An exceptionally romantic setting
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.
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 (please consider that it might open later or close earlier according to the weather). It is closed on Tuesdays and with bad weather.
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.
Our Guests Reviews
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
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!
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 10 x 20m / shared pool
- Air conditioning in the bedrooms
- 1 mobile air conditioning apparatus
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine and dryer
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- American coffee machine
- Electric kettle
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
- Mini safe
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.
20 km from the estate 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 bathroom (tub)
- 1 living room
- 1 kitchen
- 1 twin bedroom
- 1 double bedroom with en-suite bath (shower)
- Loggia for al fresco dining
- The pool lies whitin the estate next to the golf clubhouse, approx. 100 m from The Temple.
31 Oct 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
990 EUR €
12 Sep 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
19 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
1270 EUR €
29 Aug 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
1390 EUR €
1590 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
|The Temple||04 Jan 2020 - 04 Apr 2020
31 Oct 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
|04 Apr 2020 - 30 May 2020
12 Sep 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
19 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
|30 May 2020 - 04 Jul 2020
29 Aug 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
|04 Jul 2020 - 29 Aug 2020
4 PAX 4
|990 EUR €||1270 EUR €||1390 EUR €||1590 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingThe Temple|
Please complete the following form so that we can provide fast service in checking availability.
All fields marked with * are required.
- Click the green Submit button below to send your inquiry.
- If the villa/apartment is available, you can make your reservation after having received our response.
- Please also read How To Make A Reservation.
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection
- Baby bed and high chair available. 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 cost for one day varies from EUR 30 to 65 + Vat according to the the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on.
- Wood for fireplace: EUR 10 for each basket
- Pets on special request allowed: EUR 70 domestic pet supplement per week
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: 2 kg bread, 500 g butter, 2 jars of jam, 1 glass of honey, 12 eggs, cheese, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, instant coffee, 750 g natural yoghurt, 3 bottles of orange juice, 3 kg fruits of the season, 1,5 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and 1 kg tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemons, 1 bottle extra vergin olive oil, vinegar, 6 litres mineral water, 4 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.
A friendly holiday apartment in the Veneto on flowered courtyard with portico
- Sleeps 6 Guests
- Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 130 m2 m2
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