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- About The Experience
This elegant Lake Como villa is right on the lake and has unbeatable views from the upstairs. There is a public walkway that runs in front of the villa, but there are hedges that provide privacy. This is a great Italian Lakes villa for an extended family with children or for a group of friends. There are several bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a huge kitchen, and a play room for little ones. Adults will enjoy the large sunny terrace, while kids frolic in the pool or play at the beach next door. Whatever your group demographics, everyone staying at this villa on Lake Como will enjoy exploring the surrounding area-- one of the most beautiful natural areas in Italy.
- Location Description
This lakefront villa is located ten kilometers north of Menaggio on the northwest shore of Lake Como, literally next door to a beach. Once a walled city, some remnants are still visible in Menaggio today. In the summer, it is a popular recreation area, with opportunities for windsurfing, water skiing, and other water-based activities. You could also rent a bicycle and explore the area or take a walk down the lakeside promenade, lined with flowers. Because of its central location, Menaggio is a great base for exploring the rest of the area. Drive down the lakeshore road to Tremezzo and Como, or hop on a ferry to visit Varenna or Bellagio. Known as "la perla del lago" (the pearl of the lake), Bellagio is considered by many to be the most beautiful town in Europe. Its narrow cobbled streets, breathtaking views, impeccable homes and glorious villas make it a most enchanting spot to explore. Como, located at the southernmost tip of the lake which bears its name, is perfect for a day's outing. Sights in Como include the Duomo, the austere church of San Abbondio, the Piazza S. Fedele (with many 400-year-old buildings), and the Basilica, one of the masterpieces of the "maestri comacini" (Como masters). Before leaving, be sure to take the funicular up to Brunate-- a small village with a spectacular view. While on Lake Como, you'll discover that the cuisine is based primarily on fish. Specialties include misultitt (fish desiccated in containers called misolte) and soused fish (fried and then pickled), along with more traditional dishes like rice with perch or smoked trout.
Nearby Attractions: Beach, Lake Como, Menaggio (windsurfing, water skiing, lakeside promenade), Tremezzo, Varenna, Bellagio (cobbled streets, villas), Como (Duomo, San Abbondio, Piazza S. Fedele, Basilica), Brunate.
Milan (Airport): 85 km/53 mi
Como: 45 km/28 mi
Lugano (Airport): 35 km/22 mi
Tremezzo: 14 km/9 mi
Bellagio: 12 km/7 mi (Partly by ferry)
Varenna: 12 km/7 mi (Partly by ferry)
Menaggio: 10 km/6 mi
- Exterior Description
(2,500 m2) This lakefront villa is surrounded on the front and around one side by a large terra-cotta terrace (45m x 8m) and a lawn, equipped with an outdoor dining table and chairs where you can have meals. Around the side of the house is a swimming pool (5m x 3m; open mid-May until mid-September; heating included during this period). Behind the house is a parking area for six cars; across the street from the parking area is a museum devoted to ancient watercraft, called La Raccolta della Barca Lariana. To the left of the house (on the side of the pool) is a small dock area, and to the right is a small public beach. A public path runs in front of the property between the front lawn and the water (with hedges for privacy), so this property should not be considered secluded; the most pedestrians come during July and August.
- Interior Description
Ground Floor: The front doors of this villa lead into an entry room where there is a closet. Directly to the left is a play room for children, with access to the terrace. Continuing straight ahead from the entryway, you will enter into a 55 m2 living/dining area with a huge wooden dining table (seating about 10-14) and French doors opening out onto the terrace. An open doorway leads into a 37 m2 living room, where there are a couple of couches and a TV. Two open doorways on either side of the television lead into a closed veranda, where there is a table and chairs in front of a couple of sunny windows, perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. At the opposite end of the living room, another doorway leads into a small hallway where there are two WCs, and a staircase leading to the first floor. Back in the dining room, a door to the right leads into a large kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, oven, cook-top, and microwave. There is a handicap-equipped bathroom with shower on the ground floor. On request the owner can also arrange a handicap accessible bedroom on the ground floor.
