The Temple

Rovolon, Padua


Location 20 km south-west of Padua.
Special Features

19th-century garden folly reminiscent of Palladio in an exceptionally romantic setting.

Prices € 990 - 1590 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking
  • Air con
  • Dog welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Airport distance:
    Venice 68 km


An exceptionally romantic setting

This historic 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 this wonderfully romantic 19th century garden folly reminiscent of a Palladian temple, a skillfully designed 18 hole golf course and cultivated farmland with several farm buildings now turned into comfortable and well-equipped rentals (Villa La Contenta, Casa Linda and Astor / all featured in our portfolio).

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.


The romanticism of this house makes it truly exceptional. The playfully and charming small temple was built in 1822 in pure neoclassical style. It was conceived as a place to which to retire - not necessarily alone - and true to its purpose it stands in one of the most beautiful spots of the park whithin a slightly sloping clearance which blossoms with poppies and daisies in spring.

The front of the house, as with a real temple, is an open but protected space where guests have their meals when the weather is fine. The main facade of house was restored in spring 2009, the interior decoration received a facelift at the same time. The two lateral facades have been restored in 2010. Guests should be aware that the house is fairly isolated within the park. 

Pool: Guests are welcome to use the pool of the golf club. The pool lies within the estate next to the golf clubhouse, approx. 100 m from The Temple. The pool is open from beginning of June to mid of September. It is closed on Tuesdays and with bad weather.


Culture: The immense cultural whealth and variety of Venetia is the main reason for visiting this area. The Astor'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.

Ecology: The agricultural production of the estate is organic and the owners see the estate's future in becoming a full-circle organic farm: cultivation, products, cattle, fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

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 (see last picture below). Reduced green fees for our guests.

Closest shopping: The next village with a supermarket, bar, bank and post office is Montemerlo at 1.5 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. 10 km from the property. Here you can park your car. Trains go regularly to Venice.

Villa Details

The Temple 4

1 bathroom (tub)

First floor:
1 living room
1 kitchen

Second floor:
1 twin bedroom
1 double bedroom with en-suite bath (shower)


Loggia for al fresco dining. The pool measures 10 x 20 m and lies whitin the estate next to the golf clubhouse, approx. 100 m from The Temple. 

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Weekly rates in

Location Our evaluation Interior
The Temple 08 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
10 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 19 May 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019
19 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
01 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
The Temple
4 PAX 4
990 EUR 1270 EUR 1390 EUR 1590 EUR Calendar Request BookingThe Temple

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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday in high season; exceptions are considered in mid and low season.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
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.
Baby bed and high chair available. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 3rd birthday: free of charge.

Extra services available only on request (domestic help, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

  • Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
  • 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.

Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace to be paid in euros on the premises:

  • Security deposit: EUR 250.
  • 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.
  • Wood for fireplace: EUR 10 for each basket.
  • Extra set of towels: EUR 8.
  • Pets allowed only upon request when booking: EUR 70 domestic pet supplement per week.
  • Lost and found: you will be asked to send a reimbursement for the postal charges + EUR 15 handling fee before the forgotten items can be sent.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, air conditioning, limited Internet WIFI connection (please use the WIFI sparingly as it has limited surfing time, 1G/day), final cleaning all included in the price. Should you have rented your accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturday and the linen will be changed.


Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

Guests Reviews

Our Guests Reviews

Dear Bettina
I did not review our stay at the Temple last year on Trip advisor as I try avoid signing up and giving out email addresses to a lot of organisations on the web if I can avoid it. Sorry this is not very helpful for you.

However, I would really like you to know that we had a most enjoyable time at the “Temple”. It was a most idilic location and surprisingly close to a couple of good restaurants (15 minute walk). The facilities were just as described and everything was extremely comfortable. We also managed to use the pool on a couple of occasions which was a real luxury. The Countess and her staff were very friendly, helpful and made us extremely welcome. I have already recommended it to a friend of mine who loves Italy.
R. Huyton, March 2018

Highly recommend
Left on Jul 30, 2011 for a stay in Jul 2011
This gorgeous temple is situated on a large estate with race horses and a world class golf course. The accommodation is comfortable and authentic but with all the mod. con's. The reception building has a fabulous courtyard where one can easily access wi-fi. The estate is in easy reach of Venice, Padova and the surrounding Palladium Villas. Bike riding seems to be a favourite past time. Don't miss the patisserie in Montegrotto for brunch. For a great dinner with amazing views Montegrande restaurant in nearby Rovolon is a must. The only disappointment was the atmosphere and rules at the beautiful pool.

A tranquil folly away from it all yet near many attractions
Left on Jan 13, 2011 for a stay in Jan 2011
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Temple. I really liked how the house was decorated with antiques and, while small, it was comfortable. The house was accessible to Padua, Venice, Vicenza and Verona, among other destinations. The information pack was very helpful but it would have been handy to have a good map of the vicinity in the house. Also, we borrowed a DVD from the housekeeper so I would recommend getting one for the house. I'm sure it would be lovely in the summer!