Mooste Manor

Mooste Mõis

Estonia Põlva County

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    Mooste Manor, established at the time when the Nolcken family ruled the area, lies on the shore of Lake Mooste. Beside the beautiful manor house you will find the pride of Mooste Manor, one of the most impressive auxiliary building ensembles built in the historistic style. Most of the buildings are constructed from stones and decorated with brick. An English style park adds to the appearance of the manor. The manor house accommodates a school, and the former woodworking workshop has been renovated into the Mooste Manor Guest House. A restorer’s workshop operates in the old workhorse stable, and the Centre for Arts and Social Practice occupies the steward’s house, while the former barn has been transformed into a 500-seat concert hall.

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      In written records, Mooste (Moisekatzi) is mentioned for the first time as a village administrated from the Kirumpää castle. The manor of Mooste was created as a fief by Stephen Báthory of Poland at the end of the 16th century, first vested in Wilhelm Sturz, the provincial judge of Võnnu. In the next two centuries, the manor belonged to a string of different owners.


      Mansion- built in 1909, designed by the architect August Reinberg. The building’s exterior is designed after the German Heimat style, the more modest variety of Jugendstil that was popular in Estonia. The mansion is notable for its roof, made of natural black slate, and for its numerous dormers and cornices. The interior design relies on Jugendstil. Since 1920, the building is home to a school. The mansion was completely reIn 1810, the manor of Mooste became the property of the von Nolcken family. By 1920, various members of the Luunja-Kaagvere branch of the von Nolcken family, which he started, owned 15 manors in the territory of modern Estonia and Latvia.

      Former draught horse stable- built in 1904, renovated in 2009‑2010. It is the second largest of the manor’s auxiliary buildings. In the old days of the manor, the stable was home to 65 draught horses. 

      Former draught horse stable- built in 1904, renovated in 2009‑2010. It is the second largest of the manor’s auxiliary buildings. In the old days of the manor, the stable was home to 65 draught horses. 

      Carpenter’s workshop- built in 1914

      Former sawmill and flour mill-  the sawmill was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a steam-driven operation.

      Former storage/tools shed used by the manor’s farmhands-built at the beginning of the 20th century.

      Former distillery’s storage cellar/workers’ lodge-  built in 1904-1909.

      Distillery- built in 1909




      Besides its main building, the century old manor complex boasts of a lushly decorated complex of outbuildings, gates, walls and a bell tower.  However, the value of Mooste Manor is not just about its buildings - there is also the Mill Theatre, the Flax Room, and a number of exciting festivals are held here. The visually most appealing buildings are the steward’s house, the distillery, the blacksmith's forge, the stables, the barn, etc.  Worthy of mention are also the numerous buildings of the gate and the clock tower of the boundary wall of the manor, shaped as a corner turret, which is inspired by medieval fortress architecture.  The whole complex is located on the scenic lake shore.

      Current situation

      Mooste manor is located in deep in the countryside of Põlva County. The complex, renovated and preserved in its entirety, is mysterious and romantic. There is a school in the main house and different activities are hosted in the outbuildings. Artists are working in the Steward’s House. The former cattle barn is now a Folk House where concerts and seminars are held. The famous sheepskin processors of the Sireli farm are at work in the rearmost part of the cattle barn. You can learn about building clay houses and restoring old furniture in the former horse stable. In the old wood workshop you can buy local handicraft and linen products. If you are lucky, then in the old cellar you may find the barrel that was used to store spirit! The distillery that made the Manor wealthy is located by the Mooste Lake, away from other buildings. The Distillery is surrounded by a scenic view of sunset over the lake, birdsong and rare birds. The atmosphere in the small guest house is always romantic and quiet, and the hosts cheerful and kind. 

      Connected buildings

      • Mooste Vodka Distillery Guesthouse

        Mooste Distillery is located by a scenic lake near the well-preserved Mooste Manor in Põlva County. The rooms are stylishly decorated and suitable for both one- and multi-day events. The Centre has two conference halls with high-quality technology, cosy accommodations, a sauna, and a photo studio with professional equipment. Located by a lake, the Distillery is one of the most beautiful and fanciest buildings of the well-preserved and renovated manor complex. There are seven guest rooms in the Centre, also known as the Distillery Guest House. Our guests appreciate the calm and dignified surroundings, and our professional and helpful service.

      • Vanaajamaja

        Vanaajamaja’s day-to-day activities consist of providing continuing education and advancement of skills for carpenters. Our course calendar is full of exciting training possibilities in traditional building starting from 1-day refresher courses and info seminars ending up with full 10-day hands on practical logbuilding courses for Estonian speaking participants. Once or twice a year we offer logbuilding, timber frame or other traditional building courses for international masters, students and enthusiasts. During the past three years there have been participants from USA, Canada, France, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom. Our skill-set includes: traditional log building, timberframing, renovation of log buildings, wooden roofs and floors, stonemasonry, insulation of old houses and the restoration of old doors and windows. There have been over 40 courses in the past three years with more than 600 participants.

