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Maso di Villa

Via Col di Guarda 15 , , , Rooms: 6 / Opening dates: always open from € 120 - to € 170

Maso di Villa is an old manor farm to the north of the city of Treviso, near Prosecco Hills.  It looks over the lush hills that rise between Conegliano (about 10 minutes away), Vittorio Veneto and Valdobbiadene (circa 30 minutes away).  This rural landscape of Veneto region is one of the most evocative in Italy, wedged as it is between the bastion of the Bellunese Prealps and the river bed of the Piave, and close to the Cansiglio forest, uncontaminated paradise just an hour distant; water abounds here, making the vegetation luxuriant.  This is the area, between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, where the first wine road was created: it is the so-called Prosecco Cartizze Road, which rolls for 40 km and is lined with prestigious wineries.  In the vicinity, art lovers can walk among the splendid Veneto villas – some of  which are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites – or explore the magical world of the neoclassical artist Canova in Possagno, the sculptor’s birthplace, where his home, the plaster cast museum and the imposing temple that he designed are all open to the public.

The owners discovered this old farmhouse during a walk on the hillside in 1997, and notwithstanding its dereliction they could see its beauty; they became enamoured with it and the splendour of its situation.  The first official papers to carry the name of Maso di Villa date back to early 19th century, and were contained in the Napoleonic register; at the beginning of the 20th century the original plan was amplified so as to include, besides the living quarters, a cowshed and a barn.  The renovation works lasted four busy years and were carefully supervised to ensure that the original architecture features were preserved: the facade was stripped to reveal the ancient stones, and salvage materials, including ceramic light switches, were painstakingly selected to maintain its period authenticity, while antique market stalls and junk shops were scoured for old bedsteads and vintage farmhouse furniture, traditional Veneto objects and old prints, flowered fabric designs, embroidered linen and voile curtains.  Once restored and varnished, or repainted, the furniture was installed in the house for the enjoyment of everyone who appreciates the good life. On the first floor of the Villa are six graceful guest rooms, with exposed beams and wood flooring, each individually furnished and decorated but all with a wonderful view of the garden, the vineyards and the hills.

Maso di Villa is surrounded by 5 hectares of land with a vineyard, olive groves, fruit trees and a vegetable plot that the owner herself cultivates organically.  This beautiful house extends horizontally and is completed by the large ordered garden well planted with luxuriant shrubbery, trees and fragrant flower beds, and adorned with a lovely pergola.  An elegant pool with a fountain on one side is also situated in the garden, right in the centre of the lawn: it has the look of the huge stone washing tubs that were once in use.