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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

In search of alternative homes abroad, 7 January 2005

“…Considering there aren’t many decent apartments left in Venice for less than £700,000, according to Ann-Marie Doyle of Venetian Apartments, this could be a good investment.
“Buyers are using the apartments themselves for a few months of the year and renting them out the rest of the time”, she says. “As a good studio can net £600 a week and a two bedroom flat £1,000, your mortgage and operating costs should be covered if you rent for 25 to 30 weeks of the year…”.
The article features the apartments which can be seen on our Giudecca Property site.

Daily Mail

Our little place on the canal, 17 January 2004

Misty, moody and magical – Venice is at its best. So go now and, yes, rent a flat says Christopher Hudson
…The motor launch leaves about every hour and takes an hour and it deposited us at the Arsenale vaporetto stop, a couple of hundred yards through the narrow lanes from our house. The agent was waiting to give us the keys and take us up two flights of stairs to a pretty, top floor apartment with its second double bedroom on a wooden deck projecting out from under the eaves…
…At nearly £800 a week it was less expensive than a two-star hotel I looked at in a back street – shabby, poky and musty with cooking smells from the pizzeria next door. And for travellers on a budget, eating out twice a day can prove very expensive… while other tourists were looking disconsolately at bog-standard restaurant menus, the three of us could cook up as good or better meals in the apartment for a fraction of that price…
Christopher Hudson stayed at Campo Arsenale, Flat V (v74).

Daily Mail

Just look now, 24th March 2002
Frank Barrett

…The real charm of Venice lies in its quiet backwaters. By day, as du Maurier notes, they are perfectly lovely. Follow John and Laura to the Greeks’ church, San Giorgio dei Greci (easily located by its drunkenly leaning bell tower), and you will find yourself walking along Fondamenta San Lorenzo.
With a copy of the wonderful Venice For Pleasure by J.G.Links in your grasp, you will learn that it was here that Bellini set his easel to paint Miracle Of The Cross at the Bridge of San Lorenzo almost 500 years ago. Study this view carefully: When you look for the painting later at the Accademia you will see how little Venice has changed. Yet the Venice revealed in Don’t Look Now is a very different city from the one seen by most tourists..

Daily Mail

Daily Mail Night and Day Magazine January 2002
Flat Mates – Tessa Boase

Venetian Apartments specialises in city self-catering, from studios to large apartments, from £475 for a week. All are in central locations and furnished to a high standard. A studio sleeping two near the Rialto Bridge with a terrace costs £699; one-bed apartments, £700 to £750; £800 upwards for two-bed apartments, three-bed £1100 to £1500. Most romantic property: one-bedroom flat with a terrace within a palazzo on the Grand Canal, £1275. Also Rome and Florence.
The apartment featured in the picture on the right is Grand Canal Palazzo Accademia: Terrace apartment II (v131).

Daily Telegraph

Italy 2009: accommodation options, 15 January 2009

Whether you’re looking for a beautifully furnished villa, an idyllic farmhouse or a modern apartment, Gill Charlton seeks out the treasures among Italy’s accommodation offerings…

Read the article

Daily Telegraph

6 January 2007

“…Venetian Apartments has the best selection in the city…”

Daily Telegraph

Venice rental apartments: four of the best, 9 October 2009

Rezzonico Garden Apartment: This is ideal for those who have visited Venice before and fantasised about living in a palazzo with a secret garden ever since. Rezzonico Garden Apartment is tucked away in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood and is therefore off the main tourist circuit, but it is only four stops – less than 10 minutes – from St Mark’s Square by vaporetto and home to some of the city’s best attractions, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection…
Read the full article on the Daily Telegraph website

Daily Telegraph

Grand apartments in Venice: four of the best, 3 November 2013

San Lorenzo B, Castello: An excellent choice for a group of friends travelling together, the one-bedroom, two-bathroom San Lorenzo B is one of four apartments that lead off one central corridor on the top (third) floor of a palazzo that once housed the costumiers for the Teatro Goldoni in Castello, another neighbourhood where real Venetians live, five minutes from St Mark’s Square. The apartments collectively sleep up to 16, and there is lift access…

