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Stylish, comfortable apartment in charming Lenno, 2 minute stroll to Lake

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Lovely apartment in sunny Lenno, close to Lake, restaurants, cafes, lido and ferry.

Our bright, modern and comfortable apartment is perfect for a couple, and has secure private parking within gated grounds. Located within a recently totally refurbished old villa. The apartment has an open plan living room, kitchen, with sliding door access to the bedroom. French doors lead from the living room and the bedroom out to a spacious sunny south facing balcony. The balcony is private and overlooks an old villa, perfect for having breakfast, relaxing, sunbathing or alfresco dining. The living room is stylish and comfortable, and very well equipped, with satellite TV, the English freeview channels, a DVD player, and an Ipod dock. A large and varied collection of DVDs is available, should you like to relax in the evening with a movie or two. Free Wi-Fi is available. The modern, fully equipped kitchen runs along one wall, and is perfect for those keen to try out their cooking skills in Italian cuisine, using local fresh ingredients. The spotlessly clean bathroom is spacious and bright with walk-in shower, bidet, toilet, etc.

From the apartment a short, 2 minute stroll down a cobbled lane will take you to the Lake side and a Greenway walk to Lenno village.

This is one of the most charming, stunning and historic places in Northern Italy. This area was part of a Grand Tour undertaken by the aristocratic English and poets such as Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth. Rated as one of the 10 most beautiful Lakes in the world.

Lenno is a select, charming village, and reputed to be one of the sunniest locations on the Lake. It even produces its own local olive oil. It's not commercialised or touristy and retains is local Italian character, with a historic village piazza and medieval church. The lake front at Lenno is a gem, it has charming promenade, stately villas, a quaint village square, and selection of restaurants, cafes, bars - and of course the most spectacular picture postcard views.

Lenno is unique in having this beautiful little promenade, and four or five cafes, restaurants and an Ice cream parlour, its so convenient and perfect for strolling on a summer's evening or that cappuccino first thing in the morning. The promenade leads to a sunny Lido area for swimming and sunbathing and a quaint 1920s style Ferry terminal from with you can travel the various villages around the Lake. Lenno has excellent amenities including a medium sized, well stocked supermarket, close to the apartment. A Bike hire shop, should you wish to give the car a holiday. Many of the local cafes and bars offer free wifi, and there are several well recommended restaurants within walking distance of the apartment.

Lenno has a weekly Tuesday morning market, conveniently located along the promenade, selling local produce, fish, hams, meat, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, clothes and other goods. An interesting way to spend a morning and sample the real Italy.

Exploring Lake Como by ferry couldn’t be easier from Lenno's own little ferry terminal, simply buy a 'Centre of the Lake' Day ticket, this is very economical, allowing convenient travel around the many attractive lakeside villages such as Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio.

Within walking distance of the apartment are the famous gardens of the Villa Balbianello, featured in an early Starwars and recent James Bond movies. Down the road a few miles from Lenno can also be found the stunning Villa Carlotta a stately home with famous sub-tropical gardens.

To ensure that you will have a trouble free stay in our apartment, when you arrive, you will be met by a friend who lives nearby. You will be given the apartment keys, remote control for the front gate, and shown how everything in the apartment works, as these may be a little different to the UK - access, electronic gates, parking, electricity/gas, heating, using the cooker, washing machine, etc and you will be given a contact number should you have any questions. We hope this extra service is helpful and will make your holiday enjoyable. We also have a information file in the apartment for guests, providing local information, details of ferry and bus timetables, favourite local sights, day trips, details of restaurants and cafes, etc.

The apartment is in a recently refurbished villa on the first floor, with lift if required and is very accessible. It is an easy walk to the village and Lake side from the apartment.

For those hiring a car, the apartment has its own private, secure car parking space at the front of the villa located inside electronic gates, a remote control is provided.

For guests we provide free broadband wifi access, we will provide network and password details before arrival. The Il Golfo cafe on the Lenno promenade, also has excellent, free wifi.

Towels and bed linen are all included. If staying for 2 weeks extra towels and bed linen will be provided. The property is thoroughly cleaned and inspected between each guest's stay.

