"Experience true serenity surrounded by art and design from around the world"

Need to know

    • 19 guest rooms, including  three stunning suites
    • 35 minutes drive from Tallinn, Estonia

We love

  • Try the “Eight Legs” restaurant for a fantastic fusion of local Estonian and classic French cuisine. Check out the chandelier – hand made especially for Kau.
  • Planning a wedding? The Manor’s ballroom is lovely and the gardens form a beautiful backdrop for a classic reception with a bohemian twist
  • The Manor is continuously evolving – work on a second, bistro-style, restaurant in one of the traditional agricultural buildings will be completed by the end of the year and next year will see the completion of a spa and yoga centre
  • If you’re in Tallinn for the day make sure to stop off at Frank’s cocktail bar – owner Mary Jordan’s contribution to Tallinn’s nightlife. We recommend the gin cocktails, the pulled pork, and the Viennese Schnitzel (after an original Viennese grandma’s recipe)

Top Secret

Each of the objects d’art has a unique and fascinating story as owner Mary has collected them on her travels around the world. I hear she even finds fabulous things to bring to Kau in the middle of the Sahara dessert.

Origins

Award-winning filmmaker Mary Jordan fell in love with Estonia and Kau Manor, and, starting from the foundations and a few crumbling walls, has built the 13th century manor house into a gem of boutique hotel. Rooms and suites in the main house are inspired by former owner, 19th century Baltic German explorer Otto von Kotzebue’s travels around the world and blend traditional, classical architecture and furnishings with objects d’art from around the world. Rooms in the coach house have a more relaxed, contemporary style but both are permeated by the serenity that is uniquely Kau Manor.

The Review

Re-built and designed from the original walls of a classic Estonian manor house and inspired by the life and travels of 19th century Baltic German explorer Otto von Kotzebue, a previous owner of the manor, Kau is a delight to the senses. Every aspect of your stay at Kau is carefully designed and curated with owner Mary Jordan’s artistic touch apparent at every corner. The architectural features of the historic building merge perfectly with a wonderfully eclectically textured, serene, and sensual artistic atmosphere. 
The spoils of Mary’s travels around the world decorate the house from the gorgeously tiled entryway, to the arrow-bedecked ceiling of the ground floor lounge, the hanging lanterns in the Indonesian-inspired Batak Suite, and the vintage kimono silks in the Krusenstern room. Each room is exquisitely designed – you might very well find yourself coming back again and again to find your personal favourite.
During the daytime, the budding sculpture garden and gorgeous grounds are lovely for a stroll. Make sure to stop off at the absinthe pavilion or a quiet bench in the orchard with a cooler of champagne for a little rest. The chef is excellent, as is the selection of cigars and cocktails in the smoking lounge. If you’re lucky you may meet the current artist in residence and have a chance to have a peek at their work. Artists traditionally create a piece for the Manor during their time in residence and there are some fabulous pieces scattered throughout the house. 
The drive into Tallinn is quick and easy. After a long day of sightseeing, the serenity of Kau beckons through the trees as you come up the drive. Relax in the spa, enjoy a glass from Kau’s vaulted wine cellars or just savour the wind in the trees and the dulcet tones of smooth jazz floating across the lawn.
 

Location

Kau Manor

  • Address: Triigi küla, Kõue vald, Harjumaa, Estonia
  • Travel info: 35 minutes’ drive from Tallinn airport

Key Features

  • Restaurant

  • Car Parking

  • Free Wifi

  • Butler Service

  • 24 Hour Services

  • Cafe