Get to know the host, the hostess and animals on Mattila farm. We warmly welcome you to our guesthouse close to nature.
The host of Mattila farm is Joona Sarisalmi who you will most likely meet in the garden. His passion is to work in the garden, walk in the forest and improve his self-knowledge. Joona describes himself a pathological optimist who enjoys new ideas, views and people to understand himself and the surrounding world better. This shows in his positive attitude towards life in all of its forms. He hopes that our guests could find similar kind of passion towards life in the nature of the national park than he himself has found.
The hostess of the farm is Marianne Ruhanen who is enthusiastic about raw cakes, wild herbs, tranquility of nature and creative dance. She enjoys being with animals and hearing about people’s experiences. She wants to offer the guests a good night’s sleep, enjoyable moments in nature and fresh flavors in the café.
The dog of the farm, Kiti, is a four-year-old cross-breed dog that loves to bite logs of wood, roll in the snow and have her belly scratched. Kiti is quite clear about her territory and that’s why she loves to bark, but she shows her affection quickly as long as she gets to know you! In the summer time we even have chicken and a rooster and traditional Finnish sheep herding.
The History of Mattila Farm
The history of Mattila farm goes back to the 18th century when Koli was first inhabited. Since then the farm has served as a boarding house for travellers, a garden for the local school, a camp for Olympic athletes and a cultural center in Koli – the landscapes of which have inspired artists such as Eero Järnefelt, Juhani Aho and Jean Sibelius.