La Barchessa di Villa Pisani
What We Love
- A unique Italy stay in a former farmhouse within the grounds of the UNESCO-listed Villa PisaniStaying in the enchanting province of Vicenza, North Italy's hidden gem
- Tours of the 144-room Villa Pisani, Andrea Palladio’s revered masterpiece
- Taking cookery classes in the signature restaurant, Osteria del Guà
- Rooms that stand out for their original features and contemporary artworks
What To Know
- A great base for day trips to Padua, Abano Terme, and Verona
- The hotel is pet-friendly
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are available
For those who fancy a romp around Italy’s spellbinding Vicenza province, it doesn’t get chicer than this impeccably restored former farmhouse just 10 minutes from the town of Lonigo. The setting is absurdly beautiful: in the park of Villa Pisani – the UNESCO-listed masterpiece built for the noble Pisani family by revered architect Andrea Palladio in the 1500s.
There are just 15 uniquely styled guest rooms, all of which come with original features and specially commissioned artwork. Elsewhere, you’ll find an attractive outdoor pool, a modern gym, stroll-worthy gardens, and a Cleto Munari-designed bar for anytime cocktails and Italian and international wines. Also worthy of your attention is the signature restaurant where award-winning Chef Vincenzo Di Grande serves up delicious gourmet cuisine – and even offers cookery lessons in his kitchen.
Built between 1544 and 1545, Villa Pisani is one of Andrea Palladio’s finest works. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 (along with the City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto), its 144 rooms house a huge amount of 18th- and 19th-century artworks – most famously Gianbattista Tiepolo’s The Apotheosis of the Pisani Family. The enchanting gardens feature a valuable citrus fruit collection, flower-filled greenhouses, and a famous maze.
How to Get There
The last 10 Percent are the hardest!!
The renovation of the Barchessa was been done on a very luxury level. Not bad!!
But: whether the architect nor the management ever have been guests in their own house. The 1 meter thick outside walls are combined with thin walls between the luxury, large rooms so you can hear all details of the old neighbor’s sexual preferences (damned Pfizer!!). The house is offered as a silent grove but you cannot sleep with open windows. We are used to. Not the nearby road but the all night running pumps of the hotel waste water system makes the noise. The very good windows blocks that noise, no problem; but only with closed windows of course. A simple housing of the pump area could solve the problems with nearly no extra costs. An old goat stable could do the camouflage. Even UNESCO approved!! But who cares. The sanitary fittings have been cleaned with some kind of acid so the surface is broken. If you try to run a 5* Lux hotel you have to change it. Yes we know, costs about 100.-- Euro.
The electronic door opener (with card reader) opened the door with 65 dB of noise. No problem on the first night, when we have been the only guests.
The A/C has to be switched of in night due to noise. Seems to be a water heat exchanger with noise from the water valves.
When a hotel has 15 rooms and only two of them occupied, where do you put the guests?? Yes: wall to wall. Where have you learned your business? If you are fully booked, you must not think about where to place the guests, but with 2 out of 15 you should!!
So we have been guests in a very well renovated house with missing love on the details. We told the receptionist. He was sorry. We are also. No word from the management, no story why or why not, newly opened, listening to feedback from the first guests, aso. NOTHING!! Only sorry!
By the way: The Restaurant within the building, "Osteria del Guà", made it with 5* (100% perfect). We will remember!!
We have stayed here with our two sons for a week in July and we were absolutely amazed by the design and the quality of the hotel. The reception was more than friendly, the rooms were just perfect and the food in the Osteria del Gua is a dream. Thank you especially for the team of the osteria and the hotel to make our stay outstanding and very remarkable. We will be back!
This hotel is amazing! We searched for a beautiful oasis of peace in the middle of nowhere and that's exactly what is was. We got peace, sun and warmth (not only from the personal, the weather also) and we experienced a beautiful honeymoon. It started at the check-in. We were invited to sit and drink home made ice-tea while the lovely blonde lady registered out passports. She showed us the hotel facilities and explained or booking inclusives. All personel was so friendly! Not everyone speaks fluent English but hey, it's the charm of staying in Italy. Or dinner started with fantastic sphere and high quality products and ended with a nice surprise from the chef for our honeymoon (thank you very much!). In the next three days we visited Verona (30min drive and less than €2 toll) and Vicenza (45min drive because we took the toll-free road). We relaxed at the pool and enjoyed the sound of crickets and Italian romance. If we can recommend something, it can be a toilet nearby the pool. Nothing that change our opinion of a perfect stay. Thank you very much, La Barchessa' staff, we hope to meet again.
Unexpected wonder in the middle of the fields , half an hour from Vicenza and Verona, northen Italy.
The place is unbeliveable, just refurbished, in an absoluty elegant way. It was a work building close to a 16th century Palladio Villa (Villa Pisani) which is free to visitand part of the scenario together with green, birds and good taste. Service is excellent, pepole vey kind. Brekfast goooood! Restaurant too. You can even prepare your own croissant (choccolate, vannilla cream or apricot jam).
Beautifull swimming pool, library and gym complete your relax sanctuary.
The service of the hotel was extremely inconsistent.
We were offered complimentary shuttle service to and from the train station of San Bonifacio (which is absolutely necessary since the hotel is in the middle of nowhere and no taxis are available from there) but then not informed that the service is only available from 8.00-20.00 and made to feel guilty when calling to book the service at 20.30 one evening. We once also booked the shuttle in the evening, for the next morning, as we where catching a train but when we got to reception to catch the shuttle, no one was there. We eventually found the receptionist with a few other colleagues in the breakfast room and it appeared that they had forgotten to book it for us.
The GM of the hotel ended up taking us and during the car ride he offered us a complimentary room upgrade (which was a part of the Secret Escape deal, if available) but we ended up regretting that we accepted this offer. We had been told that the room change would take place the next morning but when we got down to reception, they knew nothing about it and said that they would check with the GM. We said that we were happy to stay in the same room if it hadn't been arranged, as it at this point was becoming a bit of a hassle, but when we got back from a swim at the pool - our things had been moved to another room. The room was lovely but we would have liked to have been informed and had an opportunity to pack properly before our things were moved. No one had considered the things in the safe either...
Also inconsistent was that we were informed that the water and the soft drinks in the minibar were FOC and would be replenished daily, which they were for the first 4 nights, but not the last 2. A change in policy could be understandable, but surely not in the middle of one's stay?
We also found it odd that there some days were towels prepared by the pool and others we needed to ask for this.
Lastly, someone entered our room when we had the "Do Not Disturb" sign on one day and put it back on the inside of the door. Our window had been opened and some towels were on the floor but apart from that, the room was unchanged. When we reported this, some concern was expressed but no explanation was given.
All and all, the service was sub par on several occasions and as beautiful as this hotel is, some serious work is needed on customer service and communications (almost no information is available on their website in English and the gaps were unfortunately not filled in by the reception staff).
On a positive note, I would like to say that the lady who was managing the breakfast and the maitre d of the lunch / dinner were extremely professional and accommodating.