Dreams come true

Evening at Willa Göös photographed from the guesthouse stairs.

We all have dreams… and dreams can come true if you really want them to and believe in them.

I realized my dreams years ago in the village of Rehakka, Janakkala – out of respect and gratitude for past generations and with the hope of giving joy to future generations.

I will be eternally grateful to my grandfather Karl Hjalmar Göös, my grandmother Edit Göös, my mother Kaarina Göös and my aunt Hellevi Göös. Without them the Klemola Manor would never have been built.

Evening at Willa Göös photographed from the guesthouse stairs.

PIONEERS OF THEIR TIME – IRJALA AND KLEMOLA

The Klemola Manor has its roots in the Irjala Manor. Irjala’s first owner was Gottlieb John, known as the energetic mayor of Hämeenlinna from 1766 until 1800. His wife was Teresia Gygnaeus from Janakkala’s Leppäkoski. She was the sister of Uno Gygnaeus, the father of the Finnish public school system. The couple had a daughter called Fanny.

Fanny was a pioneer and a trailblazer. Her uncle Uno Gygnaeus sent her to Switzerland to study. As an enterprising and respected woman she established the Jyväskylä seminary and served as the headmistress from 1863 until 1867. In Jyväskylä she met Karl Gustaf Göös who was a gym teacher at the Jyväskylä seminary. The couple had four children – Arvid, Elsa, Teresa and Karl Hjalmar.

Fanny valued education in all its forms. She believed that it was important for people to be educated and she promoted the establishment of schools in Janakkala. She even donated a piece of land for the Hyvikkälä school.

Karl Gustaf Göös was a man of action – bold and always looking for something new. In 1872, he established the printing house Weilin+Göös with Alexander Weilin.

Karl Gustaf Göös died in 1917, the year when Finland gained independence. Fanny Göös died in 1918.

The ownership of Irjala was transferred to their daughter Elsa (née Göös) and Oskar Möller in 1923. Erik Möller took over Irjala in 1962. Later, Pia Möller as well as Erik Möller’s daughter Maria owned Irjala, but since then the manor has gotten a new owner.

IRJALA IS SPLIT – KLEMOLA MANOR IS BORN

Karl Hjalmar Göös inherited a piece of land and established the Klemola Manor in 1923. He designed all buildings himself, including the main building. However, the main building burned down in 1942.

Klemola was a functioning farm and the family’s interest in education was also visible in the spirit of the manor. There was a library that was available for everyone to use.

After Karl Hjalmar Göös died in 1939, the manor was first taken over by his wife Edit Göös and then their daughter Kaarina Göös. Klemola has been the family’s summer place since 1954. Kaarina Göös died in 1999 and the property is now owned by her daughter Elisa Göös.

KLEMOLA IS REBORN

Ever since I was a young girl, I had a dream that one day Klemola would be a place where all kinds of people of all ages could enjoy nature and the Klemola spirit. It would be a place where people could find peace and quiet, become stronger and empowered.

My dream came true in the early 2000s. Today there is a new main building, Guesthouse Willa Göös, as well as a chapel built in an old grain drying barn.

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

Guesthouse Willa Göös is here for you

Guesthouse Willa Göös is located in Janakkala, more specifically on the land of the historical Klemola Manor in the village of Rehakka. We are not far away – only 9 km from Tervakoski, 15 km from Turenki, 25 km from Hämeenlinna and less than 100 km from Helsinki.

Once here, you will be embraced by the surrounding nature – deer, elk, foxes, hares, swans and cranes. Here you can take it easy and just relax with your friends, family or co-workers.

Guesthouse Willa Göös offers accommodation as well as an excellent setting for celebrations, meetings and other events. You can also celebrate weddings and christenings in our atmospheric chapel.

Willa Göös offers the facilities you need and you can either arrange your own meals or use one of the local catering services.

You are warmly welcome!

The guesthouse cat

Wäinö Hjalmar
11 September 2001 –
22 January 2018

The guesthouse cat, Wäinö Hjalmar Göös, appeared from the forest on a rainy day in September 2001 to see what was going on here. First he explored the playhouse path and then lay down on the ground showing his belly as if to say “Take me home.”

The same ritual was repeated on many weekends. There was food waiting for him on the steps, he ate it and disappeared into the forest. However, on one stormy night Wäinö decided to come in. He stayed the night and slept next to me. In the morning, he peed on the floor and left.

The cold October nights brought him back for good. With the help of my friends we got him ready for neutering and the vet made a house call to perform the procedure. Snip snip – and the wild cat became a pet. We even gave him a proper christening with champagne. I named him Wäinö Hjalmar Göös.

At first many people were scared of Wäinö because of his size and certain animal determination. I was never scared of him. When I was a little girl, I wanted to have tiger and lion cubs. I never got them, but then my mother somewhere up there sent me Wäinö.

For over 16 years Wäinö was one of the best things in my life. As he got older he had problems with his legs and kidneys, but I adjusted his diet and gave him medication. Together we hobbled down the stairs, with him leading the way and making sure I was following as he was already outside.

My customers at Willa Göös all loved Wäinö. He was sociable and curious. He always wanted to know what was going on. He hunted mice, squirrels and baby hares. This is a stimulating environment for a cat. Of course he was a predator, but in my opinion, he was also a very sensitive and wise animal at times.