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Marvelous Rice mill with garden in castle complex, near beach and Venice

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,637 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Amazing 4 room rice mill in quiet castle complex, near beach and Venice

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.


The rice mill rooms are normally rented independently as bed and breakfast rooms.

In this case the price is 170€ per room/night including buffet breakfast.


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.

More Details

Property Manager
Gabriella W. di Strassoldo
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Gabriella W. di Strassoldo

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

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Recommendation: Yes

5 / 5

Alles aus einem Guss.. die Gegend, das Wetter, die Umgebung, die Leute und die unvergleichlich schöne Unterkunft mit allem was man sich wünscht, dazu die stets treffende Aufmerksamkeit des Personals...

Wir könnten nichts besseres empfehlen......

Length of Stay

12 days
Aug 2017
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Strassoldo Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2637 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , On the groundfloor there is a toilet with small sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom of the light blue room with whirl bathtub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom of green room with whirl bathtub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom of yellow room with whirl bathtub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom of pink room with whirl bathtub/shower
  • All four rooms have a bathroom with whirl bathtub with shower enclosure, sink with green glass surface and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - Light blue room - 1 king , this room has a small terrace
    Bedroom 2 - Green room - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - Yellow room - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - Pink room - 1 king
  • The four bedrooms have different colours and have hand-painted furniture, wooden beams and floors, curtains, carpets, a bathroom with whirl bathtub and air conditioning.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Marvelous Rice mill with garden in castle complex, near beach and Venice
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Rice Mill and Castle complex was incredibly beautiful, the photos don't do it justice. The old stonework, beams, furnishings take you back into time. The property is newly renovated very well maintained and exceptionally clean. The service was excellent, we arrived late in the evening and asked if they could provide breakfast food for the following morning, we woke up to an amazing spread of Italian meats, cheese, bakery goods, cereals, etc. Would highly recommend staying and would return if every in that part of Italy again. Thank you Gabriella and your staff for making our stay memorable!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Dianne, thank you so much for your lovely review! It was lovely to meet you all and I'm so happy you loved the rice mill and noticed the attention put in the renovation and all those details. A big hug from sunny Strassoldo:-) Lella
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful and serene place! Everything has been renovated with great care. The rooms are very large and beautifully decorated; each room has its own bathroom with modern appliances. The breakfast buffet was set very nicely, the food was delicious, and we appreciated the nice porcelain and table covers. It's all done very tastefully. The whole tower has a powerful AC. You notice it only when you realize how pleasantly cool it is inside while it's 40 C outside. And then the gardens, those wonderful gardens with a little stream going through it! It is truly a place to feel like royalty.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much, everything was perfect: the rooms in the rice mill, the surrounding gardens, the people - everything just great!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Monika, thank you very much for you nice review. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay in our home and hope to see you back. Many warm regards from sunny Strassoldo Gabriella
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A home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Margaret, It was lovely to have you as our guests and I am so happy that you felt at home. That's how it should be as we want guests to feel well and enjoy the home and gardens as well and the many local attractions. Many warm regards to you and your wonderful family Lella
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow ! Thank you so much for your great review. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay here. This is a place only people who love nature, flair and culture, off highly beaten tourist tracks, can appreciate. You are a lovely, warm and very interesting family: a dream for any owner that opens his home. It was really nice to meet you and do hope to have to possibility to see you again in the future.
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An unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words. I was very happy to meet you and hope some day to see you again. You are a lovely family and I wish you a lot of happiness and all the best :-)
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Trieste airport of Ronchi dei Legionari
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar H
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Cervignano del Friuli
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Palmanova exit
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Trattoria Fricheria al Cavallino, Strassoldo
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Tarvisio, Pramollo/Nassfeld
Nearest Beach
19 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $610.5
Pet Fee $0

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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