The Olive House-Garden & Pool
House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
THE OLIVE HOUSE - On the weekly let market for the first time
The Olive House is situated on the edge of the tranquil country village of Gaino on the first ridge of the hills surrounding Lake Garda. The property forms part of the traditional, old Italian village with stone and clay tile terraced housing forming an intriguing network of mysterious narrow alleys and piazzas.
Being on a raised, village edge position the Olive House's views are, on the one side over the clay tiled rooftops of the village to the magnificent Lake Garda below, and on the other side, looking over the olive groves of the garden to the grand backdrop of the mountains of Mt Pizocolo and Monte Castello behind.
The property consists of two, 3 story terraced apartments with semi basements. The two apartments have lockable, interleading doors and thus have the possibility for two families to share the accommodation while still maintaining family privacy. There is one big kitchen
at semi basement level leading out onto a courtyard and one big living room on the main street level. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms are on the first and second floors with one extra bedroom on the ground floor. All are spacious bedrooms with picture postcard views from the windows lead out onto balconies over looking the lake. The house has been renovated recently but it is an integral part of the ancient Italian village of Gaino and still maintains this Italian village charm and identity with a sensitive mix of modern and antique furniture and artefacts.
There are many activities in the area, both near and far. Walk out the door for a café on the village piazza or for a morning excursion up to the top of Monte Castello or head down to the river valley and visit the paper Museum(Museo della Carta) to peruse the ancient artefacts of the Roman era, when the valley was the European centre of papermaking. You could also explore the rock cataracts upstream where the river cuts its way through the valley rock or get up early and fish for trout. Our children have never come back with less than five decent sized trout!
For more tracks and trails near Toscolano link to http://www.comune.toscolanomaderno.bs.it/GPS/index.php?l=en
There is a riding stable 5 minutes walk away where you can organize anything from a morning ride into the hills to a 5 day trek into the alps. Explore your options on http://www.scuderiacastello.it/equitazione_eng.php
A 15min walk will bring you to the Bogliaco golf club that has a tradition starting in 1912. It is worth having a look at its website to give you a feel for the beauty of the area. http://www.golfbogliaco.com/golf.php/p-6/English.htm
Of course you could also just partake in some sun therapy on the sun loungers at the poolside with an occasional cool dip to take the edge off the heat.
We look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to stay with us. Do email if you have any further questions and we will be more than happy to help.
For the comfort of all our guests, this is a pet free and non smoking property.
Activities in the area
An excellent day excursion by car is to the three villages that line the lake in the Gargnano region; Bogliaco, Villa and Gargnano. These are picture perfect lake villages filled with wonderful cafes and restaurants and the activities of lake life. The famous Centro Miglia, the 'round the lake' yacht race and a precursor to the Volvo Race, has its annual start in the Bogliaco port. Serious yacht dreamers can spend time ogling the beautiful race yachts from the port piazza café. Then move on to the beach at the village of Villa for a swim and a panini or ice cream and don't forget to make a booking to come back to an evening at Adriano's Lido Restaurant on the lake edge; one of the best. A short walk away is Villa's port piazza-you might need a coffee or a glass of wine at the local cafe to sit and soak up the sun and bohemian atmosphere of this community. Finally move onto the boutique village of Gargnano to promenade the shops and lakeside walk. Continue the walk out of the village to the Parco Fontenella beach to have a final swim and then relax with a sundowner and meal at the restaurant right on the beach. Spare a moment between this to visit OK.Surf behind the restaurant to book your next few days activities; biking, sailing, windsurfing. http://www.oksurf.it/ENG/start_eng.html
Should you prefer culture, the lake has a host of summer events, some dating back centuries. Link to
to get a sampling of events and don't forget to visit a lakeside village on the night the village hosts the 'bisse' race (traditional Venetian style boats). Each summer the lake villages take turns to host the preliminary 'league' races which culminate in the Final Race for the 'bandiera del lago' (flag of the Lake) held in the village of Sirmione. The programme of host villages and dates will be up on posters around the lake when you visit or you could try http://www.gardalake.com/event/race-palio-bisse-lake-garda
Of course you could venture further afield and take the ferries to visit villages on the other side of the lake, from the Germanic Riva at the top of the Lake to the Roman ruins of Nero's Villa in Sirmione at its tip. Or take the car across on the Maderno to Torri Car Ferry and explore the country around Verona, Vicenza and Venice. You might prefer to leave behind the stress of car driving and parking (especially in July and August) and take the Lake bus (tickets usually from the café closest to the bus stop) or Ferry down to Desenzano to catch a fast train to the cultural heavens of Venice, Verona, Brescia or Milan. Lake Ferry times at http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/g_illago.html or download timetables at
http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/g_areadown.asp - Beware the seasonal time changes and also public holiday time changes!
