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Location: Pädaste lies about 6 km southwest of Kuivastu harbour on the island of Muhu off the west coast of Estonia. The island can be reached by taking a ferry from Virtsu on mainland Estonia. The estate is reachable by car via a small local road.
History: The estates at Muhu were first created in the 13th century when the German knights conquered the island. The Pädaste estate grounds are situated next to a picturesque bay amidst local junipers and the sea almost reaches the gates of the estate. The current manor house was built in 1875 and is accompanied by an impressive park behind the manor which is home to various types of trees. The estate was granted to the Knorring family in the 16th century. In the 17th century the then wooden manor house had an orchard and a large number of farmers working for the productive and prosperous manor although the owners themselves did not actually occupy the manor at the time but chose to live on the mainland. The estate then changed owners until it reached the Von Buxhoewdens who built the current house along with the auxiliary buildings still visible today. The manor was a state-owned building from the end of the Second World War until 1986 when it again became private property. Since 1997, the estate has been developed into a leisure centre.
Access: The manor house cannot be entered by visitors but the estate grounds and the park are accessible for a fee. There is a large parking place.
Activities: The estate features a hotel set in the old carriagehouse, also a spa, a pub with a terrace and offers many activites such as horseback riding, canoeing, biking and guided nature walks. There is even a boat harbour and a helicopter landing pad.
Castle homepage: www.padaste.ee
Other castles in the area: Kuressaare castle.
Nearby cities: Kuressaare, Liiva village.
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