What a pearl! Needed a quick stay with dogs when driving from North and found the place by chance. Very good customer service and excellent food. The food is all local and ecological. A lot of wild herbs are used. The taste is amazing. We had a room where we could have dogs. Lots of space. Easy to walk the dogs. There was a possibility to try traditional saunas as well, this time we didn't try those.
I had the pleasure to stay at this extraordinary b&b for two nights as part of a skiing trip organised by Aksyt Ammat travel agency. On Finland, it's for some reason very rare to come by authentic Karelian food. This place has it all from tasty pies to the traditional meat stew and yummy home made jams, all of course organic and from the local farmers/hunters. The sauna was absolutely amazing, and I really appreciated the attention to detail, such as the candles and the nice soaps and shampoos. The rooms are quite basic but clean and comfy. With the cold winter temperatures, I wouldn't have minded a warmer duvet though. The hostess Anni and her entire family made us feel very welcome. I'm definitely visiting Puukarin Pysäkki again!
The owner is a lovely lady who cooked us amazing traditional Karelian food - everything was locally sourced and home made, from fish from the river, berries from the forest etc. The bread was freshly baked in their wood burning oven and she even made homemade beer and strawberry drink for the kids. We stayed in a very spacious log cabin next to the house complete with elk antlers. The location was very convenient - just off the road going north to Hossa National Park. Views from the house of countryside and lake. Would highly recommend.
Middle In the North Karelian nature you can find Puukarin Pysäkki. Exellent choise to stay in your path to Lappland or back. I believe that once you have visited and enjoyed great food and nature next time you will not past without stoping. At least that is our experience. So we are falling love to Puukarin Pysäkki.
Awesome food, good location and facilities and great service. A big sauna. All food is produced with ecological methods and raw incredients are acquired from own or near fields. Food is hand made. Tee was great, I think it was spearmint.
We spent one night here. We had a twin room with a private bathroom. The room was spacious and clean. Loved the organic soaps! Good customer service, lovely hosts. The breakfast was to die for; homemade bread, porridge, organic vegetables, wild herbs, berries etc. Will definitely come back again, would also like to try lunch and/or dinner.
This was the first guest house on our Ski tour which included 3 other guest houses. We stayed 2 nights. The highlights were the helpful proprietress, the food and the prepared ski tracks around the Guest House. The guest house is adjacent to the E6 just north of Valtimo. It has a set of adjacent groomed langlauf tracks which snake up, down and around the local hill. The Guest House can cater for individuals, families and groups. Like all the guest houses at which we stayed, the food was locally sourced and typical of the area. A special feature of this guest house was proprietress’ (Anni) informative and educational explanation of the menus, including their source, how they were prepared and the part they played in the local culture. The food is clearly a major feature of this guest house and has won awards. As an extra bonus we were treated by Anni to a short performance of local songs accompanied by herself on a on a kantele which is a traditional string instrument. Our bedroom was one of three on the upstairs of the main building, one of which was a suite. We had one of the other two with a shared toilet with shower. There was a large sitting come dining area downstairs albeit there were no easy chairs. The Ski room was in a separate building, as was the sauna and some of the guest accommodation. The wifi was fast and constant. As an added bonus Anni arranged for us to attend a concert given by three choral societies in the nearby Valtimo. Definately a place to experiecne.…
We spent a night here in June. We arrived in the evening. We were very tired after a long day of trekking in Koli National Park (beautiful). Anni was very kind. She told us about her organic farm and showed us every rooms of the wooden house: so nice and clean! Then, she allowed us to use the sauna. It was our first finnish sauna! She gave some precious advices before! Sauna experience was very relaxing and regenerating. After that we spent most of the night sitting in front of the big window watching the wild forest and the sky. Summer finnish nights are very fascinating. Atmosphere was so romantic. Breakfast was lovely: beautiful location (we can see the lake through the window) and biological food. It was a very very nice experience. And thank you Anni!
This guesthouse is unique experience at least to all foreigners, maybe more like visiting your grandparents at the countryside if your origins are in Finland. We chose to stay here to support small businesses and organic farming. Maybe the best way to describe this experience would be to say that it was a bit of this and that and then some. If you are charmed by a relaxed style, personal service, old farm housing, mixing old with new and open to experience traditional Finnish food then Puukarin Pysäkki could be a place for you. For us as we have travelled all around the world also in good number of B&B's the overall rating can be only 3*. The accommodation absolutely can be categorized as local and authentic, but at the same time it lacks structure and certain standards which are more strictly followed in the accommodation business in other countries. It was easy to see how a systematic spruce up could change the experience to be better for the guests. Like others have mentioned, the service is personal and flexible based on whatever the guests needs are. The hostess is on premises all day long for any questions the guests may have. We stayed with bed and breakfast, some other guests had half- or full board. The food here is definitely an experience as different edible plants from the nature are offered as part of each serving and the dish of the day is whatever is in season at the moment. Breakfast was based on porridge and bread with coffee or tea. Due to early morning schedule we got our breakfast plate to our room already in the previous evening. Our room was actually not a room but a private single room cabin called Pihapirtti, where we had a small kitchenette, shower, wc, bunk beds, a couple of tables with several chairs and flat screen TV with local channels. Privacy with own access to come and go was good, apart from the children's play area 5 meters from the building. While the charm of this and that may work for others, we noticed for example the worn out kitchen equipment, broken curtains and fixed furniture which had seen their best days. The beds had thin mattressess on top of wooden solid base which together didn't do good for sleep quality. There were windows without curtains and others with simple white fabric which in Finland it means bright light all night long straight to your bed. For an accommodation business ensuring sleep quality should be the first priority but to us it did not look like it. A wireless network connection was available for each accommodation building and ours worked high-speed without any issues.…
I spent 2 nights here when I arrived in Finland; the hosts were charming and informative - Anni took me on a tour of the forest to look for wild herbs to use in cooking. My room was lovely and clean and I had a great view of the woods - I went to sleep to the sound of birdsong. A nice big shower as well! I also had my first Finnish sauna - very enjoyable.