Dreamer's House (Villa Sognatore) is a true lakefront property located 10km north of Menaggio on the northwest shore of Lake Como. The house positions its guests directly on the lake with private access to the water, which is the best place to acquaint oneself with the beauty and tranquility that make Lake Como so unforgettable. The setting is a botanical paradise as well since the property is surrounded by well-maintained, terracing gardens with mature specimen plants, palm trees and flowering shrubs. The property includes 4 stone patios at different heights, and 2 large terraces off the bedrooms and living room facing the lake, all affording breathtaking, ever-changing views - open and unobstructed for 2.5km and greater - of the water and Alps. An equally scenic walkway on the lake passes near the property, giving the guest access to restaurants and the lakeside village of San Vito. A separated guest house with a bedroom/WC meters from the lake is included. Famous villas, gardens, sites, restaurants, shopping, golf & more are a 10-15 min drive.
House Details: Inside, the top floor consists of a full bathroom (shower/sink/toilet) and a large open space combining the living and dining rooms and an eat-in kitchen with island. The wall facing the lake is only windows, with double doors opening to a large top terrace from the living room facing the lake and mountains. The middle floor has the master & guest bedrooms, both with two single beds that can be combined, both with access to terraces and stunning panoramic views. There is a small room with a single bed and/or baby crib. The full bath includes shower, bidet, and double vanity. Both bedrooms open onto a large middle terrace, where stairs lead to the lawn and lakefront. Here there is a detached minicasa guest house with two single beds and a half bath (included in rental price). A buoy for boats in the lake directly in front of the house can be rented for $130/wk. As the property is joined with another house (a non-rental property), the owner kindly requests that common courtesy is observed when neighbors are present.
Restaurants/Trips Afield: Two restaurants within walking distance of the house, located on the water's edge in San Vito: Lumin (pizzeria/bread in the morning) and Ristorante La Baia (casual restaurant). A third place to eat is Veranda Beach Cafe just north on the Pianello Beach. Information on shopping, hiking trails, and public villas available at the well-run tourist Information point in Menaggio, or on request from the owner, who knows the lake well since buying an apartment in Menaggio in 2000, and provides local info and regional dining guides to all confirmed guests.
Additional location information: by car (highly recommended - closest bus stop c. 300 meters), 10 minutes from Menaggio, 15 minutes to 18-hole golf course in Croce, Villa Carlotta-Tremezzo 20 minutes, Varenna and Bellagio 30 minutes via ferry, Colico 45 minutes, Madesimo skiing 1 hr, Como 1 hr, Lugano 1 hr, Milan city center 1.5 hr, Milan airports 1.5 hr, Bergamo 2 hrs, Saint Moritz 2 hrs, Verona 3 hrs, Venice 3.5 hrs, and Florence 4 hrs.
Guest Comments: 'This house is gorgeous ! We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our week on Lake Como. We'll always remember the house's beautiful decor, views and comfort from the heat ! We laid out in the sun, reading and then swam when it go too hot to handle. We toured the area from Como to Colico, visited an abbey, kayaked and drank by the lake from dawn until dusk. Heaven ! We're off to Tuscany, but we will never forget the beautiful, magnificient & vibrant house on Lake Como' Guests from San Jose, California.
'At the beginning we were planning to visit Lake Como and stay in a hotel, however, we changed our minds when we found the Dreamers' House on the internet. What a wonderful house ! I would personally like to thank you for all your help via email & all the useful information. It has been wonderful, we now know why you call it Dreamers' House, we could have dreamed all day. A fantastic chill out zone' Guests from England.
We first visited and then purchased property on Lake Como in 2000 and have been frequently visiting the area each year ever since. The Dreamers' House is our only rental property. Every party making a booking receives our valuable Useful Information document, a compilation of 13+ years experience visiting Lake Como, plus our regional dining guide, excerpts taken from the Michelin Red Guide to Italy.
Reasons for buying on Lake Como: Refined Italian elegance. Combination of the deepest lake in Italy with the pre-Alps and Alps (water sports and hiking). Superb landscape and panoramic views. Exquisite, stately villas with specimen gardens 150+ years old. Immersion in a botanical paradise. Friendly people who know how to enjoy life. Central location in Central Europe. Temperate climate all year long (moderated by the deep water of the lake). Charming lakeside villages away from modern-day stress and kitchy, blase tourism. Food, markets, wine, restaurants, bars. Shopping in Como, Milan or Mendrisio (CH).
Savour the joys of lakefront living surrounded by beautiful gardens and 6 terraces to take in the wonderful and ever-changing Lake Como scenery. Walk to 1 great restaurant and 1 good pizzeria/trattoria in nearby San Vito. Use the Dreamers' House as your base from which to explore the beautiful area. Only 10 minutes scenic drive from the famed central lake area, villas, gardens, and authentic small Italian villages. Perfectly situated for diversions afar to Switzerland (Lugano, St. Moritz), Milan, Verona, Bergamo, Lake Maggiore & Orta, or even Venice.