A nobleman Johan Oswald Wasastjerna and his spouse Johanna Wrede built Villa Wolax in 1899 to be a summerhouse for their family. The villa was built on a beautiful spot in the westernmost tip of the Kuusisto island on the shore of Vuolahti. The main building of Villa Wolax was built in the traditional “lace villa” style: the walls are made of hefty logs and upholstered with detailed decoration. The mansion also included separate buildings for the gardener and the driver and 60 hectares of land around it. Typical of the times, a vivid social life took place especially in the summertime. The story goes that even the world-renowned author Mika Waltari once visited a summer party at the villa.
Today, the frescoes that run across the top part of the walls in the family room are still the originals, painted by Axel Hartman, the curator of the Turku Art Museum at the time.
The frescoes show beautiful scenery from Kemiö as well as the construction year of the building and names of the constructors. A beautiful poem reflects the values at the time: “He who respects the fruit of the earth is promised a daily bread”.
The last owner form the commissioning family was Johan on Wright who owned Villa Wolax until the 70’s. After a few changes in ownership, Tino Aaltonen acquired Wolax in 1997.
Aaltonen was organizing driving events at the track in Alastaro, and bringing his customers to relax in the sauna of Villa Wolax. This habit was a kick-start to turning Villa Wolax into a business, and the place has been developed with consideration and respect for the old times ever since.
The dignified characteristics of the estate, the park-like surroundings and old estate-like buildings remain as memorials of days gone by. A pleasant and diverse seaside view of the Vapparn Sea opens up from the terrace of the century-old main building. The latest investments have been a new boat deck and seaside saunas that suit the scenery.
Some historical race car items from Tino’s father, legendary rally driver Rauno Aaltonen are on display in the halls of the villa. For instance, in 1967 Rauno Aaltonen won both the Monte Carlo Rally and the European Rally Championship.