Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4746: Burger-Hof, Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment above Lana (near Merano), Trentino Alto-Adige
June 2010, 1 week
The rental was on a farm above Lana. It was one of four apartments in a stand-alone building. It had a beautiful view over Lana and across the valley. It was, however, off a relatively busy road -- it was the main (only) road from the main valley to a side valley.
It was possible to walk down to the center of town where there were many places to eat, a grocery store, bakery and butcher shop. But, it was a steep uphill return so a car was more convenient. Other grocery stores were within easy driving distance, as was a tourist office and wireless Internet was available at the town library in the center of town. Merano, a spa town, was also 15-20 minutes by car. It had a laundromat and any other type of store you could want.
The building was well-kept and had a good layout. It was on the upper level of a building that had several other apartments.
There was a pool and several nice outside areas. The pool was small but adequate. It is shared by all the apartments, but had sufficient equipment in good repair and an excellent view. There was also an outside picnic table and barbecue behind the apartment building that was shared by all the apartments. Finally, the apartment had a private balcony that was perfect for two people; it had an outside table and umbrella as well as a drying rack for laundry. We spent every evening on the balcony enjoying the view.
The apartment furniture was in good shape, clean, of sufficient amount, and comfortable. It had a combined kitchen/dining/living room area that was of more than sufficient size for two people. There was a TV in the living room that got Italian, Austrian, and a few English channels.
We rented a one bedroom apartment. The bedroom was large with enough room for a double bed, wardrobe, and table/chairs. It had a window overlooking the pool. The bed was comfortable. Although it was made up in what I concluded was the Austrian way (because we ran into the same arrangement in Vienna). It was a double bed with a single bottom sheet but we each had our own comforter.
The bathroom opened off the bedroom and was fine. Sufficient space, hot water, and water pressure!
The kitchen was usable. As mentioned before it was part of the living room. It had a half-size refrigerator and a two-burner electric cooktop but no oven. Because we ate every meal on the balcony, I turned the table into extra prep and storage space which worked very well. Without that extra space it would have been difficult to prepare meals -- with it, prep for full meals was very comfortable. There were plenty of pots, pans, and dishes/glassware for two people. The previously mentioned barbecue was also well-equipped and we cooked a few meals outside. The one thing I was disappointed in was the lack of fresh herbs. In previous rentals I had gotten used to being able to find a variety of herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives, sage...) all growing on the property; there were none on this property. (The fact that this was my disappointment is a good indication of how much we liked the property -- very well!)
Problems or Bonuses
We knew that this area of Italy would be different than others we had visited, but we had not expected the extent of the differences. The architecture was more 'alp' and many people did not speak Italian as their first language, and even more did not speak English at all. (It was mostly Austrian and German tourists.) This made communication interesting as sometimes neither I nor the person with whom I was trying to communicate spoke Italian well but it was the only language we had in common! That said, the location was beautiful. Where else could you get alpine scenery and palm trees? Pizza and dumpling soup? Good beer and good wine? The people were also friendly.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners were very helpful. Eager to help us enjoy our stay in the area. They even made a special trip to the tourist office to obtain literature in English before we arrived.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and, in fact, we are considering returning next year. It was a great value; we paid only €45/night for a very nice place.
Things to do in this area
We had a great time in the area -- hiking, going to the weekly market, a few longer drives to see the Dolomite, visit Bolzano, see a few mountain lakes, and visit wineries. If we return I plan to spend more time in Merano for the spa facilities!
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