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

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
11 September, 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.


Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Salo - cunnetone
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
800 Metres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
madonna di campiglio
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

A wonderful spot for a holiday, Salò is the perfect balance between small town and city. It has characteristic cobblestone streets and beautiful old world architecture, with everything in easy walking distance. And it also has all the services and entertainments you expect in a city, including theatre, museum, historic sights, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets and more. Its lake front promenade is purported to be the longest in Italy, and you can stroll along the lake with beaches to one side and side walk cafés, restaurants, bars and delightful small shops to the other.

Salò was founded during the Roman era with the name Pagus Salodium. It is not certain how the town got its name but one theory is that it was named after Salodia, an Etruscan Queen who lived here. In the Middles Ages, the town became a stronghold of the powerful Visconti family from Milan. In 1440, after a long war, Salò join the "Magnifica Patria" and fell under the rule of the Venetian Republic. In 1560, Salò was eventually bestowed with the honorary title of 'city by royal decree'.

Historical sites include:

- The Duomo di Santa Maria Annunziata (cathedral), rebuilt in late Gothic style in the 15th century. It has a noteworthy Renaissance portal by Gasparo Cairano and Antonio Mangiacavalli, paintings by Zenone Veronese (16th century), a Polyptych of Paolo Veneziano's school and a Madonna and Saints by Romanino.

- The Palazzo della Magnifica Patria (16th century). The palace is home to the Historical Museum of the Azure Ribbon, an exhibition of documents on Renaissance history, on Italy's colonial wars, the Spanish Civil War and the Resistance against Fascism.

- The Communal Palace is the seat of the Civic Archaeological Museum, with findings from the ancient Salodium.

During the Second World War, from 1943 to 1945, the town was the base of the Republic of Salò from where Mussolini’s party ruled. This was a puppet state of Nazi Germany during Mussolini’s last years of decline, and after the Allied invasion he had no real powers over the rest of the country. The official title of the government of the Salò Republic was the "Italian Social Republic".

Down the road from Salo, about 2km to Gardone, and you will find the Vittoriale museum, official residence of Gabriele D'annunzio and a fascinating testament to the futurist movement in Italy in the early 1900s. It is also an open air theater, with many important concert dates during the summer season.

Take the ferry from the port of Salo to a number of fun day trip destinations, including the panoramic gondola up the Monte Baldo from Malcesine, and the towns of Riva, Limone, Toscolano, Sirmione or Desenzano.

About 45 minutes away, by Peschiera del Garda, you will find a nest of world famous theme parks including Gardaland and Canevaworld, a safari park and zoo, famous botanical gardens, and a wonderful hot springs lake at Lasize.

For those with an archeological/anthropological bent -- and for spelunkers too -- the villa is not far from the famous caves and neolithic cave paintings of the Val Camonica.

Verona, with its opera season, ancient roman arena as well as Juliet's balcony, is about 60km away. Venice is about 160km away, and Milan about 175km away, both within easy day trip distance.


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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Read and Respect House Care rules printed in the villa
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!


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful villa overlooking the Garda Lake

  • 5 of 5

We found the Villa Desire is exactly as marvelous as described in the FeWoDirect announcement.

We have been pleased about its wonderful location overlooking the Garda Lake and its generous and clean facility.

Upon arrival, we were welcomed very friendly by Novella showing us the house and explaining its functioning. She also responded promptly and kindly to our special requests.

We have been enjoying our unforgettable two weeks family holidays when relaxing in the garden, cooking in the large kitchen, barbecueing fish, meat and vegetables outdoor, eating on the balcony, swimming in the pool, playing table tennis, riding on the two offered bicycles to the lake, making a boat tour to Garda and Bardolino, using our rubber boat for a swim on the lake, making some excursions into the mountains with a swim in the Lago d‘Idro, hiking by the Lago di Valvestino, shopping in the Intermarché (open 24 hrs). Saló offers lots of nice restaurants, bars and shops.

Our visit to Verona including the pre-booked opera of AIDA in the arena were the highlight of our holidays.

The only two drawbacks concern (a) the pool pump that stopped once from working and caused a deterioration of the water quality, hence ear infection with two children, and (b) the dish washer did not clean properly, because the flushing arm was calcified (discovered only at the end). Therefore, we had to wash the dishes by hand.

Nevertheless, we spent a great time and we do recommend this wonderful villa to families with children.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bernd! You were wonderful guests, a pleasure to have! Please come again anytime! Its a shame you did not tell us that the pool guy that came immediately to fix the pump did not fix the problem...we would have sent him back! But I am glad that your holiday did not suffer as a result, and hope to see you again soon!
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Excellent Villa for a large group

  • 4 of 5

The villa was excellent quality and everybody seemed to enjoy the 60th birthday celebrations, Catherine & Novella who manage the property were really good and helpful and quick to respond. We had all the utensils, furniture and outside kit for the 12 + 3 month old and they were in good condition.

One or two minor niggles such as one of the bedrooms slept 4 which was a bit awkward with 12. We were inundated with ants in the bedrooms but there isn't a lot you can do about it, Grounds were a bit untidy with long grass but didn't notice really until we left on the Friday and they strimmed it all which made it look a lot better, Pity it hadn't been done for our week.

Finally it is quite remote and the description doesn't really prepare you for the distance you walk to the lake or more importantly how steep it is to come back up. We had mature people who found it difficult and had to have a taxi back.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cunettone-villa, Lombardy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2017 LAST MINUTE
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2018
12 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer 2018
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
September 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
Damage Deposit £885.28

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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