|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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Ideally located a one bedroom apartment in Vista D'Oro, t on the hillside just below the village of Perledo and 5 minutes up the hillside by car( 30 mins walk) from the romantic and historic town of Varenna.
With sensational views of Lake Como from the living room and large private garden, this apartment is ideal place to tour the area and is on the main Senteria del Viadiante path( path of the wanderer) which leads to other local villages up the mountain. The apartment has the use of the residents outdoor swimming pool and has secure garage parking.
Hello I'm Carmel married to Paul owners of Casa Caterina. We are Irish and live in N Ireland with our 4 children. I am employed part time in Healthcare, working with disability. My husband Paul runs his own transport company which imports Italian goods, mainly tiles, to Ireland and the UK . This is the main reason we came about owning a property here as we travelled to Milan on business quite a lot.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2009
We first discovered this area 15 years ago with our young family when we decided to take a break from our usual 2 week child orientated camping holiday and headed Como direction. We knew a little about the Como area but were not prepared for the sheer magnitude and beauty of the place. Maybe it is the mountains, the lake, the climate or a combination of all 3 but the general atmosphere seemed to nourish and revitalise the soul instantly.
That summer holiday was the best ever holiday with the hiking, the touring and the children having endless fun jumping from a platform into the lake.
When we decided to buy out holiday apartment we knew we wanted it to be in the Varenna/Perledo location but had to wait almost 8 years to find a place that captured the magic of the area. Casa Caterina is that spot!
I choose our apartment because its situation give the best views of lake Como and because of its large private garden. I love the outdoor life and spend endless hours gardening with the back drop of the mountains and lake, gaining inspiration from visiting the magnificent Italian villas nearby.
There is so much to do close to the property. We spend a lot of our time now hiking in the local area regularly going to Bellano, an hours trek away, have lunch and return by train or bus.The property is a great base to explore the wider Como area also. A popular destination by ferry is Menaggio and Bellaggio situated on the famous golden triangle area of the lake just a 15 crossing away. It is always lovely, however, to return home again just to relax on our patio enjoying the beautiful Italian wines and delicious simplicity of the local food.
The options are endless.
The unique benefits has got to be the truly spectacular views from the apartment
This is a hikers paradise and we spend a lot of our time now discovering the area, walking along the various paths to the local mountain villagers. Sentiero della Viandante (path of the wander) goes right past our apartment complex.
Staying in this area is like going back in time, old Italian tradition remain intact, yet in one hours drive you can reach Milan the world capital of fashion and general sophistication
Pretty basic inside, but clean...gorgeous view, nice outside garden area and nice community pool on site. Was told it was a 10 min walk uphill from train station...more like 25 mins along streets that do not have a shoulder in many areas.
The view from this property is spectacular and it deserves five stars. It is on a corner lot so in addition to the views it is a very private and tranquil unit.
The unit is exactly as described; no surprises there. However, when we checked into our unit at 4:00 p.m. the place had not been cleaned. There were still dirty sheets on the beds and dirty towels in the bathroom. I was able to get in contact with the manager of the property who arrived within 30 minutes with bedding and a few towels. Initially, she have us four towels (we are a family of four) and I had to beg her for four additional towels. She changed the beds but never cleaned the unit. I had to call her about an hour later because the shower was not draining. She was there within an hour and plunged the drain.
Communication with owner: The owner always answered my questions prior to our arrival. However, I contacted her three times via email to ask if we could get another fan in the unit. It was hot during our stay and there was only one fan in the unit. I never heard back from the owner; however, the manager also asked permission to obtain a fan and five days later we had another fan.
If you are staying at this property, you really need a car. The walk is beautiful but steep. When it rains, the cobblestones are very, very slippery.
There are some wonderful restaurants in Varenna. Our favorites are Cavatappi and Ristorante Varenna Monamour.
This could be a five-star property if it was professionally managed and cleaned.
The property was really something. Great view, decently stocked kitchen and nice comfy bed. We found that it was necessary to take a taxi to the room from the train as the uphill was quite steep. Very nice location to unwind and enjoy.
We enjoyed our time In this apartment situated above the town. The views are as pictured and there is a large outdoor patio to sit out and enjoy them. The owner's agent made sure we had everything we needed and answered any questions. We had a car which made it easy to get around (the apartment is a 5 minute drive from the train station on winding roads) and parking at the Apartment was easy (not necessarily true in other areas of this town). There is a grocery less than a km up the hill, and we parked at the train station when we wanted to take a ferry or go into town. There is a good information center right at the train station. The apartment had everything we needed to cook some meals which we enjoy doing while traveling. Thank you for an enjoyable stay.
Beautiful apartment with great views of the lake , owner tips and advice all very welcome and a great help. Will definitely be back as soon as possible!
Magnificent apartment and views are truly breath taking. Excellent hospitality from our hosts and ease of communication gave us great peace of mind, and enabled us to have a wonderful stay. Will definitely be back!
The apartment is situated approx 2 kilometers above the picturesque village of Varenna which is approx 60 min train ride from Milan railway station or 1.20 mins drive from Bergamo airport. I recommend hiring a car as the climb up the mountain is steep. A taxi service is available at train station if not driving.
Varenna is the ideal location, being on the Golden Triangle (Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio). With a truly ancient cobbled town as your backdrop, you can travel around Lake Como by ferry (car ferries are only available in the 'triangle'), explore the villas and gardens and delight in the romantic setting whilst enjoying the local cuisine fresh from the lake.
Varenna's Romantic Promenade - If you walk along the waters edge to the right of the ferry terminal you will naturally be led to the lakeside promenade 'La Passerella' which is a cantilevered walkway coming out from the rock face of the shore. A favourite with romantics and especially beautiful in the evening as the sun is going down. Varenna may be the most picturesque town on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. Just above it is the ancient castle where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Two famed villas to visit here are Villa Cipressi, with terraced gardens cascading right down to the shores, and Villa Monastero, a true showcase.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Downpayment / Deposit requested. Security deposit requested. Supplement for heating depending on the season. Discount depending on length of stay
Final clean €90