Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda

I’ve been excited to tell you about this place since the moment I stepped through its front doors.

Villa Feltrinelli is quite simply the most incredible place I have ever stayed.

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We arrived fresh from Verona in the late afternoon.

Greeted by the most charming staff who handed Julia and I posies of fresh flowers.

Our bags were whisked away and we raced up to claim our bedrooms.

Theirs looked over the lake, ours looked over the pool.

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A squishy bed, flanked by squishier chairs.

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A gorgeous bathroom, and a shower I could have held a conference in.

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With one last fleeting glance and the snow topped mountains, we raced off to explore the place.

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Built in 1892 by Faustino Feltrinelli’s sons, the Art Nouveau villa plays with light and space to wow as you turn every corner.

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Marble everywhere, frescos to make your heart sing, cosy corners to hide away in.

The rooms were fully booked (all 18 of them) and we still felt as though we had the place to ourselves.

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There are sitting rooms, drawing rooms, salons, smoking rooms, bars, all begging to be explored and each decorated more elaborately than the last.

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It feels as though you’re staying at a friends house, in the very best way possible.

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While the lake is still freezing – I can attest to this, as I leapt in from the dock.

Plunging into water just a few degrees off freezing is quite the eye opener!

But makes the warm, almost bath like pool feel all the more glorious.

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Every inch of the grounds are a photographer’s dream.

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There are pretty little lounge areas for guests to snuggle into with books and hot tea.

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White off the shoulder dress

Brown sandals // Tortoise shell glasses

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To add to the villa’s colourful history, Mussolini moved in from 1943 until 1945 and every big-wig since has spent a night here.

There are croquet lawns, 19th century lemon groves, ancient oak trees, olive groves, magnolia trees and a never ending supply of Italian ducks.

Just the place to while away an afternoon exploring the grounds!

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But back to that pool…

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While Julia and Thomas roamed the croquet lawn, my chap and I slipped into the pool, with a couple of cocktails.

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Bespoke Silver May aquamarine Sparkler Ring

Nibbles quickly followed, served by the ever present but seemingly invisible team of staff in crisp white jackets.

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We felt instantly very, very much at home.

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Black swimmer // Do Not Disturb hat

After a very long, extremely steamy shower we dressed and made our way downstairs for supper.

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Starting with lake side drinks by the light of the moon.

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Nothing but the sound of crickets singing and the gentle lapping of the lake against the pebbled shore.

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Followed by a satisfying pop and chilled champagne pouring into flutes.

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The restaurant has two Michelin stars, but doesn’t feel nearly as stuffy as you might think it would.

Julia and I sank into a fluffy sofa, our tables were tucked in and the boys sat across from us.

Course after course, cooked up by Stefano Baiocco who trained at El Bulli, materialized in front of us.

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Beautiful, exquisite dishes, the finest Italy has to offer – pastas, risottos, meats, veggies, fish.

There wasn’t a disappointment among them.

After a final drink in the bar, and one more stroll along the shore, we all went up to bed.

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The next morning breakfast was served beside the lake, with the day’s papers and a dizzying array of choices. From home made breads, to pastries, any juice you can imagine, and all sorts of cooked delights.

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We spent two nights at Villa Feltrinelli and they were two of the best I’ve ever had.

It is expensive, the cheapest rooms start at about a thousand euros. Dinner isn’t cheap, but you don’t need to have the full tasting menu experience, you could very easily have a bowl of risotto beside the fire and feel just as pleased.

But it really is the sort of place you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Make it happen!

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  • Katie

    What a gorgeous post – such a beautiful hotel and setting. Italy is a country I’d definitely like to explore more of! Loving the DND hat too!
    Katie x
    TheEclecticity.org

  • mycitymylondon

    That portion of eggs and salmon:( hehe. I would have asked for seconds, even a third helping. ”Please sir can I have some more”…hehe

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

  • Aurè

    so charming!your white outfit is fabolous…cheers!
    http://aureart.blogspot.it

  • This hotel looks like something out of a fariytale! It’s so beautiful x

    http://www.abeautyromance.com
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  • Such a gorgeous villa! Looks like the perfect place for a luxurious city escape.

    Avanti
    xxx
    avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • This is beautiful! The interiors of the Villa look amazing. Love the hat as well!
    http://www.lookwhosyorking.blogspot.co.uk

  • The Sunday Mode

    Oh my goodness, this looks like something from a fairytale. Everything looks so grand and luxurious!

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Wow that looks amazing… hope you are having lots of fun

  • If I ever win the lottery, booking a room for about two months in this incredible place will be the first thing I’ll do 🙂

    xx
    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

  • This place looks absolutely lovely! I can imagine getting lost in a book (or three) in one of those beautiful drawing rooms! 🙂
    — LisaLDN.com

  • Jill Dap

    It really seems like a gorgeous place! I’d like to visit it someday!

    Jill

    Jill D Blog

  • That’s such a stunning dress! Love that hotel btw. X
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  • Don

    Amazing Place Rose and your outfit is stunning as usual

  • This hotel looks absolutely incredible! Wow!

