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Garden Apartment Located In Tranquil Carate Urio

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment in Carate Urio, Lake Como, Italian Lakes, Italy - Lake View Home

The home itself is a beautifully decorated and luxurious holiday hideaway. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms (1 of which is en-suite) plus a spacious private garden make this home the perfect Lake Como retreat. The two double or twin bedrooms each have a zip and link bed (king size when linked and two generous singles when apart). A third fun bedroom with bunk bed and its very own porthole window furnished with children in mind is also available.The sun room or 'look out', situated on the first floor is a quiet spot where you can relax with a book or a glass of prosecco and watch the amazing sunsets over the lake, it’s also a great spot for meeting for drinks before dinner. Large sitting room has a beautifully restored antique floor and is the perfect party room to enjoy family games we all enjoy playing on holiday. Cook and eat indoors in the modern dining kitchen or outdoors. BBQ for outdoor cooking and old stone table to dine alfresco under an iron gazebo protecting you from the sun.

Property Manager
Helen Battersby
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
August 24, 2017

About Helen Battersby

We live near Loch Lomond in Scotland most of the year and visit Italy as much as we can. Lake Como is an area we have been coming back to since our early twenties.... A few years ago now!

Helen Battersby purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Helen Battersby chose Carate Urio

In love with Lake Como since the late 80's because of the drama of the scenery, which has remained unchanged, we have kept coming back because of the people.

Five minutes off the main off road it is so easy to get to (and visit from) but our little bit is like a secret, quiet when we want to be but with lots of places to eat, drink and be merry when we are in the mood.

What makes this apartment unique

Our favourite times are spent on our private terrace, under twinkly lights, watching the sun rise and set across the lake.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We rented the Villa Casa Fontana in early September this year and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The property has been very tastefully updated and renovated internally to make the best of the great views of the lake from the main rooms, especially from the very pleasant and airy 'look out'. The property is well supplied for all your needs if you are going to be spending a lot of time and making full use of Villa Casa Fontana for relaxation. Villa Casa Fontana and the area of Carate Urio though are also ideally situated for touring Lake Como and its environs. We particularly enjoyed using the ferries, which was a completely stress-free way to explore the lake and the surrounding towns. The ferry can be boarded from the little pier across from Hotel Orso Bruno and sticks to a rigid timetable. Heading north the scenery is stunning and a visit to the lakeside towns of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna are essential. Dougie, Scotland-September 2009
Aug 2009
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Carate Urio Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + 2 kids (2 bedrooms + kids bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (1st floor) with double bed (feature zip attachments which can be made to twins) and en-suite. Bedroom 2 (ground) double bed (feature zip attachments can be made to twins). Third fun size bedroom with bunk beds (ideal for children) available.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Newly refurbished, this luxurious *two bedroom apartment has been tastefully decorated and is located in one the most desirable residential parts of Lake Como (close to Laglio, the location of George Clooney’s Villa Oleandra). At the same time, it’s convenient for visiting the popular western branch, from Como’s old town to the water-sports centres at the Northern end of the Lake, as well as the popular mid-lake triangle of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna. And for longer day trips, Milan, Lugano and St Moritz are within easy reach. The apartment itself provides wonderful Lake views from all of its rooms. Although it sleeps 4 adults it also has a *fun third bedroom with bunk beds if you have kids making it ideal for a family of six. Prices from €645 to €1295 per week. Outside: From the stepped lanes you enter the garden through a `cancello’ (or wrought iron gate) which has a controlled entry. A little path winds through the front garden to the terrace at the glass fronted entrance of the villa. A few steps up beyond the iron balustrade and you are on a second terrace. Barbecue for outdoor cooking as mentioned plus an old stone table for al fresco dining. This all sits underneath the wrought iron gazebo that is covered from spring to autumn with greenery from the vine leaves – offering welcome shade from the sun. The garden and terraces are oriented toward the lake and there is garden furniture for topping up your tan. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 115 euro final cleaning charge payable on arrival inc all linen, towels and bedding. Other: We have tried to include as many practical home comforts as possible to help you enjoy the home to it's fullest...from a torch to an umbrella. If you have any special requests please do not hesitate to ask.


