We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Cervano with our young family of 5 in July 2012.
We stayed in the Elise apartment on the upper floor- 2 large bedrooms with plenty of storage, dining/living room, and small but functional kitchenette. We had fantastic views of the lake or the mountain from every window, and it was wonderful to drift off to sleep in the evening with the shutters wide open to catch the gentle breeze off the lake. The beds were made up with lovely linens and were comfortably firm. Anna and Gino provided a great portacot and wonderful antique high chair for our 7 month old baby and welcomed her with open arms. The kitchen has a stove-top, microwave, refrigerator and is thoughfully kitted out with all the essentials, plus some provisions for your first breakfast (bread, jams, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, olive oil, juice). We opted to cook all our evening meals in the apartment and then head out to enjoy an evening stroll after dinner.
Anna and Gino were very welcoming to our children. Our boys (aged 8 and 5) enjoyed playing on the ride-on cars, finding "secret houses" and roaming the surrounding fields filled with wildflowers and olive trees. Gino introduced the boys to the magic of "silver leaves", and they were excited to see the horses which regularly ride past the property. If you are looking for lots of "instant entertainment" for the kids, Cervano is not your place. If, however, you are looking for a relaxing, quiet place with space for the kids to run and experience some nature, Cervano is perfect!
Gino and Anna have just completed renovations to an adjacent building (dating from the 1800's) which provide a range of apartments to suit groups of different sizes. The renovations have been tastefully done and Gino was proud to show off the many ways he has retained the historical aspects his family's property, while ensuring all modern conveniences are provided and environmentally sustainable features are included.
Anna and Gino were the perfect hosts, giving us as much help (or space) as we needed. We were welcomed into their home for coffee and they gave us a tour of the property when we requested it. When we asked for suggestions for lunch, Gino suggested an annual alpine festival to be held that day high in the mountains above Lago di Garda and then called his cousin to arrange tickets. After a spectacular mountain drive, we arrived at a small alpine church where the festival was being held and were greeted by his cousin, who explained what was going on. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch of spiedo (meats and vegetables cooked on a spit) surrounded by locals, and were thrilled to have such an authentic local experience!
Cervano is located in a rural area above a golf course, and a car is essential to reach it. Make sure you ask for detailed directions from Gino on how to reach the property - don't do as we did and rely on the GPS which took us via the little hamlet of Cecine with its incredibly narrow streets!
We loved our stay at Cervano and would highly recommend it to families and groups looking for quiet, relaxing stay at Lago di Garda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cervano, our house on Lake Garda, is in the county of Toscolano Maderno, the Province of Brescia and not far from Salò. Situated 900 yards above sea level we are very easy to find. Coming from Salò – proceed till after the town of Toscolano. Turn left at the sign for Cecina. (This is a rather narrow road and you may wish to turn left at the GARGNANO/TOSCOLANO overhead sign a little further down the road and then follow the instructions below.) Pass through the village and turn left at the church. Follow the signs for CERVANO.After 1 mile pass through the black gate and travel for a further half mile. .You have now arrived! Coming from the North – (Riva del Garda or the highway at Rovereto). After Bogliaco village turn right just before the large sign reading GARGNANO/TOSCOLANO. Proceed along this road (with the golf course always on your right) , DO NOT GO on S.Giorgio road!, and turn right at the sign for Cecina. For 1/2mile follow the sign for Cervano and turn in at the black gates and proceed a further ½ mile up the driveway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Cervano Lake Garda/Toscolano-Maderno, Italy