    LEACH | theleachlife.com

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    That picture of the two chairs alongside the lake by candlelight is stunning! A truly special place for a real treat – thanks for the great pictures and inspiration lovely x

    http://littlemissnottinghill.com

  • Jen

    Everything looks and sounds wonderful, but I can’t get over the bathtub!

    affecionada

  • Uh this looks SO dreamy. Dusk by the lake and candle light (AND champers) is my idea of heaven.I will definitely make it happen. Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • I don’t even know where to begin! The bed, the grounds, the pool, the food? Looks like they had thought of everything! (Although at 1000 euros a night you’d hope so 😉 ) xo

  • I’m ready to pack my bags! Beautiful and the snow capped peaks in the distance ….reminds me so much of my stays in Switzerland.
    http://garnetfleuri.wordpress.com

  • These photos are stunning and I love your white dress, especially the sleeves!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • What a place! Looked incredible on your Snapchat.

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  • Oh my Gosh, what a spot! So luxurious, beautiful, peaceful, amazing….I am almost lost for words! How could anyone want to leave that place??!! Your outfits fit the location perfectly! xx Julie

    http://www.jafinthebox.wordpress.com

  • Omg! This looks heavenlyyyy

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  • This place looks absolutely breath-taking! The view alone of those mountains….just incredible!

  • Lake Garda will always be one of my favourite places. Brings so many memories with my grandmother.
    You look amazing, as always.
    Jules- http://www.thekiwidiaries.com

  • What an amazing place. It’s like a dream! Also, that white dress is beyond gorgeous <3

    Haute Sauce

  • This almost makes me feel like I’m there! I love your commentary… and I am just in love with this place! It would be worth the money to have such an amazing experience! Looks like it was a wonderful trip!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

  • Love that aquamarine ring! So pretty!

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  • Angharad

    This is a beautiful dream! I’d love to visit Italy. Angharad x

    http://www.welshandwonderful.com

  • Stacy

    Such a great place!!! Want to visit it)

  • Kari Guastella

    What an absolutely stunning hotel! Every corner is gorgeous!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Karoliina Kazi

    This place looks so incredible and your pictures really tell the story, perfect luxury escape.
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  • WOW! Seems like the perfect place to honeymoon. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.carmensluxurytravelblog.com

  • looking forward for the greece photos!!! you have the best blog in the universe!!

    thenewgirl.me

  • Gorgeous photos! That hotel is unbelievably stunning, what a beautiful place to stay at. Plus that dress is summertime perfection.

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  • Karoline

    Since you’re so friendly to women, I was just wondering where Phoebe, Kimberley and Valentina are these days since Julia posts such flattering pictures of you (and you do the same)?

    • Rosie

      Friendly to women? What an odd thing to say!
      I have friends I love regardless of their sex.
      But as you ask, Phoebe lives in the countryside and is marrying a chap we met a couple of summers ago.
      Kimberley is travelling the world pursuing her career and building her empire. We see each other when our paths cross.
      Valentina lives in Sweden and is coming to stay very soon.
      I also have a great number of wonderful people in my life who don’t often (or in some cases ever) feature on my blog.
      As I’m sure is the case with your friends, some friends enjoy taking photos, others don’t.
      Julia has a blog and I have one, therefore when we travel we take lots of pics together, because we enjoy sharing them.
      I suggest fulfilling your need for drama and cattiness elsewhere, reality tv perhaps.

  • Beautifull!! Villa really seems like a amazing Place and You are looking so Gorgeous in White Outfit…

  • So stunning!! I just added Villa Feltrinelli to my Travel Wishlist! It sounds so luxurious and peaceful.

    Also, you are killing it in that white dress! I especially love the sleeves, the skirt, the material, the bodice… wait basically everything about it. So so cute!!

    And forgive me if I’m repeating myself, but I absolutely LOVE your writing voice. You make things come alive and are just the right amount of fun and poetic. I’m sure all your readers feel this way, but you just seem like an awesome person IRL!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

  • WHAT a beautiful place! Literally magical, and the grounds are amazing! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Ami Hastings

    I have to go to this hotel! Unbelieveable! That pool is calling my name 🙂
    -Ami
    http://www.becomingthebehars.com

  • Gorgeous and luxurious – lovely post, Rose!
    http://www.cafe-court.blogspot.ca

  • Ash

    This is really my favorite post yet. I may have read it three or so times just to soak it in. Having a bit of Italian burrata alla panna before dinner to the edge off of my desire to swan off to Italy. Your writing and photography is as lovely as always. <3

    Best,
    Ash
    TheBoardAndWire.com

  • Yvonne

    Yes! This is a lovely place! I know it very well!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  • Beautiful!

  • I’m refreshed by the charm, elegance, beauty & civility of Villa Feltrinelli. Ahh! The region is so exceptional, one needs a hotel to match. Lovely.
    Thanks + C h e e r s!