|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This absolute lake-shore duplex villa of 160 sqm offers a secluded idyll with a dress-circle location opposite Comacina Island on Lake Como. Private access from twin off-road parking bays leads down security steps to the front door protected by a portico. Upon entry the expansive tiled living room and dining area displays panoramic views of the lake through floor-to-ceiling glass doors with direct access to the waterfront patio and fenced lawns. Sun-beds, al-fresco dining furniture, and sun-umbrellas create the scene for sunny days of leisure and ‘La dolce Vita’, literally ‘the good life’.
The kitchen adjoins the living area with all modern conveniences including gas hob, oven, dishwasher, and integrated refrigerator; an adjacent powder room, and access to a washing machine offer convenience for domestic bliss.
From the living area a short flight of stairs lead up to the sleeping haven with three bedrooms with views. The master bedroom and a twin room overlook the lake, with a third, double bedroom to the rear. Two bathrooms, one with shower, the other with tub complete the picture. A further two guests may be accommodated on the double sofa-bed in the living room.
In this idyll even since ancient times, the prime lakeside position opposite the island has been the location of a unique waterfront field giving the house its local name of Ca’Pradel, literally “the house on the little field”.
Free Wi-Fi is available for your convenience
The cleaning fee of €120 includes final cleaning, local tourist taxes, bath towels and bed linen (as described below)
All bed linen and bath towels are provided, and we are pleased to change these for you for stays of more than seven days. Please note that there are no additional charges for utilities including water, electricity, or heating.
Extra cleaning if required during your stay can be arranged for €60 per time.
Check-in and Check-out times are usually flexible, unless change-over days overlap between guests. In this case, check-out is up until 10.00 am and check-in is after 4.00 pm.
We'll welcome you to the apartment for the check-in and for the check-out to exchange the keys, view the apartment, provide information about the area, and to answer your questions.
The exact address and a contact telephone number to arrange a smooth check-in will be provided on this site for you once your booking has been confirmed.
Enjoying easy proximity to the most desirable central Lake Como towns and tourist attractions, Ca’Pradel retains its link to an historic past located between the two medieval churches of S. Giacomo with its twin bellcote, and Santa Maria Maddalena with its Gothic bell tower, the iconic symbol of Lake Como; all surrounded by quaint ancient alleyways and byways.
In front of the house to the right, just around the headland from Villa Rachele, the ancient via dei Plini takes the path of the original Roman road to the charming village of Sala Comacina. In Sala, La Tirlindana Restaurant is situated in the pretty village piazza from where the taxi-boat service takes visitors across to the island and the famous Locanda Dell’Comacina restaurant, and the bar by the island ferry jetty ‘La Botte’. In Sala, Restaurant La Comacina (next to Cimino’s Bar and the bank with Bancomat), offers lovely views from its flower-festooned dining balcony. Nearby Taverna Bleu ‘Relais et Restaurant’ offers local fine-dining in a boutique setting. In Sala three bars, a bakery with general goods and C10 bus tickets, and an artisan butcher, offer easy access to daily supplies.
Closer to home, just down the road from Ca’Pradel in nearby Spurano on Via Statale, near the intersection with Via Santuario (which leads up to the old town centre of Ossuccio), ‘alimentari’ (groceries) are available at the deli-restaurant-newsagent- tabaccheria San Giovanni.
Lenno, just north of Ossuccio, offers access to regular lake ferries, and a wide variety of useful general amenities including Sigma and Dino supermarkets, pharmacy, tourist office, and numerous eateries. Lenno is famous for its Tuesday Morning Market along the lakefront promenade – always a pleasant place to stroll or to enjoy refreshment. At the right-hand end of the ‘Bay of Venus’ stands the popular Lido di Lenno Bar/Restaurant and Beach Club. From here a regular boat service provides water-access to the famous attraction of Villa Balbianello.
North of Lenno a five-minute drive or bus ride, or walk via the ‘Greenway’, leads to Tremezzo with its many waterfront dining venues, and the tourist drawcard of Villa Carlotta with its unique gardens and art collection.
