Hövelö then and now

In the time of Elias Lönnrot Hövelö was only a small croft. After Antti and Emilia Lönnbohm, the parents of Eino Leino, bought it in 1858, the house was expanded to be able to offer enough place for the whole family.


The family had seven sons, for whom an additional house, the so called “Boys house” was built on the property. The building is still on its original place in Hövelö in Paltaniemi.


Eino Leino –heritage house is located about 3 km from the original place, built after the original model and drawings in a inspiriting and beautiful scenery.


Following you will find some information about the history of the house as it was in the time of Lönnbohms.


Father Antti´s room:

In his room father used to make maps and legends in wintertime, meet guests and talk with the farm-hands. All the mail, letters and newspapers, coming to Hövelö was brought first to father’s room. Newspapers were ordered because the family wanted to be up to date.


Letters and newspapers were first read in father´s room, often loudly. Either one of the children or Olga Kyrenius, mother´s sister and governess, was often reading the mail.


This room is the room, where Eino Leino was born.


In the room there is a photograph exhibition showing Eino Leino´s life and his lifework. There is also a picture of Elias Lönnrot, as he owned the croft of Hövelö in 1834-1835 and was compiling Kalevala there.



Mother Emilia´s room:

Mother Emilia took care together with maids of meals and household. The children used the sleep in mother’s rooms as they were small. In Eino´s childhood mother used to retreat to her own room to get some rest.


Eino Leino association set up a memorial for Eino Leino on the spot where mother Emilia´s room used to be in original Hövelö. In old pictures of Hövelö that room has been deconstructed as it was built up as a sauna on the beach.


On the wall there is the bohemian robe of Eino Leino as well as a part of his literary work.



Daughter Olga´s room:

Olga was the oldest daughter of the family. She was a skilled pianist. She got ill with schizophrenia in the age of 16 or 17 and lived her whole life in Hövelö.


Nowadays there is a shop for cultural souvenirs in Olga's room. 



Daughter Hilda´s room:

Hilda was the second oldest, very skilled daughter. She graduated as a teacher from Raahe, but was not able to work as teacher, as her hearing got very poor. She helped her two brothers, who worked as surveyors.


The room is now in staff use.




The hall was a place for different gatherings of the family and also guests were invited to the hall.


Nowadays there is an original corner table from Hövelö. On the wall there is also a picture made by Tuhkanen (a later owner of Hövelö), on which he shows Hövelö at the bay of Hövelö.


Nowadays every Thursday in summertime there are so called  ”Poetry Cafés” held in the hall. Also various culture events are organized here.



Kitchen and the dining room:

Today there is a summer café in the old kitchen and due to that the place is not any more as it was in Eino´s childhood. In that time meals were prepared on a wood stove. The wood stove of Hövelö had one hole, in which warmth the meals were prepared for the big family, the workers and summer guests, who might be there during the summer holidays of schools. As the farm-hands ate, father used to lean to the doorjamb, smoke his pipe and talk with them about the tasks of the day.


Mother and the maid took care of preparing the meals.



In the courtyard there is a barn, Lystinurmi. Translated the name means “yard of joy”. The name descends from a sward on the other side of Hövelö bay in the 19th century, where in the youth of Oskar Lönnbohm and Kasimir Leino patriotic feasts were organized. 


Today in summertime weddings are organized in Lystinurmi, as well as each Wednesday dancing lessons of the dancing school Casamba.



Bank and shore of the house:

There is a wide view to the lake Paltaselkä from the bank as well as stairs and duckboards to the lake. Along the duckboards there is an exhibition of plants. This exhibition honors the botanical hobbies and lifework of Elias Lönnrot and Oskar Lönnbohm. Elias Lönnrot compiled the first Finnish Flora and Oskar Lönnbohm´s lifework was partly influencing the building of a scientific museum to Kuopio.


Many birds have a nest the courtyard, which we kindly ask you to respect.