*updated July 30, 2017*
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
When I was growing up in the States, I spent my weeks as a city slicker and my weekends as a country girl.
My grandparents had more than 80 acres of lush farmland with paddocks full of horses, so quite often I would head to “the farm” on Friday after school and return back to the city on Sunday evening.
Those were the days…
The years rolled by, I graduated high school, the farm was sold, I went off to college, and gone were the days of frog hunting in the pond and riding horses around the arena.
In middle school, I remember that one of my teachers asked us to write a letter to ourselves that she would save until our high school graduation day. When I read it, I remembered writing out my vison of being a ranch owner with a heard of horses and plenty of acres to farm and roam.
Boy was I wrong!
Life may not have turned out the way my 13-year-old self imagined, yet I still ended up having the best of both worlds here in Italy just like I did growing up.
Friuli and Veneto allow me to be the town mouse during the week and the country mouse on the weekends.
No wonder I find myself so content here in this part of Italy.
Maso Di Villa
Day trips are so much fun for me here because I get to explore everything from the beach, to the peaks of the dolomites, to the foothills of the lush Prosecco vineyards.
One of my friends here – an architect – had helped design the cantina of a villa tucked into the rolling hills of Susegana, and knowing how much I love the country, he invited me to go up one day so I could see winery’s villa.
Perched upon a hilltop and surrounded by lush vineyards and scenery that will take your breath away sits Maso di Villa.
Creeping vines climb their way up the sides of the villa’s brick walls, while mint green shutters add a pop of color and a friendly atmosphere to this cozy country bed and breakfast in Veneto.
Chiara, the hostess and director of Maso di Villa, has a unique presence that puts all guests at ease when they arrive. She is very dedicated to the quality of every guest’s stay, and she will do whatever she can to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.
When I arrived, she chatted with me in the kitchen a bit where preparations were under way for a fresh tart, the fruit literally picked just moments before from the fruit trees near the house.
I loved the scene: a basket of pears, grapes and some fresh borlotti beans sitting at the kitchen entrance; the rain boots of those who had picked them slightly muddy from walking on the soggy ground under the trees; stray strands of grass protruding from the basket before they were removed when the fresh fruit was cleaned.
Here are a few of the rooms you can choose from when you book your stay.
I was curious about their dog policy, since they have a pooch of their own, and she let me know that dogs of preferably smaller sizes are welcome.
Please contact the villa directly with your inquiries about their policy regarding dogs.
Maso di Villa’s
Nasi Rossi Wine
I also snapped a few photos of the vineyards when I went to visit, which produce about 5,000 bottles of wine each year.
Their brand of wine – Nasi Rossi – which translates to “Red Noses” in English, is a fun and creative reference to the fact that those who drink a lot of wine can sometimes gain a reddish glow to their nose.
If you’re looking for a unique, quality wine from Italy to add to a private collection, you must get a bottle.
They harvest the grapes much later in the season than many other wineries, so they can produce a strong, important wine.
Country Charm Is Just an Hour from Venice
So why do I think that you should look into booking a stay at this cozy country Villa tucked into the heart of Veneto’s Prosecco and wine territory with cute green shutters, colorful vines growing up the old, brick walls and delicious sweets that are freshly made?
If you’re looking for a way to relax in Prosecco country, Maso Di Villa’s country charm will make you fall in love with the Veneto region.
It’s just over an hour from Venice, so once you’ve explored Piazza San Marco Murano, escape the hustle and bustle of the watery streets and slip into something a little more cozy in the foothills of Valdobbiadene.