Jasmine, wisteria, shady trees – hard to believe this pool of oriental tranquillity is minutes from the hurly-burly of Venice’s streets and the grandeur of the Rialto and St Mark’s Square. Even more unusual – for this city – is to step through an oriental tearoom to reach your bedroom. The four bedrooms are on the upper two floors of this tall, narrow 18th-century townhouse and continue the gentle Japanese theme.
The former owners lived in Japan for years – and their love of the Far East is evident throughout. With views over the garden or the lovely Venetian rooftops, the rooms exude a light, airy and ordered calm with Japanese prints and simple furnishings. Breakfast on the terrace in summer or in the tearoom in winter.
A charming and warm host, full of stories and happy to chat, Elena will recommend good local restaurants – especially those specialising in fish. Retreat here after a busy day exploring this magical city and sip a cup of jasmine tea on the shady terrace.