Or you could take a long, cool drink on your sun lounger beside the pool and just contemplate the pace of the backdrop of mountains…
Things to do
In such a diverse landscape, geographically, culturally and historically an abundance of activities are at hand;
- sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, paddle boarding, kite boarding and scuba courses.
- ravine hiking/scrambling
- mountain climbing, hiking, biking
- horse riding; lessons, morning excursions or multiday trekking(with camping) into the mountains
- sunbathing and swimming beaches
- walking tours of the villages
- golf and tennis (bogliaco golf course website)
- excursions to the Verona summer festival of Operas in the open air Romanamphitheatre
- excursions to Milan's La Scala opera http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/season/2013-2014-season.html
- vineyard tours and wine tasting of the famous wines of the region
- thermal springs
- cultural visits to the cities of Milan, Venice, Brescia.(not to mention the shopping)
- explorations by ferry to the other villages and towns of the lake such as Gardone Riviera, Riva and Salo with their museums, churches and other cultural and market attractions.
- an abundance of wonderful restaurants
- an abundance of summer festivities and markets in the villages of the Lake
The apartments have been renovated by an architect to a high, modern
specification yet retain their historical charm with a sensitive mix of
modern and antique furniture and artefacts. The spacious rooms have picture
postcard views from the windows, and all the living and bedrooms open out
onto balconies. The apartments/house will provide you with everything you
need for a memorable stay in this beautiful area of Italy. The house is
equipped with the following:
- Washing machine
- Coffee filter machine and kettle, moka
- Electric ovens with gas hobs
- Two fully equipped kitchens, for everything you need for self catering needs. Supermarket(with deli) in Toscolano Maderno 2km away
or give your shopping list to Marina, the housekeeper, who will deliver it the next day.
- Good quality, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels are provided for an extra cost of €20 laundry fee per person. This will not be charged if you bring your own.
-specific beach towels for outside use only are provided.
- New, good quality, mattresses and protectors.
- A variety of sports kit, activities and children's toys
Finding Us; Airports and Railway Stations
The nearest airport is Verona, also know as Valerio Catullo in VillaFranca, which is approximately 65 km from the Olive house in Gaino. This airport has daily connections to all major European cities, including the UK, Germany, Paris and Amsterdam to name but a few. British Airways and Easyjet operate from here. For long haul, many airlines such as Air Canada, American Airways and Delta, fly into Milan or Venice (to research potential flights, please see www.flights.com ). In addition, there is a Ryan
Air hub, at Bergamo, Airport, Milan which is approximately 95 Km from the apartment.(1 hour 15min)
From the Airport or Railway
From Verona airport, you can take take a taxi to Gaino which should cost approximately 150euros. Alternatively a wonderful way to start your holiday is to take a taxi to the local ferry port of Torri Del Benaco, which takes approximately 30 minutes and approximately 75 euros for all passengers and luggage. A ferry will take you on a magnificent 20 min ride across the Lake docking at Maderno where we can organize a taxi to take you the 5min trip up to Gaino. If you are hiring a car from the Verona airport, you can also drive to the Torri port, as the ferry also transports cars.
You can view all ferry times, via www.navigazionelaghi.it -please be aware the times change according to the season and weekends and public holidays as indicated (look closely at the details) on the timetables.
The nearest railway station is at Desenzano (45min) away or Brescia (approximately one hour) from the Olive House. These stations are on the main railway line linking Venice to Verona, Brescia, Milan and on to Paris and London and are serviced by Eurocity. It is thus possible to get an overnight train from London to Lake garda (Desenzano). It is possible to catch the lake ferry or bus from Desenzano to Toscolanl Maderno or you could take a taxi.
* Please contact us if you need assistance considering your travel
requirements and for more specific details of the location
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
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