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We had a lovely smiling welcome from Carla and Fabio and family, and really enjoyed our stay at Maso Danola. The apartment is on the ground and first floor and has been very tastefully furnished and decorated in an individual way that is much more than just the standard approach. There is no washing machine, but otherwise it is well equipped; the Rizzoli wood stove was great and there was plenty of firewood. The garden is charming and spacious, and would suit children well.
The whole setting is beautiful with lovely views. Whether it is watching the moon come up over the nearby mountains, admiring a golden eagle soar and glide, or simply soaking in the complete peace and quiet, we were in a world apart. From the house there are numerous walks (although annoyingly a few signs are missing) through the woodlands and meadows. Walking up to Paso de Broccon from the house you go on a wonderful old track with cliffs and mountains, looking down through the tree canopy into gorges and gazing up at huge peaks; at Broccon the Trodo de Fiori path is amazing for its wild flowers, has tremendous panoramic views of the Dolomites, and a generous slice of World War I history.
There are lakes to swim in such as at Levico Terme - 40 minutes drive - where there are lakeside cafes and facilities. But you might want to bear in mind that the Castello Tesino area itself is a rural back-water somewhat removed from the main tourist attractions of northern Italy such as Venice, Cortina and Lake Garda - Garda was about 2 hours drive via Trent. So for us Maso Danola was ideal for switching off the phone and just enjoying the beauty around.
Got away from it all at this homely flat in Cavedine. Very clean and welcoming, everything you would need to cook for yourself if you wanted, a washing machine and dishwasher as well as plenty of room for the 2 of us. A lovely little terrace / balcony with a sideways view of the Piazza which is the heart of a tiny town with no aspirations to a tourist trap. there is a supermarket just 2 mins walk away and a bar in the piazza. The busses stop in the square, but we had a car, which was best to take advantage of the location. Riva del Garda and Torbole on the north shores of lake Garda are just 20 mins in the car. there is a lovely family pizzeria / resteraunt in Vigo Cavedine just 5 mins away by car. To the north Trento is only 30 mins away and loads of mountain walks and quiet cycle paths. If you like the watersports or mountain biking Riva is ideal. We got from Verona via the lakes side road in 2 - 3 hours with several little stops to look at places of interest and have coffee etc on the way, but you could make it in 75mins on the auto route. The hosts were very welcoming and there were even a few staples already in the cupboards. The building itself is really old and characterful, the Buildings round the Piazza have been there since medieval times. The house is on 4 floors with the holiday let being on the 1st floor. If there was one tiny criticism, I would say that the bathroom is a little dated and clumsily laid out, but, spotlessly clean with fresh linen and towels.
In short, if you want to be near the lake and the mountains but not in one of the malls of hotels and guest houses that the towns round the lake provide this place is perfect.