Lovingly Restored Canal-Side Apartment with Panoramic Roof Terrace - Dorsoduro(23 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-3 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Light-filled, water front aerie. Sleeps up to 4.
As one of only 2 units in a detached, ancient fisherman's house, we are exposed to sunlight on all 4 sides, a rarity in Venice, and aren't privy to ambient neighbor noise, thus ensuring a very relaxing environment at all times.
A much-prized altana makes for a wonderful alternative to days spent traversing the city along charming canals and narrow alleyways, and provides for unique and spectacular rooftop views over the city's skyline. Whether used to greet the morning with a special breakfast or to toast the end of a magical day with an aperitivo, this Venetian symbol features prolifically in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi!
Inside, Murano glass chandeliers suspended from ancient beams highlight polished terrazzo floors, windows are swathed in sumptuous velvets and silks, and beds are piled high with embroidered linens; all exist harmoniously alongside a well-appointed kitchen, a sparkling bathroom with a very large walk-in shower area, and countless other modern conveniences for maximum comfort and pleasure.
Please visit our personal website, too, for further details and to learn more about our special home and neighborhood.
*Available for a minimum of 3 nights' stay, but should 2 nights already exist between bookings, a 2 nights' stay is possible.*
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Member since: 2011
- 950 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Sight Seeing
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Dining Room
- Seating for 4 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Alarm Clock
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Boat Dock
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Venice Carnevale 2017
Feb 10 - Feb 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 1 - Dec 20, 2017
3 night min stay
Christmas in Venice 2017
Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2018
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
The apartment is rented under Italian law; therefore, we provide an Italian 'short-let' contract.
Additionally, ALL guests wishing to stay at the apartment must send us a photocopy of their passport details prior to any reservation being confirmed.
Prices shown are for 1-2 guests sharing the apartment. For any additional guest, please add 20 euro per person, per night.
Rental rates include all bed linens and bath towels, utilities and wifi internet.
'Meet and Greet' service and Housekeeping; 60 euro for 1 - 2 guests sharing the apartment (80 euro after 8 pm. arrival) or 75 euro for 3 - 4 guests sharing (90 euro after 8 pm. arrival).
Venice City Visitors Tax; 1.5 euro per person, per night (for the first 5 nights of a stay) to be added to the total rental cost quoted.
Please inquire about our weekly rates for stays of 7 nights or more and which are offered at a slight saving over our nightly prices.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Car: Not Necessary
Perhaps the most alluring of the six sestieri in Venice, Dorsoduro is much sought after by both homeowners and visitors alike, most notably for its truly authentic ambience.
Crowned by the magnificent dome of Santa Maria della Salute at the head of the Grand Canal, the area contains some of the most picturesque canals and campi in the entire city, and offers a wonderful respite after a day of visiting some of Venice's most famous attractions.
Filled with a variety of local shops and intimate bars, where you can enjoy a frothy cappuccino and warm brioche alongside our neighbours, and offering a wide array of family-owned restaurants for memorable dining, this desirable part of the city imparts a personal glimpse of everyday Venetian life.
Carefree children play in the local squares, lovers linger over drinks at nearby outdoor cafes, and daily market stalls simply overflow with an abundance of seasonal produce.
For a true flavor of Venice, this area has it all!
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We are a British/American couple who met and married in Florence 35 years ago! Mark is an architect who worked for several years in Italy - instrumental in designing our 'new' apartment - and who now operates his own practice in Northern California. Deborah is a retired professional ballet dancer with English National Ballet and then subsequently taught in London, Florence, and the USA. Our love affair with Italy, and Venice in particular, has endured for decades, and now that we have created our own 'little jewel' in this intoxicating city we are delighted to make our apartment available to like-minded individuals and couples when we are not in residence.
