Beautiful setting, lovely house, fantastic holiday
Submitted: January 2, 2013
Stayed: May 2012
Myself and seven friends had a fantastic week here during late spring - cannot recommend it highly enough. A really beautiful corner of the world, with an incredible view across the valley. The house has a very peaceful courtyard and a lovely shaded private dining area outside, which was great for a large group of us.
We were able to use the house as a base for exploring the area, visiting Venice, Verona and Lake Garda easily as day trips. Both Venice and Verona were stunning, but small enough that you could get a real feel for each of them in just a day. Having a car was very helpful, and Venice was really easily accessible by train. Lake Garda was beautiful - crystal clear water and warm to swim in, with cheap private beaches easy to access.
The local town of Negrar was very welcoming, with a great bar for watching the Champions League Final in! Also a fantastic range of food within the bakeries, butchers and supermarkets close by, and a beautiful church.
The house was spotless, with four large bedrooms and plenty of room for all of us. There is a large living room with a great fireplace, and a kitchen which was perfect for making large meals in. For eating out, there is a great restaurant ten minutes walk away, slightly hidden - the house guide book was very helpful with this, and we had two fantastic meals here, spurred on by some excellent Italian cooking.
My personal highlight of the week was walking up the rest of the hill above the house, aiming to reach the cross at the top. Walking up the road through the fields of olive and cherry trees was a great experience, with fantastic views as a reward at the top. If you went slightly off the beaten track, there were paths leading towards caves and even higher points - again with stunning views of the valley below.
I would definitely recommend this house, and in fact have already done so to several friends. I would very happily go back and hope to soon!
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this detailed and appreciative review. We are delighted that you had such a great holiday at Il Castello. It's good to know that the house was spotless (our housekeeper, Fiorenza, has very high standards!) and that you found the kitchen so well-equipped for cooking for large numbers. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the incredible views - we love the location and enjoy sharing it's beauty with our guests. It sounds like you managed to do quite a lot of sight-seeing during your stay (a good idea to take the train to Venice), and that the house worked well for you as a base to explore from. We greatly look forward to your return visit. Come back soon!
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