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Villa with Private Pool and stunning Lake Views in large private park, sleeps 12

Bedrooms 5
Space 260 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Desiré in Salo, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy - In A Peaceful Private Location, A Few Minutes Walk To Shops And Restaurants, Circa 1500m To Beach

Villa Desire is a gorgeous villa perched on the hillside over the gulf of Salo, with stunning lake views. The villa has a large private swimming pool (11m x 6m) and is set in a private park of 7000 sqm of olive groves, lawn and woods. The villa has been designed for maximum exposure to its amazing and exquisite lake views: the large open space lounge area is walled by glass on three sides, three of the bedrooms have French glass doors onto balconies with breathtaking views, and the pool lies at the top of the hill with the whole view of the lake spreading out below it. The villa was completely renovated in 2013, and has entirely new systems and fittings, new bathrooms, a new kitchen and appliances, air conditioning, and beautiful selected antique pieces mixed in with all the modern conveniences that you can expect to find in a luxury villa.

In brief, the villa offers:

- sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms, 3 doubles a quadruple family suite (double bed and bunk beds), and a room with 2 singles, one a loft bed.

- 3 bathroom, 2 new luxury bathrooms with marble finishings and xl crystal showers, and one normal with shower cabinet and also laundry facilities

- large new kitchen with all usual appliances, open cooking fireplace, nespresso machine and seating for 10-12

- enormous open space dining and lounge area with high ceilings and glass walls with view, dining for 10-12 and sitting area for 8+

- flat screen HD tv with SKY satellite channels

- Air conditioning in the bedrooms upstairs.

- 7000sqm of private park with woods and olive groves

- large 11mx6m private pool, separately fenced and furnished with sun loungers and umbrellas

- gazebo covered outdoor eating area for 10-12 with built in BBQ

- fitness area in the garage

- ping pong table

- bicycles provided for guest use

In detail:

The spaces are large and open, luminous and airy, with high ceilings. The lounge and dining area alone is over 90 sqm, with enough room for an antique baby grand piano, and have double height slanted wooden ceilings that recall the bow of a tall ship. The kitchen is spacious and bright, with all new appliances and a built-in open cooking fireplace. There is an antique table in the kitchen, seating 10, and a modern designer table in the dining room seating 12+.

In total there are 5 bedrooms, three on the main floor with views and doors onto the balconies facing the lake. Two have double beds and the third is a family suite with double bed as well as a bunk bed. All the upstairs bedrooms have air conditioning. The lower ground floor has two more bedrooms, both with windows and partial lake view. One is a spacious double bedroom, and the other one is a children's room with a loft style bunk bed. There are three bathrooms, two upstairs with large crystal showers and luxury marble basins and fittings, and one downstairs with walk-in shower, and also a utility/laundry area.

There is a fitness area in the garage, with weights and various gym equipment, and there are 2 bicycles provided for guests use. There is also a ping pong table for hours of summer fun.

The villa is conveniently located, a short walk to the supermarket, shops, restaurants and bars, etc. With public park and playground directly beneath the villa. Parking places for 3-4 cars outside, within the security gates of the property.

There is safety fencing around the swimming pool and garden areas, making it safe for children. There is a dedicated outdoor eating area with Gazebo and built-in barbecue/fireplace with a beautiful lake view.

The outdoor lighting is architect designed to create romantic and beautiful nightscapes, and, naturally, those nightscapes include the view of the lights of the city of Salò reflecting on the lake waters below. Dawns are also breathtaking...start the new day by watch the sun rise over the crest of Monte Baldo each morning.

Features included:

- Wifi

- free on-site parking

- SKY satellite TV available in various languages

- digital cable TV

- DVD player

- air conditioning

- safe for valuables

- Ipod docking station

- starter set of cosmetics in all bathrooms

- starter set of paper goods including: toilet paper, kitchen paper, paper napkins

- starter set of pantry goods including: salt, sugar, coffee, tea

- starter set of cleaning goods including: rubbish bags, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, sponges, tea towels

Services included:

- 100% cotton quality linens for all beds

- 100% cotton quality towels, 4 per guest including a pool/beach towel

- personalised checkin with English speaking professional Holiday Angels

- welcome basket with locally produced organic products

- full concierge service and on the ground support for all local services

- mid-week housekeeping with indoor towel change

- weekly full cleaning and linen change on stays of 2 weeks or more

Extra services available include:

- private chef

- chauffeur

- masseuse

- breakfast delivery

- daily fresh bread delivery

- villa stocking and runner service

- airport transfers

- babysitter

- cookery courses in the villa

- wine tasting courses in the villa

- winery tours, city excursions and day trips

- private boat tours

- boat, scooter, bicycle and classic car rentals

- mountain bike and hiking excursions

and so much more. For the full list see the holiday garda website in the links section

More Details

Property Manager
Christina Ayer
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Christina Ayer

We use the professional team at Holiday Garda to manage all aspects of our guests' experience, from the booking and pre-arrival care, professional attention to every detail of the villa's preparation for your arrival, including top quality hotel linens and professional cleaning crews, to full concierge service and complete range of special services in the villa and local area while you are here.

