall drops into the underbrush. Iron-rich water has coloured the fall’s path dark brown, and the omnipresent cloud of moisture has given tree trunks a warm, damp coat of moss.
The waterfall can be seen from both the beach and from atop the cliff. A lighted path leads from the hotel to a viewpoint.
Just 20 metres away from the hotel, a lonely old watchtower guards the seafront just as it did decades ago for the Soviet coast guard. Today, the tower (very popular among local tourists) serves as a venue for seminars, with a view of the sea from rooms on three floors.
A spiral staircase leads to the top of the tower, where all of our guests can enjoy an amazing view of the gulf and its islands, and, of course, the sunset and sunrise.
Between the watchtower and the hotel lies a parking lot for 15 caravan vehicles. Also next to the watchtower is a tent site, a campfire and the beginning of a hiking trail.
Saka Manor (also known as Sackhof) was established in the middle of the 17th century. The earliest historical record to mention the estate dates back to 1629. T
he neo-renaissance manorial residence that survives today was built between 1862 and 1864. Due to its role as a border guard station, the mansion is relatively well preserved today. All of the stairs and ceilings are sturdy, doors and windows open for a waft of Soviet air.
It is easy to see what the various rooms were once used for. According to the townspeople of Saka, the mansion was once haunted during German times. Just a little.
The manorial residence is surrounded by a park that is rich in species and dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. A part of the park has been cleaned up. The park is a wonderful place for walks and picnics. It also includes an amphitheatre, playground, tennis courts and an archery field.
A trip to Saka does not entail just an aristocratic residence and a picturesque park; guests can set out for longer journeys and discover the rest of Ida-Virumaa. Even the neighbouring Kukruse Polar Manor is a worthwhile trip.
All less than an hour’s drive away are the ancient Narva fortress, the Sinimäed hills, the Kuremäe Convent, the Pannjärve Adventure Park in Alutaguse, and the mining museum in Kohtla.
Ontika landscape reservation https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontika_maastikukaitseala
Narva fortress http://narvamuuseum.ee/est/narva-linnus/luhidalt/
Mining museum http://kaevandusmuuseum.ee/
Kuremäe convent http://www.illuka.ee/vaatamisvaarsused?sightseeing_id=1
Aidu sandpit http://www.aidu.ee/et/watersport
Kiviõli Adventure Centre https://seikluskeskus.ee/en/