The owner of this rural house had the entrepreneurial foresight to take this cottage, which is located literally in the middle of the family vineyard whose grapes are used in the production of DOCG Prosecco, and turn it into a guesthouse.
If absolute seclusion, an amazing hostess, a modest but charmingly appointed home, accessibility to the Prosecco road, proximity to Michelin starred restaurants, and affordability is what you are looking for THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.
Location: Located on a gated vineyard (you’ll be given a gate remote control) about 300 yards off the main road leading to the village of Rolle - one of a dozen or so hamlets that sprinkle the Prosecco road. Because of the steepness of the hills and the regulations that control all DOC and DOCG wine making, almost all of the work done in the vineyard is done by hand. So, the area around the cottage is very quiet. The communes of Follina, Miane, Santo Stefano, and Valdobbiadene are all within a 20-minute drive. The area is great for cycling, hiking, and driving those impressive winding roads.
Structure: A south facing 16th century workshop, the place is welcoming. There is nothing you could want. Upstairs, a bedroom flooded with natural light. Adjacent, a modest bathroom with plenty of hot water and a stall shower. All windows open and quickly cool the second floor. All linens and towels are provided and extra comforters and pillows are housed in the dresser in the bedroom. At the bottom of the winder stairs on the main floor is a fireplace, a small dining table, a two burner electric stove, and a refrigerator all in working order. The main floor is also flooded with light. The front door can be easily left open without hesitation.
There is a radio but no TV nor WIFI. Lucia assures me that they are working on getting Internet to the cottage. I think the place would be much better off if they did not do that. The monastic ambiance is truly one of this place’s greatest charms.
Hostess: Let me be clear, Lucia was by far the best part of my Airbnb rental experience. She is well educated, extremely charming, fluent in English, hopelessly kind, and confoundingly generous. There are too many instances to write in detail. So here is a bullet list of a few:
1.Picked me up at the Conegliano train station (30 minutes each way).
2.She had stocked the refrigerator with milk, cheese, preserves, fruit, bread, pesto, and pasta at my request.
3.Complimentary bottle of DOCG Prosecco.
4.Brought me back to Conegliano (30 minutes each way) the next day to pick up my rental.
5.Provided recommendations on wineries and restaurants.
6.Insisted on saying goodbye and went out of her way to meet up with me on my way back to Congeliano.
A well-known travel writer recently wrote: “Travel at its best defies expectations”. Lucia, you have done exactly that.