With careful planning you can travel to the apartment from Milan's airports using local public transport, making car hire an advantage but not absolutely essential. Public transport using bus, rail and ferry connections are very good in the Lake Como area.

Lugano in Switzerland is only an hour and a quarter away by car from the apartment, or an hour by local bus from Menaggio.

PLEASE NOTE: FOR ALL GUESTS CONVENIENCE WE PREFER SATURDAY TO SATURDAY BOOKINGS.

More Details

Owner
Rhoda Robb
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About Rhoda Robb

We are Rhoda and Fred, a recently, early retired, professional couple. We both worked in Education. We have travelled a lot in Europe. We fell completely in love with Italy about 8 years ago, particularly the area around Lake Como. It is historic, full of character, very beautiful, very varied and with stunning, spectacular views. When an opportunity arose to buy an apartment in Lenno,close to the lake shore, we jumped at it. What appealed to us most, besides the sheer beauty of the whole area, was the history and character of Lake Como. There is such a variety of things to do, Lake activities from swimming to sailing, walks along the Greenway on the lakeside, or in the hills - or mountains, exploring gardens, historic villas or the many charming villages along the lake shore.

In summer there is a progmamme of very varied events around the Lake from the grand villas that host classical music evenings to the local villages that provide Craft Fairs. Fireworks displays are a favourite Italian pastime. And of course there's always excellent cuisine and wine Above all a quality of life where you are able to take things at an Italian pace, Lake Como still takes a two and a half hour lunch break!

Rhoda Robb purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Rhoda Robb chose Lenno

We bought our property about 10 years ago.

We choose Lenno in particular because it has genuine Italian character, excellent amenities and it is not touristy.

Lenno has an unique character and location. It has it's own little bay, promenade, supermarket and piazza with a handful of excellent coffee bars and restaurants. The best ice cream parlour in the area is found here. There is a stylish lido, places to chill with an aperitif or dine in the evening. Nearby a local shingle beach. Unlike many of the other villlages it has it's own little ferry port which makes it so easy to travel up and down the lake exploring other villages close by and on the other side of the lake. Taking the ferry is a lovely way to visit the town of Como, do a bit of shopping, and try to spot George Clooney's villa on route

What makes this apartment unique

Lenno is within walking distance of many beautiful villas, found along the road to Menaggio, at the centre of the Lake. A 'walkers ' path known as the 'Greenway' is ideal for exploring, its well sign posted along a 6 kilometre route. Pass the famous and beautiful gardens of the 'Villa Balbianello' which featured in the James Bond film 'Casino Royale', only a 15 minute walk from the apartment. Here the Lavedo peninsula offers stunning views of Lake Como. The famous gardens of the 'Villa Carlotta', many people come specially to see this are only a 30 minute walk away.

And a short walking distance from Lenno, the 'Greenway' leads on to the gentle slopes of the surrounding mountains providing spectacular views down into the lake below. From here you can follow old cobbled laneways through historic villages which will eventually lead down to the centre of the Lake and into the town of Menaggio

Amenities

Lenno Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Village
General:
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The bathroom is light and airy, spacious, stylish and attractive. Meticulously clean with walk-in shower, WC, bidet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with very comfortable Kingsize bed and carefully chosen furnishings. Double 'French doors' lead directly out to large sunny private balcony.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodion You will be met by a friend who lives locally, or by the lady who cleans the apartment and given an introduction, the keys, information and shown facilities in the apartment - using the cooker, washing machine, access, parking, electronic gates, etc. There is an information file in the apartment for guests, with details on ferry and bus timetables, favourite local sights, day trips, recommended restaurants and cafes, etc The apartment is in a recently, completely refurbished old villa so the rooms are modern, bright and comfortable. In summer we use the bright sunny south facing balcony as additional room for alfresco dining, relaxing and reading. The apartment is in an easily accessible location within walking distance of village amenities, not on a steep slope and only 2 minutes walk from the lake. Outside: For those hiring a car, the apartment has its own private car parking space at the front of the villa located inside electronic gates. An added feature of the apartment is the extensive south facing and private sunny balcony, with attractive patio furniture and sun lounger, offering not only additional al fresco living space but the ideal location to start the day with a Prosecco – the typical tipple of the region! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are all included. If staying for more than 1 week extra towels and bed linen will be provided for the next week. The property is thoroughly cleaned and inspected between each guest's stay. Other: The sunny balcony can be used as an extra room and is perfect for al fresco dining, quiet reading or simply sitting in sun and sipping a prosecco.

