Lake Garda - Ponti sul Mincio
I have grouped Country Dream with all the Lake Garda resorts mainly to give an idea as to where to look on a map to find this little gem. If you are looking for a holiday away from all the bustle and traffic of every day life and enjoy walking and cycling this is a real dream - in fact a Country Dream! Arriving at Country Dream courtyard, apart from a warm welcome from my friend Chiara, you will find yourselves in one of the most unspoilt and fascinating terrirories in Italy, just south of Lake Garda and on the border between Lombardy and Veneto. Chiara has renovated two houses within the courtyard making two large and comfortable apartments each completely self contained. Don't be misled by the rustic appearance from outside - the interiors are nicely furnished and have air conditioning/heating, wifi, fully equipped kitchens and hairdryers in every bathroom!
Dream 1: 200 sq metres on 3 floors facing the courtyard and suitable for 4 to maximum 6 persons. On the ground floor enter into a lounge area with couch, TV and then move through to the fully equipped kitchen with 4 hobs, microwave, washing machine, kettle and coffee machine complete with pods. Leading off from the main lounge area is another living room with double bed and TV and a private bathroom with shower/wc. On the first floor is the Red Room with double bed and private bathroom plus TV. The Blue Room on the second floor can sleep 3 people - enter into a furnished room with a single bed and from there up a spiral staircase to the loft area with double bed and private bathroom.
Dream 2: On the other side of the building facing towards the fields this apartment is 150 sq metres and suitable for couples or families from min 2 - 6 persons. Outside is a 'green' area equipped with table and chairs and a brick built barbecue great for those warm evenings during the summer. Up some steps and into a large very light open plan kitchen with a 4 ring gas cooker and oven, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and coffee machine complete with pods. From the kitchen move into the living room with double sofa bed and TV. The main bedroom is up stairs to the loft (so not a completely closed bedroom) with a double bed and double sofa bed, TV and bathroom with shower/wc.
The kitchens in both apartments have a minimum supply of oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, mineral water, milk and coffee.
Just south of Lake Garda along a private unmetalled road with fields either side in the protected area of the Mincio River Park and yet just 2 kms from Ponti sul Mincio the nearest town, you will arrive at Country Dream. On the border between Lombardy and Veneto just 10 and 20 minutes respectively from Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione and 30 minutes by car from the art cities of Mantova and Verona, whether it be for a short break or a full holiday the Country Dream apartments are a wonderful alternative to a conventional hotel to enjoy country life but at the same time be close enough to the tourist attractions of the area. For those who enjoy walking and cycling you are within easy reach of the River Mincio Cycleway that runs from Peschiera to the north, along the Mincio river bank and south as far as Mantova a distance of almost 44 kms! There are so many places of interest to visit - Lake Garda itself, Borghetto a completely renovated hamlet on the river towards Mantova and the equally beautiful Parco Sigurtà Gardens or take the medieval castles itinerary through Ponti sul Mincio, Monzambano, Castellano Lagusello with its castle reflected in a tiny lake, Valeggio also famous for its tortellini and romantic Borghetto. For familes with children who want to spend time in the theme parks, Gardaland, Movie Studios, Caneva water park and lesser known Cavour parks are all within easy reach. For those interested in cycling bikes can be hired and will be delivered to the apartment.
More and more restaurants are serving gluten free food but for those of you who enjoy eating out rather than cooking every night the following are quoted as serving gf food many including pasta and pizzas. Borghetto: Locanda Antica and certain dishes at the wine bar in the centre.
Peschiera del Garda: Antica Osteria Busocaldo and Ristorante Pizzeria Bellavista.
On the road from Peschiera to Sirmione (but nearer to Sirmione) Ristorante Al Braciere and Ristorante Pizzeria Il Cascinale.
Desenzano town centre: Kapperi for both pasta and pizzas.
In the Apartments:
Living area - bedrooms with double bed - sofa beds - fully equipped kitchens - bathrooms with shower/wc - hair dryer - TV sat - wifi throughout - bed linen and towels - minimum supply of oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, water, milk and coffee - stairs to sleeping areas. See description of each apartment for full details.
Cycle trails - hire and delivery of bicycles - river Mincio - Parco Sigurtà gardens and Borghetto hamlet - art cities of Verona and Mantova
Ponti sul Mincio for shops, bars and restaurants
Lake Garda: excursion boats - windsurf - sailing - Gardaland, Caneva, Movie Studios and Caneva theme parks - bars - shops - restaurants
How to arrive
Verona 26km; Milan/Bergamo 70kms.
From Verona airport turn left travelling round perimeter of airfield. Continue for several kms, At first roundabout bear right and next one straight over and join the motorway in direction MILANO. Exit at Peschiera del Garda*
From Bergamo turn right out of airport/car hire depot, filter left into main road and then follow green m’way signs onto A4 direction Venice: exit at PESCHIERA*
*Pass pay toll, keep to the right and follow road round to the big roundabout, filter on and then immediately exit right up the ramp onto dual carriageway heading west. (direction Sirmione/ Desenzano). Approx 1 km exit right, pass over the flyover and follow to Ponti sul Mincio. After the town, approx 1 km, pass playing fields on left surrounded by trees and then 3rd turn off left to Località Marinoni. Continue 500mts along small metalled road, at second bend on the right go straight and onto the private unmetalled road to Loc Marinoni. Country Dream courtyard after 500 metres
Although it is advisable to have use of a car transfers can be arranged from both Verona and Milano Bergamo airports.
Suitable for coeliac: Yes
Check In: Any day 16.00
Check Out: Any day 10.00
Prices are per apartment per day (self catering) and depend on the number of people occupying the apartment. There is a minimum 2 night stay required. The apartments are open ALL year round.
In the case of Dream 1 if occupied by less than 6 persons one of the bedrooms may be closed off.
Country Dream 1
Full apartment 4 person occupancy
July and August € 160,00
Rest of the year € 130,00
Full apartment 6 person occupancy
July and August €180,00
Rest of the year €150,00
If there are no prior bookings it is possible to rent just one of the 3 en suite bedrooms in Dream 1 - eventually sharing the common areas with other people. In this case breakfast will be provided. Cost 2 persons July and August €80,00, rest of the year €60,00.
Country Dream 2
Full apartment 2 person occupancy
July and August € 100,00
Rest of the year € 80,00
Full apartment 4 person occupancy
July and August € 120,00
Rest of the year € 100,00
Full apartment 6 person occupancy
July and August €140,00
Rest of the year €120,00
All prices are in €uro. Right now €uro 1 is equivalent to approx £0.88. If there is any significant change within the next few months a new sterling guide will be added.