Il Castello from the roadIl Castello from the hillside above
Il Castello - romantic farmhouse in Valpolicella
Il Castello - romantic farmhouse in Valpolicella
8 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
2.5 baths
8 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
2.5 baths
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Our ancient stone farmhouse built around a lovely courtyard offers rural tranquillity with stunning views across Valpolicella towards the mountains of Lake Garda. The local area is famous for its wine & food, and the beautiful cities of Verona, Venice, Vicenza, Padua and Mantua are within easy access.
4 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms & a cloakroom-cum-utility room; well-equipped "cook's" kitchen; living room with open fireplace, and wisteria-covered terrace for long lazy feasts under the stars.

The space

Il Castello is a seventeenth-century farmhouse (once in remote times a castle, hence its name), built around an attractive courtyard. The main house is divided into three units, all owned by permanent Italian residents, one of which belongs to Bryan’s brother, Hugh Ward-Perkins, and his Italian wife Paola, who both speak English. Our house, on the opposite side of the courtyard, is managed by Fiorenza Peruzi, who runs a local cleaning agency; she very helpful and efficient if you need help with anything in the house.

Our house is divided into two parts, either side of the impressive ancient gateway into the courtyard. It has four bedrooms, and can sleep up to 8 people (though the fourth bedroom is best suited to children).

The main half of our house has a large downstairs sitting/dining-room, with an open fireplace, and an attractive and well-equipped kitchen (gas hob, electric oven, fridge, and dish-washer) with a traditional marble sink and marble worktops; on the first floor there is a large double bedroom, a bathroom (with shower enclosure, basin, bidet & W.C.) tiled in local pink marble, and a second bedroom with two single beds.

On the other side of the entrance portico, the ‘Fienile’ is a converted hayloft. Upstairs, reached by an external staircase, is a double bedroom with spectacular views across the valley and an en suite shower-room with WC. Downstairs is another bedroom/playroom, with doors opening onto the courtyard; this room makes an ideal children’s bedroom but is a bit cramped for adults. (Since the beds are only 90cm wide, it is the least comfortable of the four bedrooms.) Next to it is a laundry-room, accessed from the portico, with a washing machine, large sink and additional WC. (Please note: The Downstairs Fienile bedroom does not communicate directly either with the Upstairs Fienile bedroom or the Laundry Room.)

All the rooms are fully and attractively furnished, largely with antique furniture, and there is plenty of hot water (and central heating, if needed, in winter). Sheets and towels, including beach towels, are provided at no extra charge. There is unlimited wireless internet access available, as well as a CD player and radio, which can also be connected to an iPod. There is also an extensive collection of cookery books in both English and Italian.

Outside Areas:
There are two sitting-out areas with shade - one under a portico on the courtyard side; the other under a large pergola planted with wisteria and oleanders overlooking the valley towards Monte Baldo. The courtyard is shared with the other owners, and provides a pleasant sitting-out area and a safe and sheltered play space, with an olive tree, fig tree, and the original large stone washing basins filled with running water from the local stream which runs underneath the courtyard. The pergola has benches and a table in the local marble for eating outdoors. We also provide a large Webber barbecue and deck-chairs. The house is surrounded by fields and vineyards with ample space to roam and explore.

Guest access

A party of up to four guests will have access to the whole of the main part of our house - two bedrooms, bathroom, living room and kitchen, as well as the laundry room and all the outside areas. Parties of 6 or more will also have access to the Fienile (once a hayloft, now converted into two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room). The division of the house into two parts makes it well-suited to larger groups sharing with friends and family.

Interaction with guests

My brother-in-law, Hugh, and his Italian wife Paola, live in the main farmhouse on the other side of the courtyard. They both speak English and are always willing to offer help and advice whenever needed.

Other things to note

We have a travel cot and high chair in the house to accommodate a baby, and also a stair gate.

It is possible for those staying in the Fienile to be reasonably autonomous, which makes it well-suited to having family or friends to stay. The division of the house also makes it pleasant to use in smaller numbers.


Amenities
Kitchen
Essentials
Heating
Washer

Prices
Extra people $27 CAD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $53 CAD
Security Deposit $379 CAD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 king bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

- Please don't make a lot of noise in the courtyard between midnight and 8am
- Park cars at the back of the house in the parking area
- Observe local recycling regulations and sort rubbish into paper, plastic, glass and organic waste

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Cat(s) live in the house

Cancellations

Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 3 nights.

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Carolina User Profile
August 2017
This place is truly magical. Hidden in the hills, you will find a little slice of paradise with a gorgeous courtyard, amazing neighbors, and the most picturesque spot for breakfast overlooking the vineyards. My family and I stayed at this charming home on our way back to Milan, after a month long stay in Italy. Our only regret was not staying an extra day or two. It's a great central spot to hightail it to Verona, Lago di Garda, wine touring, etc. Kate is an amazing host. She is so detail oriented and communicative. When you arrive, there is a whole book that pretty much answers any question you may have. Her family, that lives across the courtyard, are equally brilliant. They are professional musicians, and we regret not stay long enough to watch them perform. We highly suggest booking a wine/Negrar tour with Mario and his lovely wife, Anne (Kate has all their information). My kids think Anne may be the real Mary Poppins, she is beyond charming and witty. We stumbled upon this place by chance, which is how some of the best gems are uncovered! Thank you Kate ... will see you soon!

Patrick User Profile
July 2017
Kate's place is amazing. The view from the terrace is breathtaking, we enjoyed dinner out there every night of our stay. The house has so much personality and the location on this hill was perfect. Our kids loved the cats (even though Kate says not to mingle with them ;)). We also enjoyed the figs growing right near the house. Kate is very organized and detailed. She had a book with more information than we would ever need right there at our fingertips as well as easily marked keys to all the rooms. I can't say enough great things about this place. Negrar was the highlight of our trip and we definitely plan on coming back soon!
Kate User Profile
Response from Kate:
Hi Patrick. Thank you for your lovely review! I'm so glad you loved the house, found all the information helpful, and had a great time. We have always felt it was in a magical location and love sharing it with others. We'll look forward to your return visit. Happy travelling! Kate
July 2017

Samuel User Profile
June 2017
We loved staying at il castello. It`s a picturesque house and we also liked the view around il castello very much. the service and cleanness was awesome. the communication was friendly and we got all the information we needed right on time. The only two negatives were: The toilets dont flush that well, especially the one in the upper fenile. The other thing is, that we found that the amount of water at the shower in the main house was weak. It took quite a while to have a shower. To sum up: If i`d plan another trip to Valpolicella or Lake Garda i`d definitely come back!
Kate User Profile
Response from Kate:
Dear Samuel. Thank you for your review. We're very pleased you liked the house and its views. We're sorry that the upstairs fienile toilet wasn't flushing properly while you were there - it wasn't possible to get hold of a plumber in the short time you stayed but this has now been fixed. The water pressure in the shower is - I'm afraid - a bit variable due to the nature of the local water supply. It's good to have your feedback though and we'll see if there is anything we can do to improve it.
June 2017

Oxford, United KingdomJoined in February 2014
Kate User Profile

I was born in London and have lived in Oxford ever since I was a student there. I've spent a lot of time in Italy; my husband Bryan was born and brought up in Rome. We bought Il Castello, our house in Valpolicella, with Bryan's brother, Hugh, and his Italian wife Paola, who are both classical musicians. They live permanently in the main farmhouse on the other side of the courtyard. They are always willing to be helpful and give advice about restaurants, where to buy wine, where to park in Verona and other essential information.

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