(x 8 people)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Near Venice, Veneto
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
The Villa Michiel was built in the 17th century as a country retreat for an important Venetian family. The elegant fatade belies a surprisingly informal interior with the beamed ceilings and terracotta floors of a country home. Frescoes adorn some rooms, a lovely backdrop to antique furnishings and a contrast to the modern, well-equipped kitchen, air-conditioned bedrooms. Extensive lawns surround the house, punctuated by statues, clipped hedges and a man-made lake. A path leads through a gate and crosses a tiny stream to reach the beautiful pool, paved in marble with wide steps and amply supplied with loungers and umbrellas. Although very private, Villa Michiel lies only twenty minutes' drive from the main docks to Venice, and the market, shops and restaurants of Mirano are within easy walking distance.
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Villa Michiel is available for larger parties. For details see Villa Michiel (x 11 people).
Set just outside Venice and within walking distance of Mirano, 400m/450 yards, a smaller town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Mira, on the Brenta Canal renowned for its Palladian villas, is 5 minutes' drive. There are several 18-hole golf courses in the immediate area, as well as two famous thermal spas. Venice is reached by car via Piazzale Roma, 20km/12.5 miles, then by either private motoscaffi or public vaporetto, or from the new terminal at Fusina, 17km/11 miles, and an hourly ferry ('traghetto').
Entrance hall. Air conditioned sitting room TV room. Study with a fireplace. Air conditioned dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast table leading out into the garden. Small kitchen. Two bathrooms with showers.
Large sitting room. Two air-conditioned double bedrooms. Three air-conditioned twin bedrooms. Single bedroom air-conditioned. Two bathrooms with showers. Bathroom with bath and shower.
Grandly scaled gardens with the curious blend of palm trees and northern species typical to the area. Full of interesting features, including the little bridge that leads over a stream to the fenced pool, 7 x 14m/22 x 45 feet, and a pretty small lake.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very efficient caretaker, who speaks a little English and lives nearby. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Portable barbeque. Two washing machines. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD/video. CD/cassette player. Air conditioned bedrooms. Central heating. Working fireplace. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Airports: Venezia-Marco Polo, 25 minutes. Main railway station at Mestre, trains here to Milan, Florence Rome.
Local train station; Dolmo-Mirano 10 minutes away by car, here local trains to Padova and Venice.
Bus station, walking, 10 minutes away from the property buses to Venice. Parking for five cars.
Tennis within walking distance at Mirano. Several 18-hole golf courses in the immediate area, as well as two famous thermal spas. Fishing from the property's stocked lake.
2 hair dryers. Iron and ironing board. Portable fans.
The fenced pool, 7 x 14m/22 x 45 feet, has a depth of 1.40-2.20m/4.5-7 feet and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
Two cots/cribs and two high chairs.
Additional notes about the property
The cook available receives rave reviews from our guests.