Jacky Stoller (The Owner)
- english, italian
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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Hidden gem in wine country
This apartment is the perfect Italian get a way. Off the beaten path, it offers an authentic, rustic, peaceful experience. The grounds are well kept and have many options for fun and exercise; a large pool, a full yard with table tennis and bad mitten, and walkable paths. The hosts are on-site and very hospitable. We wish we had more time to spend at this true gem.
Fantastic scenery, great location
Great apartment, great pool and beautiful surroundings. Would recommend staying here to anyone.
My family loved our stay at Collaldra
We stayed in the top apartment which consists of a large living area, a newly refurbished kitchen, huge and modern bath, a large master bedroom and a very small twin bedroom. Anita, the housekeeper, made us feel very welcome, leaving us a bowl of fruit, local prosecco, and answering all our questions. Luckily her English is much better than our Italian! Unfortunately the pool wasn’t ready for out stay, but we spent some time out by it anyway soaking in the sun and marveling about the Roman tower.
I haven’t say that this place may not be for everyone though. The road leading to it is steep and narrow with shear drops on one side. The house itself is older than the USA and not very tight, so ants seem to come in and out at will. And the internet isn’t very dependable. But if you can see past these things, Collaldra is amazing and very, very peaceful.
Fantastic scenery and location, authentically Italian and fabulous hosts.
We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Collaldra. This part of Italy was new for us and we fell in love with it. Jacky and Barry were wonderful hosts as was the housekeeper Anita and could advise us on just about everything. The location was idyllic and we all loved the large and scenic pool. The apartment was large with everything you needed with lots of space for everyone to enjoy outside. We would definitely recommend wild water swimming which you can do in the Dolomiti Friulane natural park, local lake was great for water sports and lots of walking on the doorstep. Venice is very accessible and surpassed our expectations. If you decide to go say hello to Bella who was a puppy we found that had been cruelly abandoned at the side of the road. Jacky and Barry have kindly adopted her otherwise she would have perished . I know you will enjoy your stay as much as our family did!
Visited twice and will visit again
We have visited twice - 2015 and 2016, both times at the end of august (by coincidence), and both time we stayed in the lower apartment. There are just the two of us. We have used our time there as a de-compression from city life and stressful work, reading, sleeping, swimming and eating, but both time the people in the other apartment have used Collaldra as a base for cycling, sight-seeing, and exploration. Why move from under the wisteria terrace - apart from to dip in the pool or top up the sun tan?!! It really is a 'little piece of paradise' with the glorious dolomites around. We have gone to Venice for a week after staying here. The apartment is comfortable, clean and with basic but adequate kitchen equipment - but Jacky is very happy to find things that you may require, if necessary (we did not need to ask for anything). We very much hope to visit again. Thank you, Jacky and Barrie for creating such a lovely, peaceful place.
Beautiful setting in the hills
We stayed in Jacky and Barry's top appartment with our three boys in this beautiful setting. The garden and pool were very much enjoyed by all the family, and the badminton and table tennis are great fun too. Jacky had kindly done a big shop for us as we were arriving on a bank holiday and was very warm and welcoming, as were the rest of the staff. 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.