Magnificent 16th Century Estate in Veneto - Villa dei Dogi
You are the master of your own 16th century estate in Padova. The left wing of this Palladian mansion is entirely enough room for your needs, and you have a huge property to exploreâ€”filled with classic Italian gardens, statues, and a variety of trees. You can while away the days strolling about the estate, swimming in the pool, or take the train into Venice for the day. Eat out, cook your own food, or sit back and relax while a chef prepares your meal right on the estate.
This Palladian villa was built in the second half of the 16th century by the noble Marcello family of Venice. A well-preserved example of Renaissance architecture, the 16th century complex is structured with a central main building flanked by arcaded wings. A large, independent three-story apartment in the left wing is available for rental. It is furnished with antiques, period paintings, and objets d'arts that have been in the family since the 16th century. The apartment was restored in 1990 and partially refurbished in 2003. Most rooms have original parquet floors and ceilings with plaster moldings. The bathrooms are done in hand painted Vietri tiles and have new fixtures. A member of the Marcello family resides in a separate part of the villa and is available to welcome guests and offer assistance during their stay. Outdoor amenities include a classic Italian garden with a fountain, Greek mythical statues, flower beds, and lawns. The park (7 hectares) is fully enclosed and is framed by rows of hornbeams, limes, and oaks. Outbuildings include a dove cote and chapel. There is a large fish pond with running water and woods with century-old trees. Near to the main building there is a small, separate garden with swimming pool (open from May-October) surrounded by oleanders, roses, and hydrangeas. Poolside amenities include a gazebo, wooden table, six chairs, three deck chairs, and a barbecue. There is a dressing room stocked with towels (changed twice weekly) and a small refrigerator. Inside the larger park there is a soccer field. Parking is available near the apartment entrance.
Three floors in the left wing.
Ground Floor: In the entry way, you find marble stairs that lead to the first floor.
First Floor: On the left side of the landing there is a double bedroom with a queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with tub and wall-mounted shower head. There is a private sitting room with sofa, writing desk, and closet. The entire suite has exposed beam ceilings and windows. On the right side of the landing, a hallway leads to the dining room (furnished with a table for 8) and a well-equipped kitchen (oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and toaster). Both the dining room and the hallway lead into the large living room, which has six windows on three sides and is furnished with a large sofa, two easy chairs, four arm chairs and a chaise lounger. This room is equipped with an open bar, satellite TV, stereo/CD and DVD player. Returning again to the landing, wooden stairs lead to the second floor.
Second Floor: At the end of the hallway along the handmade balcony, three doors lead to the other bedrooms. The first is a double bedroom with a queen-size bed, writing desk, three chairs, and two chests of drawers. Passing the walk-in closet, there is an ensuite bathroom with tub and wall-mounted shower head. The second door leads to a double bedroom with queen-size bed, writing desk, chest of drawers, and easy chair. The third door leads to a sitting room with closet, sofa, and writing desk that leads to the last bedroom, a large bedroom with twin-beds, easy chair, three chairs, and two chests of drawers. These two bedrooms share a bathroom (tub with wall-mounted shower head) which is accessed through the antechamber/sitting room. All the windows on the upper floor overlook the main garden and the villa's faĂ§ade. The windows are not equipped with screens.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Cook Service: 35 Euros per adult; 20 Euros per child
* Extra Housekeeping: 15 Euros per hour
* Laundry Service: 15 Euros
* Laundry Service with Ironing: 50 Euros
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* GPS Navigation: 40 Euros per week
* Extra Bed: 100 Euros per week
* Portable Baby Crib: 35 Euros per week
* Laptop: 60 Euros per week
* Concierge Service: Upon request
* All bedrooms have individual climate controls.
* Housekeeping is provided twice per week. Linens and towels are changed twice per week. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Additional amenities include: concierge, computer available, ipod dock, iron and board, detached house, pool towels, housekeeping - included, cd, bike, outside area - private, cook service available - extra cost, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, electric tea kettle.TripAdvisor property ID 2027004...Read more
Left on 07/30/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 30, 2008Stayed Jul 2008
It was a pleasurable experience. The owner was very helpful and anxious to please.
The aura of staying in a 15th century villa was very exciting. The owner along with his mother were very pleasant.
There was always something going on at the villa. One day it was a small parade group that started at the villa, walked to the church, and then returned to the villa for lunch. Another day they were getting ready for a wedding that afternoon so they started cutting the grass around 8:30am.
Once you drove a little way you were able to see some beautiful walled towns. A longer drive took you into the mountains which were spectacular. We thought it was close to Venice it's not that close. The best way to get there is to take a 45 minute train ride.
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