Read the full article on the Daily Telegraph website

Daily Telegraph

Italy: the essentials, 7 January 2006

“…Villas: regional brochures – Our selection
…Venetian Apartments has easily the best selection of apartments in the city, including some splendid palazzi…”

Daily Telegraph

“Waking on water”, 5 March 2005

…Many British people dream of owning an apartment in Venice but few seriously consider it because the problems seem too daunting. The city is plagued by subsidence, flooding, air and water pollution – it’s enough to scare anybody away. But if you can find the right property, a flat will be a good investment because Venice is one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

“It’s such a small area and demand outstrips supply. There are always more people looking than there are properties for sale,” says Ann-Marie Doyle, whose London-based company specialises in Venetian sales and rentals.
Property seekers have two choices. They can buy an apartment in Venice itself or they can invest in one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon, the most popular being Giudecca, where Docklands-style developments are being built.
Properties in Venice are roughly twice as expensive and much more problematic because of restoration issues, but you do get the rewards of living amid the fragile beauty of the city. New-build properties on neighbouring islands may have less charm but you can move straight in and getting across to Venice is easy…

Daily Telegraph

Simple pleasures, 8 January 2005

“…Ann-Marie Doyle’s company has the best selection of mid to up market apartments in Venice…”
The article features the Giudecca Terrazza apartment.

Daily Telegraph

Freedom comes in a flat package, 21 February 2004

Nick Trend
Last winter, spotting a particularly cheap air fare to Venice, we decided to book a weekend break with our two young children. The only problem was accommodation. Hotels looked expensive – especially since we wanted two bedrooms, or one very large one. So we booked three nights in an apartment instead.
It worked brilliantly. We were tucked away off a tiny courtyard halfway between the Rialto and the Piazza San Marco. It was a fairly simple apartment: a large sitting room with sofa bed and kitchen area, plus a separate bedroom. When the children got bored with canals and museums, we could take them back to the flat and chill out without feeling cooped up. By cooking the evening meal in the flat we could also cut catering costs and get the children to bed at a reasonable time…

Daily Telegraph

Italy 2003, 4 January 2003

An eight-page guide to holidays in Italy during 2003.
Venetian Apartments: The leading specialist for self-catering accommodation and definitely the company to come to if you are looking for a really special place. It offers more than 70 apartments in Venice, from a studio in Dorsoduro (£499) to the five-bedroom Piano Nobile in the Palazzo San Rocco on the Grand Canal. Prices are per week, year-round, rental only. Also some options in Florence and Rome. Good website.

Evening Standard

Two for the price of one, 22 September 2004

David Spittles
…Stylish waterfront developments are for sale on the Venetian island of Giudecca, a former semi-industrial zone now famous for the Cipriani hotel. Sir Elton John owns a house there with perfect views across the lagoon to the San Marco basilica and piazza.
Zuecca Uno is a development of 35 flats, priced from €242,000 to €594,000. Palazzo Sernagiotto, a restored 19th century mansion with its own mooring on the Grand Canal costs €5.9 million…

Evening Standard

“Live like a contessa” 9 April 2003

Jane Barry
Do you dream of staying in a historic palazzo in Venice? Or imagine yourself dining beneath Murano chandeliers or sipping bellinis on your terrace overlooking the Grand Canal? Ann-Marie Doyle can make your dream come true…
The apartment featured on the cover of the Evening Standard Homes and Property section is a beautiful early Grand Canal palazzo (11th/12th century in part) of which this apartment forms the 1st piano nobile floor with balcony overlooking the canal.

This apartment is one of our Prestige Collection, a collection of the most beautiful and delicate private properties to let in Venice, which can be seen on our Venice Prestige website.
Also mentioned is Casa dell’Albero, a 16th century merchant’s house in a beautiful location with charming canal views from every room – click here to see details.
We do have a whole range of properties to suit all tastes and budgets – we offer around 100 beautiful apartments for holiday rental in Venice – please click here to find the ideal one for you..

