My family (Mom, Dad, Sister) and wife all stayed at the Villa Contarena during Dec 2012 for three nights between Christmas and New Years. We were extremely impressed with the beautiful grounds, incredible location next to the historic Este Castle, literally look out the bedroom window and see the Castle walls and tower 200m away. Villa itself is quite historic and has its own special history. We had plenty of space to spread out in the two bedrooms, massive living room, big kitchen with original fireplace (roast a whole cow in it if you like haha) and second fireplace in the main room -- had a great fire one night. Very cool exposed wood ceiling, the owner Guido was very helpful and kind, certainly very proud of the villa and the Este area and gave us great tips and bent over backwards every step of the reservation and arrival process to help us. We stayed in the larger of the ground floor apartments. Este and the Padua area has great sites, nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the main cities. Easy to go to Venice on a day trip from Este, 45min drive. Would love to return and highly recommend this villa rental.