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Lovingly restored canal-side apartment with panoramic roof terrace - Dorsoduro

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Details
Property
apartment
People
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Dorsoduro East - The Venetian Terrace Dorsoduro

Light-filled, water front aerie. Sleeps up to 4.

Created as a secret retreat, our private vacation home, THE VENETIAN TERRACE DORSODURO, is best suited to a quiet couple, or a pair of good friends, wishing to experience a precious slice of authentic Venetian life! Nestled on the top two floors of a quaint waterside building adjacent to Veronese's masterpiece, the Chiesa San Sebastiano, our comfortable apartment lends itself to very special celebrations or simply provides for a memorable holiday in this most glorious of cities!

As one of only 2 units in a detached, ancient fisherman's house, we are exposed to sunlight on all 4 sides, a rarity in Venice, and aren't privy to ambient neighbor noise, thus ensuring a very relaxing environment at all times.

A much-prized altana makes for a wonderful alternative to days spent traversing the city along charming canals and narrow alleyways, and provides for unique and spectacular rooftop views over the city's skyline. Whether used to greet the morning with a special breakfast or to toast the end of a magical day with an aperitivo, this Venetian symbol features prolifically in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi!

Inside, Murano glass chandeliers suspended from ancient beams highlight polished terrazzo floors, windows are swathed in sumptuous velvets and silks, and beds are piled high with embroidered linens; all exist harmoniously alongside a well-appointed kitchen, a sparkling bathroom with a very large walk-in shower area, and countless other modern conveniences for maximum comfort and pleasure.

Please visit our personal website, too, for further details and to learn more about our special home and neighborhood.

Note:

*Available for a minimum of 3 nights' stay, but should 2 nights already exist between bookings, a 2 nights' stay is possible.*

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Deborah and Mark Rusconi
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
4 December, 2016
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About Deborah and Mark Rusconi

We are a British/American couple who met and married in Florence 35 years ago!

Mark is an architect who worked for several years in Italy - instrumental in designing our 'new' apartment - and who now operates his own practice in Northern California.

Deborah is a retired professional ballet dancer with English National Ballet and then subsequently taught in London, Florence, and the USA.

Our love affair with Italy, and Venice in particular, has endured for decades, and now that we have created our own 'little jewel' in this intoxicating city we are delighted to make our apartment available to like-minded individuals and couples when we are not in residence.

Deborah and Mark Rusconi purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Deborah and Mark Rusconi chose Venice

Dorsoduro, in which our apartment is located, has always been highly desired for its truly authentic Venetian ambience, and has attracted writers, painters and artists to its unique charms throughout the centuries.

We finally chose our home in this area, after viewing countless others throughout the city, as it met all the special features that we were searching for: a beautiful canal-side location, the distinct possibility of adding an altana (an outdoor room high above the city) to provide far-reaching views over the rooftops, but most important of all we are in a detached building with only 1 other neighbor downstairs..... a very rare advantage in Venice, where the majority of other apartments are in multi-story complexes, share many communal walls and can thus be dark and somewhat noisy. Additionally, our apartment is located well-above acqua alta levels, making it a safe refuge during high tides!

Our good fortune is that we are open to sunlight on all 4 sides, have commanding views of at least half a dozen nearby churches from our altana, can spend hours watching all manner of watercraft glide by, and yet fall asleep to the serene sounds of the canal lapping below!

To find our 'perfect' home took several years of searching, but we are thrilled with what we have been able to accomplish! As rental apartments become more prevalent within Venice, our rather unique situation has made us realize just how blessed we are to have chosen our home where we did, the vision we had to turn it into something charming and personal, and the pleasure it will provide for years to come!

What makes this apartment unique

Along with our aforementioned location and special building, creating a truly comfortable and welcoming home was of great importance to us.

Books on a wide variety of subjects fill our large library, Italian-themed films and music CDs are provided for further enjoyment, and an extremely comfortable sofa and chairs are all conducive to an evening spent snuggling at home!

Our ability to provide an altana - a much prized addition - offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime personal opportunity to view the city from a vantage point very few people ever have the chance to experience. Based on a 4-post design frequently seen in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, it is a magical location, particularly at certain times of the day, when the church bells in the tower behind the apartment peel. Alternatively, it makes for an intimate space in which to enjoy a personal breakfast at sunrise, or for a quiet 'aperitivo' before heading out to dine at one of our nearby excellent family restaurants.

With all there is to see in Venice, we have placed great importance on providing the best, most comfortable, mattresses to ensure a good night's sleep at the end of each day! Our bed heads were specifically designed to represent a gondola seat, and with their undulating style guests are able to fully open the windows above for maximum air-flow; additionally, all bedspreads were created and personally made by the owners.

