Via Sottomonte, 16, Soiano del Lago 25080 Soiano del Lago (Brescia)
Nestling in an olive grove of 10,000 sq. m., the old farmhouse is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday just minutes from Lake Garda. Lovingly restored by Stefania and Guido, Il Cardo offers comfortable hospitality in beautifully furnished surroundings.
Apartments and independent rooms guarantee privacy and peace for all guests. It is ideal for families, for those who want to relax after a day’s work and for sports lovers: some of the best Italian golf courses are just minutes away by car.
Stefania and Guido run Il Cardo and the Divino Rosso farm. With their passion, they have created a hospitable and cosy place for relaxing holidays. They run the whole house and welcome their clients serving delicious breakfasts and to taste the excellent wines and oil of the farm. The Divino Rosso farm, with the same owners, is in the Valtenesi area of Lake Garda, in the communes of Soiano del lago, Polpenazze del Garda and Calvagese della Riviera. Vines and olive trees are grown for the production of excellent DOC wines and extra-virgin olive oil. The products are of controlled origin and protected. The farm adopts a Regional Plan for the improvement of natural resources, which can decrease the amount of fertiliser supplied from outside, thus reducing pollution and improving the balance regulating the ecosystem, all in a logic of respect for the environment and, consequently, consumer protection and quality.
Rooms/One-room apartments: the rooms are spacious, furnished with attention to the smallest detail and provide every comfort. They have a bathroom, an outdoor area with table and chairs, a double bed and in all the rooms a single bed and a cot can be added. For Arnica and Pervinca, it is possible to choose between service for rooms (daily cleaning and breakfast included/linen changed every 3 days) or one-room apartments (cleaning at the end of the stay/linen changed weekly/breakfast on request). Services: cookware (Pervinca and Arnica), linen, satellite TV, hairdryer, air conditioning (heating and cooling), common laundry, private car park
Two-room apartments: the apartments are cosy and carefully furnished, with exposed beam ceilings. They have a sitting room with an equipped kitchen area, a double room with bathroom, to which a single bed can be added. Another single bed can also be added in the sitting room. The bedroom looks on to an equipped private terrace of 15 sq. m. with a lake view and deckchair. The sitting room has a private patio with table and chairs. Guests may use a barbecue area. Services: cookware, linen, satellite TV, hairdryer, air conditioning (heating and cooling), common laundry, private car park.
Services: swimming pool, olive grove, equipped children’s play area, bicycles available for guests, private car park, common laundry, barbecue area. On request: extra cleaning of one-room and two-room apartments. Transfer service. Booking of tee times for golfers, booking for riding lessons or excursions, booking for visits to the Vittoriale, the Villa Romana archeological site, Garda Island.
Golf (1 km), trekking, beach and scuba diving (2 km). Salò (12 km), Gardone Riviera (18 km), Desenzano (10 km), Brescia (25 km), Botanic garden- Sigurtà 35 km. Gardaland/Caneva 35 km. Parco Natura Viva 35 km. Arena di Verona 60 km.
What can I say - we were looking for a relaxing place and we found it. Il Cardo is without doubt one of the best places we have been around the Lago. We spent about a week+ in the Valtenesi area in the south west side of the Lago di Garda, between Desenzano and Salò. And yes, this area is occupied mostly by campers on the lakeside but the countryside behind is pure tranquility. The busy main road that connects Desenzano with Salò is just a transit route, left and right of this road, at least at this time of the year, you find quiet hidden places, Il Cardo is one of them.
It was mostly the donkey's shouting that ripped us out of our midday nap next to the pool, or the occasional Vespa rider that hit the road in the nearby village. For the rest of the time, the water pump of the pool made most of the noise. You can live with that easily. A perfect place for a relaxing time for really every kind of client, and perfect for families with kids.
The pool was just one good thing about Il Cardo. The size of the whole area of Il Cardo was impressing. Olive trees all over the place, a nice old well restored farmhouse, with big rooms or apartments with clean and nicely arranged interiors, a working shower rounded up the whole stay.
The patios of the upper apartments are well sized with a nice view over the Manerba area. During clear days, you can see Sirmione or even on the other side the towns of Garda and Bardolino.
Mind you, you are staying in a countryside place. So don't be surprised when a cock turns up during your breakfast in the garden, or when the donkey shouts out loud, because the neighbors donkey did the same. Never mind. This is Il Cardo. So are the little lizards that you find in the garden or on your patio during the sunset.
All of this would not be possible without Stefania and Guido, the nicest landlords you can imagine. Guido is taking care of the wine and the olive oil (this is what we figured out for ourselves - correct me if we are wrong) whilst Stefania is the boss of the Agriturismo part. Her breakfast buffet is a shining light even when there would be rain and thunderstorm outside. Her sense for a good breakfast and her homemade cakes are just wonderful and every day different. Apart from the breakfast Stefania is a very caring person, giving you advice for sightseeing, for restaurants and for most of the questions you may have. She is busy all day making her guests the most comfortable time. She makes you feel most welcome from the moment you arrive, and this continues during your whole stay. It must take a lot of energy but you find Stefania always in a good mood ;-)
The wine made by Guido is outstanding, and the amount of wine they make is limited. Take some of it back home and enjoy it with friends or for yourself. With every glass you remember your time at Il Cardo. The olive oil is one of the best you can find around, a nice tasting oil with a lively structure and a wonderful taste. And it is limited too.
Il Cardo has a high rank amongst other Agriturismos. At first we thought that there are many fake ratings, but after reading them, and after staying there, we confirm that Il Cardo deserves every respect and a full 10 from our side. Stefania rules.
Nothing else we need to add. The knee is healed up well - figure out yourself who wrote this, Stefania ;-)
In August 2019 we were together for the second time with the family of my daughter in Il Cardo. In fact, we felt right at home when we arrived. Stefania's warm welcome strengthened our feeling that we are on holiday with friends. As in the previous year, the entire spacious complex and the rooms conveyed an extremely neat and clean impression. Each day began with a great breakfast buffet, lovingly prepared by Stefania. Especially delicious are the daily changing cakes and other sweets baked by Stefania. After we had very good weather the whole week, we spent a lot of time at the beautiful and also very well maintained pool. We experienced a very nice holiday week in Il Cardo and will certainly think of this accommodation when planning our holiday next year.
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This was the third time we were with our children at Stefania and Guido's and certainly not the last time. With the entrance through the gate to the Agriturismo the holiday begins. The entire complex with great apartments, beautiful garden and perfect pool for young and old guarantees a relaxed and restful holiday. The day begins with a delicious breakfast in the garden with the numerous olive trees. Stefania is always there for its guests with great cordiality and is there to help and advise. We can only recommend our own wines and the delicious olive oil from our own cultivation to everyone. We'll be back soon...
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Pleased to meet you, I am Stefania and I am 48 years old.
I have been doing this job for 7 years along with my family.
As well as we welcome the guests, we take care of the crops.
I decided to manage an agriturismo because to pursue a passion
According to the guests, the best thing about our agriturismo is the warm family welcome.
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