|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Perfect for a relaxing rural holiday, or as a base to explore the natural beauties and cultural riches of the Veneto. 'Il Castello' is situated on the spur of a vine-clad hill in Valpolicella, a famous wine-growing region of Italy. Our lovingly restored and attractively furnished 17th century farmhouse is only 20 minutes from Verona, one of Italy's most beautiful cities, with its famous opera festival in the Roman Arena, and about 40 minutes from the beaches and spectacular scenery of Lake Garda. It also offers ready access to the mountains and to the many historic and beautiful cities of the Veneto (Venice, Mantua, Vicenza, Ferrara, Padua etc). Opening onto a peaceful courtyard, the house has a large living/dining room, a well-equipped kitchen (with dishwasher), four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room with washing machine and third WC. A wisteria-covered terrace, with stunning views of the mountains towards Lake Garda, provides a wonderful eating-out and sitting area.
Il Castello: The property is part of a large seventeenth-century farmhouse complex built around a shared courtyard. The main farmhouse, on the opposite side of the courtyard, is occupied by permanent Italian residents, including the owner's brother-in-law, Hugh Ward-Perkins and his Italian wife, Paola, who are both bilingual, and are always very ready to help with problems and queries.
The accommodation: The accommodation is in two parts, either side of the impressive entrance portico into the courtyard. The main part includes a large downstairs sitting/dining-room, and an attractive and well-appointed kitchen; upstairs is the main double bedroom, a bathroom tiled in local pink marble, and a second smaller bedroom with two beds.
The other part of the accommodation, the ‘Fienile’, is a converted hayloft. Upstairs, reached by an external staircase, is a double bedroom with spectacular views across the valley, and an attached shower-room with WC. Downstairs is another double bedroom/playroom, most suitable as a children's bedroom, with double doors opening onto the courtyard. Next to it is a laundry-room, with a washing machine, sink and WC.
It is possible for those staying in the Fienile to be reasonably autonomous, which makes it well-suited to having family or friends to stay. The division of the house also makes it pleasant to use in smaller numbers.
Outside Areas: There are two sitting-out areas with shade - one under a portico on the courtyard side; the other on the valley side under a pergola planted with wisteria, oleanders and a fig tree.
The courtyard is shared with the other owners, and provides a pleasant sitting-out area and a safe and sheltered play space for children, with an olive tree, fig tree, and the original large stone washing basins filled with running water from a stream which runs underneath the courtyard. There are chairs and a stone table for eating out on the terrace, as well as deck-chairs, and a barbecue.
I just wanted you to know we saw the caretaker with her adorable grandson this morning and she returned our deposit... We had a wonderful tour with Mario yesterday ... He and Anne were wonderful. We left the white and black cat there although I would have taken the white cat with me if I could!
Next time we will do a walking tour with Mario. The castle is beautiful and wonderfully appointed. The walking trails are beautiful. So thank you so very much.
We really got the flavor of the geography going up to the small vineyards. I loved seeing the cows, grassy fields and donkeys.
We had a great time at this location . They had everything you need except toilet paper . Make sure you stop and pick some up before you get there . Great instructions , great recomendations for place to dine , Her brother who lives around the corner was so helpful . It was quiet and relaxing . views were awesomes. My family and I would stay there again ! thanks so much for the great experience of living in vineyards
This property was not luxurious but it had a charm about it and is in a very pretty location . Great base for exploring Verona and Lake Garda
We were two couples who stayed at Il Castello for four nights in mid-May. The home was well equipped and was exactly as described by other guests.
Kate was responsive whenever I emailed her.
She also provided a very helpful "blue book" which contained many helpful suggestions.
The house is in a perfect location overlooking the valley of Negrar. It's a short drive to the center of town where there are several nice restaurants. The people in the community were very warm and friendly.
Il Castello is a charming home with pleasant surroundings, and I would highly recommend this home .
Charming little villa with great views. We greatly enjoyed our week long stay and found it was the perfect base to explore Lake Garda, Verona and Mantova. The nearest town, Negrar is about one and a half kms away and has good shops and restaurants.
The villa is located on top of a mountain with spectacular views. Many perfectly groomed vineyards dot the countryside. In Negrar, it is very convenient to Verona and Lake Garda. The villa itself with its great views, has an appearance of ancient construction with modern conveniences. You are able to walk many different roads from the villa, most are challenging but well worth the effort. The locals are very friendly and will go out of their way to help you.
All in all, a great experience and we would recommend Castello II highly.
Me and my colleagues spent 5 nights at the Castello while on business in the area. The place is very clean and well equipped, and the views are stunning. I recommend staying here.
Il Castello is peacefully situated, about 1 kilometre above the small town of Negrar, near Verona, which has excellent specialist food shops (butcher, greengrocer, baker etc.), a weekly market, and a large supermarket close by. There are lots of fantastic restaurants and pizzerias in the area. Negrar is the centre of the famous Valpolicella wine-growing region, characterised by excellent wineries and romantic medieval churches, set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. Verona (about 20 minutes away), built on the banks of the River Adige, is one of Italy's most beautiful and civilised cities, with its Roman bridge and amphitheatre, world-famous Opera Festival in the Roman Arena di Verona, medieval castle, a host of wonderful churches, and stylish bars, restaurants and shops. Il Castello is perfectly located for access to Verona, the beaches of Lake Garda, and to Mantua, Vicenza and Venice, but its hillside location ensures tranquillity and a degree of cool in the heat of summer.
Other Activities: Arena di Verona's world-famous open air Opera Festival in the Roman Amphitheatre. Vinitaly (6-9 April 2014) - a major annual wine fair with exhibitors from all over the world. Personalised wine-tasting tours of small local vineyards; discover the delights of Amarone, Ripasso, & Recioto and buy direct from the dedicated individuals who make them. Eat in down-to-earth local trattorias or Michelin-starred restaurants. Soak up the atmosphere of some of Italy's least discovered but most beautiful medieval and Renaissance cities. Visit the villas of Palladio. Swim in the dramatic mountain scenery of Lake Garda. Let off steam at Gardaland Water Park.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$267|
Rates include bed linen and towels, and all utilities (except gas for central heating, which is charged at cost).
The house accommodates 8 people.
There are 4 double bedrooms; two with double beds, one with twin beds, and the fourth (the downstairs fienile) which can be either a double or a twin. (PLEASE NOTE that the beds in the downstairs fienile are only 90 cm wide; this bedroom does not not connect directly with the WC next door, or with the upstairs fienile, which is accessed by an external staircase.)
There are cats living in the other households which face onto the central courtyard. They are very friendly and are not allowed in our house (though some effort may be required to keep them out).