Watermill / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Rice mill (Pileria del Riso) of the Castle of Strassoldo di Sopra is situated in the heart of the castle complex and has access on the castle's gardens.

It's the ideal place for a totally relaxing holiday in contact with nature, history and culture.

You can walk or jog in the nearby natural reserve of the twin Lower castle; go swimming or sunbathing at the nearby golden beach of Grado, where you can also make nice boat tours in the great Lagoon of Grado, discover many nice local historical attractions of this relatively unknown area, like:

- the ancient Roman colony of Aquileia with its beautiful basilica

- the lovely historical centre of Grado with good fish restaurants

- Cividale, the ancient capital of the Longobards

- the lovely port-town of Trieste with its three castles and nice squares

- Udine, the main town of Friuli with its centre, castle and nice 'osterias' where you can taste the excellent wine of the region

and many other places.

The castle is in a great setting and is very quiet.

Strassoldo is in a very central position of north-east Italy and from here you can quickly reach:

- Venice (1 hours' drive)

- Austria (1 hour's drive)

- Slovenia (35 minutes' drive)

- the lovely rocky coast of Istria with very nice ports and towns where you can eat good fish (1 hour's drive).

Otherwise, why not try a riding course, with English speaking teachers, at the nearby stables 'Circolo Ippico Palmanova'. The club also organizes lovely riding tours on the walls of the nearby fortress of Palmanova and other great tracks.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Grado 18 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 600 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Trieste airport, Ronchi dei Legionari 15 km, Nearest railway: Udine 22 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Furniture Double Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Friuli Venezia Giulia region

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a beautiful and still unknown region of North Eastern Italy.

It is on borders with Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea, next door to Veneto and is, therefore, the melting pot for many different cultures.

In a rather small perimeter there is a great variety of different smashing landscapes: from high mountains, rolling hills, green fertile plains to rock or sand beaches.

The territory has many important and pretty historical sites and towns.

Strassoldo is in a very central position of the region. An ideal starting place to visit both the region itself and also Venice, Austria and Slovenia.

For those who love swimming, the seaside is on 20 minutes drive.

In 400 a.C. this territory was conquered by the Celts and afterwards in 300 a.C. by the Romans who in 181 a.C. built the beautiful colony of Aquileia, one of the most important towns of the Empire and nowadays still preserves stunning mosaics and rests. With the end of the Roman Empire many "barbarian" tribes crossed the region's alpine passes, such as the Huns that destroyed Aquileia in 452 d.C. and the Langobards that settled down here from 568 to 776 building the Duchy of Cividale which was then destroyed by the Avars, but still preserves a lovely "Devil's bridge" over the green Natisone river and several other attractions.

Charlemagne annexed it to Austria chosing Cividale as capital of a territory which then included also Istria and part of Eastern Tirol (796).

Destroyed again by the Hungars it was divided into four parts (828) and under Otto I the region became part of Bavaria (952) remaining under the Saxon domination until 1420.

The area was then dominated by the Venetians for nearly four centuries until it was dominated by Napoleon who signed the Agreement of Campoformido owing to which it became part of Austria from 1797 to 1805. From 1805 to 1814 it belonged to the Italian Kingdom and then passed under Austrian domination again until the Third Independance War after which, in 1966, it was again annexed to Italy with the exception of the Province of Gorizia which became part of Italy after the First World War.

The region's climate is quite nice with warm Summers, wonderful Autumns and Springtimes and not too cold Winters.


Strassoldo is a cute little village of the green friulan plains with approx. 800 inhabitants, placed not far from the Adriatic coast.

This beautiful house was the ancient rice mill of the castle of Strassoldo di Sopra and is situated in the heart of the castle complex and gardens. If was fully renovated in 2009.

The rooms are normally rented independently as bed and breakfast rooms. In this case the price is 150€ per room/night including buffet breakfast.

But the whole house can also be rented as a self-catering holiday home, for at least 4 days, but preferably1 week.

The house is rented, for a maximum 8 person occupation

It is possible to add two single beds in the rooms, increasing the occupation to 10 people. In this case there is an additional charge of 50 Euros person for the extra bed, linen and towels.

Well educated and clean dogs are welcome

The 4 rooms are situated on the first floor.

Each room has a different color and are beautifully equipped with hand-painted furniture, wooden beams and floors, curtains, carpets, air conditioning and private bathroom with sink with green glass surface, WC and whirl bathtub with shower enclosure.

On the groundfloor there are a nice entrance, an equipped kitchen and a very big dining / sitting room, where there are still the ancient stones used for peeling the rice.

The mill has access to the castle's lovely garden and it is possibile to organise a BBQ and breakfasts outside, where there is outdoor furniture.

The castle complex is formed by the main building where the the counts of Strassoldo still live, the old tower, the church of St. Nikolaus, "La Vicinia",the stables, the granaries, the rice mill, the archives and the guards' houses. Everything is surrounded by lovely gardens crossed by spring-water streams and rivers.

The owners offer:

- B&B accommodation in 2 tower suites and in the 4 double rooms in the rice mill (this can also be rented as a self-catering house)

and the

- 3 self-catering houses:

-"La Vicinia", with a wonderful arched portico for eating out and resting / private garden / living room/dining area / 2 double rooms each one with its own bathroom with shower, furnished with beautiful copies of Venetian furniture hand painted by local artisans / equipped kitchen and private parking place.

-Casa Artuico (ancient guards' house recently renovated)

-Casa Rambaldo (ancient guards' house recently renovated)

Great place to rest and dive in the flair of a region not overrun by tourists with many important historical sites, lovely nature with many different landscapes from high mountains to rolling hills, green plains and rock or sand beaches. Good food and wines. Many excellent rural restaurants nearby.

Central position near ancient Roman colony of Aquileia (14 km), beach of Grado (18 km), beautiful town of Udine (25 km), the marvellous Adriatic Gulf (25 km) with lovely town/port of Trieste (38 km), Slovenia (35 km), Venice (98 km) and Austria (100 km).

Wonderful walks and bike tours in the Friulan countryside and excursions in the whole region, Venice, Slovenia and Austria.