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Waterfront Villa With Private Pool And Wonderful Views In 5 acre private park

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Monnalisa in San Felice del Benaco, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy - Private And Exclusive, Surrounded By Green, Easy Walk To Port, Village, services, retaurants

A lovely waterfront villa with large private swimming pool set on a private estate of over 20,000 sqm (5 acres) of park and olive groves. The villa perches on a hill with its lawns and gardens leading right down to circa 100 meters direct waterfront with private gate opening onto the beach. There are breathtaking lake views from every angle. The house is characterised by numerous full length windows bringing light, air and view to every corner. It has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms (two full and one powder room), a small but fully equipped kitchen, and a large, bright communal area. Two bedrooms have double beds, the third has four hand crafted designer bunk beds, and the fourth has bunk beds.

The dining area has a large square table which can seat 8 people as standard, and up to 10 people if you use the smaller chairs from outside. The lounge has sofas sitting 10+, and is equipped with a flat screen TV with digital cable and SKY satellite, with the full package of channels, including cinema, sports, kids, etc. There is WIFI throughout via a GPS mobile device, speed depends on the signal strength.

The ground floor of the house is one large open space portico area, open-air, with barbecue, fireplace, ping pong table, and both a large dining area (seats 10+) and a smaller one (seats 4-6).

The lake-front location is constantly breezy and cool, and the spacious outdoor living spaces are fully furnished with an open fireplace and BBQ, tables, chairs, sun loungers etc. The large 15mx7.5m swimming pool, surrounded by ancient mature trees and olive trees for shade, is furnished with sun loungers. The garden is full of flowers, from glorious blooming bougainvillea to luscious roses and other flowers. There is even a lovely pond with lilies to sit and picnic by. It is built on terraced levels on the hillside going down to the lake, with the house perched on the top of the hill, with breathtaking panoramic views. Go down the garden steps, or the ramped path, to the lower garden terrace to reach the beach.

A short walk down the beach (about 300 meters), and you are in the port of Portese, where you will find two great restaurants, a bar and gelateria, as well as the ferry port where you can catch a ferry to any other port on the lake. And a short walk up the road (about 800m), and you will be in the village of Portese, with more great restaurants and a few small family run shops including a butcher and small grocer, a pharmacy, and a wonderful local winery (le chiusure) that gives winery tours and tastings.

Features included:

- Wifi

- free on-site parking

- SKY satellite TV available in various languages

- digital cable TV

- DVD player

- safe for valuables

- Ipod docking station

- starter set of cosmetics in all bathrooms

- starter set of paper goods including: toilet paper, kitchen paper, paper napkins

- starter set of pantry goods including: salt, sugar, coffee, tea

- starter set of cleaning goods including: rubbish bags, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, sponges, tea towels

Services included:

- 100% cotton quality linens for all beds

- 100% cotton quality towels, 4 per guest including a pool/beach towel

- personalised checkin with English speaking professional Holiday Angels

- welcome basket with locally produced organic products

- full concierge service and on the ground support for all local services

- mid-weekly housekeeping with indoor towel change

- weekly full cleaning and linen change on stays of 2 weeks or more

Extra services available include:

- private chef

- chauffeur

- masseuse

- breakfast delivery

- daily fresh bread delivery

- villa stocking and runner service

- airport transfers

- babysitter

- cookery courses in the villa

- wine tasting courses in the villa

- winery tours, city excursions and day trips

- private boat tours

- boat, scooter, bicycle and classic car rentals

- mountain bike and hiking excursions

and so much more. For the full list see the holiday garda website in the links section