Financial Times

“We want to be to lettings what Starbucks is to coffee” 15 July 2006

“…Ann-Marie Doyle founded her company, Venetian Apartments, in the late 1908s after helping a family rent out their 16th-century palazzo in Venice….”
The palazzo in question is the Palazzetto San Lio.

Financial Times

A neighbourhood apart, 5 November 2005

“…Six decades later, the island is in the midst of an economic renaissance, spurred on by a multimillion-euro urban regeneration involving the refurbishment of many heritage-laden buildings. The boatyard where traditional Venetian boats were built and restored, for example, has just been converted into the Giudecca Mare Redentore apartments, designed by British architect Michael Carapetian. And the island’s Hotel Cipriani continues to thrive as a luxury haven for stars in town for the annual film festival and leaders attending high-level conferences; guests range from George Clooney to Henry Kissinger…”
An article on buying property on Giudecca and other locations.

Financial Times

Home to the merchants of Venice, 21 August 2004

Catherine Moye
…A palazzo [in Venice] represents fabric of near-mythic luxury and status. This was true in 1665, when the Van Axels, rich Flemish textile merchants, celebrated becoming the only foreigners admitted to the Venetian aristocracy by purchasing one. And it is still true today, as the same palazzo – still bearing the family name – goes on the market…

Financial Times

Home to the merchants of Venice, 21 August 2004

Catherine Moye
…A palazzo [in Venice] represents fabric of near-mythic luxury and status. This was true in 1665, when the Van Axels, rich Flemish textile merchants, celebrated becoming the only foreigners admitted to the Venetian aristocracy by purchasing one. And it is still true today, as the same palazzo – still bearing the family name – goes on the market…

Financial Times

Pressure cooker of desire, 12 October 2002

Rachel Spence
…Giudecca
…First to recognise the island’s potential was an Italian property consortium, which bought up the derelict site of a German clock factory and is in the process of creating 10 apartment blocks with gardens and even new canals. The complex is known as Judeca Nova and the gleaming white buildings, all chrome balconies and plate-glass windows, are more reminiscent of London’s Docklands than traditional Venice. Expect to pay anywhere between €165,000 and €275,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Guardian

10 best autumn half-term breaks, 15 September 2007

…Go to the Doges
Stay in a family palazzo with waterfront access. The kids will love whizzing around by vaporetto and stuffing themselves with gelato. Plus the International Art Exhibition phase of the Biennale will still be on, with installations across the city centre.
The Palazzo Santa Maria Formosa apartment costs £1,277 per week (sleeps 4, accommodation only) with Venetian Apartments

Guardian

Strauss in the garden, 28 April 2007

…The restored Teatro Verde, an open-air theatre in a cypress garden on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, reopens next month – a spectacular setting (so long as it doesn’t rain). Strauss’s comic opera A Night In Venice will be performed every night this summer from May 18. For somewhere to stay, log on to Venetian Apartments’ website, which has several apartments available for three or four night stays from £210 pp.

Guardian

7 January 2007
“…It’s a bit controversial to stay somewhere modern in the gorgeously crumbling city, but the new Giudecca Mare Terrazza on the waterfront is impressive…”

Guardian

Best budget breaks, 12 August 2006

…Venice isn’t known for its cheap deals so this offer from Venetian Apartments is a gem…
The article features the Palazzo Santa Giustina, a gothic palazzo divided into luxury serviced apartments for short stays in Venice.

Guardian

Best place to buy online Valentine’s gifts, 1 February 2006

…www.venice-rentals.com
Now you’re talking. From cosy studios to Grand Canal palazzos from £567 to £ 2,265 a week…
Read the whole article on the Guardian website

Guardian

Flying visit, 18 February 2006

Anyone for Venice?
…Venice carnival is on now until February 28, which means the city will be packed and accommodation more overpriced than usual. A good time to visit is between carnival and Easter. Venetian Apartments has elegant self-catering accommodation in the city – a nice way to take advantage of all the wonderful produce while you’re there – which can be booked for short breaks until the end of March…
The apartments featured are:
Arsenale apartments (v70 – v74)
Orio Santa Croce (v143)

Guardian

Valentine’s escapes, 7 January 2006

…Where better to lose yourself than the higgeldy-piggledy lanes of Venice. Renting a chic apartment means you can stock up on basics at the supermarket and whip up a romantic meal for two at “home”.
The apartment pictured in the article is Sant’ Antonin Studio (v174)

Guardian

Best offers, 10 September 2005

“…Venice: For the week from September 24, Sant’ Antonin Bilocale apartment near San Marco costs £265pp for four sharing….”
Read the whole article on the Guardian website.

