As the waters of the Amata River babble busily, a corn crake will scythe down a lesser butterfly-orchard in the meadow, while a stork will rattle loudly as he calls his love home. Apples will hit the ground bouncing to the rhythm in the century-old orchard. And in the bathhouse, the ripple of water will bring the steam out of stones, while a hammock will gently be oscillating in the breeze.
Rooms of Historical Personalities
Each room in Kārļamuiža’s hotel retains its own life story. In the leisure premises, you will receive a warm and informative welcome from the manor’s landlords Karl and James, as well as in the form of the sense of beauty instilled by their spouses Angela and Sophie in the design of the rooms.
Amidst the homeliness of Kārļamuiža, you can enjoy a leisurely and choice meal. The landlords’ hospitality and culinary skills will serve you up the most delicious of meals, prepared in the warm glow of the manor’s kitchen, and exactly that which you desire to round off a relaxing day.
Walking trails wind their way along the sharp bends of the River Amata, allowing travellers and nature lovers to learn about the history of nature on the steep banks of the river, and pleasant invigoration inhaling the fresh air of the surrounding landscape.
Landscaped Nature Park
The landscaped park established by the lords of the manor unites the magic of Kārļamuiža’s surrounding forests and natural landscapes in a single walking park. As you head off to enjoy the beauty of nature during a walk through the park, you will come to the landscaped cliff and behold the steep cliffs on the shores of the Amata.
With its charming aura and irresistible fragrance, the more than a century old apple orchard will entrance everyone who enters it, prompting one to believe that time has come to a standstill, that the beauty of apples can be enjoyed eternally, not only when the apples are in blossom, but also during the height of their harvest.
Your flesh and spirit will be reinvigorated from relaxing during a quiet evening spent on a bunk in a traditional Latvian bathhouse, where a proper session taking steam will have a healthy effect on even the most restless and nervous of contemporary citizens.
Bicycle and Nordic walking equipment hire | Traditional Latvian bathhouse | Children’s playground | Garden and table games | Free WiFi | Free private car park | Picnic spots in the park
The history of Kārļamuiža dates back to the 18th century when it was a manor belonging to Baron Wolf. At the end of the 18th century when it was bought by Major Karl von Sievers, the manor house acquired element of baroque architecture and became a house in which the aristocracy could enjoy the peace or delights of leisure time.
English businessman James Pearson, who bought the manor house at the end of the 18th century, transformed Kārļamuiža into an architectural pearl unusual for the vicinity, with a view to ensuring that it complemented the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
In the 19th century, a large landscaped park was established, also including the neighbouring forests right up to the River Amata. This garden became a popular destination for travellers of the period and was known as the garden of joy. At the end of the 19th century, an elite school for gardeners was established at Kārļi, which was the first horticultural school in the Baltics.
The 20th century was quite ruinous for Kārļamuiža – during the 1905 revolution, the manor house was burned down, which was subsequently renovated, only for the manor to experience the same fate during the battles for Latvia’s freedom.
In the building that have survived until the present day – the Kārļamuiža mansion – the homely and welcoming Karlamuiza Country Hotel has been established. The mansion itself was built during the 1840s, but outwardly this building is little changed, retaining its original elegance and style, allowing its guests to enjoy the feelings experienced by its relaxed lords of the manor.