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La Dolce Vita!

  • 5 of 5

This is the kind of property , in the kind of area, which tells you that 'Life can be Sweet!'. With a cinematic view of Lake Como as its backdrop , this property has all the charm of a village house with modern Italian elan. We woke to a wonderful sunrise coming over the hills opposite and spent lazy days wandering the picture perfect lakeside villages , with a scenic backdrop which is like the Highlands of Scotland - but with better weather! I could get used to a life here, sipping an Italian Red in the 'Lookout' , watching the Lake quietly end its day. This was a holiday villa as it should be. Be good to yourself - go!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Callum, this is a really good insight for our future guests. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Helen
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Absolutely Amazing !

  • 5 of 5

We have the fortune to stay here earlier this year. Oh my, how lucky were we. What a stylish house. The owners have taken great care to make this house a true gem on Lake Como. Incredibly stylish and all the home comforts that frequent travellers expect. Really comfortable beds, really well stocked kitchen, fabulous outdoor area and with views up and down Lake Como that you would die for. I really thought I had died and gone to heaven each morning. I can't recommend this house highly enough - if you're going to Lake Como - don't miss this one - absolutely amazing :)

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely feedback.
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Nearest Airport
61 Kilometres
Milan Malpensa
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar Aurora
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
within the village
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Como San Giovanni
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Actually an A road
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Acqua Dolce
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
swimming within the little harbour in the village
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Art school, cookery school, flying lessons and wine testing

all available. Please ask for details.


Shingle beach in village of Carate plus lots more dotted around the local area. Golden sand beach inc boat hire a short drive. Full recommendations given on request or with every booking.


Fly to Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate both 45 minutes from the home or Bergamo 1 hour 15 minutes. Full directions on request or with booking. Car hire recommended but not essential. Bus and ferry available to village.


Supermarket available 7 days a week 10 minutes drive, Minimarket in the village plus idyllic cafes to help you unwind and watch the world go by. Ferry 10 minutes walk. Como city (shopping and Volta museum approx 15 min by car or ferry). Football in Milan 40 min drive or available by public transport. Switzerland (20 mins to border) home of Fox town for cut price designer fashion, Lake Lugano and San Moritz. Villa Balbianello (James Bond) accessible by ferry as are Bellagio, Laglio and more.

Further Details:

The ancient village of Carate Urio on the west shore of Lake Como in a real haven for tranquility. Ideal for an afternoon meander through the narrow cobbled stepped pathways or to revel in the cafe-bar culture that is prevalent here. Unwind over an impossibly long lunch in one of the pretty lakeside trattorias or restaurants. They serve authentic locally produced food that is culinary perfection! Explore the neighbouring villages and lazy lakeside living such as Laglio, where George Clooney spends his Summer holidays hauled up at his lakeside villa! Or meander through the cobbled streets of Cernobbio for an ice-cream, the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon or a spot of shopping in one of the exclusive boutiques. Relax with a touch of sunbathing on the shingle beaches around the local area or hop on the ferry and explore the lakeside city par excellence of Como with its pretty piazzas, cafe culture, 14th Century Gothic churches and famous Alessandra Volta Museum, the Inventor of the humble battery! A supermarket available 7 days a week just 10 minutes drive, mini-market in the village plus idyllic cafes to help you unwind and watch the world go by. Please contact us for more details, photos and information from our personal website!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $143.47
Damage Deposit $239.12

Booking Notes:
25% non refundable deposit to reserve, 75% due 75 days prior to stay after which no refunds apply, balance on arrival. 200 euro cash refundable damage bond payable via Owners Direct refunded within 7 days of stay if no damage. 120 euro final cleaning per stay payable in euros on arrival. Free internet access.. Will try if necessary to be flexible on arrival/departure times.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred, flexible where possible! Check in after 2pm. Check out 10am or earlier on request.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. Prices may fluctuate due to market conditions.

*Exceptions for prices are Easter, Christmas & New Year
For rates for these holidays enquire direct for more details.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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