A beautifully enchanting place...
English Lady Elisabeth Estlake, visiting Estonia in the 1840s
About the manor
Kõltsu Manor, also known as Wellenhof (Wave Manor), was one of the smallest estates in the historical Keila parish, and it was established on the lands of Põllküla Manor in 1806. The villa that now stands – characterized by lively architectural rhythm and echoes of Swiss-style wooden architecture – was commissioned in the closing years of the 19th century by the Baroness Benedicte von Uexküll, who summered here until the early 20th century. Along with the manor building, she also established a stately ornamental garden. From 1909 until the first years of Estonian independence, Kõltsu Manor belonged to the Mohrenschild family; after World War II, the manor house was home to the Klooga Young Pioneer camp.
The restoration of the manor started in late 2007 and the new-look Kõltsu Manor was opened in 2010. Architect Jüri Irik, interior designers Kaire Kemp-Tišler and Ea Andla restored the building to its original form, as a residence. The doors were renovated, the windows with their beautiful wooden arches, two ceramic wood-burning fireplaces and the painted wood ceiling in the dining hall. The floor of the main hall consists of authentic parquet that was salvaged from throughout the house, and it is now adorned by a wind rose restored according to the original design. The stunning stained glass on the glass veranda and the partitioning wall between halls was designed by the artist Valev Šein. The wrought-iron fences and manor gates were made by Academy of Arts professor Heigo Jelle, who is known for artistic iron work.
The manor park was redesigned into an integral ensemble according to drawings by landscape architects Ülle Grišakov and Triin Järve. In 2012, a bandshell was built in the manor garden, where concerts by many esteemed musicians and other performances have taken place. From summer 2014, the manor garden is graced by bronze sculptures of a violinist and saxophonist designed by Simson von Seakyl and Paul Mänd. The garden makes a smooth transition to forest park where well-groomed paths lead over light arched bridges and around an island-dotted lake to the seashore.
Kõltsu Manor is open for beautiful, dignified and memorable events. The manor is appropriate for hosting meetings, seminars, trainings and conferences as well as for receptions and functions for up to 80 people.
The manor has seminar and dinner tables, concert chairs, a data projector and a screen. The manor garden can host concerts and performances thanks to the bandshell, a new feature from 2012.Booklet about Kõltsu Manor (PDF)
The first concerts after manor renovation took place this year. In December, Tim Bowness, Peter Chilvers and UMA Aleksei Saks, Robert Jürjendal and Maian Kärmas trio performed.
In February 2011, the band Lenna took the stage at the manor, and in May Andres Mustonen, Jaak Sooäär, Tanel Ruben and Taavo Remmel played Baroque jazz. In July, Viktoria Tolstoy from Sweden, Siim Aimla and the Estonian Dream Bigband, Kadri Voorand trio, Lenna and WeekendGuitar Trio accompanied by Draamateater guitarists (Mait Malmsten, Märt Avandi, Raimo Pass and Indrek Kruusimaa). In December Hedvig Hanson and Andre Maaker with a programme entitled “Ice Flowers on the Window Pane” put concertgoers in a Christmas spirit.
2012 August Music
August Music featured Tõnis Mägi, Andres Mustonen and HortusMusicus with a programme called Gems, Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste band “Tango Nuevo”, a programme “Happiness is as Light as the Night” was performed by Lenna Kuurmaa, Märt Avandi and Reval Wind (Eneli Hiiemaa – flute , Riivo Kallasmaa – oboe, Signe Sõmer – clarinet, Rene Sepalaan – bassoon, Meelika Mikson – French horn).
In 2012, we hosted the Helin Mari Arder Quartet at the manor, and, as part of Talvejazz, Belgium’s Le Grand Bateau. In May, Evelin Võigemast, Hele Kõrve, Virgo Sillamaa and Andre Maaker performed a programme, “Harmony”; in July Hedvig Hanson and Andre Maaker performed love songs. Henrik Sal Saller and the Raivo Tafenau band guaranteed a sound-saturated summer. In September, the concert “Kes Sa Oled?” (Who Are You) was performed by Oleg Pissarenko, Raun Juurikas, Ahto Abner and Mihkel Mälgand. Yuletide musical enjoyment came courtesy of Jõulujazz, where Pierrejean Gaucher & Melody Makers and Vox Clamantis played.
E.L.L. Kinnisvara reception
The mood at E.L.L. Kinnisvara’s 2013 summer party was inspired by the manor’s picturesque natural scenery. Marie, Robert and Raul Vaigla and the vocal ensemble Greip provided the musical experience. A modern folk dance performance was choreographed by Märt Agu.
2013 August Music
The 2013 instalment of August Music opened with the theatre performance “Helene, Marion and Felix”, which was produced by Mati Unt in 1990 based on Friedrich Tuglas’s holiday novel, “Felix Ormusson.” Starring: Piret Kalda, Maria Avdjuško, Guido Kangur. The August Music concert “The fairer side of Estonian Jazz” featured Kadri Voorand, Hedvig Hanson, Liina Saar, Anna Põldvee, Sofia Rubina, Helin Mari Arder, Airi Allvee and the Siim Aimla quartet. August Music was closed by “Homage to Valter Ojakäär,” with the Liisi Koikson and Raivo Tafenau band.
