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“Fantastic escape”
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Dimora Bolsone
Paris, France
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“Fantastic escape”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

I cannot recommend this place enough. The garden is absolutely stunning and built on terraces, so every step and turn brings a different viewpoint or hidden pathway. The breakfast is amazing - if its not raining, its out on the terrace where you just sit and stare at the amazing view. Even though this is a B&B, you never feel on top of anyone. Rafaelle is a fantastic host and not only gave us excellent restaurant recommendations but booked for us, pretty much every night. My husband and I have come away feeling relaxed, happy and refreshed and would really recommend this place to anyone. We did need to hire a car, so took turns every evening to drive. However the views from the place were so much nicer than any bar or restaurant that we often had a glass of wine looking at the view, when we came back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

What beautiful and relaxing place to stay! It is like something out of the movie Enchanted April. Rooms comfortable, owners welcoming and generous. Great views from a patio where you are surrounded by lemon trees. Unbelievable garden. Fabulous breakfast. You feel this place is truly a labor of love. This will be on my "Must Visit" list every time I return to Italy.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Munich
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

we loved our stay with Rafaelle. This place is very special & you will already feel it whenyou enter the beautiful drive way through a huge park and can feel the silence.
great host, wonderful service & food, a stunning view and a very unique never overcrowded getaway.. totally for couples i think! we loved it!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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bolsone, Proprietario at Dimora Bolsone, responded to this review, April 14, 2012
Thank you a lot for the nice words you used for us! We hope to have the opportunity to meet you again in the future. Raffaele
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Napa
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

Four of us just returned from a magical journey through central and northern Italy, and all agreed that the high point of our trip was our all too brief stay at Dimora Bolsone. We have all traveled extensively in Italy and feel as though Rafaelle's Retreat is exceptional. Not only are the rooms lovely, the beds ultra comfortable, the breakfasts superb, the views breathtaking, and the gardens exquisite, but Rafaelle himself is among the most fascinating hosts we've ever encountered. We began to miss Tuscany as soon as we left, but fortunately, Rafaelle helped us get over our melancholy. We are already planning our next trip back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

We went a view days in this very nice place : a spacious house, with charming chambers having a wonderful view on the lago di garda. The house is surrounded by a lovely garden with orange trees, limon trees, olive trees, fig trees... It's a very quite place, few kilometers from the noisy center of the city. The beakfast takes place on a terrace with a wonderful view, a gastronomic breakfast, served on the sunny morning. No doubt that is it a place to come back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Fantastic views , delicious breakfasts and what a great host in Rafaelle. His place is the kind of villa I'd like to retire to!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

I have just returned from Dimora Bolsone. I have visited Bolsone a number of times because to me it is stunning. I love it. My first thought in the morning when I wake up: ah yes, another day in paradise… . Bolsone is a full immersion of the senses.

The view from the terrace is one of the most spectacular I have ever seen. Eating breakfast overlooking the lake, taking in the rich green vegetation, the small historical villages and the distant mountains, is delightful. The rooms are decorated with beautiful 16th , 17th, and 18th century pieces and the bathrooms are super. The perfumed terraces are full of giant pots of lemon and grapefruit trees, climbing roses and bouganville. The owner, Raffaele, is courteous and full of knowledge about the area. He was born and has lived there most of his life so knows all the best places to visit, to eat, to drink coffee .

I would strongly suggest you visit the garden (more of a park). Raffaele, a tax accountant turned naturalist, has a device to let you hear the music of the plants. Yes you can actually hear the sound of the plants. Drinking a good white wine, overlooking the lake and garden, taking in the sounds, sights and smells is close to as good as it gets. I absolutely recommend a visit if you want to both relax and be energized.

However, two things One you must have a car, not only to get to Bolsone, but also to explore the beauty of the Lake and its surroundings and to eat at the many restaurants. Second you mustn't be dog phobic. Rocky and Glenda, two beautioful cocker spaniels happily wonder around the terrace and gardens.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Dimora Bolsone
Address: Via Panoramica 23, 25083 Gardone Riviera, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Brescia > Gardone Riviera
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Gardone Riviera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:1 star — Dimora Bolsone 1*
Number of rooms: 6
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Dimora Bolsone Lake Garda/Gardone Riviera, Italy

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