(x 12 people)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 4 | Near Verona, Veneto
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Villa Zambonina is a magnificent 17th century Palladian villa set on a farming estate near the splendid city of Verona. Grandly scaled, decorated with frescoes and trompe l’oeil paintings and furnished with antiques, it is an appropriate base for exploring a part of Italy known for its operas, fine wines and as the setting of Romeo and Juliet. It is not, however, too formal a house for families, or for those wanting to try out the Veneto’s marvellous range of biking routes. Rare for a house of this age, several air-conditioned bedrooms with an ample supply of bathrooms, including several ensuites, as well as an updated kitchen. The villa is divided into two self-sufficient wings, one facing a beautiful Italian garden, the other a lovely courtyard. There is an endless choice of sitting and dining areas, indoors and out, with several large enough to accommodate the entire group. A gate from the courtyard leads to a swimming pool set on a lawn with plenty of teak loungers and a pergola fitted with a barbeque for alfresco dining. It's a short drive from the villa to Verona or to Lake Garda and the wineries of Bardolino, Soave and Valpolicella.
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Villa Zambonina is available for larger parties. For details see Villa Zambonina (x 14 people), Villa Zambonina (x 16 people), Villa Zambonina (x 18 people) and Villa Zambonina (x 20 people).
Rental option notes
The guest wing is not available and closed for this rental option. Note that it shall not be used by anyone.
A graceful pink city associated with opera and romance, Verona is a delight to explore with performances from June-August. Set 20 minutes south of the city and 4km/3 miles from the small town of Vigasio, Villa Zambonina is also within easy driving distance of Lake Garda, 20 minutes, and the very pretty village of Sirmione on its southern, palm fringed shore. An area as good for grapes as it is for golfing, three famous wine regions - Bardolino, Soave and Valpolicella - and two 18-hole courses all lie within in hour's drive of the property. Expect to put on a few pounds during a holiday in this area, where the specialties include rich risottos and creamy polentas; as an antidote, there are wonderful walking and biking routes through the vineyards and especially along Lake Garda.
Large entrance hall with frescoed walls. Billiard room. Study. Large living room. Large and well-equipped kitchen with a dining table. Dining room. Loggia with a dining table. Second loggia with garden furniture. Two guest WCs.
Large sitting room. Library. Facing the Italian garden: an air-conditioned twin bedroom [convertible to double on request only]; bathroom with bath; air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower and a private terrace; two air-conditioned twin bedrooms [convertible to double on request only] sharing a bathroom with bath. Facing the courtyard: an air-conditioned twin bedroom [convertible to double on request only]; sitting room leading to a large air-conditioned double bedroom with a bathroom with shower.
Guest wing/Ground floor
Guest wing accessed via an independent entrance or through the main house.
Large living room. Kitchen opening to the Italian garden.
Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath. Twin bedroom [convertible to double on request only] with ensuite bathroom with shower. Two single bedrooms sharing a bathroom with shower.
A magnificent formal park with a lovely informal pool area. A shady, vine-covered loggia with a barbeque and garden furniture faces the gated pool, 15 x 8m/49 x 26 feet, and looks out to a lawn edged with cypresses. A pool house with changing rooms, WC and four outdoor shower stands nearby. Swings for children.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's helpful caretaker, who speaks English and lives in a separate house on the grounds. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Built-in barbeque. Washing machine. Three satellite TVs [No Sky channels] with one DVD. CD player. Several air-conditioned bedrooms for 2014 season. Several fans. Mosquito nets on some windows and over some beds. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Airports: Verona [Catullo], 20 minutes; Venice [Marco Polo], 1 hour 30 minutes; Milan [Malpensa], 2 hours. Railway station at Verona, 14km/9 miles. Motorway exit at Verona Sud, 11km/7 miles along paved roads. Parking for nine cars.
Tennis and golf within 10 minutes. A bicycling itinerary around Lake Garda, designed by Bicitalia, is available online at www.bicitalia.org/laghi/index.htm (mainly in Italian...) Shopping; in Milano, about 1 hour 15 minutes by train; Mantova, about 50 minutes.
4 hair dryers. Iron and ironing board.
The gated pool, 15 x 8m/49 x 26 feet, has a constant depth of 1.4m./4.5 feet and a ladder for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
Two cots/cribs and one high chair.
Additional notes about the property
Note that a road can be heard from the garden and from certain rooms. The rice produced from the estate is available for purchase.