More Details


Portese Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Read and Respect House Care rules printed in the villa
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Bath1: large glass shower cabinet, toilet, basin, bidet Bath2: large glass shower cabinet, toilet, basin, bidet, tiled in sicis mosaic Bath3: very small service wc with toilet, basin. Ensuite to Bedroom 4 with bunkbed
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 4 singles in 2 bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds with small toilet room ensuite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: BR1: double bed with large windows and views BR2: quadruple, 4 singles in 2 designer bunk beds, view BR3: double bed with large windows and views. BR4: bunk beds with small ensuite toilet & sink
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa is set in a large private park of estate proportions, with 10,000 sqm of tended gardens with mature trees and flower beds, as well as a small lilly pond, and another 10,000 sqm of olive groves that produce more than 1,000 litres of oil per year. Dogs are welcome on request. There is an additional cleaning fee of 50 euros per animal. Outside: The gardens and grounds are a special and unique aspect of the villa. There are 10,000 sqm of park and gardens, planted with mature trees and flower beds, meticulously kept by professional gardeners. The property is terraced, on a hillside sloping directly down to over 100 meters of beach and waterfront. The villa and pool are on the top terrace, with magnificent views of the lake and the mountain. The lower terrace is a large garden with lawn, trees, flowers and even a little lilly pond, perfect for sunbathing, resting in the shade, picnicking and playing.There is a tall privacy hedge, with a private gate straight onto the beach. Due to the hill and terraces, the lower garden and beach are reachable by stairs on one side, and a ramp on the other. The swimming-pool with diving board measures, 15x7.5m, and is 3 m deep at the deep end and about 1.30 m deep at the shallow end. It is surrounded by olive trees and flowers, and fully furnished with loungers. The entire ground floor of the house is an open portico, with a large open fireplace, barbecue, and tables and chairs for outdoor living. Utility Room: There is a large utility room, with washing machine off the portico eating area. Other: Ping Pong table in the portico


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Waterfront Villa With Private Pool And Wonderful Views In 5 acre private park
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Amazing garden and lake view

  • 5 of 5

Impressive beautiful garden with large pool. Romantic and very clean villa. The property is absolutely private and still close to shopping, restaurants. We would 100% recommend this place.

The only negative aspect was missing air-conditioning but fans were provided in all bedrooms. So overall great vacation place.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marketa, and thanks for the review! I hope you are all well, and hope to see you again next time!! Kind Regards Christina
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Superb location, excellent family holiday

  • 4 of 5

Summary - I'd give it all 4.5/5 stars but was only allowed 4/5 stars so that’s my assessment. The Holiday Garda people are the biz, the location/setting of the villa was brilliant, a few things let the villa itself down but much of that was down to us trying to squeeze in too many people – but we knew that beforehand and I’m glad we did it the way we did.

Location - stunning. The villa is located on the north-facing side of the San Felice peninsula looking over to Gardone and Salo across the lake with its beautiful mountain backdrop. It is a really lovely view and the elevated position of the living area windows shows it all, it's just the best spot! The grounds are incredible, the Holiday Garda write-up is totally accurate - mature pine trees, olive trees, lawns, large shrubs, lots of shade, very peaceful in fact. The pool is excellent and there’s table tennis and lots of outdoor lounging/seating provision. There are 2 large tables for eating outside and a BBQ that we did make use of. The villa sits higher up, away from the lake, with steps down to a lower, wilder, garden area closer to the lake and with lockable gated access to the lake itself onto a small pebble beach. From that gate it is a 5 to 10 minute easy stroll (carrying buggies initially) to Porto Portese, its (2) restaurants and the important ferry stop that'll get you out to other places around the lake.

Accommodation - good. We were 8 adults and 3 small babies/children (all babes in cots) but our adults were actually 3 couples and 2 singles so we were really 5 adult groups trying to fit into a 4-bedroomed villa - but as I say we knew what we were doing. It was cosy! So I'll say straight up that this villa, although correctly stated as being able to accommodate 10 'people', really only has 2 double bedrooms (with ample space for the provided cots) with the other rooms having bunk beds. The larger of these has 4 bunks, very good quality for sure and great if you have a gang of older kids maybe. The smallest room has 2 bunks that are small and pretty cramped - in my opinion child-only bunks. The living areas are large and well furnished; the 2 toilet/shower rooms are adequate but fine, clean and modern, but not sufficient for the stated 10 person capacity. We anticipated problems using the small kitchen but in fact it was no problem at all, we cooked at ‘home’ a lot, took it in turns and that is just one helluva well-equipped kitchen even if it is small.

