Villa Leonora – Asolo – Veneto Countryside

Accommodates 6 - 3 Bedrooms - 3+ Baths - Pool - Wi-Fi - A/C

When you think of hilltowns, you usually think of Tuscany and Umbria. Places like Todi, Orvieto, Castellina, and San Gimignano. And when you think about the English and American presence in Italy, you immediately think of the Chianti region – now commonly known as “Chiantishire” for the huge number of Brits who have purchased country houses there. Or the the area around Todi, popularly known as the “Beverly Hills”, after the nonagenarian American sculptor Beverly Pepper, who was one of the first to “discover” Todi in the middle of the last century.

But Tuscany and Umbria aren’t the whole story. Hilltowns exist all over Italy, notably in the Veneto. The Brownings loved this area, and both Robert and Elizabeth came frequently to the most delightful hilltown of them all, Asolo, in the heart of the region. Robert even invented a marvelous verb, “asolando”, meaning something like “strolling around Asolo”, or, more generally, gamboling or meandering aimlessly anywhere in the countryside.

This location makes an ideal base for exploring:

  • Venice and Padova
  • other wonderful hilltowns like Bassano del Grappa, Montebelluna, Cittadella, Asiago, Feltre, and Castelfranco Veneto, all of them far less touristed than their Tuscan equivalents
  • Vicenza and all of the Palladian villas in the surrounding countryside, most notably the imposing Villa Barbaro at Maser which is just a few minutes away
  • the foothills and higher peaks of the Dolomites
  • the delightfully charming Prosecco-producing vineyards around Valdobbiadene, Follina, and Cison di Valmarino

So what about our Villa Leonora? Well, we recently visited it and were blown away. It’s a truly elegant villa of relatively recent construction, done in a tasteful traditional style, but with all modern conveniences, in a panoramic hillside position, a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the center of Asolo. Yes, this is a villa which really does meet one of your most common requests: walking to a “village”, in this case much more than a village. All rooms are spacious, with more or less equal bedrooms and baths. Furnishings are a beautiful mix of traditional taste and modern comfort. Kitchen and baths are just fabulous. It’s an ideal house for two or three couples traveling together. A 3-generation family would also work well here, as long as the children are well-behaved and over 8 years old.

    No children under 8 years of age

    No smoking

    • Comfortably furnished open-plan living/dining room with fireplace and table for 8
    • French doors lead out to a panoramic terrace and swimming pool
    • Modern well-equipped eat-in kitchen
    • Guest half-bath
    • Two garden-facing bedrooms with indivisible matrimonial beds
    • Two shower rooms
    • Laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Master bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • En-suite bathroom with large Vicenza stone bathtub and separate shower
    • Independent access to private terrace and rear upper garden
    • Asolo – 5 mins drive, 20 mins walk
    • Maser (Villa Barbaro) – 6km
    • Montebelluna – 12km
    • Castelfranco Veneto – 16km
    • Bassano del Grappa – 16km
    • Cittadella – 25km
    • Valdobbiadene (prosecco country) – 25km
    • Feltre – 37km
    • Treviso – 37km
    • Treviso airport – 36km
    • Padova – 50km
    • Vicenza (for the Palladian villas) – 50km
    • Venice – 75km
    • Venice airport – 65km
    • Cortina d’Ampezzo – 130km
    • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport – 216km
    • Milan – 265km
    • Milano-Linate airport – 270km
    • Milano-Malpensa airport – 300km
    • Munich airport – 430km

    A memorable experience in all respects.

    Villa Leonora is a house for adults, in our strong opinion. Two or three couples. What about singles? Or a group of adult siblings? Well, the beds are all indivisible matrimonials. They are on indivisible frames which measure 180 x 200cm. There are two mattresses on each frame, so that if you do want to put two unattached persons in one bedroom, the mattresses can be prepared with separate linens, resulting in some separation but (very) close proximity. The top-floor bedroom is a master and has the “best” bathroom, but the truth is that all three bedrooms are very good; if you’re three couples, you can draw straws for the “best”, but no one is going to be resentful.

    Because the pool is not gated, and because of the many interior stairs, the owners will not entertain requests from families with children under 8 years of age. This isn’t an area for children anyway. Because the property is built into a hillside to take advantage of the exceptional views, anyone with even the slightest mobility issue should not come here.

    Please DO NOT think of Leonora as a base from which to spend every day in Venice! Yes, Venice is an relatively easy daytrip, especially by train from nearby Montebelluna – and DON’T even think of taking the car! Most guests go into Venice for one or, at most, two days. The rest of the time should be spent exploring the zillions of attractions of the Veneto countryside, from the Palladian villas and the Prosecco vineyards, to the foothills of the Dolomites and the numerous charming hilltowns dotting the entire area.

    • Two hours’ daily housekeeping Mon-Sat
    • Gardener
    • Arrival meal
    • Panoramic lap swimming pool, 2 x 8 x 1.50 meters
    • Terrace with outdoor seating set up to take advantage of the marvelous views
    • Fireplace
    • Air-conditioning throughout
    • Telephone
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD player
    • CD player
    • Wi-fi
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Barbecue
    • Security system
    • Additional housekeeping
    • Additional linen changes
    • Personal laundry and ironing
    • Initial provisions
    • Meal preparation
    • Childcare
    • Food shopping
    • Transfers
    • 23 Jun - 25 Aug

    • 31 Mar - 23 Jun
      25 Aug - 29 Sep
      22 Dec - 5 Jan 2019

    • Other Periods


    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Electricity above €50/week; final cleaning €200
    Pool open: 12 May - 29 Sep