A friendly family apartment
The farm buildings of this estate are surrounded by the English style park, cultivated farmland and - literally bordering on the estate - the Natural Park of the Euganean hills. The striking main building with a courtyard was built in the 18th century, some alterations dating from the 19th century. Most attractive feature is the courtyard with its elegant loggia articulated by a series of columns, which are grown with a profusion of geraniums and lemon trees in antique terracotta vases. Tables and chairs in the courtyard will invite you to spend some time here, reading-up your guide books while having breakfast or relaxing with a glass of the excellent local red wine after a rewarding day of sight-seeing.
Astor is a charming apartment located on the first floor of the main building. It has been restored recently. It looks out onto the courtyard to one side and onto the park of the villa on the other. The apartment, which lies on the first floor, is centered around an open-space living room and kitchen. This lay-out gives our guests the necessary space to spend the evenings together, cooking, reading or writing, or - why not - playing cards. In the warmer season the beautiful courtyard will be beckoning guests to spend their evenings under the open sky.
Guests are welcome to use the pool of the golf club. The pool lies within the estate next to the golf clubhouse, approx. 1 km from Astor (800 m to the car park, plus 4 min. walk). The pool is open from beginning of June to mid of September (please consider that it might open later or close earlier according to the weather). It is closed on Tuesdays and with bad weather.
Please note: The wine cellar of the estate is now a reception room which is rented out for weddings or other festivities. From April to October the estate always has wedding receptions on Saturday, and often on Sunday too. The wedding receptions end at about 1am, sometimes earlier. Our guests have not been bothered by either, but you should however be aware of the other activities on the premises. Astor lies above former horse stables, the horses have been moved only recently. The smell of horses is sometimes still perceptible.
This historical estate reaveals its delights slowly and elegantly. Leaving the bustling Venetian activities behind you, the drive leads you on a simple country road through fields which melt into the natural park of the Euganean hills. The estate has been in the hands of an ancient Counts's family since the 13th century, well over 700 years.
This is one of the great Venetian properties. The 150 hectare estate consists of a Venetian villa, a 19th century English park with a wonderfully romantic 19th century garden folly reminiscent of a Palladian temple (The Temple / also featured in our portfolio), a skillfully designed 18 hole golf course and cultivated farmland with several farm buildings. What used to be granarys, storerooms and living quarters of the employees have now been turned into comfortable and well-equipped apartments. Some of the other outhouses have been turned into equestrian stables which house race horses.
All this 20 km south of Padua, within easy reach of the famous historic villas of the Veneto, many of them built by the great Italian architect Andrea Palladio, as also the cities of the Veneto and the Lake district.
Our Guests Reviews
Wonderful, relaxing... exactly the right place!
Left on Sep 15, 2011 for a stay in Aug 2011
Lovely apartment, very well stocked. We were traveling with a small child and they really thought of everything equipment-wise. Lovely location... you can enjoy a day at the pool and do nothing or make day trips to the surrounding areas and cities, like Venice, Padua, Verona. Great restaurants in the area. The on site golf club restaurant was great. Loved the pool. Everyone was so nice. Looking forward to next time.
HoLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 10 x 20m / shared pool
- All windows are screened
- Air conditioning in the living room and kitchen area
- Fans in all bedrooms
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Washing machine
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- American coffee machine
- Electric kettle
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
Montemerlo 2,5 km
Rovolon 5 km
Abano Terme 12 km
Padua 20 km
Monselice 25 km
The famous villas on the Brenta canal 25 km
Este 26 km
Montagnana 38 km
Vicenza 40 km
Rovigo 45 km
Cittadella 48 km
Treviso 60 km
Venice 65 km
Asolo 75 km
Bassano del Grappa 61 km
Ferrara 85 km
Verona 85 km
Mantua 98 km
Bologna 125 km
The great cultural wealth of the Veneto region and its diversity is one of the main reason for visiting this area. Villa La Contenta's strategic position makes for many an inspiring day trip to Padova, Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, Lake Garda as well as Este, Montagnana, Monselice and Arquà Petrarca in the immediate vicinity. The villas on the Brenta canal as well as the famous Palladio villas should also be on your cultural agenda. Each of these destinations offers a multitude of rewarding cultural visits.
The Venetian Villas: More than 3000 villas were built in the hinterland of Venice between the 15th and 19th century. Some are open to the public. The most famous are the Palladian villas such as Villa Barbaro at Maser, Villa Emo at Fanzolo and La Rotonda near Vincenza. Do not miss the Villa Valmarana “Ai Nani” with frescoes by Tiepolo, Catajo Castle and Villa Barbarigo with its baroque garden and a maze of boxwood.
In Venice you will have the opportunity to visit any of the 84 churches present in the city, including of course the Basilica of St. Marco, which stands next to the Doge’s Palazzo, one of the main landmarks of Venice. You can also visit the islands, such as Murano, famous for its beautiful hand blown glass.
