Experience the atmosphere of a 500-year-old family farm
Research has shown that Nopola is the likely main homestead of the Noponen family. The farm’s land has been inhabited since the 16th century. It is unusual for a farm in eastern Finland to have remained within the same family for 500 years. Agriculture and forestry have been undertaken at Nopola since 1638.
Over the long history of the farm, it has also hosted a school and student club. The Toivontähti temperance society was also set up in Nopola’s sitting room. During the war, the farm offered refuge, a place to sleep and food to evacuees.
During your visit, Nopola’s owners will be happy to tell you stories of the farm’s centuries-old traditions and eventful history.
Better holiday experiences for four decades
In the 1970s, Nopola’s new owners, Aila and Matti Noponen, began welcoming guests to the cottages built on the farm’s grounds. As the years have gone by, Nopola’s warm atmosphere and the spectacular scenery of Lake Saimaa have attracted holidaymakers in increasing numbers.
The couple decided to address the growing demand by building NiemiNopola in 1989. Two years later, RinneNopola was built. Both cottages were made from sturdy logs felled from the farm’s own forest.
In addition to serving cottage guests, the couple busied themselves with agriculture and forestry work, while also tending to their herd of dairy cows. Aila’s dedication to gardening led to Nopola claiming the prize for the best grounds of a farmhouse offering cottage services in Finland in 1994.
The couple decided to give up their dairy herd in February 1996. At midsummer in the same year, Aila decided to try her hand at offering bed and breakfast accommodation to guests, and began hiring out the free rooms at Nopola as a B&B service.
The next generation will uphold the farm’s traditions
Nowadays, the old owners are enjoying a well-earned retirement. Aila continues to enjoy working on her flower pots and beds in Nopola’s garden. Matti renovates heritage boats, fishes and sings in a choir. So when you visit Nopola, you may able to head out for fishing trip on Lake Saimaa with a singing skipper.
Keeping the centuries-old farm in the family and ensuring the vitality of the tourism business are close to the hearts of all of the family’s memebers. Nowadays, the traditional Nopola Holiday Cottages business is run by Katriina Noponen, daughter of Aila and Matti. She works to respect the traditions of her parents, offering you a better cottage holiday experience.