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Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


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Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


Griante Apartment Rental Photos and Description

With Free @, (Sleeps 5),close to Ferry & pubblic swimming pool 'Lido Cadenabbia

The three bedroom apartment “ Azalea”( in Autumn and Winter only one -bedroom ) is situated in Griante-Cadenabbia . A little urban agglomerated founded by the Celts in the 500 b. C a residential area in the centre and on the shores of Lake Como near Hotel Brittania Excelsior and Grand Hotel Cadenabbia , pubblic swimming pool 'Lido di Cadenabbia',Teresa Heinz and John Kerry's Villa Maresi.John Kerry ,United States Democrat Senator for Massachusetts , nominated Secretary of State by Barack Obama.All area is frequented by stylists and famous American and English actors , as George Clooney ,George Lucas ,Richard Branson , Robert Pattinson and russian businessmen as Arkadij Novikov ,Villa Fontanelle's owner at Moltrasio.

Recently restructured into Radiant Orchid colour it provides of 2/5 ( 3 adults or 2 adults more 3 children) bed places ; it has a spectacular lake view on Villa Melzi in Bellagio and the Alps toward Varenna .

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

It provides of satellite on flat screen TV with international SKY channels (as Chris Wallace's Fox News ,Sky News , Bloomberg TV ,CNBC ,BBC World , Al Jazeera , Al Arabja ,Fox Business , France 24 ,Tve Internacional ,TeleSur ,) free and speed internet access and WI FI connection, CD player with endowment of classical and jazz music ,bathroom with playpen shower , stove heated by “pellet” for winter stays and private parking very close to the apartment.

Elegant , comfortable and proper for relaxing stay , together with an explosive vegetation and beautiful flowers . Sports facilities nearby ,such as tennis court , golf clubs or the possibility to do water-skiing or surfing .

It is strategically positioned for excursions in the mountains to walk along the lake and do trips to Lugano ( CH - 1 hour by car distance ) , to Saint Moritz on the Swiss Alps 2 hours by car distance and to Como (city of the silk) at 40 minutes.

It is 80 kms far from International Malpensa Airport .

“ Azalea “ is a good opportunity to receive refined reception and way of living your holidays!! .

Keywords: Elegant apartment located in old stone building on second floor with magnificent lake view toward Villa Melzi at Bellagio and Swiss Alps.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Francesco (Owner)
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About Francesco

Hi there, my name is Francesco. I work in Italian Motorway Company for only 13 days every month and sometimes when I have free time I buy and sell stocks in the Italian market. I like very much to travel around the world because I believe that different cultures teach to live better. I offer you this second holiday home hoping this place is an ideal accommodation to explore this wonderful area . Regards. Have a nice trip.

Francesco purchased this apartment in 1960

Why Francesco chose Griante

My father was a chef in Swizerland, at Lugano, and he bought two apartments in this old stone building . I renovated them because I think the lake is the right place to spend the holiday in the silence and relax, forgetting for some days all the problems.

What makes this apartment unique

By car: To Lugano, financial centre of the Canton Ticino situated on the lake of the same name, one hour’s journey away. To Melide, also in the Swiss Canton Ticino, site of the tourist attraction “Switzerland in Miniature”. To Madesimo in Val Chiavenna, ski resort well-known to mountain enthusiasts. To Saint Moritz in the Engadin, Canton Grissons - the internationally famous resort is 120 kilometres away, together with the quiet towns of Sils, Ardez, Guarda and Bever. In the area we suggest excursions on foot along the Segantini Trail and the Adventure Trail, suitable for families with children, and to Lakes Cavloc and Bitabergh near the Maloja Pass. To Tirano for memorable day-long train ride on the “Bernina Express” through incomparable scenery as far as Saint Moritz or the Alpine town of Chur. To Mendrisio, the FoxTown Outlet Factory - for lovers of the “shopping experience” - can be reached by the Como –Chiasso-Lugano motorway. To Campione d’Italia and the International Casino of the same name, for those who love to gamble. To Chiasso(CH), for singles who love the lake, its mystery and mystic silence, but don’t want to forgo the evening and night life at the Sixtynine Cafè, where they can enjoy a cocktail in the company of beautiful models. To Lenno to visit Villa del Balbianello, owned by the FAI (Italian Environmental Fund) and the location for scenes from “Star Wars”. To Piona Abbey, the home of Cistercian monks known for their handicrafts, reachable by ferry across the lake. On foot: To Sasso di San Martino, a 40 minute excursion to enjoy a walk to the church in company, from where you can see how Bellagio runs out into the lake and divides it. To Tremezzo to visit Villa Carlotta, its gardens and the Botanical Gardens. To Bellagio, crossing the Lake on the ferry from Cadenabbia, to discover the romance of the “Pearl of the Lake”, much loved by Americans for its Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni.

