Come and enjoy the long warm evenings under the pergola running along our 19th century country house and taste the wine from our characteristic cellar. You can relax in the long garden which slopes down to an ancient Franciscan monastery still in use. You may have your meals either inside the house or outside in the garden. The accommodation to rent consists of one flat on the ground floor and two other bedrooms each with its own bathroom on the first and second floors. These can be rented together or just in part. The owners, one of whom is English, also live in the house and are happy to advise and help their guests in any way.
What to do: We are placed in a convenient position as we are near many cities of artistic interest (Milan, Como, Monza and the beautiful medieval walled city, Bergamo). For those who enjoy hiking there are many good walks (On Montevecchia, at Sartirana, along the River Adda and in the Alps). For those who enjoy sight-seeing it is possible to visit the attractive lakeside villages. If you would like to know a very romantic story (The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni), which describes our area, we will explain it to you.
We will be very pleased to give you any tourist information you require and take you on our guided tour.
The accomodation consists of a ground floor flat (70 square metres large) in which there is a double bedroom, a bathroom with shower and window, a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with french windows opening onto the garden. In the kitchen there is a microwave, an oven, a fridge, a gas cooker and cupboards containing saucepans, plates and cutlery. The table in the living room is suitable for 6 maximum 8 people to eat. In this room there is a television.
On the first floor we have a double bedroom with a private bathroom with a window and shower.
On the second floor there is another very large double bedroom, again with shower and window. From the window in this room one can see Milan Cathedral in the distance on clear days. These two bedrooms of the first and second floors can be reached by an internal staircase running us the center of the house.
It is possible to rent either the ground floor flat on its own or with one or both of the other bedrooms.
In the garden there is an inclosed car park. For the children we have a children's house and a sand pit. The garden is fenced in and so it is safe for children.
Italian conversation: If you wish to improve your Italian we shall be happy to help you.
Hello, we are Andrea and Felicity!! We enjoy meeting people from other countries and like showing them the beautiful places around us. We have had visitors from many parts of the world and as we speak five languages we have been able to spend much pleasant time in their company. The languages we speak are: Italian, English, German, French and Chinese.
Our guests often return as they have become our friends.
Andrea enjoys organizing events in the town and has been an ambulance volunteer for almost 30 years. Felicity likes singing in the choir and playing the piano. They both like walking in the mountains and visiting the historical sites nearby.
We bought this house above all because of its beautiful position. It is on a hill overlooking a Franciscan monastery and from the top windows we have a wonderful view of the plain . We can even see the Milan cathedral on good days. The house has a strong personality as it is 200 years old.
Our home is unique in that permits privacy as the bedrooms are on three different floors, but on the other hand it provides comunal spaces where people can enjoy each other's company, for example in the garden or at the table under the gazebo. Children can play in a safe area while adults can relax drinking wine from the cellar or reading under a tree. The thick walls of the house guarantee cool air in the summer so air conditioning isn't necessary. Its proximity to a little village with a beautiful lake and to the old market town Merate makes shopping convenient. Several restaurants are within walking distance and three churches are also nearby.
Merate is situated in the first hills above the Padana plain just below the Alps and near Lake Como. It is near the River Adda famous for the hydraulic projects designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Walks in parks and the mountains.Sightseeing on Lake Como. Easy to reach Formula 1 racing track, as well as interesting cities such as Milan, Bergamo, Lecco, Como and Monza. 30 minutes by car or by train.
We can provide tourist information and guided tours if required.
The place is suitable both for those who love nature and for those who wish to visit art cities. There are several Romanesque churches. It is possible to go for walks away from the traffic, both for families with children as well as trekkers. There are several nature parks in the area, where if you are lucky you can see unusual flora and fauna. Ideal for bird-watching as well as experts in photography.
For those who love the mountains there are places which can be reached within half an hour, where you can walk up to mountain huts and enjoy a typical meal for mountaineers, at a very reasonable price. As we also love the mountains, we can suggest the best places to visit, according to weather you have children or other interests.
Lake Como is also 30 minutes away and in the summer there are several beaches where one can swim in safety. On the lake there are also ferries where you can admire the landscape for a different point of view. All around the lake there are beautiful villas many of which are famous, such as Villa Balbianello used in the film Starwars. If George Clooney has decided to come to live here for the beauty of the place, why not trust his judgement and come and visit the lake too? You might have the chance to drink a cup of coffee with him!!
The climate is usually pleasant, never too warm or too rainy, as the presence of the lakes makes the weather quite mild.
The proximity of Milan offers many opportunities, above all as regards fashion and shopping. Booking in advance one can see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. For football fans San Siro can easily be reached. Rho Fair, which will host EXPO 2015, can easily be reached by train as well as by car. The underground takes you directly into the fair, so you wouldn't get lost. Trains in Italy are cheap and practical, so it is easy to move about at a reasonable price.
The beautiful medieval walled city of Bergamo is close by. The square in the old city is considered to be the most beautiful in Italy. The walls surround the old city which can be reached by funicular.
The nearist town on the lake is Lecco, famous for being the scene of Alessandro Manzoni famous novel 'The betrothed' (I promessi sposi). Apart from Formula 1, Monza also possesses the evocative Iron Crown, in which is enclosed one of the nails from the Holy Cross. It was used to crown Charlemagne and Napoleon. It can be seen without having to book.
Other Activities: sight-seeing, trekking, art, theme park for children.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
2 people Spring and Summer
Feb 18 2014 - Sep 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
|They pay 30% of the total amount at the moment of booking and the balance after arrival.|
2 people 350 euro
4 people 450 euro
6 people 600 euro
75 euro for any additional person (Max 2 ) sleeping on a folding or sofa bed
50 euro central heating if necessary.
70 euro 2 people
90 euro 4 people
110 euro 6 people
15 euro for any additional person (Max 2 ) sleeping on a folding or sofa bed
7 euro central heating if necessary.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.