Recommended for sure, thanks!!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cliff! Thanks for the detailed review! It was a pleasure to have you and we hope to see you again sometime soon!! Kind Regards Christina
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So schön kann Urlaub sein

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren eine Woche hier mit 5 Erwachsenen und 2 Kindern. Die Villa liegt in einem riessigen Grundstück mit vielen Bäumen und Blumen. Das Haus hat alles was man braucht. Die Zimmer sind nicht riessig, aber vollkommen ausreichend. Das Wohn/Esszimmer ist dafür umso grösser, wurde aber von uns nicht benutzt, da wir immer draussen sassen und gegessen haben. Die Veranda ist komplett überdacht, so dass man auch einen Regenschauer problemlos übersteht. Der Pool ist sehr gross und hat ein 1m Sprungbrett, was gerade für die Kids sehr attraktiv ist. Ansonsten gibt es Federballspiel, Tischtennis, Fussball, Basketball (leider kein Korb dazu). In der Villa hat man seine Ruhe und wird auch nicht gestört. Oben aus dem Haus hat man einen wunderschönen Blick auf den See, hier hört man dann auch die Motorboote recht deutlich aber ohne dass es einen stört.

Das Grundstück ist prinzipiell gut zu errreichen, aber je grösser das Auto wird, desto anstrengender wird es, da einige recht enge Kurven zu meistern sind.

Was auf den Bildern und bedingt rauskommt, ist die Lage zum See. Er ist quasi direkt vor der Tür aber man hat einige Höhenmeter dorthin (bzw. zurück) zurückzulegen. Auf diesem Weg kommt man auch am besten zum Hafen, von wo aus die Fähren fahren. Am Hafen gibt es dann auch 2 Restaurants (wovon ich das Gran Fausto sehr empfehlen kann).

Nun noch 3 Hinweise, die man vorher auch nicht erfährt. Zum einen wird am See der Müll streng getrennt un dafür gibt es einen Plan, was man jeden Abend vor das Tor zu stellen hat (erfordert einen kleinen Fussmarsch). Leider wurde bei uns der Müll dann aber nicht immer abgeholt. Wahrscheinlich traut sich da auch nicht jeder Müllfahrer runter zu fahren.

Das 2. ist, dass der Garten/Pool regelmässig geplegt werden. Was aber auch heisst, das plötzlich fremde Leute auf dem Grundstück rumspringen. War etwas überraschend.

Und last but not least die Zahlungsmodalitäten sind etwas "anstrengend". Die Abwicklung erfolgt nämlich nicht über FeWo direkt sondern separat. Was manchmal zu Verwirrung führte.

Insgesamt ist die Villa aber absolut zu empfehlen und Christina und ihr Team machen die Sache echt super!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Christina Ayer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Christina Ayer

We use the professional team at Holiday Garda to manage all aspects of our guests' experience, from the booking and pre-arrival care, professional attention to every detail of the villa's preparation for your arrival, including top quality hotel linens and professional cleaning crews, to full concierge service and complete range of special services in the villa and local area while you are here.

The published prices are complete, and include both the rent which is paid directly to the owner, and the servicing of the villa and your stay, which is paid directly to Holiday Garda.

Cristina, Novella and Christina, the founders of Holiday Garda together with their crew of "holiday angels" work personally at each villa and directly with all of our guests to make their holiday villa a real home away from home. We believe that the best holidays should have the independence and freedom of self-catering, together with the luxury care and service of a quality hotel.

Christina Ayer purchased this villa in 1980

Why Christina Ayer chose Portese

The combination of the enormous piece of land, directly waterfront and only a few hundred meters from the port and the services of the village, makes this villa a really unique and special location. Total privacy due to the buffer of the private park and olive grove, and yet also total convenience with the services, restaurants, ferry, etc, just a short walk away.


Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Garda Golf
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
madonna di campiglio
Nearest Beach
directly waterfront
Car: recommended

Portese is a small village right on the lake's edge, part of the town of San Felice del Benaco. Its port, with full ferry services to all other ports on the lake, has beautiful public beaches with shading trees and public toilets, showers and changing areas. The beach and port look across the gulf of salo onto the majestic slopes of the Monte Spino and Monte Pizzocolo, above Salò, for a breathtaking combination of mountain and lake view.

The port and village of Portese are tiny, medieval, and absolutely charming. There are 4 excellent restaurants and pizzerias, a few good bars, a newsagent, a deli "salumeria" for meats and cheeses, and a small fruit and veg market with fresh bread. Right in the center of the village is the winery "le Chiusure" which you can visit, and has tours and tastings as well, and produces some of the finest Garda Classico, Gropello, and Rose of the region.

