Kesselaid (Kessulaid) is the oldest and highest islet in Estonia, with an area of 1.7 square kilometres. It is
also partlocated in the Big Channel (Suur Väin), about 4 kilometers from the continent (Virtsu) and 3.4 kilometers
from Muhu Island. Kesselaid belongs to Muhu Municipality and it is also part of the biospheric protection area of
Western Estonia. The nature here is versatile, the highest coast is in the North-West and the total length of the
steep brink is 1.3 km. Kesse Bank (Kesse pank) with its height up to 8.5 m offers gorgeous views. On the western
side of the islet there is a sandy beach.
Uueõue offers you a unique opportunity to relax, to immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of the little island and to feel the closeness to the aboriginal and untouched nature - all this in a very comfortable way. With the soothing rustle from the sea and charming views from the terrace, it is the best place to reload the batteries and free yourself from the tensions of everyday life.
The islet has official tracks for hiking, but there is no shop on the island– all the food and neccecities should
be brought along. Life here goes in accordance with nature, you have to live an economical and reasonable life.
Kessulaiu is not connected to electricity or telephone lines, the electricity used at Uueõue comes from solar
batteries and a wind generator.
Since there is no regular boat transport to and from the islet, we offer transport with motorboat (for up 8- 9 persons) or by fisherman’s boat, also called KAKUAAM, for bigger parties. All the transport times must be agreed upon in advance.
In case you come by your own sea transport, you can land at the public port at the North-Western end of the islet (at Abaja).
Uueõue holiday house on the beautiful lonely islet of Kessulaiu is an ideal spot for both a family and a smaller company. It is also perfectly suitable for teamwork trainings.
From the large sunny terrace we have a wonderful view to the sea. There is also a big open-air kitchen, with a under roof sitting area, equipped with a table, chairs and a gas grill. It is relaxing to
have a barbeque here. You are also welcome to use the smoking oven or enjoy the sea views from the hot tub (filled with sea water).
It’s all you need for a perfect holiday.
You could rent a room or whole luxury villa on a private island. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information!
Kessalaid is an island where you can find peace and joy but you will not get bored.
*Seawater hot tube
*Sauna, heated with firewood
*Disc golf, with 11 baskets
*Children's playground, swings
*Pure and untouched nature on a small island
The house has been built on the old foundation of Uueelu (or Uielu, meaning New Life ) farm. The original farmhouse burned down in 1940, the owners suspected arson. Lighthouse keeper Mihkel together with his wife Akeliina and mother Kristiine settled in at Vanaõue (meaning Old Yard) farm which is the present home for the island guard Elsa.
For several generations, our ancestors at Kesselaid were lighthouse keepers and gamekeepers. In 1944 several native inhabitants of the island had to escape on boats to Sweden due to the war. In 1946 land properties on Kesselaid were expropriated by Soviet authorities and given over to the Soviet army. Families who were forced to escape hoped to come back one day, unfortunately this dream did not come true. By 1963 Kesse village had no more native inhabitants. Farmhouses were neglected and became dilapidated. Some owners managed to move their houses to the continent or Muhu Island. Vanaõue farm was the only farm that survived.
In remembrance of Mihkel and Liina, on the wall of the Uueõue farmhouse you can see their 100-year-old wedding tapestry which has travelled to Sweden and back.
In the summer of 2012 Uueõue got a new beginning. When we visited the island on a wonderful warm day in July, quite a usual day according to the climate at Kesselaiu, we felt strongly the need to restore the place which was once left behind.
Today we enjoy our holidays and activities here on the island and are eager to offer the experience also to you. We often have a feeling that time stands still here. The sea seems to cut off all the worries and troubles from the continent. Island holiday is an emotion!