Century-old family-painted watercolors grace the master-bedroom walls, oil paintings by a favorite uncle (now deceased) are given pride of place in several rooms, and along with all our other much-cherished furniture, we can now surround ourselves in an environment born out of love and wonderful memories!

As some of our first guests are now returning to our special home for another visit we realize that not only does 'The Venetian Terrace, Dorsoduro' mean so much to us, but it has also captivated the hearts of many new friends we have made along the way!

Guestbook comments from the owner

............ we had a lovely holiday. It was great to see Venice from outside the main tourist areas. Whilst St. Mark's and the Rialto were definitely worth a visit, we did find ourselves more and more returning happily to the Dorsoduro area for the odd meal out, for ice-creams at Gelateria Nico, for the cooling breeze from the Zattere, for the sound of Italian voices......... and for the fish market. Came quickly to the conclusion that the final recommendation on dining well in Venice in your folder is the best - buy good fresh local food (especially the fish from the local market), cook it simply and enjoy with a nice glass of chilled wine!



So, thank you - you gave us a very memorable holiday.
Jun 2013
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Lovingly restored canal-side apartment with panoramic roof terrace - Dorsoduro
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 34 reviews
5

Picture perfect location in Dorsoduro!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was lovely and very comfortable for our family of 3. The views from the altana (which we retreated to every evening) were stunning and the location fantastic. We were walking distance to all the main attractions in Venice. I think we covered all of them! We were within steps of amazing restaurants, shops, sights and the water taxi. The apartment was serene in the evening with it being located in the quiet neighborhood of Dorsoduro. A true gem! Thank you, Deborah and Mark for sharing your beautiful home with us. The only thing we would change is a longer stay in The Venetian Terrace.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review, not just of our apartment, but of our area! We wish you could have stayed longer, too, but please know that you will be warmly welcomed back at any time. We are truly gratified to read of your enjoyment of our home! Grazie Mille e Tanti Auguri..... Deborah and Mark
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5

Celebrating a very special anniversary!

  • 5 of 5

Treated to a very memorable 3 night stay at this gorgeous apartment by my lovely husband! From the initial booking through to our arrival, communication with the owners was first rate. We were met by friendly Julia from the local management agency who helped us to the apartment, showed us around, explaining how everything worked and offered additional advice on nearby restaurants that might be of interest. It's very clear that Deborah and Mark have put in every thought to furnishing their beautiful home: beds were super comfortable, plenty of hot water on demand, extensive cooking facilities and a terrific assortment of guide books and Italian themed DVDs. The altana was something truly unique with its far-reaching views and we made wonderful use of it every evening enjoying a cocktail. All in all we could not have wished for a more memorable visit to the city. It provided us with a relaxing and romantic environment that we will always remember fondly. Our heartfelt thanks to Deborah and Mark for permitting us to use their home to celebrate a very special milestone in our lives.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We absolutely loved having you both come and stay for your very special celebration! Perhaps we can entice you to not leave it so long for your next visit to La Serenissima?!!!! Our heartiest congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary............ Deborah and Mark
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5

away from the crowd

  • 5 of 5

We spend six nights in this beautiful apartment, which is situated in a quiet part of Dorsoduro. The apartment is very well furnished with great taste and very well maintained. The kitchen (and everything else also) ist very well stocked, even the kitchen knifes are sharp :-).

There's everything you may need for a perfect stay in Venice, for cooking meals or for relaxing after a long day walking through this beautiful city and reading one of the travel guides, which you find in the apartment.

The sleeping room upstairs is very cosy and the bed is very comfortable.

The Meet & Great Service was perfect and allows us a relaxed start in the apartment.

The owners are very friendly and helpful.

We highly recommand this place.

Nearby are a lot of Restaurants and a great Supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such lovely guests, too! It really was such a pleasure to offer you the use of our home over the New Year, and to hear that it provided you with a comfortable retreat at the end of each day. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back in the not too distant future.......... Our very best wishes, Deborah and Mark
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5

Lovely Venetian Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time on our recent visit to Venice in this excellent apartment. Everything is as described & the owners have paid a great deal of attention to detail, including a good selection of books & guides. We immediately felt comfortable & at home. The apartment is in a quiet location but is easy to find, ideal for exploring the real Venice.

San Basilio vaporetto stop is a few minutes away & there are plenty of good restaurants, cafes & shops, including a supermarket nearby.

The altana is a real bonus, great to sit out for breakfast & at night with a glass of

prosecco.

We enjoyed walking along the Zattere & would recommend La Piscina, the floating restaurant. We also had an excellent meal at Ai Artisti restaurant.

