House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
La Montecchia, in the hands of the family of Count Emo Capodilista since the 11th century, lies 15 km to the southwest of the mediaeval city of Padua (Padova), within easy reach of the famous attractions of the Veneto and northern Italy — Venice, Verona and Lake Garda are all less than an hour away.
The estate, dominated by a majestic villa and a medieval castle, offers holiday accommodation in three farmhouse apartments, each suitable for four guests. The setting is tranquil and beautiful, surrounded by the vineyards of this prestigious wine-making estate.
This is a perfect spot for a golfing holiday with the Montecchia Golf Course two minutes' away — our guests get a substantial reduction on green fees and can make use of the swimming pool. There is an excellent restaurant and a bar, and there are two more courses within a 10 minute drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Venice 50 km, Nearest railway: Montegrotto Terme 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden|
|Further details indoors||
A couple of steps and a wrought iron gate lead into the garden of the Casa del Prete — once the home of the castle priest. The hall, a spacious, comfortable sitting room, the kitchen, the dining room and a bathroom (with tub) are on the ground floor, with light pouring in through the windows from both sides of the house. A stairway leads up to two bedrooms on the first floor, one with an en suite bathroom with shower..
Casa di Nando named after the farmer who last lived here, the Casa di Nando is a two-storied house with a private garden, attached to the historical tasting rooms of the estate. The garden is bordered by a hedge and the large table makes an inviting spot for outdoor meals. A wooden staircase leads straight into the living room. The house was fully restored in 2001. The light, airy, whitewashed rooms furnished with charming rural antiques belonging to the family provide a sunny, friendly as well as very comfortable accommodation.
The two-storied Casa di Maria lies in one of the outhouses of the estate with a wonderful view onto the castle. The garden belonging to the house - a lawn with fruit trees, surrounded by a hedge and furnished with a table and reclining chairs - is reached across the gravel courtyard. A living room with dining table, a large kitchen and a bathroom are on the ground floor. The two bedrooms are on the first floor.
Mobile air condition in the bedrooms of Casa di Nando, Casa di Maria and Casa del Prete. Soap bar in all bathrooms.
|Further details outdoors||
The olympic size outdoor pool at the adjoining golf club is open from the beginning of June to the beginning or
mid September (depending on the weather). Guests of La Montecchia can use the pool from Tuesday to
Sunday 10.30 am – 7.30 pm free of charge. On the grounds of La Montecchia you will find a small above ground pool (diameter 5 metres).
The Wine : La Montecchia estate is primarily concerned with viticulture, an activity established
here since the Middle Ages. Petrarch himself appreciated the local vintage, making his home at Arquà
at the southern foot of the Euganean Hills.
Black grapes predominate on these 50 acres: Merlot,
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Raboso, a local vine variety that is picked late,
are all cultivated here. Merlot and Cabernet have been grown in La Montecchia since Napoleon I's day
and are justifiably regarded as local vines.
Welcome pack provided on arrival :1 bottle of wine, 1 bottle of mineral water, fresh fruit.
Baby kit EUR 15,00 per week.
We can provide you with with super-clean, safe, comfortable equipment during your stay. Our equipment is meticulously maintained and spotless:
• Baby bed, linen provided
• High chair
• Changing mat
• Baby bath
• Electrical bottle warmer
• Dinner set for children
Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
Extra Household help
The North East Italy region
The Veneto region has much to offer the visitor. Its ancient cities are rich in history and their magnificent architecture is renowned all over the world. Noble palaces, quiet cloisters and tranquil squares are alternated by bustling streets with elegant shops selling fine goods and colourful markets offering the local delicacies.
The numerous Veneto villas, the Villeggiatura, are a real must : When Venetian maritime trade declined in the course of the 16th century, Patrician families felt compelled to rethink their old principle of "coltivar il mare, lasciar stare la terra" (cultivating the sea, letting the land be) and remembered the hitherto neglected hinterland, the Terraferma.
By reclaiming the alluvial land and starting agricultural production, they had a second string to their bow, as it were. But they would not have been the Venetians, had they not as a matter of course transferred their customary civilized lifestyle to the country. This in turn meant that they had magnificent villas built in the style of their urban palaces, but situated in the midst of their agricultural estates.
As far as sport is concerned, the estate borders on a golf course with a swimming pool and tennis
courts. Two further golf clubs are situated nearby.
Things to do:
- The Spa Abano Terme: Abano Terme was known for its curative waters in Roman days.
- The Euganean Hills: For the most part a fertile plain, the hinterland of Venice does hold some surprises in store: unexpectedly, about 20 km south-west of Padua, a group of solitary cone-shaped hills suddenly rises, the Colli Euganei or Euganean Hills.
- Visiting the famous venetian villas: La Baodoera, La Malcontenta, Villa Barbaro at Maser and Villa Emo at Fanzolo, were designed by Andrea Palladio. On the Brenta Canal the most outstanding among 125 villas are the Contarini Simes and Pisani Villas. The remarkable Villa Emo (at Rivella, just near Monselice) can be viewed by appointment.
-Butterfly Arc: in Montegrotto Terme a vast greenhouse is the habitat of 100 different types of
butterflies from all over the world.
-The gardens of Villa Barbarigo, Valsanzibio: In the 1600’s Antonio Barbarigo, brother of St.
Gregorio, enlargened and transformed the exterior of the villa by drawing out a large water garden
inspired by the antique Romans.
-Culinary matters: the area has many appealing restaurants of which you will find a list in the house.