In a small green South Estonian town called Põlva you will find the hotel Pesa, which was one of the first hotels renovated after the restoration of Estonian independence, which boasted all the comforts one might need.
When the Soviet era was about to end, Margus Timmo, a man with Seto roots, and his partners decided to turn the dormitory of the Mechanised Construction Group (Mehhaniseeritud Ehituskolonn – MEK) into a hotel because they needed a place where to accommodate hunting tourists from Finland. And so the group took a joint loan from the Tartu Commercial Bank (Tartu Kommertspank). The required interior and kitchen fittings were brought from Finland, and with the help of a well-known interior designer, they began to materialise their vision.
The former MEK building’s good location in the centre of Põlva and its size made the building suitable for the investors – it met the two criteria they had set: it was good enough to entertain business guests and large enough to accommodate big groups. The need to welcome businessmen meant that from the start the building was renovated to fit the standards of a three star hotel, with a shower and all other necessities available in every room.
As the building was aimed at accommodating hunting tourists, the interior design was also done with nature and wildlife in mind: the rooms are decorated with pencil drawings of nature by a creative artist and an avid hunter Tõnu Tulev; at first all the rooms had carpets made of wild boar hides and only solid wood furniture was used. The name of the hotel – Pesa, meaning a nest in English – also reflects the values - a green, sustainable building.
On the 16th of November, 1991, the owner of AS KAGUREIS, Margus Timmo, welcomed the first bus group of tourists in the Pesa hotel.
That was 23 years ago! The keywords of the years in-between have been passion, excitement, success, desire, pressure, creativity, flexibility and a personal approach.
Between 1991 and 1995 the main customers of Pesa hotel were mostly hunting tourists from Germany and Finland. The great foods offered in Hotel Pesa's restaurant and bar were well known near and far, but the hotel itself was slightly lacking on visitors. A way of setting Pesa apart from other accommodation establishments had to be found, and so, in 1997, Kagureis OÜ opened horse stables in Mammaste, near Põlva. The summer- and wintertime trips offered by Timmo Tallid (Timmo Stables) became so popular, that in 1998 the company was awarded the title of Tourism Enterprise of the Year.
In 2001 a holiday house was completed in Kiidjärve, by the Ahja river, called the Kassioru Puhkekeskus, which was popular among people who valued wildlife and active ways of spending a holiday. However, by today, both of them are owned by new people.
The rooms and the restaurant of Pesa hotel were renovated first in 2003/2004 and again in 2006/2007. A lot of emphasis is still put on using nature friendly materials. Hardwood flooring and solid wood furniture can be found in every room.
In 2003 Kagureis OÜ opened offices in Tallinn, organising 3-day trips to South-Estonia, North-Latvia and to the former Petseri County. People have shown a lot of interest in the trips and over the years more than 10 000 people have been brought to Põlva County.
We can’t even recall when Pesa catered the first party, all we know is that over time it became more and more frequent. This is why about 10 years ago a trademark of Kagureis OÜ was established - the Pesa Catering, who has been offering catering services for various parties and receptions all over South Estonia.
In February 2008, Hotel Pesa was awarded with the international eco-label Roheline Võti (Green Key). Following these principles we support the development strategy of Põlvamaa, where an important emphasis has been placed on environmental friendliness, which is expressed in the slogan of the county “Põlvamaa – a greener life”. For years, the kitchen of Pesa has been preferring produce sourced from local businesses and farmers.
In 2008 Pesa was awarded the EAS quality label. “Märk kindlast arengust" – a sign of steady development, which shows our clients and the general public that the company is constantly working on delivering the best possible product for our clients.