This red-brick Venetian-style villa dating from 1720 was once owned by the Guiccioli family – Lord Byron spent time here during his affair with Teresa Guiccioli – and it is filled with family heirlooms, books and original art.
Elaine and her daughter live here too and encourage you to feel at home – choose from several drawing rooms with open fires, one with a TV, or comfy chairs on the terrace with views over the estate. Breakfast on homemade cakes, jams, fruit from the estate, locally sourced cheeses, ham and eggs, served indoors on separate tables by the fireplace or out on the terrace; you can stay in for candlelit dinners in the evening too.
Explore the Po Delta by boat, bike or horseback – it’s home to thousands of flamingos and 300 bird species. The nearest village, Taglio del Po, is just 2 km away and has a couple of restaurants, or there are authentic fish restaurants about 25 minutes’ drive away.