Guardian

Best offers, 20 August 2005

“…Venice: A week’s rental of the Santa Maria Formosa Canale Apartment in Castello during the Venice Film Festival costs £199pp, based on four sharing, arriving August 31. ….” Read the whole article on the Guardian website

Guardian

The ultimate theme park, 18 June 2005

“…Being slightly away from it all, opposite the main island on the Giudecca, is also an advantage because it gives you a much-needed respite from the hordes. Life’s a little less frantic here and a little less expensive as there are genuine amenities: reasonable local trattorias, bars, shops and ice-cream parlours and even a small playground with swings and things in a scruffy square. And every morning we wake up with excellent cappuccino and a view of St Mark’s and Dorsodura over the way….”
Read the whole article on the Guardian website.

Guardian

Latin without tears, 13 March 2004

Nicholas Wroe
…The Palazzo al Velabro is staffed and has a small bar so there is a good combination of space and service. Just outside the front door is the enormous arch of Janus and the church of San Giorgio where, reputedly, Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. Over the road are the astonishingly well preserved temples of the Forum Boarium and just beyond them the river Tiber itself…
Read the whole article on the Guardian website.

Independent

Romantic rentals, 6 February 2010

Sophie Lam
…Altana, Venice: Situated in the serene Dorsoduro district, this attic studio is a short walk from the Ca’ Rezzonico and the less touristy facets of this romantic city. Original beams add character to the apartment, furnishings are simple and contemporary and there is a roof terrace with dreamy views…

Independent

Five Best: Venetian rentals, 25 February 2005

…A complete antidote to the more elaborate, period properties that tend to be associated with Venice, this minimalist studio apartment in the centre of the city has featured in the pages of Elle Decoration…
The apartment featured in the article is Sant’ Antonin Studio (v174)

Independent

“So you want to buy a waterfront apartment” 26 January 2005

Venetian blinder
“…Waterside rating: Enjoy perfect views across the lagoon to San Marco without having to jostle through the crowd…”

Independent

“The 50 best gifts for your Valentine” 7 February 2004

No 5 – An apartment in Venice
Venice in winter is impossibly romantic. Tourist crowds are tiny, mist hangs over the canals, and the cold weather keeps canal-pong to a minimum. The Cipriani is probably the first choice for anyone with deep pockets, but many other hotels tend to be disappointing, particularly considering the prices they charge. Try an apartment rental instead, for the highest levels of comfort and plenty of privacy. Venetian Apartments offers both the chi-chi and the simple, all in great, central locations.

Independent

“In sight of San Marco” 28 January 2004

Elton and David bought there. Apartment blocks sell out in weeks. Sonia Purnell reports on the rebirth of Giudecca island in Venice
…Some new developments also provide another virtual unknown in Venice – a private gym. One such development, Zuecca Due, sited towards the eastern tip of Giudecca near the Cipriani, will offer 18 apartments ranging in price from around £190,000 to £700,000 when it goes on the market at the end of this month.
“These are very modern, Italian designer apartments, two of which will have water frontage,” says Ann-Marie Doyle of Italian Homes. “They are also incredibly cheap for Venice.” British buyers in Giudecca have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of workmanship and design in the apartments – both new-build and conversions, such as an old brewery now sold out, which was particularly impressive. Most have solid wooden or marble floors, and high quality fixtures and fittings, and tall ceilings.. You can read this article in The Independent

Independent on Sunday

25 March 2007

“…Spend a week in Venice with Venetian Apartments. It is offering seven nights, staying in a two-bedroom apartment at Giudecca Mare Altana, for arrivals on 7 April based on four sharing….”

