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Luxury Design Villa and heated pool with breath-taking views over Lake Lugano

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

River House is a recently refurbished modern villa with fantastic lake views in beautiful, peaceful Vico Morcote, only 15 minutes to Lugano center with heated pool, portico dining area and beautiful garden with a small river and separate covered barbecue grotto. Villa is very accessible with an elevator to both floors from the double garage.

The house is a luxury independent villa with all modern features. The house has recently been refurnished. It is very airy in summer but there is underfloor heating and a fireplace for the winter. The pool is heated from Easter until the end of September.

The main living floor is upstairs and this has outside gates to prevent access to the pool and stream for children and pets. The master bedroom suite with bath tub, separate shower and twin basins plus walk-in dressing room is on this floor. Downstairs there are three bedrooms and TV room, all rooms except the children's room face the lake and have doors opening to the terrace/pool area.

- Both floors can be directly accessed by the elevator which is large enough for a wheelchair.

Street Floor:

- entrance with corridor leading to to elevator with access to the double garage

- external entrance to the house can also be made via an external staircase

First Floor (top):

- direct access by elevator

- entrance lobby with built-in closets and desk/reading area

- huge open plan living area, with sitting room, dining area, library corner and fire place with walnut parquet flooring throughout. Equipped with Swisscom cable TV with video on demand, Netflix and Blu-ray DVD, Bose Bluetooth sound system.

- external access to garden with several different covered eating/ entertainment areas

- areas for sun bathing and shaded areas

- external covered terrace with dining area and fireplace

- modern high specification, well equipped chef's kitchen partially opening onto the living area. Kitchen equipment includes, fan oven, microwave, warming drawer, induction hob, two sinks, two fridges, dishwasher nespresso/cappuccino machine, fondue, food mixer, juice extractor, citrus press and usual appliances

- guest bath with entrance area

- master bedroom with terrace and en-suite bathroom with extra large (double) bathtub, separate double shower, twin basins and large dressing room

- large terrace

Ground Floor:

- direct access by elevator

- two double bedrooms

- bathroom with shower

- separate children's room with bunk beds and bathroom with shower (beds are regular 90x200cm but mattresses are light to meet safety standards for children on bunk beds)

- study area with desk and printer

- laundry room with washer and dryer and wash basin

- family room with TV equipped with Swisscom cable TV with video on demand and Netflix

- bar area (full bar with sink, double fridge, ice machine etc will be installed late May/ early June 2017). Family room has comfortable double sofa bed

- external heated pool, decked area with sun loungers and lawn

- covered terrace with armchairs and table


- small cellar with additional refrigerator and wine refrigerator.

- separate barbecue area with built-in grill (charcoal/wood) with dining table and benches

- beautiful mature garden with stream running through it


- video phone intercom

- safe

- automatic garden watering system

- automatic swimming pool control

- automatic double garage door opening

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Polish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2018

Why Lynda chose Vico Morcote

My husband and I bought, gutted , extended and remodelled this villa when we first got married. It was a labour of love and much effort has gone into the details to ensure that this is an extremely comfortable family home.

It has always been the scene of large gatherings of family and friends who come from various parts of the globe.

We lived there for 10 years until our careers took us first to Paris and then to London.

What makes this villa unique

This is an ideal place to get away from it all and relax by the pool. The house faces south and the pool area gets a lot of sun throughout the day. It is therapeutic to sit in the beautiful shaded gardens at the back of the house,listening to the sound of the stream that runs down the mountain and through the garden, Location is not overlooked- it is very quiet and there is no through traffic. Lugano is 15 minutes away by car. Closer by there is a supermarket, butcher, baker etc in Melide, which is also the nearest train station.

There is much to do in the surrounding areas. There are good museums, restaurants, galleries and shopping in the town but also lots of nature and outdoor actives such as hiking and enjoying the lake which is in front of the villa.

We are very close to Italy and have all the benefits such as climate and lifestyle coupled with the security and efficiency of living in Switzerland.


Vico Morcote Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Design Villa and heated pool with breath-taking views over Lake Lugano
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Excellent vacation in Vico Morcote

  • 5 of 5

It’s hard to name what was the best feature of this property ... the breathtaking view of Lake Lugano and Monte Generoso or the beautiful design of the vila which offers plenty of space, confort, privacy or the terraced garden with its mysterious scent or the refreshing pool... all to contribute to a perfect vacation.

It has everything you need, even a child high chair we used for the youngest member of our family.

I would definitely return to this wonderful place.


Toronto, Canada

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review Viorel. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope to see you and your family again. By the way the mysterious scent is the jasmine that borders the lawn by the pool!
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
La sorgente
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,149.16

For stays of over one week, the weekly cleaning fee of € 250 is additional and payable locally

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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