We are delighted to a offer you private, self-catering accommodation in our Italian holiday home, a beautifully restored 2 bedroom apartment in this unique historical building.
Though perfect for a relaxing break at any time of year, Il Palazzo literally blooms during the summer months, when the rose bushes of its landscaped gardens are in full flower, the sun is high and breeze is up, and the views across this beautiful lake will take your breath away.
The building and grounds, including the swimming pool, are run by a local, professionally qualified administrator. The apartment you see here is managed by Garda Homes, a British/Italian company, who oversee all aspects of bookings, changeovers and laundry, so you can be assured of the highest standards while still enjoying the privacy and genuinity of a booking direct from the owner.
One of the little-known benefits of Il Palazzo is its location.
Set in the hills above Salo', it faces south, or very slightly south-east, meaning it enjoys the rays of the sun from morning until sun-down, with a pleasant breeze in the afternoons. On the hottest days, when temperatures can reach the low forties in the towns down around the lake, the gardens and pool at Il Palazzo enjoy a light breeze and temperatures a few degrees lower than at the lakeside. At night, the apartment is lovely and cool and air-conditioning is simply not needed.
Winters are incredibly mild, and while frost can be found at the bottom of the hill on the coldest mornings, up at Il Palazzo the sun warms the hillside. Last winter, we enjoyed almost three months of bright sunshine every day, with a bit of rain in November and April, and a dusting of snow in December.
It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with vineyards just below the Palazzo and olive trees in abundance, yet the lake, with its charming street cafe life, designer shops and restaurants, is a short 5 minute drive away, Gardaland and other theme parks are 30 minutes away, the opera house at the Arena di Verona is 40 minutes away, and the designer stores of Milan are just 1 1/4 hours away by train or 1 1/2 hours by car.
The apartment was restored in 2003 and has been stylishly furnished...
The apartment at Il Palazzo offers a true home from home, with every facility for a comfortable stay.
The apartment has limited access to FREE Wifi. The service is limited to the garden and is available only for checking emails, social networks and internet browsing. (Downloading and Uploading and Skype are not permitted)
The entrance leads down some steps into a large living room, with vaulted ceilings and original beams dating back to the 16th century, and a large corner sofa seating six people comfortably. This sofa also opens out to become a double bed. There is a large colour television with DVD player and surround sound, plus UK satellite television, and a reading area with view over the lake with armchair and a collection of books and DVDs, The dining area, towards the back of the living room, provides seating for six people and a large dining table, complete with chandelier and candlesticks.
The kitchen leads off the living area, and though small, it is truly state-of-the-art, with a modern, stylish Italian design, and fully fitted with dishwasher, microwave, fan oven, hob, fridge and small freezer, and plenty of cupboard space.
Also leading off the living room from the reading area is a laundry room, with a washing machine and clothes drier.
Three small balconies lead off from the living area, providing spectacular views of the swimming pool and lake.
The corridor leading down to the bedrooms also leads off to the bathroom, which has its own balcony with lake view. The "bathroom" is actually a large shower-room, with wall-mounted washbasin and toilet, and a huge walk-in "rain" shower, tiled with marble mosaic.
The main bedroom at the end of the corridor also has its own balcony with lake view, and a lovely double bed with brass bedstead, crisp white bed-linen and a romantic mosquito net (which is really for show as we've never been bothered by mosquitoes at Il Palazzo!).
The second bedroom also has a double bed and wardrobe. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans. Air-conditioning is not needed.