Finnholm farm grows ecological horticultural produce in the fields and, from spring till autumn, also in a greenhouse. From June till September, the farm shop sells vegetables from our garden, including tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, French beans and lettuce. The total arable land area is approx. 1.5 ha, of which around one sixth is used for horticultural crops.
Accommodation is available in Strandbo rental cottage built in 2010 (89 m2). The cottage has beds for 6 (+ a cot). Two bedrooms, a sauna, toilet and shower. A soapstone fireplace in the kitchen/living area. The cottage has a private shore area and pier.
The rent includes the use of a rowing boat (outboard engine available for an additional fee), a sauna heated by an electric stove, and two bicycles. A play area and outdoor games for children. A masonry barbecue outside the cottage.
The cottage’s interior decoration features local artists’ works and home-spun textiles. To cater for visitors with allergies, smoking and pets are not allowed.
Historically, the old archipelago croft of Finnholm was part of Söderby Mansion. The farm has belonged to the same family ever since the Crofters Act came into force in 1918. During the Second World War, Finnholm also housed a family of evacuees from Eastern Finland.
The smallholding has always been home to several generations. The older generation moved to the ground floor of the main building once they could no longer manage the stairs, while the younger and more nimble family members lived upstairs.
The currently family on the farm consists of my mother, aged 93, my husband and I, and our youngest daughter who runs a summer restaurant across the water in Padva. The family also includes two Landseer dogs and a cat.
The buildings of the farm also date back to several periods. The current main building was built in 1928, the old crofter’s cottage as far back as 1839, and the outbuildings painted with traditional red ochre in the 1940s and 1950s. The most recent buildings were put up in the 2000s.
Ulkoluoto is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Its neighbours across the sea are Kemiönsaari and Raasepori. The local environment offers shores with alders, spruce, birch and pine forests as well as oaks. The cottage folder provides information about the fish, fungi, plants and berries in the area.
There are inviting paths nearby, and hikers can borrow a map found in the cottage. Recommended pastimes include cycling, rowing, supping, hiking, swimming, fishing and bird-watching. SUP boards available to rent. A guide (VMB-fishing) can be booked to collect the visitors from the cottage and take them out fishing. On cold winters you can ski and skate.
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Finnholm is located approx. 50 km to the southeast from Salo (GPS coordinates: 60,01N, 22,51E).