Old country house with private garden by a stream, 1hour from Venice or Cortina.

Old country house with private garden by a stream, 1hour from Venice or Cortina.

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

A peaceful country house built in the 1800s with a big garden facing a stream. We moved in ten years ago and have been constantly and personally renewing it since. It is 200sqm on three floors; the garden is 1,000sqm and includes an organic vegetable plot and a few fruit trees (grapes, figues, apples and plums). The garden is great for children and for playing football or badminton or just for taking a nice nap. The house is basically made of stone and wood, with exposed beams in all of the floors (two floors + attic) and terracotta tiles on the ground floor. During the summer it is a cool shelter against the strong light that shines outside, always fresh thanks to the thick stone walls. In winter it is warm and cosy. Winters are cold here, but mostly sunny. On the ground floor we have the kitchen and an adjoining dining room with a fireplace that you can also use for barbecues. The room also includes a comfortable sofa and a professional home theatre, since we love cinema very much. On the first floor we have two single rooms and a double room. The attic is a beautiful, lofty room with a high wooden ceiling which offers a great view on the hills and on the fields that surround the house. The attic is great for relaxing, reading or working or as a spacious bedroom (it includes sofa beds). In our house we have always had great parties and friends who live in cities often come here to relax. We have a cleaning lady and a handyman who also helps in the gardening work.

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Who we are

  1. We are a family of six. Franca and Dario with 4 children: Tobia (15), Fabio (14), Giovanni (10) and Lucilla (5). Dario (45) is a photographer and Franca (42) is a graphic designer. We work together in visual identity and publishing and also run a Foundation for Contemporary Culture called Clio. We live in Mura with two dogs (Sammy and Junes) and three nameless cats. We love living here, but we need to travel from time to time to see the world, because here it can get so comfortable that we might become too lazy. We think our home and lifestyle can perfectly compensate with that of people who live in big cities and need relaxing and slowing down a bit.

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Our home is located in a village of about a hundred houses called Mura di Cison di Valmarino. Mura is peaceful and green, an ideal place for families and for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy slow life and nature. It is a perfect place for long walks in the fields or in the forest (there is a magic path uphill along water streams that we really suggest) and bicycle rides. There is also a nice park with a soccer court and swings and rides for children 5 minutes' walk from the house. The garden borders with a stream called Tajada and, on the other side on the stream, there is a horse riding school. The whole area has a long tradition in wine and delicious food, with many restaurants and typical taverns. 5 minutes' drive from our house is the lake of Lago, where you can swim, rent a boat and sunbathe. At night, it is lovely to have a pizza by the lake or lie down on a blanket to count the August shooting stars and make a wish each time. In the little town of Lago there is an annual International Short Film Festival that is held at the end of July (www.lagofest.org) and, in Cison di Valmarino, a beautiful arts and crafts festival held during the first two weeks of August. Mura is 1 hour drive from Venice and the sea (South) and 1 hour drive from Cortina and many other ski resorts (North).

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