(x 18 people)
Sleeps 18 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 8 | Near Lake Garda, Lombardy
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
The Villa Fanti is a splendid seventeenth century manor house in the lush wine-making area between Brescia and little Lake d’Iseo, known for its sparkling white wines and deep reds. Aristocratic palaces, medieval towers and ancient abbeys abound in the area, as well as splendid walking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails. Set in a tiny hamlet, within walking distance of shops, the villa offers the full gamut of period features, from soaring vaulted ceilings to frescoed walls. A succession of large sitting rooms and cosy studies, and a spectacular dining room for twenty, provides ample space for a large group with a kitchen scaled and equipped to cope. Although elegantly furnished, this is nonetheless a family home that children will enjoy exploring. Outside, a glorious portico along the length of the house offers a wonderful setting for alfresco meals and lounging in the shade. The swimming pool is set in the villa’s fenced garden with a remote-controlled cover for safety.
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Villa Fanti is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Villa Fanti (x 14 people).
In the historic wine-producing area between Brescia, 25km/16 miles, and Lake d’Iseo, 9km/6 miles. Shops and a restaurant are within walking distance in the hamlet of Palafreno. The abbey of San Pietro in Lamosa at Provaglio d’Iseo, 7km/5 miles, is a must-see, as are the unique peat moss beds nearby. The beautiful village of Sirmione, on Lake Garda, is a 45-minute drive.
Small sitting room with TV. Large sitting room with frescoed ceiling. Second large sitting room with fireplace. Well-equipped kitchen with a doorway leading to the main street of the village. Pantry with three large refrigerators and a freezer. Small study. Dining room with a table for twenty and French doors leading out to a portico that runs the length of the house facing the garden and is furnished for dining and lounging.
Upper ground floor
[up 14 steps] Bathroom with shower.
First floor of left wing
[up 14 steps] Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath. Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom bathroom with bath. Twin bedroom. Double bedroom with frescoed ceiling. Bathroom with shower.
First floor of right wing
Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath. Single bedroom with frescoed ceiling. Bathroom with shower. Triple bedroom. Bathroom with bath. Laundry room with WC.
Twin bedroom con an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Very nicely maintained garden enclosed by hedges and shrubs. The swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 40 feet, with a security cover, is set just outside the house, next to a large annex with ping-pong and mini soccer tables.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's owner, who speaks English and lives in the property opposite; in the month of August a local caretaker is at hand instead. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Barbeque. Washing machine. Four non-satellite TV, one with video/DVD. CD player. Ping-pong. Table soccer. Working fireplace. Ceiling fans in two bedrooms. Fixed telephone line.
Airports: Bergamo [Orio al Serio], 40 minutes. Verona and Milano [Linate], 1 hour; Venice, 2 hours. Motorway exit at Rovato-Ospitaletto, 5km/3 miles. Railway station and bus stop free parking at Bornato, 1km/0.5 miles. Ample parking just outside the villa’s walls; guests can stop briefly in front of the villa to unload luggage and shopping.
Tennis courts at Paderno, 4km/2.5 miles. Riding stables at Bornato, 4km/2.5 miles. 27-hole golf course at Franciacorta, 4km/2.5 miles. Two water parks for children within 10 minutes’ drive. Beaches on Lake Iseo, 7km/4 miles. This is a very good area for bicycling. An itinerary designed by Bicitalia is available online at www.bicitalia.org/laghi/index.htm (mainly in Italian...)
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Wood oven. Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Espresso and filter coffee machines. 2 portable fans
The swimming pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 40 feet, has a depth of 1-3m/3-10 feet, steps for entry/exit and a remote-controlled cover for safety.
Amenities for children
1 high chair. 1 cot/crib