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Ravila village (Rauelik) was first mentioned in a Danish assessment book at the end of Estonian prehistoric times in 1241. Ravila Manor was first mentioned in 1469. From 1527, Ravila belonged to the Rosen family, and in 1592, the manor passed through inheritance to Johann von Uexküll until 1701. It then passed through inheritance to Georg von Detloff. In 1768, Woldemar von Detloff sold Ravila Manor to his brother-in-law, Count Karl von Mannteuffel, who started the construction of a new large baroque mansion in Ravila in the 1770s. Karl’s son, Peter August Friedrich von Manteuffel (1768-1842), gained the nickname “mad count” from the surrounding area. Peter lived in a long-term relationship with a non-noble German woman, Johanna Dressler, from Thuringia, with whom he had three daughters: Karoline Süphie, Henriette Friederike, and Amalie, who married explorer Otto von Kotzebue (1787-1846) in 1818 at Ravila Manor. After Johanna Dressler’s death in 1816, Peter married a noblewoman, Freiin (Baroness) von Uexküll-Güllenband (1788-1849), with whom he had a son and a daughter. Peter is known in Estonian cultural history as a writer and Estonia’s first aviator. After Count Manteuffel’s death in 1842, the manor was inherited by his son Karl (1820-1849), but he was killed during a trip to Switzerland. The manor then passed to Countess Elise, Karl’s sister, and her husband Paul von Kotzebue (1801-1884). Count Paul von Kotzebue had four daughters. The youngest daughter of the manor, Countess Alexandrine Mathilde (Alix) Kotzebue (1849-1943), married Theodor Pilar von Pilchau (1848-1911). During the 1905 revolution, Ravila Manor was burned down but later restored to its present form.

Ravila Manor before 1905.

During the first period of Estonian independence, a one-year folk university operated at Ravila Manor. In 1936, a horticultural school was opened in the administrator’s house. During World War II, a German training commando was stationed at the manor. From 1944 until 1947, the educational institution located in Ravila Manor was called Kehtna Home Economics Technical School. In 1947, it began preparing workers in the field of agriculture, and the school was renamed Ravila Agricultural School. From the early 1960s, the manor housed a Home for Chronic Invalids, and until 2013, it served as a nursing home.

Since July 31, 2013, the manor has been privately owned, and its development is managed by OÜ Ravila Mõis. Ravila Manor now offers its guests opportunities for diverse vacations, activities, and organizing various events. Guests can enjoy guesthouse and hotel-type rooms. The manor house features a fireplace hall, sauna, cozy café-bar, and several conference and seminar rooms. The manor’s courtyard and park are excellent venues for hosting special events. The location of the manor provides several great opportunities to explore the cultural and natural treasures of the surrounding area.