The ‘Great House with its skyblue shutters’, known today as Bartenèla House, is the main building on the complex and looks directly onto the hamlet’s square. It was built by great-grandfather Giuseppe for his large family after the original house was destroyed during the Great War in the 1917 bombardment launched from Monte Grappa.
According to custom, as each of the sons got married, the new family would move into the manor house and each family was allocated a kitchen on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor.
We can only imagine what it must have been like for all these brothers sisters and parents to live together with their in-laws in one space… if these walls could talk, they would tells us of the happy evenings, the infinite discussions and furious arguments that took place inside and outside fuelled also by the three winebars that once existed in the square...
The delicate restoration of the ground floor allowed us the space for the common rooms of the Agriturismo.
The entrance off the square, where the guests are warmly welcomed and where they can find all the information they need regarding their stay, was once Grandmother Sofia’s (aka Pia) kitchen and consisted of a wood burning range, a sideboard, a table and a few chairs.
The Breakfast Room, looking onto the square on one side and the garden on the other, was once grandfather Mirio’s kitchen (Brother to Nana and Gina), who lived here with his wife and children until he found the cohabitation too difficult to bear and was forced to build a new house for his family in the vicinity.
The kitchen, where every morning breakfast is prepared for Le Zitelle di Ron’s guests, looks onto the garden and was once uncle Silvio’s kitchen. He was also married with children and forced to leave due to the stress of cohabitation.
Running through the centre is a wide corridor that links the three old kitchens together, one end of which takes you to the stairs that lead to the upper floors and the other takes you to the garden flanked by Le Zitelle di Ron’s three bedroom suites.
The garden is a tiny poetic hideaway with flowerbeds, tables and parasols where you can peacefully while away time, accompanied by the burble of water in the fountain, interrupted solely by the occasional peal of the bells and protected by an ancient stone wall with its creeping strawberry vines which give off their inebriating scent in September.
Hidden away between the walls the more curious of guests will discover Nana’s Secret Garden, a tiny courtyard guaranteeing privacy for the guests, with direct access from the Nana suite.
It is an ever changing combination of simple flavours and local produce, carefully selected to give you an insight into our most authentic tastes, bringing to mind the sensations of bygone days and allowing you a unique opportunity to spoil yourselves!
Depending on the season the buffet table has an abundance of freshly baked bread of various sorts; butter from the mountain farms where possible; homemade jam; freshly baked croissants, hand made delicacies from the award-winning pastry shop ‘Alla Villa dei Cedri di Valdobbiadene’; biscuits and meringues homemade or from the pastry shop; tarts and soft pies prepared in-house using in-season fruit; walnuts and hazelnuts from our trees; apples from our orchards desiccated in-house; espresso or moka coffee from the smallest roasting house in Italy, which is located in Valdobbiadene and every day towards the evening floods the main square with its delicious aroma. And then freshly squeezed oranges using the best oranges available; yogurt; a rich selection of teas and herbal teas; fresh softly boiled or scrambled eggs, better than farm-to-table as they are often still warm coming as they do from the farm in front of the manor; honey from the hives of same farm which can be seen from our windows and that also supplies us with salami and Venetian sopressa. Last but not least, cheese from the mountain farms of Monte Cesen and Monte Grappa and the dairies of the Cansiglio or Bellunese mountain pastures.
If you’d like something different, or if you have specific allergies or intolerances please let us know at the moment of booking. We will certainly bear it mind.
If you’d like a very early breakfast you may ask for the ‘Do-it-yourself Breakfast’ package at the moment of booking, giving you a choice of your favourite food and drinks that you may then prepare in your suite.