This historical 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.
Additional amenities include: air conditioning in the bedrooms, use of the outdoor pool whitin the estate next to the golf clubhouse, iron and ironing board, american coffee machine, a mini safe, electric water kettle, 1 mobile air conditioning apparatus....Read more
Left on 07/30/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Joanne
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 01/13/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
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!
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