As a retired race car driver, former owner Gabriele has stayed in his share of hotel rooms, each with the same, recycled appearance. That is why the Seresina family has made the rooms in Villa Sostaga so unique. Our room was in a separate building to the main villa, and when asked why he chose the golf theme that adorned it, Gabriele stated simply that he likes golf! There is also a course nearby.

A smart TV dominated our otherwise basic room, but with the hypnotic views of Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains, you shouldn't find much use for it. The bathrooms are spacious with powerful showers, and if it weren’t for a broken light in ours, would have received top marks!

The weather was unusually warm when we visited at the end of April but the temperature at the villa (eight kilometres up from the lake) was perfect - warm enough to eat breakfast on the terrace, while taking in more superb views of the lake (a definite highlight).

We dined in the Conservatory, which serves local produce, such as fish from the lake. On average, the price of a meal is around 40 euros per person but there are cheaper options available. The wine list is extensive and reflects the villa's own wine cellar – there is almost too much choice! Our only quibble is that the wait staff are perhaps too attentive and the restaurant is so small that you can hear the other diners’ conversations. But it’s ideal if you’re looking for an intimate dining experience. 

The overarching feel of Villa Sostaga is of a familial nature which, for us, was highlighted by the warm welcome we received not only from Gabriele and his staff, but most memorably from the family's two English Bulldogs, Gina and Rocco, who were awaiting our arrival at the entrance of the villa!