Idyllic lakeside cottage with mod cons


Entire cottage hosted by Katja

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
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An idyllic lakeside log cottage with modern conveniences and a tasteful contemporary Scandinavian interior. A large one-hectare wooded plot with 300 metres of private shoreline and no immediate neighbours guarantees peace and quiet. 3 double bedrooms sleeping up to 6 (or 7, if at least one child), perfect for families or as a relaxing getaway. There are 2 saunas, one indoors and another just steps away from Lake Kivijärvi, which offers great swimming, rowing and fishing opportunities.

The space

Living room: Generous corner sofa, rocking chair, TV, DVD player, Apple TV, radio, WiFi (throughout the house), fireplace (firewood provided in the shed next to sauna), toys and books for children, board games.

Kitchen/diner: Spacious modern design with fridge/freezer, induction hob, eye-level oven, microwave, coffeemaker, electric kettle, toaster, and crockery/cutlery for 8 - 10. Dining table fits 7 - 8, plus another 6 - 8 on the terrace. Highchair for toddlers. Air source heat pump, which acts as a heater during cooler weather and an air-conditioner when hotter.

NB. NO DISHWASHER. Dish washing by hand in the double sink with a drying cupboard above the sink.

Also: The tap water is SAFE to drink; however, it has a slightly earthy taste to it, which some may find unpleasant. Local supermarkets and the Lemi fire station offer bottle-filling with their tap water free of charge.

Shower room/toilet/indoor sauna: flushing toilet, sink, mirror cabinet, rain shower, hand shower, top-loading washing machine, sauna for 2 - 4 people with a programmable electric stove. Underfloor heating.

Bedroom 1 (downstairs): Double bed (140 x 200 cm), built-in wardrobe for hanging clothes.

Bedroom 2 (master bedroom, upstairs): King-size double bed (160 x 200 cm), bedside tables, chest of drawers, full- length mirror, glass door to the balcony overlooking entrance and the lake.

Bedroom 3 (upstairs): 2 single beds (80 x 190 cm), extendable toddler bed with sides, a cot bed for babies, a small desk, children's toys.

All bedrooms have black-out blinds, but for very sensitive sleepers we recommend an eye mask, as Finnish summer nights are very light! Bedroom windows also have mosquito nets, allowing them to be left open overnight. Bedrooms and the living room also have small electric heaters for cooler days.


Lakeside sauna: Wood-burning stove with a water-heater, seating space for up to 6, electric pump piping water from the lake onto a waterbutt (no shower). Approx. 30 steps from the swimming platform. Good swimming facility - water depth ca. 150 cm from the end of the platform (no diving head first!). Gently sloping shore making it safer for children.

Wood shed next to the sauna - firewood provided

New gas barbecue and a small electric barbecue on the terrace of the main house (please clean after using)

Barbecue hut: wood-burning open fire pit with a fire guard, tools and benches

Swings for children, including a toddler swing

Rowing boat seating 4 - 5, with lifejackets from toddlers to adults

Mountain bike, adult size

2 outdoor sleeping cabins: 'Iltarusko' ('Dusk') sleeping 2 on a sofa bed, and 'Käenpesä' ('Cuckoo's Nest') sleeping 2 on a bunk bed and a 3rd on a single bed. The cabins have electricity but no other amenities.

Outdoor washing line

Outdoor games: Mölkky, petanque, darts, croquet

IN FINNISH: Atmospheric, well-equipped log cottage on the shore of Lake Kivijärvi. A hectare of wooded peninsula and 300 metres of its own coastline guarantee its own peace. The main cottage has 3 bedrooms; a spacious and well-equipped kitchen (no dishwasher); a sauna/shower room/water closet with a washing machine; a lakeside sauna on the property with a wood-burning stove and water from the lake with an electric pump; a good swimming pier; a rowing boat with a lifejacket; a gas and electric grill; a grill house with an open fireplace, even if it is sausage baked; swings for children; and two fences that are available for rent at an extra cost. 20€discount on cleaning fee for own linen and towels - please mention when booking.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Bay view
Garden view
Beach access – Beachfront
Free parking on premises
Private sauna
Pets allowed
32" HDTV with
Free washer – In unit

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Where you’ll be

Lemi, Finland

The cottage is in a secluded location without immediate neighbours in the municipality of Lemi, which is a charming rural summer destination. Meat-eaters should try the local delicacy särä, slow-cooked mutton! Music lovers should visit in late July, when the Lemi Music Festival is in full swing. Heavy metal music lovers should visit anytime, as Lemi has been named Finland's Capital of Metal! In the late summer there are also ample berry-picking and mushroom-foraging opportunities in the never-ending forests, and all year long nature trails, hiking and fishing (must provide your own fishing permits).

The nearby city of Lappeenranta is one of the most popular summertime destinations in Finland with its beautiful Lake Saimaa, boat cruising, museums, festivals, shopping and nightlife.

Hosted by Katja

  1. Joined in June 2014
  • 37 Reviews
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A London Finn, mother and wife. A lover of modern Scandinavian design, a proud owner of three saunas, and always itching to see new places.


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  • Irma

During your stay

We don't live in Finland, so it is unlikely we will meet - however, my parents and/or sister who live locally will act as your host, and in case of any language barriers or other questions, please feel free to call me. We will also leave a guide book to local attractions for your perusal.

IN FINNISH: Emme itse asu Suomessa, mutta lähistöllä asuvat vanhempani toimivat isäntinänne. Minulle saa myös aina soittaa, jos tulee kysymyksiä.
We don't live in Finland, so it is unlikely we will meet - however, my parents and/or sister who live locally will act as your host, and in case of any language barriers or other q…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Climbing or play structure

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