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Stylish, comfortable apartment in charming Lenno, 2 minute stroll to Lake
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews
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Lovely apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We found the apartment just as described.It is very well equiped and has everything needed for a comfortable stay.The location is perfect for getting the most out of the seeing the best of lake Como.With an easy stroll to Lenno centre and access to the ferry terminal all the sightseeing is on your doorstep.The Greenway also provides lovely walks right next to the apartment.All communication with the owners was perfect as were directions to find the apartment.We cannot recommend it more highly and will plan to return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment and the beautiful village of Lenno. We are very happy that everything met your expectations and that the apartment was as described. We try to accommodate all our guests so that they feel immediately at home on arrival and right from the word go, can truly enjoy their holiday. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review, I know this will be helpful to future guests. You're welcome back anytime.
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Ideal Location to explore Lake Como

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week at this apartment in July. It is ideally placed to explore the Lake, within walking distance of a ferry station. There is a pleasant walk away from the main roads to local restaurants and if you don't feel like walking further you can catch the land train to some of the other resorts along the lakeside. We managed to find a couple of places to swim in the lake too which was an added bonus. The apartment itself is lovely, airy and modern with a little balcony to sit and eat or soak up the sun with a glass of wine in hand! We found everything we needed was supplied and Rosalina was at the end of a phone if we needed any help with anything. We drove to the apartment from Lake Garda and the directions given to us by Rhoda were spot on. We would definitely recommend the apartment to friends and family and would love to return again ourselves one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfectly Situated Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this lovely apartment many times - and we're quite likely to stay many more times. Lenno is the perfect place to explore Lake Como, situated in the central area with frequent ferries to all the places you would want to visit on holiday.

The apartment itself is most importantly clean and well-equipped with a modern, calm feel. It is a 10 minute stroll to all Lenno has to offer - lakefront cafes, the Lido, the taxi boat to Balbianello (or a 20-30 minute walk to the back gate). It has secure parking and access down the lane to a little area from which you can swim in the lake.

It is worth staying local to visit the weekly market in Lenno on a Tuesday - I would recommend a visit to the rotisserie van; and a detour to the new patisserie near the campsite to pick up dessert - lunch sorted! For more everyday groceries, there is a reasonable sized supermarket just a couple of minutes walk from the apartment.

This year we stayed for 2 weeks and to make the most of the lake we bought a 7-day ferry pass - good value at €45 - this allowed us to visit our favourite spot,Varenna, the fabulous Bellagio, and the more laid back Menaggio. There is also a stop at Villa Carlotta - one we haven't visited yet.

I would also recommend taking the slow boat back down to Como town for the day. This offers great views of the villages and villas around the lake. Then jump on the bus home (stops practically outside the apartment), giving you time to enjoy a lovely lunch, explore the old town and a little bit of retail therapy.

To sum up, do not hesitate to book this charming apartment and explore this beautiful part of Italy.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Lovely, comfortable apartment

  • 4 of 5

We really relaxed and enjoyed our stay in this comfortable apartment. Balcony doors at your bedroom and living area make it ideal to enjoy the sunny weather. You can walk easily to the lake nearby, bus and to the nearby village. We actually went back for another period of time after staying in a disappointing apartment in a different village. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, well-equipped, and well located apartment

  • 4 of 5

We'd stayed in Lenno before, a few years ago, and wanted to go back to the same area. This apartment was exactly what we needed. Internally it was clean and well-equipped. it was bright without getting overheated in the sun. We didn't cook much, there were too many nice restaurants in the area, but the kitchen seemed to have everything we would have wanted. The bed was comfortable, with adequate space for clothes and suitcases.