The published prices are complete, and include both the rent which is paid directly to the owner, and the servicing of the villa and your stay, which is paid directly to Holiday Garda.

Cristina, Novella and Christina, the founders of Holiday Garda together with their crew of "holiday angels" work personally at each villa and directly with all of our guests to make their holiday villa a real home away from home. We believe that the best holidays should have the independence and freedom of self-catering, together with the luxury care and service of a quality hotel.

Christina Ayer purchased this villa in 2013

What makes this villa unique

Villa Desirè is in a perfect location: its hilltop position offers absolutely breathtaking views from nearly every angle, and the constant breeze from the lake combined with the splendid mild climate of the lake make for very comfortable temperatures year round.

The 2 acres of private park that surround the villa make it completely private and secure, with no neighbour noise and no disturbances. You feel completely private, and yet are not isolated. There are many restaurants, shops and services all within walking distance, and the local supermarket, less than 1km away, is open 24 hours.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cunettone-villa in Lombardy

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 260 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • lake
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: new, with marble floors, large crystal shower (170x70cm), toilet, basin and bidet Bathroom 2: new, with large crystal shower (170x80cm), basin, toilet and bidet Bathroom 3: shower, toilet, bidet, washing machine and utility area
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , family suite with double and 2 singles in bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 2 singles in loft style bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: New beds pillows and mattresses in all bedrooms : BR 1 and 2: double-beds with glass doors to balcony and lake views BR 3: family room with double bed and a bunk bed, glass doors to balcony and lake view BR 4: bunk bed and TV/DVD BR 5: large double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Villa Desire is perched on a hill, immersed in a private park of 7000sqm, surrounded by olive groves on a gentle slope sweeping down towards the town of Cunettone di Salò. There's also a wood on the steeper slope down towards the lake. It is utterly private, the land screening the house from the noise and the eyes of neighbours. A large private swimming pool (11x6m) lies at the side of the house and is fully furnished with sunbeds, sunloungers and beach umbrella. The pool area reaches the crest of the steep slope, with beautiful lake views from the poolside and the pool itself. Built-in barbecue area with gazebo and dining area, with splendid views. The property itself backs onto a large public park and playground, just 50m down the gentle slope, great for the kids!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Absolutely wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

From the booking on we were in good hands, everything was organised absolutely well. Its an amazing villa with a great few and a great pool. We felt like home and came back home fully recovered. During our whole stay we felt in good hands and all our quesions got respond immediatly. We defilitely well book the villa again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! it was great to have you, and hope to see you again!
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Great villa, beautiful sorroundings.

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this villa for a week for 10 guests including children. Everybody had a great time. The villa is clean and spacious. It has all the amenities required for the week of stay. The veranda view is amazing. The swimming pool was clean and the water was warm. Sami is a beautiful town next door and food shopping can be done in a local stores. We will be back to visit this area And rent the villa again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you again!! Christina
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Great Villa, wonderful service

  • 5 of 5

We booked Villa Desire for 11 to celebrate a special birthday and it was excellent.

The booking process was simple, all done on online and we were kept informed at every step by Christina. They arranged a transfer from the train station when we arrived and for our departure to 2 separate airports - all were on time in excellent vehicles.

When we first arrived we were met by Novella who looked after us during our stay, who showed us around and took us through everything we needed to know about the Villa and the local area. Throughout our stay she kept in constant contact and was always available to arrange taxis, answer any questions and to solve any issues we had. We did have some issues with the heating system and these were resolved by Novella who ensured that the owner and a plumber were there within 24 hours to fix a faulty part and we had no problem after that. We also had an issue with a faulty key which wouldn't open the front door but this didn't cause us a huge issue and we were assured it would be fixed for future guests. As good as the Villa already is, the service we received from Novella on top made it extra-special.

The Villa is excellent, the view is about the first thing you see and will take your breath away, we could see down to Salo and across Lake Garda to Monte Baldo. In the evening the view took on a different look as all of the towns around the Lake lit up, equally stunning.

The bedrooms were comfortable (although the 3 on the ground floor beat the 2 on the lower ground floor due to the stunning view), with extra bedding available and plenty of towels to use in the 3 bathrooms.

There were also enough towels for everyone to use in the pool. The pool area was well kept with plenty of sun loungers and 'noodles' and other things for the kids to use in the pool in the garage which also had modern gym equipment. The pool wasn't heated so was (really) cold although we were there earlier in the year so this shouldn't be a problem for anyone travelling in the summer.

The dining table was large enough to sit everyone after cooking in the large kitchen containing almost everything you could want to look after yourselves for a week.