The owners, Mark & Deborah were always prompt & very helpful when we were in touch with them & we will definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, We look forward to offering you the use of our home again whenever you and your family decide to return to Venice! We are indebted to you for tending to our altana pot plants during this summer's remarkable heatwave; they have thrived to be appreciated by subsequent guests!!!! Your benevolence cannot be overlooked........ Hoping to welcome you back in the not too distant future and kindest regards to all the family, Deborah and Mark
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5

Beautiful Apartment

  • 5 of 5

I was lucky enough to spend a week in this beautiful apartment! It was perfect for me, my daughter and son in law and 10 year old grandson. I fell in love with Venice in general but especially with the quite neighborhood of Dusodoro.

The apartment is elegantly furnished and equipped with all you might need. You can certainly see and appreciate the care and love that went into the renovation. I hope one day to return to Venice and stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean, we look forward to having you back to stay any time of your choosing and are elated to learn that Venice, and in particular our engaging neighborhood, left you with very fond memories! Thank you all for being such charming guests..... Deborah and Mark
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Delightful Apartment in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a five-star apartment. It location - a canal right by the San Sebastiano Church - is thankfully away from the tourist hordes but still central enough for you to walk virtually everywhere. And what lovely walks they are. The area is very safe, quiet at night and with its small provision shops (and convenient excellent supermarket!) cafes and nearby waterfront gives you a feel for the 'real' Venice. Don't miss the recommendations for eating provided by the owners! And their evident good taste and thoughtfulness is also on display in the apartment itself. Its not grand but its exceptionally well furnished, has A/C (one of the few modern inventions to have actually improved Venice!), a well-equipped working kitchen, nice local views out of its windows, comfy armchairs and a sofa etc etc Its 3rd/4th floor location guarantees good light - and its the top two floors, so there's nobody above to start re-arranging the furniture at two in the morning!. All in all, it has the feel of being somebody's home - not a standard rental apartment. This is my third stay in recent years, and I think that speaks for itself. Get in early - it books out fast

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is consistently lovely to welcome you back to our home and to hear that you still revel in our little part of Venice! We look forward to making it all available to you yet again in 2016! Our very best wishes......
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Location

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Marco Polo
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Blu Bar across the bridge from San Sebastiano.
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Stazione Marittima
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Lido
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Santa Lucia
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Piazzale Roma
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Campo San Sebastian
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Cadora
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Lido
Car: not necessary

Perhaps the most alluring of the six sestieri in Venice, Dorsoduro is much sought after by both homeowners and visitors alike, most notably for its truly authentic ambience.

Crowned by the magnificent dome of Santa Maria della Salute at the head of the Grand Canal, the area contains some of the most picturesque canals and campi in the entire city, and offers a wonderful respite after a day of visiting some of Venice's most famous attractions.

Filled with a variety of local shops and intimate bars, where you can enjoy a frothy cappuccino and warm brioche alongside our neighbours, and offering a wide array of family-owned restaurants for memorable dining, this desirable part of the city imparts a personal glimpse of everyday Venetian life.

Carefree children play in the local squares, lovers linger over drinks at nearby outdoor cafes, and daily market stalls simply overflow with an abundance of seasonal produce.

For a true flavor of Venice, this area has it all!

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Dorsoduro East, Venice city centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£441
for 3 nights
From
£147
£988
 
 
Christmas in Venice 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£555
for 3 nights
From
£185
£1,135
 
 
Romantic Venice 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£416
for 3 nights
From
£139
£925
 
 
Venice Carnevale 2017
10 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£441
for 3 nights
From
£147
£988
 
 
Spring 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£492
for 3 nights
From
£164
£1,051
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£568
for 3 nights
From
£189
£1,198
 
 
Autumn 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£492
for 3 nights
From
£164
£1,051
 
 
Christmas in Venice 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£555
for 3 nights
From
£185
£1,135
 

Additional pricing information

The apartment is rented under Italian law; therefore, we provide an Italian 'short-let' contract.

Additionally, ALL guests wishing to stay at the apartment must send us a photocopy of their passport details prior to any reservation being confirmed.

Prices shown are for 1-2 guests sharing the apartment. For any additional guest, please add 20 euro per person, per night.

Rental rates include all bed linens and bath towels, utilities and wifi internet.

Extras:

'Meet and Greet' service and Housekeeping; 60 euro for 1 - 2 guests sharing the apartment (80 euro after 8 pm. arrival) or 75 euro for 3 - 4 guests sharing (90 euro after 8 pm. arrival).

Venice City Visitors Tax; 1.5 euro per person, per night (for the first 5 nights of a stay) to be added to the total rental cost quoted.

Please inquire about our weekly rates for stays of 7 nights or more and which are offered at a slight saving over our nightly prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dorsoduro East in Venice area

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • town ...
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Grohe Rainshower Head as well as Adjustable Hand or Body Spray. Kroin Body Wash Dispenser. Heated Towel Rack. Separate Heating System Radiator. Polished Terrazzo Floor Throughout.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming

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