Why the Owner Chose Dorsoduro, Venezia, Italy:
Dorsoduro, in which our apartment is located, has always been highly desired for its truly authentic Venetian ambience, and has attracted writers, painters and artists to its unique charms throughout the centuries. We finally chose our home in this area, after viewing countless others throughout the city, as it met all the special features that we were searching for: a beautiful canal-side location, the distinct possibility of adding an altana (an outdoor room high above the city) to provide far-reaching views over the rooftops, but most important of all we are in a detached building with only 1 other neighbor downstairs..... a very rare advantage in Venice, where the majority of other apartments are in multi-story complexes, share many communal walls and can thus be dark and somewhat noisy. Additionally, our apartment is located well-above acqua alta levels, making it a safe refuge during high tides! Our good fortune is that we are open to sunlight on all 4 sides, have commanding views of at least half a dozen nearby churches from our altana, can spend hours watching all manner of watercraft glide by, and yet fall asleep to the serene sounds of the canal lapping below! To find our 'perfect' home took several years of searching, but we are thrilled with what we have been able to accomplish! As rental apartments become more prevalent within Venice, our rather unique situation has made us realize just how blessed we are to have chosen our home where we did, the vision we had to turn it into something charming and personal, and the pleasure it will provide for years to come!
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Along with our aforementioned location and special building, creating a truly comfortable and welcoming home was of great importance to us. Books on a wide variety of subjects fill our large library, Italian-themed films and music CDs are provided for further enjoyment, and an extremely comfortable sofa and chairs are all conducive to an evening spent snuggling at home! Our ability to provide an altana - a much prized addition - offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime personal opportunity to view the city from a vantage point very few people ever have the chance to experience. Based on a 4-post design frequently seen in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, it is a magical location, particularly at certain times of the day, when the church bells in the tower behind the apartment peel. Alternatively, it makes for an intimate space in which to enjoy a personal breakfast at sunrise, or for a quiet 'aperitivo' before heading out to dine at one of our nearby excellent family restaurants. With all there is to see in Venice, we have placed great importance on providing the best, most comfortable, mattresses to ensure a good night's sleep at the end of each day! Our bed heads were specifically designed to represent a gondola seat, and with their undulating style guests are able to fully open the windows above for maximum air-flow; additionally, all bedspreads were created and personally made by the owners. Century-old family-painted watercolors grace the master-bedroom walls, oil paintings by a favorite uncle (now deceased) are given pride of place in several rooms, and along with all our other much-cherished furniture, we can now surround ourselves in an environment born out of love and wonderful memories! As some of our first guests are now returning to our special home for another visit we realize that not only does 'The Venetian Terrace, Dorsoduro' mean so much to us, but it has also captivated the hearts of many new friends we have made along the way!
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Featured in Elle Decor's "Best Views 2016"!
Open the living room windows to this authentic Venetian view!
A cozy garret haven with direct access to the private roof-top terrace.
Honeyed early morning light floods the living area.
Sunset... relax with a good book to the sounds of church bells and lapping water
Delicious 'dolci' in the intimate dining room!
An unearthed original window, marble counter tops and a sizable walk-in shower.
Hansgrohe cascading Raindance Air-jet Shower for an invigorating wash!
Midnight canal waters flow gently outside!
Entry level floor plan with furnishings shown.
Our delightful local greengrocer across the canal.
Campo Santa Margherita, the hub of daily life, is 2 minutes' walk away.
Bright, canal-facing living area; a comfortable retreat at the end of each day.
The peaceful master bedroom bathed in light and decorated with old family art.
The master bedroom terrace; a private breakfast complete with spectacular views!
Polished terrazzo floors and antique Murano glass lights throughout our home!
Our kitchen, overlooking the convent next door, features all modern conveniences
The twin bedroom glows in warm afternoon sunshine!
Antique table vanity, white hand-made cotto tiles, and a large gold-leaf mirror.
Early morning view from the altana..........
View from the internal stairway; winter sunshine illuminates Chiesa A. Raffaele.
The upper level bedroom with access to the altana.
Local fish sellers. Dinner fresh from the Adriatic!
The epitome of our special city! St. Mark's Square, only 20 minutes by foot.
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