Residence Terry Apartments is a nice apartment complex with a swimming pool and tennis courts. It is located in one of the most picturesque places, the small town of Pieve in Malcesine which sits at around 400 metres above Lake Garda with a fabulous view across the lake.
It is only a short distance from here down to Lake Garda.The road that connects Pieve with the lake and the small town of Campione directly is known as the famous serpentine route which meanders in and out of caves and waterfalls. It is not for the faint hearted and should perhaps really be a one-way road - but it is the road that all locals use - even the small trucks. In April 2008, the road was paved with asphalt for the purposes of filming several scenes in the new James Bond movie, which of course was the talk of the town at the time!
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There is also a less challenging, but somewhat longer route to Limone which takes you through Vesio and Voltino. The serpentine road only takes approx. 15 minutes to drive, depending on traffic, speed and courage - whilst the slightly longer way to Limone probably takes approx. 30-40 minutes.
Residence Terry is owned by the sweet Milesi family, consisting of the Mum and Dad and two adult sons who do their best to make everyone feel at home. They have lived in the area all their lives, and are well qualified to provide you with advice and guidance on alternative excursions, good local restaurants and shopping places. You will usually find one of them in the small reception.
Although Pieve is no city, there are several shops where you can find all the daily necessities- there is a pharmacy and a gas station, and several cafes and restaurants. There is also a bus stop if one wishes to leave the car behind and see some other towns and villages.
There are a total of 22 good apartments in the complex which are spread over several floors in a few different buildings. There is a small courtyard which has been beautifully landscaped by Mrs Milesi. There is a large car park on site and the complex is next to a road so it is easy to arrive at. The family has an agreement with the pizzeria on the opposite side of the road for guest to use their swimming pool with a children's section. There are several tennis courts in the town which can be used for a fee.
The apartments are from different ages but are all regularly updated and well maintained so this isn't an issue. They are not cosy as such, but there is thought in the detail and a consistent colour scheme. All apartments either have a larger or smaller balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture. There are views of the mountains and the valley, but to see the lake you have to move around 200 metres to one of the vantage points.
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We had a lovely week at Residence Terry Apartments. The apartment and the surroundings is new and elegant. The pool area was great and is only used by the guests. The atmosphere was great and the staff was friendly and service-minded! The village of Pieve is located on a hill next to Garda, both of the two roads offer mountain driving and sharp slopes.
Really nice hotel. Fine pool. Fantastic view. Really exciting to drive on the serpentine road from Pieve and down to Lake Garda. It was a bit chilly, the temperature fell 5 degrees from the lake up to Pieve.