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The mansion




The medieval manor house (German Kadvel) was first mentioned in the 16th century when it belonged to von Lode family. It was first built as a feudal stronghold; parts of the wall were found inside the building, which was constructed later. The baroque main building of Loona Manor dates back to 1785 and includes stratums of former times. Loona Manor remained in the possession of the Lodes until 1808, hence the Estonian name. It was later related to the noble families of von Stackelbergs, von Bergs, von Osten-Sackenes and von Ekesparres. In 1820 the manor was acquired by the Hoyningen-Huene family, from whom the property was confiscated during 1920’s land reform. Olga von Hoyningen-Huene was the last owner of the estate before the confiscation.



Roots of Huenes in Oesel

One of my granduncles (born 1874) dicribed the landscape and park of Loona:
The aproach-road to Loona was an alley with mapletrees. The manorhouse was surrounded by tall and old maples too. In front of the house was a grass field and a half-circle-road.
The straight way to the park was flanked with lilac trees and roses. This way reached to a small hill on which a cluster of lime trees were standing in a circle. In the middle of these trees stood the stone lion. Between the hill and the pavillon is a small pool.  
The garden was sourrounded with white fences: stone columns and wooden railings with the symbol of the rising sun.
In the garden there were skandinavian sorb trees, roses, lilac trees, jasmin, tulips, peonies, daffodils, lilies, plum-, cherry-, pears- and  appletrees, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and red and black currant.

When I read the old description I think it was a perfect paradise.

Peter v. Hoyningen-Huene (letter from August 2011)