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5 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
10 guests
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THE OLIVE HOUSE 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 p...THE OLIVE HOUSE 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 and lead out onto balconies over looking the lake or the village roof tops. The house has been renovated internally 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. Please note that when booking you get exclusive use of The Olive House with garden and pool, no other guests reservations would be taken even if you are only booking for 4 people. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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 - fishing. Please note you need to go to the Museo della Carteria to get a fishing license for the day. Last season this was €5 per rod. Start fishing early (8am) if you want to catch some trout! - 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 - 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 apartments are separated from the one acre stone-walled garden by a small village lane (2.1m wide). This is a no-through road with little traffic. For ease and convenience an entire Pool House has been built in this garden, adjacent the pool with fully equipped kitchen, dining, lounge area, with shower room and laundry facilities. There is also a cool siesta room attached, tucked into the hillside, for the child, baby (or the odd parent!) to nap in during the heat of the day. 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: - Dishwashers - Washing machine - Fridge/Freezers - 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 - Good quality, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels are provided. -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 A full guest information pack is emailed once your booking is confirmed with all the information you could need about the property, local area and activities. A copy of this will also be at the property on arrival for your reference. On arrival you will be met by our local housekeeper, who will be on hand to welcome you to the Olive House and settle you into your home away from home. Finding Us; Airports and Railway Stations By Air 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. 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, google navigazionelaghi -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. By Railway 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 Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 017187-CNI-00001More
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Sarah A
Response Rate:60%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:January 2014
Interaction with guests
On arrival, you will be met by, the local Italian housekeeper, Marina, who will escort you to The Olive House and ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay. The housekeeper does not live on site, so you will have complete privacy at The Olive House but she can be contacted during your stay if required.
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

What can I say about this villa, absolutely stunning. What a shock as we arrived at night so could not see much but when we awoke in the morning the views were breath taking from the villa bedrooms and the mountain view at the pool...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Sian R
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Having been met by Marina we were shown around the house and then as it was late we went straight to bed. We woke up,to a glorious house with stunning views and a beautiful garden. We never used the kitchen in the main house as...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

What a great place! we were in 'ah' of the size of the property and the fabulous scenery! We hated to leave. The things we confirmed/did not know: 1) you need to have a car!!! Tiny car as the streets are very narrow. No taxis...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing holiday in the Olive house. Beautiful setting and everything you could possibly need. Marina was brilliant, met us, gave us a warm welcome and showed us the way up the narrow roads!! We were 2 families of 4 and the house...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Dawn S
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

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Date of stay: August 2017
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Horse Riding Nearby
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Water Views
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
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About the neighbourhood
Gaino is a small village with a bar/café/very small shop on the piazza, next to the church. There is a good restaurant in the village park/meadow ‘Ristorante Cantagai’ The best and closest supermarket is “Migross” in Toscolano. They have good fruit and vegetable sections, as well as butchery, bakery, and extensive delicatessen counters, etc. In Gargnano there is an excellent bakery, delicatessen and butcher, hardware, formaggio, frutta, alimentare and wine shop all within close proximity of the stone harbour. Gaino is known as a gateway into the surrounding alpine countryside and our guest welcome pack provides further recommendations and assistance.
Getting around
A car is not essential but if you wish to explore further afield around the lake it maybe desireable. There are excellent and varied alternative transport options: walking, cycling, Lake Bus, Ferries and taxis. Our Guest Welcome pack includes further details and links.
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