In 2013, the ensemble of Riho Sibul, Raul Vaigla and Toomas Rull gave two concerts at the manor. In May, Mari Pokinen and Ott Kartau performed; in July, Eivor& Mikael Black from the Faroe Islands; and Villu Veski, who is from Muhu Island. The Estonia Manors 2013 concert series brought us contratenor KA BO CHAN and baroque ensemble Corelli Consort. In the winter, music fans’ hearts were warmed by French chansons performed by Susanna Aleksandra, Jaak Lutsoja and Tanel Liiberg, while autumn concerts in the Beautiful Places series featured Jääääär, Raivo Tafenau 50! Tafenau-Aimla 5tet, Sofia Rubina and Maarja- Liis Ilus & Taavi Langi.
August Music. Evelin Võigemast and Hele Kõrve, WGT and Draamateater guitarists
In the first concert of August Music, beloved Linnateater actors Evelin Võigemast and Hele Kõrve stroked the ears of listeners. In the second half of the concert, Weekend Guitar Trio (Robert Jürjendal, Tõnis Leemets and Mart Soo) and two guitarists who are also actors at the Draamateater (Mait Malmsten, Märt Avandi, Raimo Pass and Margus Prangel), and Indrek Kruusimaa, took the stage.
Photos: Rene Jakobson
August Music: Tanel Padar Blues Band and Airi Allvee
On an evening with a beautiful sunset, rocker Tanel Padar and his Blues Band (guitarist Raul Ukareda, bassist Argo Toomel, keyboard player Ülo Krigul and American drummer Mike Miley gave a memorable concert. The guest artist was top Estonian blues artist Airi Alvee.
Photos: Rene Jakobson
August Music: Helin Mari Arder quartet and Raul Sööt Deeper Sound
On 24 August 2014, it was jazz’s turn to take the stage – the Helin Mari Arder quartet and Raul Sööt Deeper Sound. Deeper Sound brought nine instrumentalists to the stage. Raul Sööt and Keio Vutt (saxophone), Meelis Vind (bass clarinet), Mihkel Metsala (trumpet), Eduard Akulin (trombone), Virgo Sillamaa (guitar), Holger Marjamaa (keyboards), Mihkel Mälgand (string bass) and Kaspar Kalluste (drums).
Photos: Rene Jakobson
Concert “Contemporaty meets classics”
A concert and reception put on by realty E.L.L. Kinnisvara gave birth to classical musical works in a new style, in synergy between a classical string quintet and modern iPad quartet. Performers: Jakko Maltis & Prezioso.
VERBARIUM is an ensemble whose sound can be described as delicate and even ethereal. It is due to it’s special line-up – a quartet made up of four musicians with Liina Saar on vocals, Aleksandra Kremenetski of vibraphone and percussion, Virgo Sillamaa on guitars and Mingo Rajandi on double bass.
In 2015 visitors’ ears were caressed by Tõnis Mägi and Kärt Johanson and Estonian Voices. In the manor garden, Koit Toome and Jorma Puusaag performed songs by Jaak Joala, and Tõnis Mägi and Jarek Kasar sang and spoke as much as necessary, stories and songs that Tõnis and Jarek are themselves fond of. At summer’s end, Verbarium performed music written to text by the poet couple of August Sang and Kersti Merilaas. Actor Guido Kangur enhanced the experience by reading the couple’s poetry between songs.
Evelin Võigemast & Raul Ukareda Band
A totally unique line-up of people – all of them music-lovers but performing together for the first time – took the stage. Raul Ukareda Band laid it all on the line for their brand-new soloist Evelin Võigemast to capture our hearts!
2015 August Music
In August 2015, the manor garden once again resonated with music. Estonia’s most unique and modern vocal group, Estonian Voices, offered up its refined phrasings and intonations. Besides originals, folk music covers and jaunty arrangements of hits could be heard. Devotees of big band music were thrilled to hear Estonian Dream Big Band with Hedvig Hanson, Uku Suviste and Hendrik Sal-Saller. The first part featured gentler, more delicate music – Hedvig Hanson and Uku Suviste performed a duet of fresh arrangements of Estonian pop standards, the second half then introduced harder rocking energy as Hendrik Sal-Saller took the stage. Estonian Dream Big Band was conducted by Siim Aimla. Photos: Rene Jakobson.
Kõltsu Manor is in Laulasmaa, in Keila municipality in Harju County in Estonia’s capital region. When you are coming from Tallinn along Rannamõisa tee, the manor is 2 km past Laulasmaa School on the right. If you are coming from Tallinn via Keila on Paldiski maantee, turn right after driving 35 kilometres and drive on 2 km toward Laulasmaa. Kõltsu manor will be on your left.
The organiser of life at Kõltsu Manor
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