First Floor: Upstairs, a hallway opens into a total of seven bedrooms. The first bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower, and an open veranda overlooking the lake. The second bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. The third bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a view of the lake, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower head. This room has a door leading into the fourth bedroom (which can also be accessed from the hall), which has one single bed. The fifth bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a view of the lake, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. The sixth bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed and a door leading into the seventh bedroom. The seventh bedroom has one single bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
- Features Description
Arrive & Relax: This property allows you to show up, drop your bags, and settle in without a hassle. No searching for a grocery store after that long flight, and no worrying about Sunday store closures. You can deal with the details later… after a meal and a good nights' sleep! Arrive & Relax provisions include:
- Welcome Dinner: This simple meal will be left for you with heating instructions and includes: a pasta dish, vegetable dish, salad, fruit, bread, and wine.
- Stocked Pantry: Basic groceries will be provided according to the number in your party. Supplies will include milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, and cereal.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Chef Service: Upon request
- Breakfast Service: Upon request
- Additional Housekeeping: Upon request
- Pre-Stocked Villa: Upon request
- Baby Crib: 100 Euros
- Pool Heating (October-April): Upon request, 4 Euros per hour
- Additional Guests (up to 16): Upon request, 350 Euros per week, per additional guest.
- There is a public walkway next to the villa which is screened with hedges (which also block some of the view) for privacy.
- Air Conditioning: Only available in double bedrooms, not available in single bedrooms.
- Housekeeping: Provided for 2 hours daily, Monday - Saturday. Bed linens changed on Wednesday and Saturday.
Features and Amenities
- Outside Area - Private
- Swimming Pool - Heated
- Swimming Pool - Private
- CD player
- DVD player
- TV - English Channels Available
- Computer Available
- American Coffee Maker
- Iron and Board
- Washing Machine
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 1000 EUR
- Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen (Weekly Charge): 100 EUR
- Arrival Fee (between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Upon Prior Request) Payable upon Arrival: 50 EUR
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Housekeeping: Usually available upon request
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
- Arrivals (After 9:00 pm): Not Accepted
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 5 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
We and our extended family really enjoyed our stay at Villa Lariana. The property is large, airy, and comfortable. The staff (property manager, housekeeping, chef) is terrific.
There are lots of bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and air conditioner. The kitchen is commercial quality and huge--perfect for preparing meals for a large group. The heated pool (which can be completely covered in case of rain) offered welcome relief at the end of each day. The ping-pong table in the game room kept the kids occupied.
This villa is not in the best location. Pianello del Lario is a small town with little to see or do. The ferry only arrives twice each day--in the morning and afternoon. Bus service is hourly. Getting around was complicated without a car.
DON'T MISS the Boat Museum (La Raccolta della Barca Lariana), which is no longer open to the public, but can be viewed by villa guests with the property manager. It's a spectacular record of the nautical history of the lake.
We also enjoyed walking the length of the public lakefront walkway that passes in front of the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
HIRE THE CHEF, at least once during your stay, for a fantastic multi-course dinner. She is talented, knowledgeable, and friendly, and she prepares mouth-watering dishes that are beautifully presented.
For dining out, we loved the Veranda Beach Cafe, a lakefront restaurant within walking distance near the Pianello del Lario ferry landing.
Arrange to meet the property manager at an alternate location, then follow her to the villa.
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Villa Lariana is a beautiful house.
The villa is beautiful. Very roomy, large kitchen that was once a restaurant, lovely caretaker Daniella who is extremely helpful and daily housekeeping. The house is lovely and gracious. Very sleepy town but the surrounding vista is stunning and the lack of tourist activity is a plus.
Not too difficult to get to the towns nearby but requires a significant ferry or car journey. It is quite a distance down the lake from Como and has limited ferry access. There is a public walkway that is fairly busy, which limits the feeling of privacy. The owners have planted hedges to increase privacy but unfortunately that reduces the view of the lake!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town is very tiny and has nothing to see. Nothing within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Daniella has some good restaurant suggestions; all require a boat or car journey.
Check In Out:
Daniella is excellent and made it very easy and welcoming.
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Excellent! We loved the house, the location, everything was great!
The house is very spacious and the location is amazing, right in front of lake Como.
Everything was fine. My only suggestions are to install air conditioning in the bedrooms and the option of heating the pool - the water was too cold!
The lake is beautiful. For visiting the villages, a car is necessary.
Tips or Restaurants:
We loved Menaggio and Bellagio. No great restaurant finds, as we ate most of the days in the house. If guests have small kids and want to relax I would highly recommend hiring a cook. We didn't and lost precious time in the kitchen!
Very easy to find the property with the coordinates sent in the voucher
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