Jacky Stoller (The Owner)
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About Jacky Stoller (The Owner)
My husband, Barrie Keeffe is a playwright, screenwriter and University lecturer - I am a Television Producer & Company Director. If you would like to know more about us just log on to our sister site: collaldraschoolofwriting.com We run a writing school/retreat in June and in the autumn from Collaldra.
Jacky Stoller (The Owner) purchased this Apartment in 1990
Why Jacky Stoller (The Owner) chose Tarzo
We were looking for a large old property with a view to turning part of the property into holiday apartments and eventually a summer school. Collaldra when we found it was very dilapidated and in need of modernisation which was only to be expected from a 16th century farmhouse. We have gradually changed the house, apartments and grounds and we hope without losing the character of the old house.
What makes this Apartment unique
The house is on a hill in beautiful grounds with glorious views of the pre-Dolomite hills with their snow capped peaks. In the summer there is always a cool breeze and the natural pool - filled with water from the mountains - is wonderfully relaxing and is supposed to be therapeutic Even the Italians when they come up to see us call it 'a piccolo paradiso'!
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The location is unique because it house is on a hill with all facilities. The swimming pool is great and it has open space for table tennis and badminton. The house is located close to two small villages with supermarket. Your can easily travel to Venice and Verona.
A wonderful property
We went with a small theater group for the rehearsals to our next play in Corbanese. The property is 100% suitable for this purpose. The mix between rehersals and relaxing by the pool and enjoying the outdoor area was perfect for us.
The landlords live right next door, but that did not bother us either.
Unfortunately, there are three small criticisms:
The furnishing of the kitchens is to be improved
More comfortable armchairs in the outdoor area would be synonymous
Better description of the journey would be possible
But this is criticism on a very high level!
We were completely satisfied with our week and can recommend this property!
I am glad that the theatre group enjoyed their stay with us - it was very entertaining from our point of view as both my husband and I are involved in the theatre and film business.
I totally accept Dominic's criticisms regarding the furniture both in and outside the apartments - they are due for a complete upgrade this autumn. In mitigation we have had some torrential night time storms this summer and haven't always managed to get the outdoor chairs inside to protect them.
Very quiet. Had a good sleep every night. Interior of the house, besides the kitchen and bathroom, a litte bit dated.
It is well worth the drive up the precarious access road, because the location is very relaxing. Jacky and Barrie are perfect hosts and the pool is a bonus to the unspoilt views across the valley. The apartment was comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. The property makes a superb location from which to explore this beautiful region and we would recommend a stay here to get out of town, but not too remote.
We had a lovely weekend in Jacky's lovely ground floor apartment. The setting was peaceful with a lovely view. We loved sitting outside and I am sure the wisteria will be beautiful when it blooms. Anita, Jacky's housekeeper was a great host and made us very welcome. Would recommend for a holiday. Tod and Carol, Andorra
Beautiful appartment in the Italian hills
We enjoyed a lovely week in Jacky and Barry's appartment with our three sons. The garden, with badminton and table tennis, was great fun, and everyone enjoyed the pool. Jacky was most welcoming - even doing a big shop for us prior to arrival, as we arrived on a bank holiday. We hope to return soon.
Nestling in the foothills of the Dolomites Collaldra is our lovely 16th century farmhouse close to Venice, Verona (for world famous opera) Treviso, Vicenza, Padova, Asolo to the South and Cortina, Trieste, Austria and Slovenia to the north. It is in easy reach of the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic. We are also right in the middle of the Prosecco area - wherever you go the fields are covered with the prosecco grapes and there are many places where you can stop and sample the delicious wine.
There is a great shopping to be had at our local towns Conigliano and Treviso with inexpensive markets on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
For the more adventurous there is wind surfing available at Italy's most famous lake, Lago de Santa Croce which is only half an hour's drive and there is an 18 hole golf course at Cansiglio which is a three-quarters of an hour's drive from Collaldra. Horse riding is also available locally.
We have had some really serious cyclists staying with us and this is just one of their quotes:
"One of my great joys in life is cycling and especially cycling through beautiful scenery in great weather. The Veneto in July provided scenery and weather to die for. I had by chance booked accommodation in a cycling nirvana especially the route to the Passo San Baldo where the road rises approx 650m at an average of 7% gradient and has a series of ramps connected by hairpins and it is as gruelling as it is beautiful. The climb to the top is rewarded with views to the south over the flat Venetian plain all the way to Venice and the north to the "real" Alps/Dolomites.
The whole area is a paradise for cyclists with many quiet back roads and marked trails to explore. There are also marked routes around the Prosecco Vineyards which not cycle specific do follow quiet and scenic routes.
He ends by saying: 'If you are considering a holiday in the Veneto and would like to do some cycling while there then Collaldra should definitely be on your short list".
We are also connected through our local town of Conegliano to fast rail services that include the Eurostar. Venice is 40 minutes away, Florence is 3 hours and Verona & Vicenze 90 minutes.
Other Activities: Cultural visits to Venice, opera at Verona, Palladian villas at Vicenza, Treviso with Florence three and a half hours from our local station by Eurostar. An all day river trip down the Brenta Canal from Vicenza to Venice is also a must see passing - and stoppping for lunch - at the most beautiful Palladian villas en route.
NB: If you would like to read our cyclist's 2 page recommendation including where to book bikes etc., I would be happy to email it to you.