      • Clay Plaster Company Saviukumaja

      • Taaskasutuskoda

        Non-profit organization Taaskasutuskoda (Reuse Chamber) is aimed to collect, alter and recycle households items by giving them away for free or selling them. Where? You can get rid of your things and find some incredible stuff in our Taaskasutuskoda shop, which is in Mooste Manor, Põlva County. What? We take regular household items, books, dishes, furniture, sporting goods, music instuments, toys, tools ect., Things brought to use should be recyclable. How? If you have found something from your home, basement, attic, shed or garage that you don't need anymore, then bring them to the closest drop-point or contact us so we could arrange how things reach us. In some cases we can also offer transportation.

      • Wool Chamber

        Wool products from Sireli farm are handmade using the finest Estonian sheep wool. Crafting skills developed and tested in Sireli farm over last 10 years guarantee the uniformity and fluffyness on each product for maximum length time. Sheep wool keeps warm and dry, securing both peaceful sleep and relief from bone, joint and muscle ache. The natural lanoline in wool repels dust mites and it is lack of static electricity causes wool to attract less dust, making the material suitable for allargic peole.

      • Estonian traditional music school

        The only folk music school in Estonia is located in the Mooste Manor

      • Folklore hall

        One of the largest bulky buildings in the building of the Mooste manor complex, the former cattle-house was built in 1905 and renovated in Folklore Hall in 2010, the concert hall find room up to 600 visitors in the theate or concert. A large stage and top-notch sound and light parlor allow organizing a wide range of great events (festivals, concerts, conferences, weddings, anniversaries, etc.)

      • Linakoja Guesthouse and Cafe

        Linakoja Guesthouse and cafe are located in an old wood workshop which is part of a grand auxiliary buildings ensemble of historical Mooste manor - one of the most attractive manor complexes in Estonia with its mansion, distillery, workshops and a park. The 6 guest rooms are situated on the second floor of the guesthouse, accessed via a 100-year-old staircase. The rooms are simple, hostel-style and come with shared bathroom facilities. Some rooms also have a private toilet. On the first floor (ground floor) of the guesthouse You’ll find a cafeteria where breakfasts are served. On the second floor there’s also a small seminar room. From the guesthouse it’s about 6 minute walk to the local beach.

      • MoKS

        MoKS is a non-profit artist-run project space in Estonia situated in the rural community of Mooste. We are located 40km southeast of Tartu and 20km west of the Russian border. With its diverse approach and open atmosphere, MoKS holds a unique position within the Estonian and greater European cultural context. Our main activities include: international Artist-in-Residence program organizing Art Symposia, workshops, exhibitions, events offering space for artistic and cultural production hosting meetings, symposia or community events documenting and reflecting on our activities (yearbook, website) participation in various international projects in collaboration with other arts organizations and cultural institutions The MoKS "guest studio" was opened in 2001 as an organization dedicated to local and international cooperation in the fields of arts and environmental research in the rural context of post-soviet Estonia. In recent years we have focused on researching and facilitating collaborative practices with artists and working across disciplines from contemporary sciences to traditional crafts. The MoKS studios are located in the newly renovated space of the manor house of the old Mooste farming estate. With its broad scope and focused environment, MoKS is the only project of its kind in Estonia.

      • Flour Mill Theatre

        A hundred yards away from the Mooste manor is a century-old flourmill and a mill. The renovated building for 2006 is a natural setting for the local village hall. The theater hall was adapted to an old fruit mill and can find room up to 60 guests. The actors of the championship are local enthusiasts. The latest shows have been featured with the help of our local legends. Between 1980 and 2010, 39 plays have been played on many stages, in total 752 times. There is a smoke sauna available for rent near to Flour Mill Theatre.

      • Healthy Centre

        Mooste Manor Healthy Centre provides accommodation with a kitchenette, set in Mooste. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.

    • Linakoja Guesthouse

      The 6 guest rooms are situated on the second floor of the guesthouse, accessed via a 100-year-old staircase. The rooms are simple, hostel-style and come with shared bathroom facilities. Some rooms also have a private toilet. On the first floor (ground floor) of the guesthouse You’ll find a cafeteria where breakfasts are served.

      • 50.00

        Twin room

      • 35.00

        Single room

      Vodkadistillery Guesthouse

      Mooste Distillery Guest House (Viinavabrik) is a hotel-type guest house located in Southern Estonia with a total of seven rooms. All rooms are equipped with a shower, toilet and TV. The house has free WiFi.

      • 85.00€

        Standard Vodkamaster room

      • 99.00€

        Vodkamaster Suite