Our Story


Glamorous history

In the 1690s, three buildings on the Hatanpää peninsula were combined and Hatanpää manor was born. The original building has burned down since, but the main building designed by Sebastian Gripenberg and completed in 1885, as well as the Neo-Gothic Villa Idman built some time later, have been preserved to this day.

Hans Henrik Boije set up an English-style garden around the manor. Boije renewed the agriculture in the area and had many visions for its future, including starting silk production in the area. He was also part of the group envisaging the establishment of a new city on the shores of the Tammerkoski rapids. When King Gustav III of Sweden visited Hatanpää manor, he gave the order to establish the city of Tampere.

Every good manor has a ghost story

Gustav III and Boije were both Freemasons. From the times of the King's visit, a so-called Freemason's grave has been preserved in the park. The story tells that Heikki of Hatanpää, right after returning from the war, died where the rock stands. Throughout centuries, there have been tales of Heikki being seen in the park or in the window of the manor.

Rosy future

Today, Hatanpää manor is a unique oasis near the centre of Tampere. Through a number of changes in ownership, the manor is now owned by professionals of restaurant and conference services. Juvenes renovates the building respecting its history, but benefiting from the new technology. Now the manor and its atmosphere of visions past are available for your own meetings. The place is ideal for private events of all sizes, such as weddings, due to its glamorous surroundings and charming garden. Particularly famous and photographic is the Ruusutarha ('Rose Garden') which reaches its full bloom between July and September. The old, sturdy trees protect the roses from the winds blowing from Lake Pyhäjärvi.