Country life in Northern Pirkanmaa
Next to glistening Lake Tarjanne, amid the lush spruce forests and the rich fields of Ruovesi you’ll find Ylä-Tuuhonen Farm – our ancestral farm. Over the centuries, Ylä-Tuuhonen Farm has witnessed many owners and changes in the social organisation of the community. New ideas have been created and old buildings renovated at the farm over the years.
Eetu ja Emilia
The heirs of
a cupboard grain drier
a mill for domestic use
Esko ja Irma
2 cats and dogs
2 tractors and a drier
Some fundamentals have remained the same – we still practise organic farming and forestry. In addition to traditional farm work, we provide genuine, idyllic farm B&B accommodation based on experience and a desire to please our guests.
We warmly welcome you to our farm in Northern Pirkanmaa!
The Staff of Ylä-Tuuhonen Farm
The deeds of Ylä-Tuuhonen farm can be traced all the way back to 1568. The current farmer, Esko, belongs to a line of 19 farmers. His family has owned the farm since at least 1625.
Esko took over the farm in 1973. In the same year, he married Irma, whom he had met at a dance in the local dance pavilion. The same lakeside dance pavilion still organises dances every Saturday in summer, so people still fall in love with the rhythm – and maybe with each other.
Tourism operations started in the 1980s when the family first opened their doors to guests. Ylä-Tuuhonen Farm is still a family-run business, and the family live in the farm’s main house. The crops in the farm fields are primarily organic oats and rye, with rotation also of green fertilisation fields. You can have a taste of the farm’s own organic oats in the porridge provided with breakfast at the farm.
The master of the farm, Esko, mostly works in the fields or forests or heat up the farm’s lakeside saunas. His wife, Irma, likes to spend time in the kitchen or in the garden of the farm. Their daughter, Maire, helps with the day-to-day running of the farm.
The Finnish Lapphund Käpy arrived at our farm in January 2022. Käpy is two years old girl who is still training her manners and various skills. She is sleeping for most of the day, but when she is awake she is happy to get to know different things as well as new people. However, remember that you should get to know with Käpy in peace and together with the people of the farm.
Our farm has thirteen sheep. The sheep maintain the traditional ecology of the areas located near the courtyard. Grazing helps us to maintain biodiversity, thus-preserving the wide range of plant and insect species in the fields and meadows. In the winter, the sheep flock spends time in the winter shed, but in summer they can be seen in their pasture.
Three cats also live on the farm. In the summer, our mousers Kaino, Lylle, and Mustasormi like to spend time outdoors on their long hunting trips, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you might see them lurking in the courtyard bushes. The cats sometimes pay a visit to the courtyard even though they are shy with people they don’t know. In the winter, the kitties enjoy the warmth of the main house and only pop out briefly for exercise.
We want to create a warm and friendly atmosphere at the farm. For us, this means taking others into consideration, having an interest in other people and acting for the wellbeing of our guests.
We provide accommodation services in the sparsely populated countryside and practise organic farming and sustainable forestry. The forests of our farm are FSC certified, and our farm is a member of ECEAT (European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism) Finland. We show respect for nature by saving energy, recycling waste, heating the farm with woodchips from our own forest and by utilising natural materials in construction.
Everyone is welcome at the farm – we treat our guests the way we would like to be treated. The doors of our farm are open for everyone looking for peaceful moments, regardless of age, gender, status, or origin.