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Offering a top lakefront setting, couples and honeymooners can easily savour all the thrills and escapism of a Lake Como stay at Isola Bella Penthouse (ID 1228).
Situated to the first floor of an inviting lakefront residence and easily accessible by lift, guests are within easy reach of the shared facilities and lakeside grounds. Inside a bright and spacious living room offers a restful setting in which to curl up and enjoy quality moments together. French doors lead directly out to the splendid private lake view terrace.
Providing a spot of welcome shade, the covered terrace offers an idyllic setting for year round enjoyment. From here a sunny decked private terrace can also easily be reached. Furnished with sun loungers, a parasol and stylish outdoor furniture set, couples can easily soak up the rays and savour romantic evening drinks at sunset.
A modern and fully equipped kitchenette enables guests to wine and dine their stay away. With all the must-have appliances to hand, including an oven, cooker hob, toaster, coffee machine and kettle; the scene is set for tasty dinner parties and relaxed morning breakfasts!
The spacious master bedroom offers the perfect sanctuary in which to enjoy a guilt-free holiday slumber, with a modern double bed complemented by beautiful lake views.
Next to the bedroom a newly fitted contemporary shower room is provided.
Within the shared lakefront grounds, a shared outdoor swimming pool offers the perfect place in which to unwind in the sun and enjoy a refreshing swim.
Private parking and resident boat mooring are also on hand, allowing easy access for those with rental cars and boats.
By booking this holiday home you will get free access to the lido di Menaggio. The Lido di Menaggio has swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar/discotheque, a kids club, boat rentals, a sandy beach, kite surfing and various sportive activities to do.
From the authentic village setting of Musso, guests are within a 13 minute drive away from the windsurfing club in Cremia and the hiking routes of San Siro, as well as being located just a 15 minute drive from the restaurants, shops, family Lido and central lake ferry service of Menaggio.
The surrounding central lake boasts a wide range of activities to enjoy, from water sports, sailing, spa days and world class golf, to tennis, hiking, horse riding and even skiing!
The lower reaches of the western shore are the stuff of tourist brochures: wooded mountain slopes protect the lake from extremes of temperature and lush gardens abound. Many of the opulent villas that line the lakeside are still privately owned and on summer weekends the lakeside road is solid with day-trippers. The lake's only island, Isola Comacina, lies at the narrowest point of the lake, just before the waters open up to the warm climes of the nineteenth-century resorts of the Tremezzino. Menaggio, a little further north, makes a good base for trips into the mountains behind or across to Bellagio and Varenna. As you continue up the lake the shore turns rockier and less accessible until the lake spreads out into the marshes and flatter territory that accommodates campsites and windsurfers around Gravedona.
Musso is characterised by old houses which boarder the Strada Regina and by low porticos near lake in the small square close to the quay. In the 1500s the Castle of the 'Medeghino' better known at the time as the adventurer and buccaneer Gian Giacomo de Medici, stood here.
The hamlets however reach a higher altitude along the slopes of Monte Bregagno.
Places of Interest - The Church of San Biagio. This is the parish church with three naves built in the late 1300s where a Roman church dedicated to St. Nazaro formerly existed. Only the extreme absidal part of this original church still exists. The current church was restored and enlarged in 1507.
The Church of Sant'Eufemia - This white church which stands out and is visible from afar was built on the shoulder of the 'Sasso'. Legend has it that a woman from Sueglio who was put into exile because unpopular among her fellow villagers managed to row across the lake, without any difficulty, with a mere handsaw. Once she reached the rock of Musso she chose to live a life of retreat. Through her good deeds she gained the trust of the people of Musso who at her death decided to erect this church in her name.
Still today the people of Sueglio, penitent for the spite shown, each year make a pilgrimage on this Saint's day. The current building was built in 1662 but the original and much older church stood inside the great fortress of Musso.
The Garden of the Blackbird - This is a unique example of an exotic garden which however has been abandoned for numerous years. It was obtained by the noble Manzi in 1858 but sadly had a short life. It flaunted century plants, palm trees, Indian fig trees, camellias, sequoias; all this surrounded by romantic bridges, grottos, gorges and staggering paths overhanging the waters of the lake. The exploration of this garden is almost impossible and undoubtedly dangerous. At the most it can be observed from above St. Eufemia.
The central lake also offers easy access to Lugano (44 minutes drive/bus ride away from Menaggio), Como city (46 minutes drive/bus ride away from Menaggio) and Milan (by train from either Varenna or Como/ a 1.5 hours’ drive away from Menaggio).
Additional Sport & Adventure Activities include:
Bike Rentals, Boat Rentals/Charters, Canoeing/Kayaking, Float Plane/Helicopter, Funicular Railway, Park, Public Transportation, Public Villas & Gardens and Rowing Boats.
There are Golf clubs around Lake Como: The Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is Italy's oldest golf course. Established in 1907 with 18 holes Par 70, it is located above Menaggio near Croce, in Grandola ed Uniti, approx. 20 min. by car. Green Fees: Weekdays €55, Weekends and Holidays €70 Euros; Golf Cart Rental €36.
Restaurant Golf at the club serves fantastic food and is well recommended.. Guests are always welcome, please call beforehand to check course rules. Golf Club Menaggio: (Menaggio Como).
This beautiful lake region of Italy is not the best for skiing as you may imagine, despite its scenery, crisp air and near perfect visibilty and mountains capped in winter snow. It does however have Skiing opportunities at local resorts for a day out.
There is a small ski area on Mt. Lema, not more than 10 km from Lugano, but you have to be lucky to have enough snow for skiing. In Ticino, the local Swiss Canton, the best places to ski are probably either San Bernardino (south of the pass of the same name) or Airolo (south of Gotthard pass). Both are reachable in about 1 hour by car across the Swiss border.
There are direct trains to Airolo as well from Lugano and hence from Italian Stations. To S. Bernardino there is only a bus connection. For more snow try Andermatt (on the north side of Gotthard pass) which has normally good snow conditions and a good choice of runs.
The closest major ski resorts are St. Moritz and Madesimo toward the Splugen Pass which is approx.100km.