Villa Sjökulla was originally brought to Porvoo, Finland from Terijoki – currently part of Russia – by merchant Leonard Simolin in 1850. The villa served as family Simolin’s summer residence up until the beginning of 1880’s when Simolin sold Villa Sjökulla to August Eklöf. Eklöf, originally a merchant himself was one of the most powerful names in sawmill industry in the Porvoo area and later across Finland. Eklöf had an extension made to the Villa in 1890’s, designed by a renown architect Theodor Höijer. The extension included e.g. the tower and the decorative details of the house exterior, most of which which are still in place today.
Eklöf’s family owned Villa Sjökulla up until 1960’s and since then then villa has been resided by four different private owners. In the 1990’s the villa was turned into a year-round residence and went through an extensive renovation. Original details such as ceilings, walls, fireplaces and windows were carefully renovated, utilizing traditional methods and materials. Each room has a different color-scheme and a unique atmosphere. All paints, both in and outside the house are from Uula Color’s portfolio. Today the beautiful soon 170 year old Villa Sjökulla is in a very good condition and ready for the decades to come.