Closer to home the history of Comacina Island makes for fascinating reading. In the middle ages the island was a religious centre for the Como region and the site of the 11C basilica of St Euphemius… an important stop-over point for pilgrims en-route across the Alps to Milan. The present church of St John was built in the 18C.
More recently on a Sunday in June each year the Festival of St John features a religious procession ferried to the island to celebrate an open-air mass in the ruins, in memory of the battle of 1169 fought against the island’s inhabitants who were defended by a Byzantine garrison in their alliance with Milan. The Comaschi (from Como) attacked and burnt this last stronghold of the Western Roman Empire to the ground. This Sunday each year culminates in a spectacular fireworks display.
Hi, we are Giorgia & Monica and we hope that you’ll choose to enjoy lovely days staying at Ca’Pradel.
The waterfront location in Ossuccio is ideal for family and friends to enjoy lazy days on Lake Como, close to the lake’s major tourist attractions, and central to the lake’s unique towns and villages with each offering their own special ambiance.
We wish you ‘La Dolce Vita’.
Giorgia and Monica Prestinari purchased this house in 2004
Good initial communication with owners. We were met at property and given thorough explanation / tour of the house. The property was spotlessly clean and well equipped for 6-8 people. Spacious rooms and large kitchen and bathrooms. The view from house was spectacular and in couple of weeks time, when trees have developed more autumnal colours will be even more so. We travelled as group of four adults. A 40 minute stroll on the 'Greenway' brings you in to Lenno with cafes, shops, bars and restaurants. Boats leave from Lenno to many other locations on the Lake including Como town. The larger supermarket in Lenno has a relatively large selection of fresh food, beer and wine if not tempted with local eateries and is a short 5 minute drive away from the property. The bus stop is also a very short walk away and tickets for the bus can be purchased from the local café/bar. We would definitely stay at this property again.
A group of 8 (4 adults and 4 school-aged children) stayed at this lovely, 2 storey residence.
The building is located at the water's edge with Lake Como, with views straight across to Isola Comacina. It has a great lawn between the villa and the lake.
If travelling without a car, it can be tricky navigating the very narow main road to nearby towns Sala Comacina and Lenno.
However, this is a modern, comfortable residence, perfect for a relaxing escape right by the lake!
We loved the house, it was in a perfect location and so well appointed! Thank you also to the most fantastic hosts, every question was answered, lunches booked for us and just such a warm Italian welcome!! I hope we can come back one day!
Como with its superb natural setting has always had a dual identity, as an industrial town on the one hand, and as a unique tourist destination on the other. Discovered centuries ago and conquered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC and called ‘Larius’ the Via Statale Regina was the principal gateway across the Alps, and the Como area with its unique climate became a summer retreat and home to the literati, notably Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC) who simply called it “Our greatest lake” and later Pliny the Elder born in Como AD29, author of 37 books on natural history. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, a poet, owned two villas on Lake Como, one called ‘Tragedy’ believed to be the site of the present-day Villa Serbelloni (private) on the hill above Bellagio, and the other on the lakeshore below called ‘Comedy’. Much later on Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873) would again make Lake Como famous with his book “I Promessi Sposi” The Betrothed, published in 1827.
Stendhal the French writer (1783 – 1842) described Lake Como as an 'enchanting spot, unequalled on earth in its loveliness.'
Alessandro Volta (1745–1827), is a son of Como and celebrated for his 1800 invention of the battery.
More recently Franz List often picnicked in the grounds of Villa Melzi and wrote to the author Louis de Ronchaud [List writes] in 1837: “When you write the story of the two lovers, place them on the shores of Lake Como. I do not know of any land so conspicuously blessed by heaven.” During his visit of 1837 List wrote his Dante Symphony (S.109), based on Dante’s journey through Hell and Purgatory, as depicted in ‘The Divine Comedy’.
Today’s international celebrities have been fashion designer Gianni Versace, British musician Sting, British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and American actor/director George Clooney.
The cleaning fee of €120 includes final cleaning, local tourist taxes, bath towels and bed linen.