Pertti Lahdelma is your host. Pertti has run the farm and looked after the animals since 1984. He has built all the holiday homes, partly from wood harvested from the farm’s own forest. Pertti also participates in the farm’s tourism business.
Ritva Lahdelma has been the hostess on the farm since 1985. Ritva plans individual programmes for guests. She worked as a hairdresser for over 30 years, but now only styles hair as a hobby!
Tatu Lahdelma, elder son
Turo Lahdelma, younger son
1600: Mustaniemi Farm established.
The farm cooperative owns the land and fishing waters, which are marked out and strictly adhered to. Infringements are not permitted. Times of unrest in Finland.
1721: The Treaty of Nystad (Uusikaupunki) is signed on 30 August between Russia and Sweden, heralding an era of peace for Finland and the end of instability especially for Pertunmaa. The Russian border was situated only a few kilometres to the east of Mustaniemi Farm, which is granted 8 years of indemnity from taxes.
1735: The Mustaniemi and Ahvenniemi farms are used for billeting soldiers, who belonged to the Sysmä Company of the Hämeenlinna District Infantry Regiment.
1750: Tuomas Tuomaanpoika Mustonen attempts to evict his brother Erkki from the farm and claim it for himself.
1760: The case is heard in the parliament and Tuomas is fined. Erkki is granted half of Mustaniemi Farm, now known as Jussila. The farmland also included four crofts.
1896: The current family takes over the farm and is now in its fourth generation. The farm was split among siblings in 1950, creating the neighbouring farm of Niemelä.
1988: The farm begins offering country holidays. These operations are expanded and improved upon each year.
2008: A great leap forward is taken with the establishment of a separate family-owned company, Lahdelman Lomat Oy, to run holiday activities.