Pädaste (German: Peddast) is a village on the Estonian island Muhu. It's located on the southern coast of the island by the Gulf of Riga. Administratively Pädaste blongs to Muhu Parish, Saare County. In 2000 the village had a population of 48.
Pädaste is most known for its eclectical manor house. Pädaste manor is the only remaining manor house on Muhu island. It was established as a manorial estate in the 16th century. The first owners were the Baltic German family von Knorring. Later it has been the property of several different members of the Baltic nobility.
The estate was a profitable agricultural centre during especially the 18th century, with large rye fields, an orchard, sheep pastures, hayfields and birch forests. The manor house itself was originally constructed in wood. At least one of families that owned the estate did not ever live at the manor, and therefore little interest was for a long time given to the embellishment of the estate. In 1875 however the presently visible main building was erected. Apart from the main building, the estate also preserves many of the outbuildings, dating from approximately the same time.
The last owner before the Estonian Declaration of Independence in 1919 and the subsequent sweeping land reform that ended the centuries-long domination of a land-owning, German-speaking aristocracy, was Ernst Johann Bock. Its more recent history includes being used as a home for the disabled between 1950 and 1970.
Today a renowned luxury hotel, spa and restaurant operates in the renovated manor. It has been praised by several well-known international magazines, including The Times, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Berliner Zeitung and De Telegraaf. Guests have included queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Luciano Pavarotti.
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- Media related to Pädaste Manor at Wikimedia Commons