We stayed in Veneto to visit nearby cities, villas and palazzi. We preferred to stay outside of town and decided on Palazzetto Ardi. The building (15th century) is very well restored to high standards, our large room (with ensuite bathroom and mezzanine) was impeccable. Furnishing in the common areas is very tasteful (a mix of rural and classical refinements - look out for the impressive, period, stone fireplace) The two hosts Michela and Carlo were very attentive and happy to discuss any topic. Michela prepared fine dishes (based on local and sometimes antique recipes), Carlo suggested nearby palazzi to visit and discussed his passion for jazz, wine and other topics. The grounds around the main building are very well kept (there is a beautiful garden and you can see some geese, hens, and surrounding vineyard, crops, orchards, etc.) On our departure, Michela gave us 2 pots of her home made preserves and a bottle of their wine (rosé).
This type of accommodation and this address in particular beats staying in town. It's a perfect way to visit the area, you can even fit in a day trip to Venice itself (...although the dense crowds of tourists there will quickly convince you that it is much more enjoyable to visit villas and pallazzi around Venezia at your own leisure).
We would certainly stay at Palazzetto Ardi again when visiting the region, it clearly fits the more discerning traveler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the best country house tradition our hospitality extends to offering accommodation too. Reasons for staying with us are varied: perhaps a tour of the art centres, the farm lies between Verona and Vicenza but Venice is not too far away either and thanks to the nearby railway station in Lonigo you can get there quickly with no traffic problems or worries about parking;it is possible to arrange a convertible classic car hire service by Sprintage Company.They will let you find a beautiful series of convertible classic cars in the Venice Airport. Detailed maps of the area for your tours around will be provided and for those on business just think of the Vicenza goldsmith exhibition area and tanneries and shows like Vinitaly at the Verona exhibition centre. We can also accommodate company conferences with space for up to about 30 people. The Palazzetto bedrooms For those who love the feel of bygone days then the choice is to opt for one of the two double rooms on the main residential floor of the old building with its huge beams and the square pattern wooden floors as well as antique furniture and tasteful furnishings not to mention the beautiful views of the countryside. Detail. Three suites have been made in the large space that was the hay loft. Each one has a double (or twin ) room with ensuite bathroom and a bright mezzanine floor which can be used as a living room or can sleep two other people. Both places have a certain charm, halfway between antique and modern, with antique furniture but also state of the art comfort and services: air conditioning, minibar and internet connection. In addition to the suites there is also a completely independent apartment, similar in atmosphere, with double room, living room, kitchen, TV area, bathroom and laundry. FOOD FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS The setting is the great hall of the Palazzetto warmed by a huge fire in the large fireplace in winter, and kept cool in summer by its thick walls. Just the right kind of privacy for a special family occasion - birthday , baptism, anniversary - or for a special candlelit dinner, but also for a business lunch or dinner. Take your aperitif in the courtyard and dine off a menu which offers everything that is in season on the farm each day. Michela's cooking, flavoured with tradition and laced with imagination, produces rich yet light dishes, real flavours, refined combinations, dandelion risotto, tagliatelle and peas, eggs and asparagus, capon salad with herbs and flowers, duck with sweet fruit pickles. And of course washed down with their own wine and accompanied with Carlo's home made bread, made with organic flour and cooked in a wood-fired oven. TABLE IN THE LEAN -TO-BARN Alternatively, out in the orchard - garden or in the cool shade of the open arches. An informal "osteria" type atmosphere but with that slightly refined touch that is never out of place: modern white tables for the wine tasting, country style chairs, old style plates and glasses. The place to go when the better weather inspires you to take your children out into the country, to go on a bike ride or a motorbike ride in the hills but also when you need to celebrate someone's graduation or have a reunion of old friends, when wives or husbands are on holiday. Their own wine, the salamis, cheeses and the most delicious pickles served with polenta not to mention the terrine pate, fresh pasta, salads made even tastier with flowers and herbs, light boiled white meat. And then the dessert trolley and the Recioto dessert wine!! ... more less
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