About a kilometer down the road, you will find the Baia del Vento, a great spot for a family day out, with a pizzeria right on the public beach, a big playground for the kids in view of the restaurant patio eating area, paddleboat rental, and plenty of public parking.

About 1.5km away is the larger village of San Felice, again with a few excellent restaurants, bars, and pizzerias, as well as post office and town hall.

Isola del Garda or Isola di Garda or Isola Borghese is the biggest island on Lake Garda. It is part of the commune of San Felice del Benaco, in the Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. The island has a long and varied history, having been used as a Roman burial ground, pirate lair, a site for a Franciscan monastery, border fortification and as a residential villa. The island has been visited by numerous famous people over the centuries, reportedly including Francis of Assissi, Anthony of Padua and Dante Alighieri. Isola del Garda has been open to visitors since 2002, on appointment. see

The ancient Sanctuary of our Lady of Mount Carmel, located near the port of San Felice on Via Fontanamonte, was consecrated in 1482. Today it attracts a constant stream of visitors who are drawn to it because of its artistic importance. The architecture is a pleasing blend of Romanesque gothic and the style typical of the Veneto and Lombardy.

Take the ferry from the port of Portese to a number of fun day trip destinations, including the panoramic gondola up the Monte Baldo from Malcesine, and the towns of Riva, Limone, Toscolano, Sirmione or Desenzano.

San Felice is about 4km from Salò, the most important city this side of the lake. Salò is the perfect balance between small town and city. It has characteristic cobblestone streets and beautiful old world architecture, with everything in easy walking distance. And it also has all the services and entertainments you expect in a city, including theatre, museum, historic sights, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets and more. Its lake front promenade is purported to be the longest in Italy, and you can stroll along the lake with beaches to one side and side walk cafés, restaurants, bars and delightful small shops to the other.

Down the road from Salo, about 2km to Gardone, and you will find the Vittoriale museum, official residence of Gabriele D'annunzio and a fascinating testament to the futurist movement in Italy in the early 1900s. It is also an open air theater, with many important concert dates during the summer season.

About 45 minutes away, by Peschiera del Garda, you will find a nest of world famous theme parks including Gardaland and Canevaworld, a safari park and zoo, famous botanical gardens, and a wonderful hot springs lake at Lasize.

For those with an archeological/anthropological bent -- and for spelunkers too -- the villa is not far from the famous caves and neolithic cave paintings of the Val Camonica.

Verona, with its opera season, ancient roman arena as well as Juliet's balcony, is about 60km away. Venice is about 160km away, and Milan about 175km away, both within easy day trip distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,228.05
Pet Fee $61.4
Stay tax $0.61 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

The published prices are complete, and include both the rent which is paid directly to the owner, and the servicing of the villa and your stay, which is paid directly to Holiday Garda.
The published prices include both the rent which is paid directly to the owner (VAT exempt), and the servicing of the villa and your stay, which is paid directly to Holiday Garda (VAT included). Prices include final cleaning, linens and towels, concierge service, and all utilities except heating fuel, which is available on request.
5 night stays, allowed in the low season, have a short stay surcharge of 130 euros. Heating is charged extra if required.

We take every measure to protect our guests and our villas from the myriad of scams out there. We can provide the notary acts and municipal ownership registration documents for every villa. We are always available by telephone or skype to confirm details in person. And most importantly, we have developed a payment method that legally permits you to pay the bulk of your holiday on arrival, so you are in the villa and know it is real and sound before you pay.

We take every measure to protect our guests and our villas from the myriad of scams out there. We can provide the notary acts and municipal ownership registration documents for every villa. We are always available by telephone or skype to confirm details in person. And most importantly, we have developed a payment method that legally permits you to pay the bulk of your holiday on arrival, so you are in the villa and know it is real and sound before you pay.

Heating is charged extra in winter months.
We take every measure to protect our guests and our villas from the myriad of scams out there. We can provide the notary acts and municipal ownership registration documents for every villa. We are always available by telephone or skype to confirm details in person. And most importantly, we have developed a payment method that legally permits you to pay the bulk of your holida

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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