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 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 their polished dark wood floors, white walls, Japanese prints and simple oriental furnishings. Shower rooms are small but neat and spotless. Breakfast on the terrace in summer or in the tea room 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.