The Dairy Cottage
An hour and a half drive north from Venice brings you into the foothills of the Dolomites, the setting for this 19th century farmstead. One of its outbuildings, originally used for cheesemaking, has been converted by the owners into a tiny cottage for vacation rentals. The Dairy Cottage, as it is now called, is a gabled stone building roofed with overlapping flat rocks.
Both the roof and the attic floor are supported by rough-hewn beams. The owners installed a kitchenette at one end of the ground floor, where you can still see the outline of the original fireplace. They added a wood staircase at the other end, turning the attic into a cozy loft bedroom. The bathroom with shower fits neatly below the stairs.
A new door with a large glass panel brings more light into the living space, but the owners don’t seem to have added any other windows. There are just two small windows in the living space, one in the bathroom and one in the loft. They may have wanted to avoid altering the stone walls or roofing, which could be an expensive job if skilled stonemasons are hard to find. The loft especially would almost certainly benefit from another window or skylight for ventilation during the hottest part of summer.
The Dairy Cottage would be a good base from which to explore the Dolomites, the Prosecco country and Venice. It can be rented through Airbnb.
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