Guestbook comments from the owner

" Piémont et Lombardie, régions familières pour les Français amateurs d'Histoire, de Charles VIII, Louis XII, François 1er ( Marignan, Pavie)

en passant par Bonaparte (Mondovi, Castiglione, Arcole), puis Napoléon III (Magenta, Solferino). Pas de dépaysement.

Environnement magnifique, paisible, la beauté de la nature aménagée par les hommes. Tout le charme de la seconde moitié du XIXème siècle.

L'appartement de Monsieur Francesco PINI, à GRIANTE, très confortable, est parfaitement situé pour découvrir tous les charmes du lac de Côme.

Mon épouse et moi-même en gardons un excellent souvenir. Arrivederci, peut-être.
Sep 2011
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average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Søborg, Denmark

Perfect central location, great view, appartment includes all you need and a bit more.

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic service from the owner before arriavel, great service at location.

Restaurant Marianna is the best spot and the best food in Griante/Cadenabbia. Crossing the lake by boat/ferry or rent a boat on your own - the lake is the best place to be when it is 30`c - and the best place to see the beautiful villas and towns.

Hicking possibilities is super - be ready to climb, and preper your self to the stairs to and from the waterfront.

The most cosy, clean and serviceminded littel local shop. You can get everything there.

Go there - it is a perfect place to spend your holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Deerfield, IL. USA

The Family of Five

  • 5 of 5

What can you say about Lake Como we stayed there the for five day in June it was little warm for that time of year I guess the mountains around the lake were a little hazy but still outstanding. The Azalea apartment was very clean, great views from the balcony all the beds were very comfortable the bathrooms are very small but that's what you expect in Europe. the kitchens has everything you need. if you traveled by car this place is great if you traveled train and bus it still great but be in shape yes I would recommend it's great value for your money you have all the transportation you need to explore the lake and restaurants were very good. The owner is very helpful

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Luogo corrispondente alla presentazione. Ambiente curato e confortevole. Cordiale accoglienza. Possibilità di escursioni di diverso tipo: sia verso la montagna sia, naturalmente, sul lago. Nelle vicinanze diversi luoghi di interesse culturale ed artistico. Lo consiglio vivamente a chi vuole scoprire una parte di Italia caratteristica e suggestiva.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Azalea House

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Azalea House. The weather was unusually hot during our stay and Francesco addressed this issue very quickly by providing several fans for our rooms. The location was good and we enjoyed walking to the ferries and visiting the other towns around the lake. There were 2 markets close by which we used frequently. It was nice to have use of a washer/dryer. We were treated to an unexpected meal prepared by Gisela which was delicious! Francesco provided a lot of helpful information prior to our arrival. All in all it was a wonderful holiday! We would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Archies creek Australia

Azalea house

  • 5 of 5

I would not hesitate to recommend this house to anyone and everyone. My daughter and I had a great time and found the house to have everything you could ask for. It was clean and well maintained and we received so much information about Lake Como from the owner before we arrived which was great. We loved the whole lake Como experience and used the ferries and buses to visit all the little towns around the lake. We would love to return one day with other members of our family.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Baltimore , MD


  • 5 of 5

We spent a great week in Griante. It is a typical small Italian village. The bar "La Torre Vecchia" was great for morning coffee or a glass of wine at the end of a sightseeing day. Close to the apartment was a small grocery store (it is closed on sundays and only open till 1PM on weekdays).

The apartment was clean, well-maintained and the photos reflected the rentals appearance and amenities.

The property is a short (downhill/uphill) walk from the lake. (not recommended for handicapped people). We did not have a car and used the ferry to visit all the towns around the lake. However, if we return, we would rent a car to be able to explore the area beyond the lake.

Prior to our arrival, Francesco was very prompt in responding to questions and there were no issues requiring his attention during our stay.

Overall, I highly recommend this property

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


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Villa Carlotta and its gardens.
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San Martino Church
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Villa La Collina
"Historycal residence of Adenauer."
Lake Como
Bar Cafeteria La Torre at Griante
Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
La Vecchia Torre
Nearest Ferry
150 Metres
Cadenabbia ferry boat station
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Menaggio and Cadenabbia golf club
Nearest Train
25 Metres
Como S.Giovanni Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
32 Metres
A9 - Chiasso Como Miland.
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Alberghetto ' La Marianna'
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Ponte Roncoroni pubblic Beach with snak sevice.
Nearest Point of Interest
Azalea apartment.
Nearest Point of Interest
San Martino church.
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Monastero in Varenna.
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Melzi in Bellagio.
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa Carlotta.
Nearest Point of Interest
Villa la Collina.
Nearest Point of Interest
Lido di Cadenabbia
Car: not necessary

