Lakefront with unimpeded views of Lake Como. 4 beds, 2 bathrooms, 135 sqm
Hi, I am Linda and this is our holiday home. We live in Australia and rent out our home when we don't use it.
Linda purchased this Villa in 2015
Why Linda chose Varenna
The property is magnificent. It is in the best location right on the waterfront of this unique town. It has been beautifully renovated and has wonderful views over Lake Como from all rooms.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Registration and key collection after 7pm will incur a EUR 50 cash payment to our manager.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was a great spot - easy to find. This area is quiet early morning and early evening.
This million dollar property is large, clean, features high end finishings and is located in a prime location right on the main waterfront strip in Varenna. You can see the water from every window. When you exit the unit, there is a gelato stand immediately to the left of the door, two restaurants immediately to the right, and the lake, including the town's main motor boat and kayak business, about 30 feet in front of the door. We really enjoyed our stay, including relaxing in Varenna, renting a motor boat on the lake, swimming off the public beach, hiking in the hills and a side trip to Switzerland. Only the last of these required a car.
We have provided four stars instead of five due to some maintenance issues. The oven and dishwasher did not work - at least, we could not get them to work, and the local management company did not provide a concrete response after we reported this. The house also has some flooding issues on the bottom entry level when it rains. This does not affect the main living spaces, only the entry and laundry room, but we did refrain from using the laundry room for a couple of days until the water receded.
AMAZING in every way
This is a fabulous apartment. It is beautifully situated on the lakefront of late, above bars (cafes), restaurants, and shops The restaurant directly under the apartment is the only restaurant we ever found in Italy that serves scrambled eggs and omelettes for those who are used to that type of breakfast! And, the eggs were delicious! A gelateria is next door! The apartment was spacious, clean and fully equipped. I only wish that there had been an extra dish towel- one for dishes and one for hands would be nice. There were no paper towels provided, or napkins; I never found a shop that sold these either. Restaurants were delicious everywhere and it is not a far walk at all to the ferry or to any of the restaurants you might wish to try. My husband has great difficulty walking; he was able to make it so, that says a lot And finally, the management services are outstanding for this property Alessia went over and above to help us with some issues that we had. Whether it was helping us with a lost key, helping my husband to get an extra suitcase to the apartment down the sloping road, procuring a taxi for us ..., she was there and kindly – she never made us feel like we were a bother ( even though I think we were ). She was gracious and helpful and always responded immediately by text - that has not always been the case with other rentals we have had. Varenna is LOVELY; we would definitely come back to this area of Italy and we would definitely hope that we could stay in this apt again!!!!! Note- though the apt Is on the lakefront level, there are 30 steps within the apartment to the main living area and maybe five steps more to the bathroom from the main level. The second bathroom and bedrooms are about 15 steps up from the front door. Also, if there is live entertainment of any sort in the area below the windows of this apartment, you will hear it all. One night there was an incredible female singer; it was so nice to sit by a wine and listen to her through the open windows of the living room. Others had to pay to sit at a table with their drinks and we had it right there from the comfort of our home. Another night we watched a fashion show from our windows :-) the activity is usually stop around 11 PM. We would go to bed to the sound of muted conversations from the remaining customers below. Closing the window in the bedroom muted 95% of ext noise Standing fans were provided- temps always comfortable, even in July
Nice property, everything as described. Restaurants, Gelato right outside the front door!
Great Location and Property
This three level property has a great bird's eye view of Varenna and Lake Como. The location in the hub of activity makes it easy and inviting to pop out and explore. Management was easy to contact, and prompt to respond to any question or need. Kitchen and dining are well stocked and inviting. Our one week stay was delightful!
On the water and what a view
The apartment was over the top. Very clean and with all the little things you'd expect. A corkscrew, clean pots , pans, china and glassware made the one meal we cooked in fun. Steps were present and we had been warned but they were not as bad as we expected and did not present a problem for us, 3 seniors.
Varenna Villa – Lake Como is the place to get away from it all, but also be in touch with the rest of the Lake. For the romantics, the historians or for those who love peace, tranquility and a history that goes back thousands of years this is the place. Varenna is an ancient fishing village with close to 1000 residents spread along a steep hillside overlooking Lake Como.
The reds, terracottas and yellows of its houses, its mild climate and the olive and cypress trees make you wonder whether you aren’t 200km further south. After the nearby island of Comancina was destroyed the population increased and flourished. The warring factions, as with much of Lombardy saw Varenna at odds with Como on many occasions and the rule of Varenna pass in typical Italian family tradition from the Visconti family to the Sfondrati’s. Today Varenna is a lovely spot to chill out, although be aware that shops and even restaurants have been known to shut for lunch, so expect the better things in life to take longer.
Varenna is one of the most beautiful towns on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. In the evenings, the village is serene and picturesque. Truly a perfect place for relaxing. This is an understatement! The warmth of the locals combined with the perfect setting of the place, would melt the coldest hearts of the most demanding travellers.
Varenna, built on a rock at the foot of a mountain is a boat stop from Bellagio on the east side of the lake and though popular it escapes the throngs in Bellagio (undeniably lovely, but like many other undeniably lovely places the crowds, higher prices and ‘tourist trap’ experiences can be very trying). Varenna dates from the 5th century – you can still see in places the original Roman layout of the town: a geometric design which allows wonderful views of the lake.