The Villa is within walking distance of Salo although some guests may find it further out than they would like, it took around 45 mins to walk to the ferry port.

If you're looking for a beautiful place to base yourself for a family get together you can do a lot worse than staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! Thanks for the fabulous review and the great feedback. Your input will help us to keep making the villa Desire' an ever more fantastic place to holiday! Hope we see you again soon! Kind Regards
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Amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

This really is a location of outstanding views, the Villa is stunning and perfect for a family holiday or a sneaky romantic retreat for two, the huge glass sides to the villa give a panoramic view of Salò and beyond, no television is needed as you would never get tired of the watching the world of Lake Garda unfold every day. 8 of us enjoyed a fabulous week at the Villa there is plenty of room for all and great places to have family time like the balcony you can dine on, the pool and the homely kitchen. We found it the perfect base to explore Salò and the many lake side towns of Lake Garda. The river ferries run from Salò to many locations and are great fun. I would highly recommend this Villa and the Holiday Garda Team, who are very helpful and ready to answer any questions and help with booking restaurants etc. We found Christina and Novella excellent in making our holiday go smoothly from our first enquiries to checking we got home ok and had a good time.

We would recommend looking a bit behind the bars and restaurants around the bay of Salò if you like your food and service, there are some great restaurants that serve amazing food and give great friendly service. Go check out Lake Garda and all it has to offer, and if you go to Villa Desire or use Holiday Gardas services we don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning villa with spectacular views

  • 4 of 5

The villa is stunningly beautiful with a view to die for over Lake Garda, Salo and the surrounding

mountains. The terrace with its huge dining table is ideal for leisurely meals and drinks with

family or friends in the beautiful, balmy evenings that we experienced in June during our holiday.

The private pool is superb and there are loads of sunbeds and cushions. The villa and its

grounds are not overlooked at all and once you have driven in through the electronic gates you

feel totally private. They also provided inflatables, etc, for the kids.

The three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main floor are superb, with French windows opening out

onto the terrace with its panoramic view. The two bedrooms in the basement are adequate but have

very small windows and no air conditioning. The bathroom for these two rooms is basically a

utility room with a shower installed in it so downstairs is definitely for the second class

travellers (perhaps a good place to put the in-laws if they've stowed away with you). Also, there

is no air conditioning downstairs although it stays pretty cool anyway.

The kitchen and its facilities were fine for a big group with a 5-burner hob, microwave, oven,

fridge and freezer and loads of utensils. Everything was very clean and tidy when we arrived.

The location is a little bit remote from Salo and I wouldn't recommend booking it if you don't

have a hire car as it is not easy to walk down to the supermarket (about 20 mins each way) and a

lot further if you want to walk down to the main Salo waterfront. Salo itself is a beautiful

little town with a superb lakefront. The cafes and restaurants in the area are nearly all of a

high standard.

The communication and support from the staff at Lake Garda Holidays was excellent - they kept me

fully informed by e-mail before the holiday, answered any questions promptly and always answered

quickly and helpfully when we contacted them by phone, text or WhatsApp.

In summary, it was a marvellous and memorable holiday venue with a few small negatives.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, it was wonderful having you and we hope to see you again!
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This will be hard to better

  • 5 of 5

It is always a bit daunting booking accommodation on the internet from people you don't know and from the pictures posted, as you so often hear of tales of woe, however we took the plunge and booked in January. The communication and help from Christina from the very first email was first class and all the early transactions etc. made very easy.

9 months later when we arrived at the gates to Villa Desire we were just bowled over with the location/scale and beauty of the property and its amazing views, we were personally met by Novella who showed us around the Villa which was even more impressive than the pictures on the web site.

We all had a truly fantastic time during the two week stay, with any minor issues we might have had promptly sorted out by the team at Holiday Garda (Christina, Novella and Cristina) without any fuss.

The views over the sun rising and setting over Salo and Lake Garda were breath taking will remain with us for a long time.

Very highly recommended!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was really wonderful to have you! I am so glad you had a great holiday, and maybe we will see you again sometime! Kind Regards Christina
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
19 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas/New Year 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2018
19 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high summer
14 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer 2018
18 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £852.38

Prices include both the rent which is paid directly to the owner (VAT exempt), and the servicing of the villa and your stay, which is paid directly to Holiday Garda (VAT included). Prices include final cleaning, linens and towels, concierge service, and all utilities except heating fuel, which is available on request.
5 night stays, allowed in the low season, have a short stay surcharge of 180 euros. Heating fuel is charged extra if required.

We take every measure to protect our guests and our villas from the myriad of scams out there. We can provide the notary acts and municipal ownership registration documents for every villa. We are always available by telephone or skype to confirm details in person. And most importantly, we have developed a payment method that legally permits you to pay the bulk of your holiday on arrival, so you are in the villa and know it is real and sound before you pay.

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