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Alpine rural retreat with fabulous views yet close to lakeside facilities

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Walkers' paradise: upmarket farm cottage (2 beds, 2 baths) with sunny terraces

Roveglio (Bramble Farm) is a beautifully restored early 19th century farm. Five minutes drive up from the lakeside town of Lenno, the air is fresh and scented with wild herbs. Instead of traffic you cowbells and crickets.

The Cottage was converted recently for the owners' use, providing a spacious and luxurious home from home for a tranquil break in spring, summer or autumn. Don't take our word for what it offers - please look at the guest comments.

The farm produces single-estate extra virgin olive oil and organic hand-made cheese. The animals are kept downhill away from the domestic buildings - but the dogs, cows, goats and rabbits are a draw for children.

The location is ideal for walks to Madonna del Soccorso, a World Heritage Site (45 minutes) and the steeper route to the hermitage of San Bernadetto (90 minutes). It is only two kilometres from Lenno and a car is essential. Lenno offers a thriving weekly market, supermarkets, banks and a pharmacy, as well as restaurants, bars, a wonderful lido for sunbathing and lake swimming and the breathtaking Villa Balbienello. It is within easy reach by road or ferry of other lakeside towns, each with their own attractions. Lake Como offers something for everyone.

More Details

Owner
Jeannie Willan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2017

About Jeannie Willan

This is Paul and my daughter Emma getting some new garden furniture ready. We're a Manchester-based, Anglo-Italian family. I visited Lake Como while inter-railing and said then "this is a place I could retire to". Imagine my surprise when my then fiancé brought me to see his old family home.

We have been spending a part of our holidays here ever since, involving teenage boys, small children and now teenage girls - not to mention a large number of friends and family members. It simply is a place to share.

And even after all these years we are still finding new delights and things to do on Lake Como. We love the swimming, the walking, the ice-creams, the food, the music and above all the warmth and tranquillity. It would give me enormous pleasure to be able to talk to you, to answer any questions and help you get the most out of your holiday.

Jeannie Willan purchased this cottage in 1880

Why Jeannie Willan chose Mezzegra

Roveglio has been in our family since about 1880 - an ancestor was Mayor of Lenno and the family tomb is in Lenno cemetery. So we have a long-term commitment to both Roveglio and Lake Como.

My mother-in-law spent much of the war here - there was no running water or electricity. She and my father-in-law did renovated the main house in the 1970s as a retirement project and later converted The Cottage in 1996 for their own use.

We took over the management of the farm in 2006 and since then have been focussed on reclaiming the overgrown woodland, improving the pasture and planting more olive trees.

Roveglio has the most amazing views and, because it is uphill from the lake, even on hot days there is a breeze. You do need a car and a bit of confidence to tackle the steep lane.

What makes this cottage unique

Set in fields in the fresh mountain air, Roveglio is only 5 minutes by car from the village of Lenno, 15 minutes by foot (longer climbing uphill back)! You can st off on mountain walks from the door or just relax and read, smelling the wild mint and hearing the cowbells and crickets, The Cottage has both a dining and a sunbathing terrace, as well an area of lawn and access to the garden. And you are very welcome to visit other parts of the farm - see the animals and taste our cheese and olive oil.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We arrived in the dark to twinkling lights below so the sunlit view revealed the following morning was a breathtakingly beautiful surprise. The house is very clean, comfortable and calm and wonderful to return to after walking or exploring. We also got to try cheese made in the farm and find out how it is made. A wonderful trip and can't wait to return!
May 2015
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Amenities

Mezzegra Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Adjacent bathroom to bedroom 1, with basin, bath (shower over), wc, bidet. Adjacent bathroom to bedroom 2, with basin, shower, wc, bidet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Door to its own terrace for sunbathing
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed and extensive storage. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, extensive storage, access to sunbathing terrace.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Outside: There is a dining terrace with table and 6 chairs and a sunbathing terrace with two loungers. The Cottage has its own area of lawn and access to the hillside garden below the drive and the fields of the farm. Utility Room: Sink, washing machine, drying facilities, iron/ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, towels and bathing towels provided. For a two-week let, arrangements can be made for interim cleaning/changing of bed linen at an extra charge.

