This pretty and spacious property was exactly as advertised, and provided a wonderful location for our family holiday. The lakeside position gave spectacular views over the lake and the outside space was perfect for relaxing in a quiet, private place. The house was clean and well-maintained, we had excellent support from Silvana, the property manager who lives nearby. I would certainly recommend this property to friends, and is ideal for families. The house is divided into two apartments (ground floor and first floor), and each accommodates six people.
Access to the house is via 87 concrete steps down from the access lane where a car can be parked. The vehicle access down the lane is challenging, but entirely manageable in a small or medium sized car. There is an interesting additional feature of a mountain stream entering the lake adjacent to the house, which can be torrential after it rains. This stream does occasionally flow onto the lane, although this never caused any access problems.
The lake is chilly and choppy, so taking a float into the water to rest worn-out swimmers is a good idea. Entry and exit from the water will be considerably easier when the jetty (currently under construction) is completed.
The local restaurant, Locanda Tre Rose, is 15 minutes walk along the main road, and offers a good range of pizza and pasta dishes. The local 'alimentari' (mini-market) is a ten-minute walk, just past the church, and is a good source of essentials, like milk, fresh bread daily, cheese, cured meats, and wine. Fresh meat was available on certain days.
The area is excellent for confident road-cyclists, and the scenery along the lakeside roads is breathtaking. A ride up onto the Piano del Tivano and on to the summit of Colma di Sormano was a highlight. There are few pavements and no cycle paths in the immediate vicinity of Nesso, so cycling with young children is not feasible.
There is a company renting 'speedboats' in Lezzeno, which offers a great day out, and a completely different perspective on the lake.
The most relaxing way of getting the family about is by the regular bus service which runs between Como and Bellagio. The bus stop is on the main road at the top of the access lane. Tickets can be bought in the 'alimentari' in Nesso, and Cafe San Remo in Bellagio, so leave enough time to walk to the shop before catching the bus. Passenger and car ferries run from Bellagio, and get you across the lake to Menaggio and Varenna.