Frassanelle estate is situated at the foot of the Euganean Hills, lying in a protected natural area and spreading on 200 hectares private property, which encloses several holiday homes and apartments, two swimming pools, a romantic park, cultivated fields and the well-known golf club Frassanelle.
The history of Frassanelle goes back to the 13th century, when Adelmonta Maltravesi brought it as part of her dowry to her husband Giacomo Papafava da Carrara. Since then the family has remained attached with this property and has passed it down from father to son over the centuries, right up until today.
This is the reason why the bond and love to this historic estate are still well rooted in the Papafava family, and this is also the reason why every new generation commits itself to maintain and improve the estate, always in the respect of the tradition.
Frassanelle used to be until recently a real farm estate, where entire families lived and worked on the fields and on wine production. A few years after the farm was dismantled, the former homes of the farmworkers, together with the store rooms and the cellar have been turned into cosy accommodations and an elegant venue for weddings and events. The scent of the past rural life can still be perceived in every space: the structure of the buildings, the huge portico of the farmhouse, the internal courtyard resembling a village square, the wood furnishing all the houses and apartments, and the still cultivated fields surrounding part of the property.
Everything in Frassanele reminds of a life rhythm connected to the seasons and to nature, giving the guest the time to rest and enjoy the surroundings.
Our holidays accommodations are actually rented above all from travellers from other countries, looking for a slow travel and a relaxing vacation in an Italian farmhouse plunged in nature, but at the same time close to the main attractions in Veneto.
The most famous cities of art in Veneto are within easy reach: only 30 minutes drive to reach Padova and Vicenza, and 20 minutes to reach the closest train station, where every hour leaves a train to Venice (45 min by train).
But besides the most popular Venetian attractions, we are keen to make you discover the most secret and charming side of Veneto, that is all about beautiful spots on the hills and well preserved medieval hamlets. You will be fascinated by the sunsets in Arquà Petrarca, the imposing walls of Montagnana, the intriguing maze of Villa Valsanzibio and, not last, with our help and tips you will be tempted to taste the best local food of Veneto region, served in typical trattorias or in fancy restaurants.
And at the end of a gratifying sightseeing day, you will well deserve and need the peacefulness of Frassanelle holiday estate, spending a cheerful evening with your family and friends in one of our holiday accommodations or sitting in the farmhouse courtyard, surrounded by the greenery of our park and the singing of birds.
The farmhouse courtyard, besides being an equipped spaces where you can enjoy you al fresco meals and surf on the web with your laptop, gives also access to two wings of the farmhouse: on one wing you can find the holiday apartment Aster, for 6 people , on the other side you will enter the main part of the building, that lodges the four Torretta studio apartments.
Aster is the ideal accommodation for a holiday with family or friends, having three double bedrooms (in two of the bedrooms twin beds can be prepared upon request), two bathrooms and a spacious living area with sitting room and kitchen. It is also comfortably equipped for long stays, being supplied with oven, washing machine, dishwasher and many other amenities.
The Torretta apartments are located on the second floor and built on the former farmer’s house. The style has purposely maintained a country taste thanks to the wood furniture and beam ceiling, this warm atmosphere adds coziness to four accommodations already equipped with all the comforts. They are all built on two levels: on one level there is the living area with bathroom, sitting room and dining area, and an equipped kitchenette; on the mezzanine there is a double bedroom (twin beds can be prepared upon request) and a small toilette (except for Silene which has just the big bathroom). These holiday apartments in Venero are perfect for a romantic vacation for two or for a family stay: we can actually add up to two extra beds for children.
From April to October the ground floor of the farmhouse, on the opposite side to the apartments, is often rented during weekends for wedding receptions. This other aspect of Frassanelle liveliness has nonetheless never been a bother to our guests.
My name is Francesca Papafava dei Carraresi and I manage Frassanelle, the family estate in the countryside 20 km west of Padua in the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills. I have started to work in the touristic field in 1998 and today I am responsible for 12 properties in Padua, Venice and in the Euganean Hills. In these years I have built up a great experience end a good knowledge of the region. I was born in Padua and brought up first in Milan and than in Florence where I have attended scientific high school. I have a BA degree in African Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies London. I have travelled a lot in Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA, but I have decided to come back to my origins to dedicate my self to the restoration and keeping of my family historical heritage.
Frassanelle is a place rich in history, where time seems to have stopped back in the 17th century. You will be welcomed in a romantic rural courtyard, resembling the square of a medieval town, which in spring blossoms with jasmine. The restoration that took place in 2001 has returned and preserved the rural atmosphere of the place. The most amazing aspect of Frassanelle holiday estate is that you will have the feeling of being far away from the industriousness of Veneto. Yet, you will be only a few km away from the vivacity of worldwide famous cities such as Venice, Padova and Vicenza.
Frassanelle holiday apartments in Veneto are actually both a unique starting point and destination to get in touch with both the main attractions in the region and Veneto off the beaten tracks. In Frassanelle you can choose between sightseeng, relax and sports.
Finally, our holiday farm estate offers to its guests unique benefits such as:
- a guided tour of the grottoes and the park every Thursday;
- the chance to meet our falconers and get in touch with their birds of prey;
- special green fees for some golf courses in the surroundings;
- special prices to the golf club restaurant (in the estate) and to some excellent wineries in the surroundings;
- a brand new cycling route that crosses the Euganean Hills (called Euganean hill Ring) that you can enter just outside our estate.
Frassanelle is a 200 hectare estate at the foot of the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills: a real oasis of peace where nature, culture, history and sport merge all together, satisfying the different expectations of our guests and allowing them to come across the most hidden and beautiful sides of Veneto.
Our holiday accommodations in Veneto are a perfect starting point to discover the many must-sees of Veneto region. The popular cities of art Padua and Vicenza are just 20 km away, while Venice lies 50 km away.
Besides the most known destinations, from our agritourism in Veneto you will reach in no time the most famous Palladian and Venetians villas, such as la Rotonda, la Malcontenta, Villa dei Vescovi, Villa Barbarigo as well as the many well-preserved medieval hamlets among which the most important are: Monselice, Montagnana, Cittadella, Marostica and Bassano del Grappa.
Those who love sports and active holidays will have the chance to experience several activities: Frassanelle has two swimming pools, and a well-known golf club in the estate offering reduced green fees for our guests. A good tip for bikers: just outside our Veneto agritourism you can take the brand new bike route 'Euganean Hill Ring' that will show you in an unusual way the nature and history of this area.
Finally, gourmets will sink into the rich Venetian food and wine tradition: we have prepared for our guests a selection of the best restaurants and wineries of the area and will be glad to set you on a unforgettable slow tour through Veneto flavours and scents.