The Kippari wood cabin is a holiday home used for midweek living. The second home followed the purchase of some land and a year-long cabin building project where a Finnish family managed to shave around 62 miles off the distance to their holiday cabin building. The lakeside cabin is now just a ten-minute drive from their family home, which is close enough for the family to stay and commute to work if they want. In 2011, at Tamminiemi, the family built the Kippari log villa and a Poiju sauna.
The owners first came across the 850 square foot Kippari log villa at the Finnish Housing Fair held in Mantyharju. The combination of the two bedrooms, a large kitchen and living room instantly appealed to them both. Although the owners found the generous ceiling height and the large windows very impressive, the thing that most caught their imagination was the outdoor terrace that wrapped around three sides of the property. The owners opted to pair with the slightly smaller Poiju for both a sauna and a guest accommodation. The 270 square foot property has a cozy living area as well as a spacious sauna, a washroom and toilet. The front of the sauna cabin building, there is a small terraced area, which makes it perfect for relaxing with drinks or cooling off after steam.
The owners are extremely happy with their log cabin. The high ceilings in the cabin give it an airy feel, and with the large windows, you feel like you are surrounded by nature at all times. They also really enjoy the sheltered terrace areas. The Kippari cabin building has two bedrooms, and a combined kitchen/dining area/living room and is located in Central Finland.
Saunas are a part of Finnish culture. This nation of five million people has over 1.5 million saunas, and it is safe to say that learning to bathe in the sauna is as natural as learning to speak. Visitors to the country would do well to have their first sauna encounter in the company of a Finnish friend or acquaintance to get a better understanding of the whole experience. In Finland, both women and men bathe in the sauna, but never together unless within the same family. In Finland you will find no mixed public saunas, so visitors who are hesitant about having a sauna should remember that if the sauna has been heated especially for him or her, it is simply a matter of pride for the hosts.
Having a sauna is natural to all Finnish people, yet everyone has their way of bathing in the sauna. There is no wrong way, but there are some basic principles to follow such as listening to your own body and following your rhythm in moving between the hot room, the washing room and then the open air. It is also helpful to follow what the others are doing, but make sure to avoid extremes. If you are new to the sauna, you want to avoid sitting in a scalding hot sauna for long periods. If you find yourself doing just that, you want to at least drink some liquids.
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