Independent on Sunday

Deals of the week, 27 November 2005

“…Enjoy a four night stay in the grand surroundings of the Palazzo Santa Giustina…”

Independent on Sunday

Sleepover: a bed in Venice, 26 January 2003

Rachel Spence
Where is it?
On the top floor of the Palazzo Santa Giustina (also known as the Palazzo Contarini), in the Castello district of Venice. Tucked away on the edge of the northern lagoon, this is a quarter still considered proprio Veneziano. The Piazza San Marco seems like another world but is just 10 minutes’ walk away…

Independent on Sunday

Life inside a Canaletto, 25th July 1999

Sarah Greenberg
… The Casa dell’Albero, as this 17th-century merchants house at the Ponte dell’Albero is known, was the most comfortable palazzo I sampled. A narrow, three-storey structure on a tributary of the Grand Canal, it belongs to members of the grand English clan of the Sitwells. They moved here after selling the family’s Tuscan villa at Montegufoni, and they brought some of that villa’s Old Masters and heavy antiques with them. The art, the marble floors and original wood beams dazzle, but this is a house meant for living in rather than looking at. Books are tucked under the eaves and Landseer dog prints and old fox- hunting certificates hang haphazardly. Each of the three bedrooms opens on to the quiet canal and is dominated by a bizarre but beautiful antique bed that straddles the tiny space like a behemoth, pinning the equally ornate armadio (wardrobe) against the wall.
Something about this place made us want to stay inside. The roof terrace was ideal for listening to birds at breakfast and sipping Prosecco and Fragolino (a pink sparkling wine made from berry-flavoured grapes) at twilight… Read the full article on the Independent on Sunday

Mail on Sunday

Homes-from-home across the world, 11 December 2005

…Venetian Apartments vets all the properties on its books. Many are grand expensive pads that can only be booked by the week. But there are some more modest options and about 30 apartments can be booked for three or four night stays…

Mail on Sunday

See Venice at its best from Elton’s pleasure island, 17 October 2004

…A project to build 550 apartments in three different developments on the island is historically important in property terms. Venice remains the most exclusive of second-home addresses among high-minded Britons and Americans.
Prices have risen by 14 percent each of the past five years and building land is necessarily in short supply throughout the Venice area and desirability is very high. Hence, this project is likely to be the last in the region…

Mail on Sunday

A capital idea for the baby minded, 27th April 2003

Fred Mawer
“…In a hotel, you’re likely to be all holed up in one bedroom, with no-one getting a decent night’s kip. Also, there will be nowhere to heat a bottle of milk or prepare meals or even simple snacks.
But there is a much more civilised way of doing things: by renting an apartment. We booked one in Rome through Venetian Apartments. Palazzo Velabro – a former monastry – is in a good, central location, just below the Forum, a short walk from the Centro Storico and the trattorias of Trastevere.
The block is what is often called an “aparthotel” in that it offers some hotel-style services and facilities, such as a reception desk manned around the clock, daily cleaning and bed-making and breakfast.
Our one-bedroom apartment felt rather like a smart hotel room, except that it was much more spacious – akin to a massive suite – and the living area had a kitchenette with sink, fridge hob and cooking and eating utensils…” Read the full article on Mail on Sunday

Mail on Sunday

Venice loses its sinking feeling, 27th April 2003

John Brunton
“Venice is one of those classic love-it-or-hate-it places. Some people go there and complain instantly that the canals stink, that it’s horribly crowded with tourists, expensive and irreparably sinking to boot. Other are immediately enchanted by the seductive charms of the city and dream of owning an apartment there.
It doesn’t need to be a dream any more. Unless you aim to take over one of the opulent baroque palaces on the Grand Canal, prices are actually affordable.
The population is surprisingly small, at just over 65,000, and there is a strong sense of international community, especially from Britain, America and France. Most use it as a second home, but it is difficult to leave once you get used to the Venetian lifestyle…”
You can read the full article in the Mail on Sunday.

