Casa Paradiso is a well equipped 4 bedroom villa for 9 set in beautiful grounds in a national park above Lake Garda. The villa provides a private and relaxing haven after a busy day by the Lake, and is only 5 minutes by car from shops, pools and sports activities. Over the years we have found its especially popular with families, biking / sports enthusiasts and pet owners.
The villa comfortably sleeps 9 (including 1 infant) with 4 bedrooms and 2 modern bathrooms. It has around 600sqft / 60 sqm of entertaining space including a large living room with fireplace, a dining room for 10 and a well equipped kitchen. The living room has several comfortable sofas arranged around the fireplace (wood provided) and is furnished with family games, WiFI and satellite TV. Three of the four bedrooms have French windows onto a large first floor south facing balcony. Outside there are two covered dining areas, one with an outside fireplace and BBQ and the other south facing with a wonderful view of Monte Baldo and covered with grape vines.
The house is ideal for families with lots for the kids to explore; a mountain stream and woodland to play in; a climbing frame, slide and swing in the meadow; and 5 minutes drive to two wonderful outdoor swimming pools (both with bars). In the evenings, if we are not cooking on the BBQ next to the outside fireplace, our kids play board games or football on the meadow. We also have a child seat and cot. The house is large enough for two families or to bring the grandparents. It is also popular with guests who bring their dogs on holiday and who love the large grounds and peacefulness.
There are many sporting opportunities on the doorstep including mountain biking on the famous "Passo Nota" and "Passo Tremalzo" routes or hiking on the many well marked trails around the house. Within 5 minutes drive are tennis courts, bike rental and 2 excellent outdoor swimming pools. For the more adventurous, close nearby is the highly rated Skyclimber centre for climbing, rapelling and canyoning and the well known free-climbing zone at Arco. We also frequently drive down to the lake to windsurf / kitesurf at the sailing centre at Campione, enjoy the beach at Limone, or sail or take out a pedalo at Riva.
The nearby supermarkets, restaurants and bank of Vesio are 5 minutes by car. We also often eat out at the excellent local restaurant 3 minutes walk away (Val d'Egoi). Nearby are the 18 little villages of Tremosine and the world famous Strada della Forra - a breathtaking road down to the lake which Winston Churchill described as the 8th wonder of the world. We also often spend days by the lake shopping in Riva (which has an ancient castle and a weekly market) or catching a ferry from Limone across the lake to Malcesine (which has many specialist leather shops and a cable car up Monte Baldo). Especially in the high season after a day in the heat and bustle of the Lake we enjoy returning to the peacefulness and cool of the house.
A walk through the house
The house is approached up a gravelled avenue lined with trees between a mountain stream and an organic flower meadow and has parking for four cars on the driveway. After crossing the south facing sun terrace planted with lavender and equipped with loungers and chairs, you enter the house through a covered dining area sheltered with vines. Round the side of the house is the sheltered outside fireplace and barbeque, both perfect for late nights in front of a fire under the stars, when there is usually a cooling breeze from the mountains. The comfortable living room is fully equipped with sofas arranged around a traditional Tyrolean ceramic fireplace, where we play board games, watch the flatscreen satellite TV, use the intenet or listen to music. Next door is a large dining room for 10, with a small library, which leads into a well equipped kitchen. The kitchen has an electric oven, a 4 ring gas hob, a large fridge / freezer, a dishwasher, a kettle, a toaster, a coffee maker, and a microwave and we provide a range of dishes, cutlery, pans and kitchen utensils. On the ground floor there is also a WC.
Up the stairs on the first floor are three of the four bedrooms, each of which has French Windows leading out onto a large first floor south facing balcony covered with vines and wisteria. The balcony is equipped with a table, several chairs and sun loungers and is a favourite spot for lying out in the sun listening to the stream or watching the sun set over the mountains. Two of the rooms have double beds (Kingsize and a large double) and one bedroom has two singles in a bunk bed as well as a cot. Each bedroom has a wardrobe, mirrors and reading lights. On the first floor there is also a modern bathroom with a shower as well as a separate laundry room with a washing machine, iron and ironing board. Up the stairs on the second floor there is a further double bedroom (with a Queensize bed) next to a second modern bathroom equipped with a shower and hairdryer. In total the house has around 2,200 sqft / 220 sqm and all beds are proper beds not sofa beds. Towels and linen are included.
The grounds of over 2 acres are mostly covered with wild flowers and fruit and walnut trees and provide direct access to a well marked network of hiking paths and roads in the national park. The garden and meadow are a haven for butterflies and wildlife. Our favourite trips from the house including walking or cycling up to the bar at Passo Nota which in 1914 was the border with Austria, hiking up behind the house to the ruins of Arsone where our stream springs from the mountain, or circuit training at the park's nearby picnic area.