40 km from Venice, you will find Padua. If you had to choose one thing to see, it would be the Cappella degli Scrovegni, a chapel entirely painted with frescoes by Giotto in the 14th century. This is considered the work which marks the beginning of the Renaissance. The main museum of Padua exposes the Emo Capodilista collection, given to the Municipality of Padua by the owners of La Montecchia. The Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason), a surprising builing which rises above all the rest of the historical center of Padua exposes another gift made by this family to the municipality, a sumptuous wooden horse.
At Vicenza you will be dazzled by Palladio’s genius. The beauty of the Olympic Theatre, an embodiment of Andrea Palladio, the Palladian Basilica, another of his masterworks, or the Loggia del Capitano. The small streets of this compact city want to be explored on foot, which will bring an exciting reward at each 20 steps you take.
The city of Verona contains many treasures: start with the Roman monuments, such as the Roman Arena. Garden lovers will want to visit the Giardino Giusti. The San Zeno church will stay with you for long. Every day the Piazza delle Erbe, a beautiful square in the center of town has a colourful market.
Asolo is a small town, famous for its lace and silk weaving. It is also resplendent with monuments, such as the remains of an amphitheatre and an aqueduct, the Rocca (castle of the 12th early 13th century), or you can visit the Palazzo della Ragione which has now become the museum of the city. In the last century it was a privileged resort by artists and writers such as Hemingway and Browning and the famous Eleonora Duse.
The town of Bassano del Grappa is located in the heart of Veneto at the foot of the Alps. The main productions of Bassano are white asparagus, ceramics, and of course grappa. You must see the Cathedral (Duomo), the Castello Superiore (Upper Castle), or the Church of St. John the Baptist.
The Euganean Hills (protected since 1989) is located south of Padua. There are many small towns to visit such as Este, Montagnana, Monselice and Arqua ‘Petrarca. And let yourself be tempted by small local trattorias!
Within 10 km distance: Villa Emo Capodilista, Villa dei Vescovi, Monastery of Praglia, Castello di S. Martino, Arquà Petrarca, Castle Il Cattaio, the gardens of Villa Barbarigo, Villa Beatrice d'Este.
The thermal baths of Abano: Only 12 km from the estate is the town of Abano Terme, a spa where mineral-rich waters emerge at a temperature of 70°C to 80°C. We recommend a day at the spas of one of the luxurious hotels.
The Golf Club: 5 minutes by car from the house lies the beautiful golf club of the estate, which is considered the best in the area. The club house is a cleverly converted farm building with a very pleasant restaurant which serves excellent light lunches and full dinners. Reduced green fees for our guests.
Closest shopping: The next village with a supermarket, bar, bank and post office is Montemerlo at 2.5 km from the property. More choices of shops you will find in Rovolon at a distance of 5 km.
Railway station: The next railway station is in Montegrotto at a distance of approx. 13 km from the property. Here you can park your car. Trains go regularly to Venice.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
1 entrance hall (shared with another accommodation)
1 living room
1 kitchen with French windows
2 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
1 bathroom with tub
1 bathroom with shower
Flower filled courtyard with table and chairs, shared with the other tenants. The pool measures 10 x 20 m and lies whitin the estate next to the golf clubhouse, approx. 1 km from Astor (800 m to the car park, plus 4 min. walk).
09 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
890 EUR €
14 Sep 2019 - 09 Nov 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
1040 EUR €
31 Aug 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
1170 EUR €
1350 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
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21 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
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31 Aug 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection
- Baby bed and high chair available on request. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 3rd birthday: free of charge.
- Final cleaning
- Should you have rented your accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturday and the linen will be changed.
- Heating (if required): according to consumption. Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average daily cost varies from EUR 30 to 65 + Vat according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
- Pets allowed only upon request when booking: EUR 70 domestic pet supplement per week.
- Additional extra double bedrooms in the 'fattoria' available upon request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises: One double bedroom with en suite bathroom: EUR 80 per night.
EUR 250 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- First shopping: EUR 30 plus cost of the items. Upon request we can organize an initial shopping for you. The shopping consists of the following items: 1 kg bread, 250 g butter, 1 jar of jam, 6 eggs, 1 litre of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, 500 g natural yoghurt, 1 bottle of orange juice, 1,5 kg fruits of the season, 1 kg pasta (noodles), 1 jar tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and 1 kg tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemons, herbs, extra vergin olive oil, 3 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer.
- Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour
- Extra set of towels: EUR 8
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday in high season; exceptions are considered in mid and low season.
- The outdoor pool within the estate next to the golf clubhouse is generally open from the 1st week of June to the second week of September (please consider that it might open later or close earlier if the weather is cold or rainy). It is closed on Tuesdays and with bad weather.
Charming cottage surrounded by harmony and peace on historic estate
- Sleeps 8 Guests
- Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 4 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 200 m2 m2
19th-century garden folly reminiscent of Palladio in an exceptionally romantic setting!
- Sleeps 4 Guests
- Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 90 m2 m2