Having a balcony was a nice extra, and although there's no view of the lake it was a pleasant place to have breakfast or an afternoon drink. Despite being in a small apartment block we were not disturbed by noise from neighbours. There is private parking, which was useful, we barely touched the car for the whole week, it was easier and more fun to take the boats around the lake. Internet access was provided by a 3G USB "dongle" which didn't work with my tablet, so do check that before going.

Lenno centre was about 10 minutes walk, either along a leafy lane or down the main road past the small supermarket. There's a boat landing stage from where it's easy to get to Como, Bellagio, etc. I'd certainly recommend that rather than taking a car. Bellagio is very touristy, of course, but well with a trip for lunch and a walk, and Varenna is a nice place to pause for an ice cream. The fast boat to Como certainly makes it worth visiting for a day trip, just for shopping and lunch. It's a small town, nothing very special but pleasant, and Milan is only a short hop by train from there.

Of the restaurants we liked Trattoria Santo Stefano the best, and ate there twice. We remembered it from our last stay, it seems to have gone a bit more upmarket, so even better than before. Albergo Plinio, just round the corner, was also very good. One dull wet evening when other places were closed we went to Pizzeria Ranch. It was a decent local pizzeria, nothing fancy but good pizza and friendly people. Despite our very basic Italian we had no problem being understood, and most places had some English-speaking staff. We tried to eat at the Lido, but could never work out if it was open. It was either very busy with what seemed like private parties (weddings), or deserted, but either way there were no signs to indicate if guests were welcome or not, so we gave up on it. There are other bars where you can enjoy an evening cocktail.

We'd very happily go back, I'd recommend the apartment to any couple wanting a comfortable stay in Lenno.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Homely apartment in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay in Rhoda and Fred's apartment in Lenno. It was spotlessly clean on arrival and truly does have everything you need- washing machine, iron, hairdryer and a full kitchen of cooking utensils. You can tell it is a second home for the hosts as everything is of the highest quality. The bed is more comfortable than my own. The plants on the balcony were in full bloom during our stay and we really enjoyed sitting outside for breakfast and in the evenings with a glass of wine. The DVD collection also deserves a shout out. The selection is impressive and I enjoyed re-watching some of my all-time favourite movies.

There is a supermarket practically on the doorstep and the lake is only a few minutes away so it was extremely convenient. Lenno is a lovely spot and whilst it is a great place to unwind, there is plenty to do and see should you wish to explore. You don’t even need to do any research before you go as the apartment is full of useful information, leaflets, guidebooks and recommendations.

We filled our days alternating between sightseeing and lounging on a nearby private beach, which you paid a small entrance fee to access. Despite visiting in June it was very quiet here and we were able to have this stretch of the lake almost to ourselves for swimming. Out and about we visited Bellagio and Varenna on a great value one day boat ticket which was valid for the entire central part of the lake. Being out cruising on the lake was lovely in itself and definitely something we would recommend. We enjoyed exploring Bellagio and whilst the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfare was fun, the sleepy fishing village of Pescallo was the highlight for us. Varenna was equally enchanting and we’d definitely recommend meandering your way up to the castle and taking yourself right to the top for the views. The scenery is what makes Lake Como very special and we were treated to more spectacular vistas on our visit to Villa del Balbianello. The gardens here are beautifully maintained and we found the tour of the house really interesting, it gave us a real insight into the previous owner who was an adventurer, an explorer and a real character by all accounts.

