|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
This fantastic home was an ancient rice mill and is situated in the heart of the castle complex and is surrounded by lovely gardens and streams.
BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION:
The rice mill rooms are normally rented independently as bed and breakfast rooms.
In this case the price is 160€ per room/night including buffet breakfast.
SELF CATERING HOME ACCOMMODATION:
The Whole rice mill can also be rented as an 8 person occupation home on a weekly base.
In this case the price is 2.500 € per week.
For each additional person over 8 people, for a maximum of 2 additional people, there will be an additional charge of 40 € per day.
Well educated and clean dogs are welcome
The 4 rooms are situated on the first floor.
Each room has a different color and are beautifully equipped with hand-painted furniture, wooden beams and floors, curtains, carpets, air conditioning and private bathroom with sink with green glass surface, WC and whirl bathtub with shower enclosure.
On the groundfloor there are a nice entrance, an equipped kitchen and a very big dining / sitting room, where there are still the ancient stones used for peeling the rice.
The mill has access to the castle's lovely garden and it is possibile to organise a BBQ and breakfasts outside, where there is outdoor furniture.
Gabriella Williams di Strassoldo is the current owner of the castle of Strassoldo di Sopra. Her mother inherited her family's estate in awful conditions in the Sixties. The place belongs the counts of Strassoldo since it was built more than a thousand years ago. Like her mother, Lella felt obliged to look after the complex and helped her mother as much as possible since she was very Young, so the two of them alone dedicated their life to the maintenance and restoration of the castle.
The lack of money and aid forced them to face many difficulties, but year after year there were improvals and the complex has now acquired its ancient beauty.
The complex is formed by a central building and a series of houses once used for administrative and rural purposes, the whole is surrounded by centuries old gardens washed by spring water courses. Many parts of the complex were complete total ruins up to 20 years ago.
Gabriella grew up in Britain, Germany, Austria and Italy and speaks fluent English, French, German and Italian. She, therefore, brought her experience and different mentality to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, implementing many touristic activities that involved also other castles of the Region.
She organised many fund raising activities (exhibitions, visits, weddings, workshops, presentations, etc.) with the aim to carry out the heavy restoration works.
After renovating many parts of the main building of the castle and its garden, she brought back the Archives, which had been sold by her grandfather, in 2001, and immediately started restoring its ground floor and garden. In 2009 the the rice mill, which had partially collpased was also restored and turned into bed and breakfast, with four double rooms, which are open from mid April to mid November.
In 2012 the guards' houses and the Vicinia, which had collapsed, were restored and turned into holiday homes. There are now three lovely self catering and independent Holiday homes, each with its own garden
In La Pileria del Riso (rice mill) of the castle of Strassoldo di Sopra you can breathe the magical flair of a private castle which belongs to the family since more than a thousand years, enjoy nature, peace and all comforts.
If you rent a B&B room the owner prepares a rich breakfast buffet with local specialities and in the good season you can have breakfast in the park.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:
Our stay at the Rice Mill more than exceeded our expectations. The Castile de Strassoldo was a beautiful place. The gardens were spectacular. We are very thankful to Nedea who greeted us and baked us a delicious loaf of bread in the morning (not to mention teaching our daughter how to make it). We had a very relaxing time while at the Castle. There was so much to explore in the area (wineries, beaches, ruins, etc). We loved visiting the local supermarket each morning. We hope to return some day. Thank you to Gabrielle for sharing her home with us!
We travel a lot throughout Europe and stay at various places - hotels, condos, houses, etc. and rarely get as much as surprised, not to mention excited. However, this property is just something out of a dream book. Not only this is a romantic historical property beautifully rebuilt from its medieval past, but it is marvelously and tastefully furnished, spotlessly clean and just - for a lack of words I just have to repeat myself - fantastic. On the top of all, the gracious and friendly host is anxious to offer any assistance (e.g. information, bikes, tour of the castle) to make your stay. To sum this all up: We loved every minute of our stay and certainly will return in the future.
The Rice Mill and the whole Strassoldo Castle are a wonderful unforgettable place to stay. The property is spectacular and very unique. We travel frequently, renting 2-4 different homes every year. This is definitely one of the most memorable ones we have ever stayed at. The owner is very hospitable and welcoming. The accommodations are spectacular. The bedrooms are very large, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The bathrooms are modern. We were able to eat all out meals outside in the gardens, which are very well maintained, relaxing and charming. It is a very peaceful serene place perfect for a relaxing vacation. We were a group of 9, including 5 children, and even our youngest kids could tell this was a very unique place. Not to mention that they thought it was a really cool thing to stay in a castle. I would recommend this property for pretty much anyone: it can be a very grown up getaway or a family place.
This lovely Rice mill is situated in the heart of the Upper Castle complex and has access on the castle's gardens.
Its the ideal place for a totally relaxing holiday in contact with nature, history and culture.
You can go walking or jogging in the nearby natural reserve of the twin Lower castle, go swimming or sunbathing at the nearby golden beach of Grado, where you can also make nice boat tours in the great Lagoon of Grado, discover many nice local historical attractions of this relatively unknown area, like:
- the ancient Roman colony of Aquileia
- the beautiful historical centre of Grado with good fish restaurants
- Cividale, the ancient capital of the Longobards
- the lovely port-town of Trieste with its three castles and nice squares
- Udine, the main town of Friuli with its centre, castle and nice 'osterias' where you can taste the excellent wine of the region
and many other places.
The castle is in a great setting and is very quiet.
Strassoldo is in a very central position of north-east Italy and from here you can quickly reach:
- Venice (1 hours' drive)
- Austria (1 hour's drive)
- Slovenia (35 minutes' drive)
- the lovely rocky coast of Istria with very nice ports and towns where you can eat good fish (1 hour's drive).
Otherwise why not try a riding course, with English speaking teachers, at the nearby stables 'Circolo Ippico Palmanova'. The club also organizes lovely riding tours on the walls of the nearby fortress of Palmanova and other great tracks.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
15 Mar 2017 - 11 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£427|
BED AND BREAKFAST TREATMENT:
The rice mill rooms are normally rented individually with Bed and Breakfast accommodation for a minimum 2 night stay.
In this case the price of the room including breakfast is 170 € per night
It can also be rented as a self catering house (8 person occupation). In this case the price is Euro 2500 per week including costs