I Due Roccoli, Iseo
Tel: 39 030 982 2977
Concierge.com's insider take:
Sometimes to get the best lake views, you have to leave the shores and drive a few miles up into the surrounding mountains. I Due Roccoli, set in a quiet park, has 23 rustic guest quarters with heavy beamed ceilings and simple furnishings. Just be sure to request one with commanding views over the lake below. Breakfast is included, and it's worth signing up for half-board to indulge in the excellent à la carte dinners of fresh local ingredients accompanied by Franciacorta wines. Meals are served by a roaring fire on cool nights; on warm evenings, you can opt for candlelight out on a flower-fringed patio flanked by rough stone walls and open to a sloping lawn rimmed by forest. Being well off the lakes also means I Due Roccoli tends to attract the kind of guests who are happy to spend a day doing nothing more strenuous than strolling the wooded grounds or curling up with a book on one of the panoramic terraces. The hotel does have a pool and bocce courts, if you are feeling so inclined.
Closed November through mid-March.