One week in Lenno was just not enough. We will be returning and we would not hesitate in booking this apartment for part two of our Lenno adventure. To be continued... Louise & Nick

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nick and Louise were perfect guests and like ourselves have fallen in love with Lenno and beautiful Lake Como.They have appreciated the care and attention that we have taken in furnishing our apartment as a second home and making it as comfortable as possible for our guests. They made the most of their stay in what we consider to be Lake Como's jewel. They are welcome back any time.
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Malpensa
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Il Golfo, Lenno Promenade
Nearest Ferry
700 Metres
Lenno Ferry terminal
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Croce
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Como San Giovanni station
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
A9 at Como Intersection
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Trattoria Santo Stefano
Nearest Ski
105 Kilometres
Sant Moritz
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Lenno Public pebble beach
Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach:

Our apartment is situated a couple of minutes walk from the lakeside, where there's a very small secluded shingle beach for swimming. Or if you prefer, with a 10 minute easy walk you can reach a charming little park at Ossucio where you can relax, sunbathe or swim. There's an excellent, inexpensive cafe there with free wifi also selling drinks, snacks, lunch and of course ice cream. Alternatively a 10 walk will take to the Lido at Lenno where you can sunbathe, swim or have a drink at the bar. From the apartment it is also a very easy 10 minute walk to Lenno's charming village square, which is right on the Lake. Lenno has its own beautiful little promenade on the Lakeside, lovely for a morning stroll, that early cappucino or Prosecco or light lunch in one of the cafes there overlooking the lake. A view to take your breath away.

For the energetic boat hire is available a 5 minute walk away, exploring the Lake by boat is ideal for sightseeing, and many of the most beautiful historic villas are best seen from the Lake. Water sking or even a spot of fishing are avaiable. Walking is also a favourite activity in the Lenno area, from a gentle stroll along the lakeside Greenway to easy walking in the surrounding mountains. Lenno is situated on a small bay, and its villas, views and location are gorgeous, perfect for that evening walk - the passagiatta. In fact Lenno promenade offers the most breath taking panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Stunning.

Travel:

Nearest airports, 1 hour 15 minutes to Milan Malpensa or Linate airports, or 1 hour and 45 mins to Bergamo by car. But car hire is not absolutely essential, provided arrival and departure times are planned, eg landing by lunch time and departing mid afternoon would work. There are shuttle buses from all the airports to Milan Central Railway station and rail connections on to Como city, and the apartment can be reached by public transport as is on the bus and ferry routes on the lake. There is a regular ferry or bus service from Como.

Distances:

Menaggio 10Km.

Como 25Km.

Swiss border 30Km.

Villa Carlotta 5Km.

Our apartment’s location provides ample opportunity to explore all parts of the lake and mountains. Bellagio, the jewel in the crown of the entire Lake area where you can shop for designer wear, silk, art or leather is only a short ferry journey away. Como, with all its pretty promenades, cathedrals, busy shops and market days is only 30 minutes away by scenic drive.

Further Details:

Close to the apartment is the little ferry stop at Lenno, here the ferry will zig-zag up and down the lake, stopping at towns and villages on the way. You can even take the ferry for a day’s shopping or sightseeing visit to Como. The local bus stops nearby, it circles the lake and so will drop you off at any of the villages along the way. If you want to explore by car the apartment has its own private secure parking facility within the gated garden area.

Lenno and nearby villages offer some of the best cuisine of the region including local lake fish and pasta dishes, of course!

After your evening meal enjoy a romantic stroll along the lake promenade in Lenno, right on the waters edge.

For garden lovers four of the most famous and beautiful are located very close-by, Villa Balbianello is only a 15 minute walk away, while Villa Carlotta is just 5 minutes down the road by car and the gardens of Villa Meltzi and Monastir are only 20 minutes away by ferry.

There is simply so much to see and do in the area, it is steeped in history and culture. Particularly throughout the summer when there are numerous events, concerts, exhibitions - and not forgetting the fireworks displays! Or if your interests stretch eg to hill walking, photography, cookery or painting these are readily available throughout the lake area. If shopping is a must then Como is 30 minutes away and for something entirely different, a 45 minute drive will take you to Lugano, in Switzerland via some of the most spectacular mountain scenery – but don’t forget your passport!

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $46.84

Booking Notes:
A small deposit is required to secure the booking, the remaining balance is then required 6 weeks prior to your holiday. As security a deposit of £200 is payable at the beginning of your holiday rental, but this cheque will not be cashed and will be returned at the end of your stay, less any deductions owed.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for rental of the property per week in UK pounds. There is an additional £35 cleaning charge, as the apartment is thoroughly cleaned between each client’s stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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