Well positioned between Vicenza and Verona, and easily accessible from the motorway system. A working organic farm which prides itself on excellence and simplicity. Room was spacious and spotlessly clean with good comfortable bed. Breakfast, included in the price, is usually composed of breads and an assortment of jams made by owner, Michaela, plus fruits grown by Carlo and an array of organic cereals. Coffee is excellent too.
We came back most evenings for dinner which was a lovely communal affair with other visitors. Dinner is usually served at a long, grand table in the majestic dining room with 2 superb glass candelabra. Over a week we never had the same dish twice. Michaela makes dishes, usually from her own grown vegetables, home-made pasta or reared chickens and ducks and they are authentic traditional Italian dishes, often from recipes dating back to the 14th Century which she and Carlo have researched in the nearby agricultural museum, La Vigna, in Vicenza (worth a visit). This is the real thing - excellent food in lovely surroundings in a working farm with a family passionate about excellence in everything. I returned home laden with their bottled preserves, jams and some wine which can be bought from them direct or from their new shop in a nearby town. If you want to experience life with an Italian family on a farm with the highest culinary standards, it doesn't get better than this.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Palazzetto Ardi Gambellara, Italy - Province Of Vicenza