Onnela – large family apartment

A unique accommodation for families with children! As a specialty, there’s the school’s gymnasium, where children have space to run around and play.

Wanha koulu’s “Onnela” Family Apartment offers unique accommodation for families with children. As a specialty, there’s the school’s gymnasium, where children have space to run around and play. While the children release energy in the hall, adults also have their own peace in the upstairs dining area. Win-win! 🙂 🙂

Several families can be accommodated, i.e. 10+6 people. Onnela has been renovated in 2020 respecting the original spirit of the old school, and in 2022 we renewed the shower facilities, toilets and kitchen.

Watch a video presentation about Onnela

In English, subtitles in Finnish.

a Hot tub now also in Onnela!

Onnela uses a log sauna in the yard. You can also rent the cabin connected to it for your use.

Price when you heat it up yourself (we’ll send instructions) 77€ or heated by us 150€ / 1 day, 200€ for 2 days.

living room

On the ground floor, there’s the living room with a Smart TV and a large sofa, where you can relax after a hard day of sports. There is also a game area in the corridor for table games. There is also a games room in the hallway for table games.

Large dining area

There’s plenty of space for up to 20 people to enjoy meals together in the dining room. The space is decorated with earthy forest wallpapers. In addition to the large dining table, the room includes a sofa corner.

A spacious kitchen for the needs of a larger group

Onnela’s large kitchen has space to cook for even a larger group. There is lots of room and workspace for a larger group to cook in Onnela’s spacious kitchen. There are versatile cooking utensils, a refrigerator, a freezer, an induction stove, a convection oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and cutlery for 20 people. Työskentelytilaa on runsaasti sekä saareke ja kaksi baarijakkaraa keskellä keittiötä.

Would you also like to have time off from cooking? Ask for catering services from local Pölli and Kaisla restaurants.

The school's gymnasium - space for children to play

The children’s favorite in Onnela is the school’s original 70m2 sports hall, which offers lots of playing space for children and plenty of different toys and play equipment. While the children are playing in the hall, the adults also get a moment of their own time and peace. Lasten mellestäessä salissa saavat aikuisetkin hetken omaa aikaa ja rauhaa.

Floor plan

Yoga space / dojo / small gym

As a specialty we have a yoga shala/dojo/small gym with a tatami floor. It can be used daily between 6 AM and 8 PM.


There are 4 separate bedrooms downstairs:

Bedroom 1: 2+3 pers. Loft 140cm, 90cm wide bed, sofa bed 140cm
Bedroom 2: 3+1 pers. Loft 140cm, 90cm wide bed x 2
Bedroom 3: 3+1 pers. Loft 140cm, 90cm wide bed x 2
Bedroom 4: 2+1 pers. Loft 140cm, 100cm wide bed

Log sauna in the yard

Onnela’s customers can use the wood-heated yard sauna “Akansauna”, which was completed in 2021. Onnela’s sauna shift is daily from 19:00 to 21:00, or by agreement. Additional hours can also be rented.

The sauna is heated by the guests. Heating up the sauna is a favorite activity together with the children, fetching water, and making a fire.


Onnela has air conditioning both upstairs and downstairs, free WiFi, and plenty of parking spaces, including 2 spaces for a block heater. (Not suitable for electric car charging.) (Ei sovellu sähköauton lataukseen.)

Pets are allowed. Additional cleaning fee €30/pet (allergy cleaning), paid on site.

The facility can be combined with a Family Apartment, in which case the total number of Accommodation places is 20+9.

Bed Linen

Sheets and towels are available for an additional fee of €15/set. If you prefer, you can also bring your own. Please make sure that sheets are used on the beds to avoid an additional cleaning fee.

Onnela is reserved entirely for the guests’ own use. There may be guests in other apartments in the building, but all spaces are separate. Only the yoga room on the basement floor can be used by all residents.

The location for skiing is great. I loved the village ski trail! The house’s snowshoes, sleds, and kick sleds were also utilized. The gym was heavily used and sausages were grilled on the campfire site.

Nice accommodation for even a larger group. The private gym was very much to the liking of the children, as was the quiet courtyard.

School yard and the surroundings

Wanha koulu is located on the Western side of the Tahkovuori ski resort, in a quiet location in the middle of beautiful landscapes shaped by the ice age. There’s a 6 km distance to Tahko’s Western slopes and 14 km to the center of Tahko.

The environment of Wanha koulu offers lots of opportunities for leisure activities, both for adults and children.

A traditional village ski trail (9km) starts from the yard. Snowmobile trails are also easily accessible from a nearby road.

In the summer, you can use e.g. a soccer field and a large campfire site. The mountain bike trails you access in 4km distance. For children, there are bicycles, a large trampoline, a wooden climbing hut, a slide, a sandbox, swings, and a cable car. The surroundings also offer wonderful camping grounds with glacial ridges and valleys.

Sports equipment available for free use:

In the yard you will also find:

Grillauspaikka Wanhan koulun pihalla
Puumaja, leikkipaikka ja köysirata lapsille
Reittiön 9km:n perinteinen kylälatu lähtee Wanhan koulun pihasta
Koulun ympäristössä on upeita retkeilymaastoja
Fishing in the nearby lake
Wanhan koulun pihan hirsisauna
Ski trail runs on the football field in the winter
The yard offers plenty of space for children to play in both summer and winter

Tahko's activities and services

The nearby Tahkovuori ski resort offers a great environment for skiers in winter.

Easy to go skiing from the Western Slopes

It is really convenient to go to the slopes from Tahko’s Western side, as there is always less traffic and you can park your car right next to the ski lifts. You can also buy the tickets here. The road to the famous Pehkubar and Panorama bar goes directly from the Western side.

In the summer season, on the west side of Tahko you can find wonderful camping destinations, e.g. Mäkiautio gorge and its scenic ledge, Rahasmäki ledge, and Huutavanholma.

In the summer, Tahko offers a wonderful environment for golfers, as well as for fishing, off-road electric cycling, shooting, paintball, kayaking, picking berries and mushrooms, and a spa. Also around the school, there are wonderful hiking grounds with glacial ridges and valleys.


To the center of Tahko: 14 km
For the ski lift : 6 km (West slopes)
For an illuminated track : 8 km
A traditional village ski trail (9km) starts from the yard.
To the Snowmobile routes : 1 km (exit from the yard)
Golf: Tahko Old Course 14 km, Tahko New Course 11 km, Tiirin Golf 20 km
Bus stop: in the yard
To Kuopio airport: 50 km
To railway station: 39,7 km (Siilinjärvi)

Distances to Tahko area's services

To restaurant: Pehku-bar 9 km, Panorama-bar 6 km, Tahkon Piazza Night Club 13 km
To spa: Tahko Spa 14 km (also for example bowling, gym, hairdresser, massage, floorball, badminton…)
To the doctor: Mehiläinen 14 km, Nilsiän terveyskeskus 14 km
To grocery store: S-market and K-supermarket Nilsiä 14 km, Sale and K-market Tahko 14 km, S-market and Siwa Varpaisjärvi 14 km

Here you can find more information about the services on Tahko area »



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