Mail on Sunday

A merchant of the real Venice, 3rd February 2002

Frank Barrett
…Why rent an apartment rather than stay in one of the city’s many hotels? “An apartment is a completely different experience. Food shopping, for example, is a joy.” The main attraction is the city itself. “Every time I go there, it hits me what a fantastic place Venice is. On the boat from the airport, just as it turns into the Grand Canal, I get that same feeling: wow!”

Observer

Veni (for 3 days), Vidi (the lot), Vici (child boredom), 27th April 2003

Tim Moore
“… our challenge remained a stiff one: to take in the Eternal City in the blink of an eye, distilling 2,500 years into two and a half days. The logistical prerequisite was flexible accommodation in a central location, a bill fitted admirably by the Palazzo al Velabro, a former monastery straddling the very spot where Romulus and Remus’s uncle set a tempting precedent by dumping the kids on a foster wolf. Well up the style police’s Most Wanted list, our three-roomed apartment featured Austin Powers headboard electrics and a heavily chromed kitchenette concealed behind dark wooden panels stretching from floor to distant ceiling…”
“…Though Rome’s excitable traffic is never going to be inaudible, from our balcony it was at least invisible. The walled and fountained monastery gardens sat in the foreground of a view which rolled back over pantiles, columns and ancient bridges to a fortified Roman hillside in the course of typically languid restoration…”
You can read the complete article on the Observer website.

Sunday Telegraph

A little place by the canal, 6 January 2008

…From his waterfront holiday home on the Venetian island of Giudecca, near Elton John’s retreat and the sumptuous Cipriani hotel, John Turner can lie in bed and watch gondoliers drifting by each morning for a spot of fine-tuning in the neighbouring boatyard.
He strolls across the island, which takes a matter of minutes, and looks over the canal to St Mark’s Square, happily detached from the tourist hordes. “My litmus test is that you can’t buy a postcard on Giudecca because there’s no market for them here,” says John, 57, a management consultant from Tunbridge Wells, Kent…
…The apartment sleeps four and has views to Venice lagoon and islands from both floors; it also has a shared private mooring and is three or four minutes by waterbus to St Mark’s Square..

Sunday Telegraph

Gondolier course in Venice: stick your oar in, 16 September 2007

…Venetian Apartments has an excellent selection; the Ca’ d’Oro apartment, for example, available from October sleeps four…
See full details of Ca’ d’Oro

Sunday Times

Hotels? So last year… 15 July 2007

…Some UK operators focus on single destinations. Venetian Apartments has more than 100 properties in Venice and Giudecca, from studios to palatial family homes, many available for short lets. A one-bedroom apartment with canal views in Dorsoduro (Angelo Raffaele, v20) costs £770 per week…

The Times

Credit-crunch Christmas breaks, 8 November 2008

…Oddly, not many tourists visit Venice at Christmas. You don’t exactly have the place to yourself, but there are fewer groups following lollipop-brandishing tour guides and many of the tat-touting souvenir stalls are boarded up.
Instead, the Venetians are more in evidence, buying festive panettone from bakeries while children crowd around animated Nativity scenes in the city’s churches. On Christmas Eve, it seems as if the whole city congregates in St Mark’s Square for midnight Mass in the basilica…
…Hotel prices, however, remain prohibitive, and many restaurants close over Christmas. The answer is to stay in a self-catering apartment. A one-bedroom canal-side studio flat costs from £519 for four nights with Venetian Apartments (020-3178 4180, www.venice-rentals.com), a company that does not raise its prices over the period…

The Times

Venice: take a walk on the quiet side, 29 November 2007

…a five-minute walk northwards from your front door brings you to the Palanca water bus stop where one of the efficient vaporettos will whisk you over to the Zattere on Dorsoduro, or to San Marco, in a matter of minutes. From there, the city’s traditional attractions – such as the still hugely impressive Rialto bridge, or the Carpaccio masterpieces that adorn the Scuola di San Giorgio – are only minutes away on foot. But after a few hours of avoiding the ever-increasing barrage of camera-wielding tourists, it’s a relief to return to Giudecca where good food and the best views in Venice can be found in a handful of waterfront restaurants…

The article mentions three of our apartments:

Judeca Nova Penthouse (v227)
Judeca Nova Terrazza (v243)

The Times

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