|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
For beauty, peace, tranquillity, luxury, rest and relaxation are just some of the adjectives people mention when describing their first visit to the lake. This spacious 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa certainly scores well on the luxury theme with 5 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, tastefully decorated living room, TV, extensive gardens, private swimming pool - the emphasis here is seeing Lake Como is style. Situated just 5 minutes from the lake, the villa is the perfect retreat to explore the area. Lenno is well served with transportation to all parts of the lake via ferry and bus. Villa balbinello (James Bond) and Lido di Lenno with its golden sandy beach are both situated here in the village. Bellagio, Milan and Switzerland are all close by. However, the laid back style of the Italians will mean you will probably enjoy the experience more sipping a cappuccino along the lake front here in Lenno, sampling one of the home made gelatos, dining out or hiring a boat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We stayed for a week in Lenno and Sala and also Ossuccio however this villa and Lenno was our favourite. The home is tastefully furnished and was extremely spacious for a family of 10 inside and outside on the lawned area. It was lovely to take a dip in the pool at the end of a days sightseeing. Lenno village is the prettiest on the lake with a typically Italian feel to the place, lovely restaurants, bars, shops, supermarket, ferry, bakery, wine café, pizzeria etc are all found close to the villa. The ferry took us to all the villages on the lake, Cernobbio and Como City were particularly nice to take in. Argegno too, had a nice local feel to the place and was not so touristy as some of the american themed villages further up the lake which we found less authentic. The villa has space for 3 or 4 cars to park comfortably although as amenities are close by in Lenno we did not need to use the car often, which was a welcome change not to have to drive! If we return we would definitely choose this villa again.
Fantastic fortnight spent here last summer. We stayed for a week in menaggio and then here however this villa was definitely the pick of the week. The villa is really and very well appointed located in a tranquil area of the lake, nice and spacious set in on grounds with a huge pool and great lake view. Lenno is a hidden gem, with great restaurants, boat hire from Igor at Lido di Lenno, the golden sand beach and the 007 Bond villa. We hired a car but did not use it often as it was only a 10 minute walk down the cafe bar, pizzeria, our favourite restaurant and the supermakert. And best still is Lenno is far less touristy and more of an authentic base to stay as the ferry still reaches the more Americanised Bellagio and Menaggio, popular with Brits. Maurizio was charming and helpful if we needed to contact him during our stay and the booking process with italian apartments very easy and straightforward. We look forward to booking again this summer. Thoroughly recommended!
We were a family of 10, ranging from 16 to 79. The photos of the villa don't do it justice - it was far more spacious and interesting architecturally than the pictures indicate. Three rooms with double beds, 2 rooms with two single beds each - all with en suite bathroom. Lots of shady places to sit and eat outside, all bedrooms with walk-in cupboards, shady parking for 3 or more cars,large and pleasing garden, kitchen large enough for us all to have breakfast together, well-kept pool.
Everything was clean and well-maintained and Maurizio the guardian, who looked after the house and the pool, was charming and caring.
Barrie Webb the manager couldn't have been more helpful - organising wine and food to be left in the house for our arrival, recommending restaurants, Igor the water taxi, bike hire and tennis court hire at the Hotel St Giorgio nearby.
Favourite restaurants ranged from El Cris and Il Plinio in Lenno
to La Fagurida, Crotto dei Platani for a special birthday
and Trattoria del Glicine in Cernobbio.
Lenno is in a great position on the Centro Lago boat circuit so it's easy to viisit Bellagio, Varenna and other villages.
The village of Lenno has everything you need - two supermarkets, pharmacy, wine shop, Tuesday market, diy store (for adaptors), lake swimming spot, restaurants, bars, coffee places. 15 minute walk down to village, or there's parking if you drive.
Our only problem was mosquitos - go prepared! Apparently July-early August 2015 was exceptionally hot so when we arrived there were more mozzies than usual.
We would certainly recommend this villa to friends.
Special interest holidays:
Art and wine courses available locally.
Golden sand and shingle beaches available here in Lenno,
approximately 10 minutes walk.
Ryanair, Easyjet, BA all fly to Milan Bergamo, Linate and Malpensa airports. The apartment is 1 hour from Malpensa and Linate, 1.5 hours from Bergamo. Car hire not essential as amenities inc bus and ferry within walking distance.
Villa Balbinello-Lenno (as seen in the recent James Bond film, Casino Royale). Villa Carlotta-Tremezzo. Art classes and cookery courses here in Lenno. Villa Carlotta-Tremezzo. Bellagio via the ferry. Milan 1 hour. Monza grand prix 45 mins by car. Switzerland 30 mins by car.
Restaurants, bank, internet cafe, supermarket, beach, cocktail beach bar and nightclub, park, petrol station, lake fishmongers, enoteca with large choice of authentic Italian wine...all within walking distance. Villa Balbianello as featured in 007's James Bond, Star Wars and X Factor (2009) located here in the village of Lenno.
Lenno also featured in Football's Next Star, Sky 1 to be screened January 2010. Within a short drive or ferry ride of Bellagio, Menaggio and Como. 1¼ hour min to Milan. 50 minutes to the Swiss border.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Home is fully cleaned and prepared for every arrival.
Linen, bedding, and final cleaning included in advertised rate.
Approx 20% non refundable deposit to reserve apartment. Final payment in euros on key collection.
Pool open summer from mid week in May to mid September subject to weather.
Please ask when confirming in case pool not open ie 18 May to 25 May or 12 to 19 Sept. From 25 May to 19 Sept pool open. Autumn/winter/spring dates & rates on request.
350 euro refundable bond paid on arrival refunded on departure
Saturday preferred, flexible where possible!