Reviews

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Alpine rural retreat with fabulous views yet close to lakeside facilities
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5

The views are stunning

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful surprise. The views were spectacular. We enjoyed our meals on the terrace every night even when it was a bit cool outside. The home is clean and well-equiped for cooking. The road was steep but manageable...just part of the adventure. We enjoyed our boat trip to Villa Balbinello. The market on Tuesday was large with good quality products and food. The boat trips to Varennes and Bellagio were very enjoyable. We walked a lot and saw a few weddings. Antonella introduced us to the cows, but the goats were up on the mountain. She bravely used our translator to communicate with us. A fun time. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - I'm glad you had such a good and varied time. It would be lovely to meet another time. Jeannie
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5

Stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is in a fantastic position, high above Lake Como with stunning views. Extremely homely with every need catered for, allowing you to just relax. Great outside space with different areas to enjoy as the mood takes you. Sitting by the wild flower meadow was a particular favourite of ours. Worth purchasing some of the farm purchased honey mmmm! Overall the villa is definitely worth the challenge of driving the last 500m up the steep track (the owners are not exaggerating in their description but as they say it does become more routine!)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Views to die for, very friendly and helpful owners and very comfortable, spacious and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect well equipped villa for those who want wonderful views and piece and quiet. Jeannie could not have been more helpful and Lenno is a fantastic town with everything close by. We have two young girls 12 and 14 and there is plenty for them and us to do for the week we were there and we could easily have stayed longer. We were really sad to leave, and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hillside location with amazing views of lake como

  • 4 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful week's holiday during August with 2 children aged 10&12 years. The property is comfortable, well laid out and offers all the amenities required for a stay. The owner is extremely helpful and provides excellent customer service. The Italian neighbours who live next to the property and have a small farm were also very welcoming & helpful.

The views from this property are amazing and well worth seeing. I would recommend having a small or medium size car to navigate the steep hillside leading to the property and surrounding roads. Lenno and the lakeside are a walk down a steep hill but manageable. Local public transport options are also excellent should you decide to leave the car at the property during the stay.

There is lots to do locally; walks; boat trips; boat hire; lake swimming; adventure sports or more leisurely mini golf and lido at Mennagio. Lenno has a great gelateria with lots of wonderful flavours requiring a daily visit!

Overall a comfortable property offering amazing views of lake como and a convenient location for exploring locally and further afield to some of the many interesting local towns and cities.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Seeing Lake Como at its sparkling best

  • 5 of 5

The views of the lake from the house were inspirational and a delight, especially when you have all the windows wide open. Being on a small working farm is a true delight, and we were provided with fresh milk and eggs. All very personal, authentic and just a little quirky - just how we like it. The landscape was lush and green, and we were lucky to be there when there were two electrifying and dramatic storms over the lake. Jays, woodpeckers and beautiful butterflies and moths abounded. The house met all of our needs and we enjoyed it immensely. We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Property

  • 5 of 5

we have stayed at this property several times and it is fantastic with breath-taking views over Lake Como.

The cottage is well-furnished, scrupulously clean and contains everything a family could want in an idyllic location.

We loved evenings sitting on one of the patios gazing at the amazing view whilst enjoying the property's delicious own-produced olive oil and cheese with a glass of local vino.

The cottage sits in its own substantial grounds and yet restaurants, lidos and grand villas are merely a short walk away to explore. Make sure you hire a boat on the lake for a day to enjoy a magical experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
0.7 Kilometres
Bar Sport, Bar Golf, Lido di Lenno
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Lenno
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Menaggio
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Como
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A8
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
Plinio, Santo Stefano,
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Madesimo
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Lenno
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Lenno has its own Lido (private beach and lake swimming, free for children), as well as two small public beaches. 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walking. There are swimming pools at the Cadenabbia Lido and at Gran Hotel Tremezzo (15minutes drive). Menaggio Lido (north of the town) is the most spacious, with a pool and paddling pool (bathing cap required), play area, small beach and restaurant.

Travel:

The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa (Milan Linate is considerably further), between 70 and 90 minutes driving time. Bergamo is only a little further and less than 90 minutes driving time. A car is essential - although only 5 minutes from the lakeside, the road up is steep and narrow. Detailed directions will be provided to visitors.

Distances:

The centre of Lenno is two kilometres from Roveglio. Tremezzo with the Famous Villa Carlotta is approx 8 kilometres to the north and Menaggio a further 5 kilometres beyond this. Varenna and Bellagio are close as the crow flies but the first lies on the east shore, the second on the central peninsula, both reached by regular ferries (car and pedestrian). The medieval walled city of Como is 22 kilometres to the south and Milan some 45 kilometres to the south.

Further Details:

Lake Como offers something for everyone - glamour and retreat for the Hollywood "A" list and other celebrities, beauty, tranquillity and wonderful food, as well as a variety of activities for families. Full details of what is available as well as a detailed description of the amenities of Lenno are available in a file in the Cottage as well as on our website.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $58.87
Refundable damage deposit $294.33

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the booking fee is required for each week reserved upon confirmation of a booking. The balance of the rent must by paid four weeks prior to the date of arrival. In addition to the rental, a security deposit of £250 per booking is required, payable with the balance of the rental; this will be returned one week after departure, subject to the property being left as found. The £50 cleaning fee, if agreed, will be deducted from the security deposit.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday but we try to be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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