Lake Como

If your idea of nirvana is palatial villas, rose-laden belvederes, hanging wisteria and bougainvillea, lanterns casting a glow over lakeshore restaurants, and majestic Alpine vistas, then proceed immediately to Lake Como. Though summer crowds threaten to diminish the lake's dreamy mystery and slightly faded old-money gentility, the allure of this spectacular place endures. Como remains a consummate pairing of natural and man-made beauty. The villa gardens, like so many in Italy, are a union of two landscape traditions: that of Renaissance Italy, which values order, and that of Victorian England, which strives to create the illusion of natural wildness. Such gardens are often framed by vast areas of picturesque farmland—fruit trees, olive groves, and vineyards.

Lake Como is some 47 km (30 miles) long north to south and is Europe's deepest lake (almost 1,350 feet). Car ferries and vaporetti (water buses) traverse the lake in season, making it easy to get to the other main towns, Cernobbio, Tremezzo, and Varenna. Many travelers hasten to boats waiting to take them to Bellagio and the centro di lago, the center region of the lake's three branches, and its most beautiful section. You should not pass by the 2,000-year-old walled city of Como, a leading textile center famous for its silks, however—even if you only linger long enough to see the medieval town center and pretty lakefront. Remember that Como is extremely seasonal: if you go to Bellagio, for example, from November through February, you'll find nothing open—not a bar, restaurant, or shop.

Griante Cadenabbia , Lake Como .

A fragrant blend of art, relaxation and culture. Contemplation reigns here.

A green and blue strip of water and lush vegetation in the shape of a forked tongue, Lake Como looks south towards the industrial heart of Northern Italy and Milan, its financial capital, and north to the almost always snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps of the Engadin in the Grisons Canton.

The area around the lake offers excellent tourist hospitality, especially in the central part known as “Tremezzina” or the “Riviera of the Azaleas” for the multicoloured blossoms that burst into flower at the beginning of spring..

Together with Cernobbio and Bellagio, it is in Griante Cadenabbia , one of the queens of the lake and a prestigious international tourist destination with its excellent hotels and the more familiar, intimate and exclusive residences scattered throughout the area, that beautiful geometric plantings forming elegant gardens and inspiring hymns to contemplation can be found. Cadenabbia lies on the shore opposite Bellagio.

Visited in the past by famous personalities such as Giuseppe Verdi and Konrad Adenauer, the German Chancellor, who regularly holidayed here at Villa La Collina , in the far off 19th century, Griante Cadenabbia also charmed the American writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote:


I ask myself, Is this a dream?

Will it all vanish into air?

Is there a land of such supreme

And perfect beauty anywhere?

Today, tourists from all over the world, Australians, Americans, North Europeans, Russians, Swiss and Canadians, and even some from the Arab Emirates, animate its lakeside, wander through the ancient village and climb up to the Sanctuary of San Martino perched high above.

All on a voyage of discovery of an area made enchanting by colourful gardens, spectacular parks and sumptuous historic villas, full of the harmonious sounds of nature interrupted only by solemn, enveloping silence. The beauty of the landscape has been preserved with complete respect for the environment. This is at the heart of its attraction.

From Griante we start out on an imaginary tour to discover Villa Carlotta , Villa La Collina , Teresa Heinz and United States Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry's Villa Maresi, Villa Melzi in Bellagio and Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, owned by the FAI, the Italian National Trust. The latter was the location for George Lucas’s film “Star Wars : Episode II - Attack of the Clones” .

Locations used for the films form the theme of an original and very interesting travel guide “Lake Como & Villa del Balbianello” written by Belgian, Mark Dermul.

Lake Como and Griante Cadenabbia offer readers the not to be missed opportunity to explore an area of unequalled beauty and first rate hospitality.

Gigliola Foglia is the professional tour guide recommended to accompany you on this voyage of discovery. - 0039. 0344.40288).


Rates & Availability

From €125 Per night

Griante Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring & Milan Expo 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 20 2015
5 night minimum stay
Summer & Milan Expo 2015
Jun 21 2015 - Sep 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
Autumn & Milan Expo 2015
Sep 6 2015 - Oct 24 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €50.00
Notes Please , note. In Winter Time the apartment is offered only as two bedrooms and suitable for 2 people, not more.At this case the rental rate include the pieces of wood for the fireplace and pellet bags for the stove.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Griante Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main Bedroom .
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second Bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Third Bedroom.
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The flat is suitable for 5.Using also sofa bed add 200 euro.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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