Spacious house by the lake. 1st floor, 5 bed places. In the town center!
- english, italian
We are a family that has rented this wonderful house since 2010.
Marco purchased this House in 2010
What makes this House unique
This house is unique! You will find no other balconies in Varenna like the ours. You will relax looking at the sunset from an armchair on our balcony; you will see swans that swim below you or the waves breaking on the rocks.
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We had a fine time.
Our family (7) stayed at this property for 6 nights in August, 2019. It was our first trip to Italy. First of all Varenna was a good choice - old, charming, beautiful, and quiet. Lots of foreigners and foreign languages, but much more Italian could be heard. We walked around, went boating and swimming on the lake and rented bicycles above Bellagio. We also made car trips to Venice (too far) and Milan.
The apartment itself is beautiful. Old but very tastefully renovated. Perfectly clean and everything in working order. Marco and Paolo were as nice as you could hope for.
Some things that did not bother us but should be clarified: The closest reliable overnight free parking is an 11 minute walk away. To be sure - it is a stunningly beautiful walk, but might be uncomfortable in the rain or with heavy packages. Varenna in general, and this apartment in particular, have a lot of stairs and are not handicapped friendly. The air conditioning is partial. The upstairs loft bedroom and sitting area are well air conditioned and that cold air eventually cools the kitchen/dining/TV areas. But in the downstairs bedrooms we slept with the windows open and fans on. We would have preferred slightly firmer mattresses. We prefer cooking and eating in rather than restaurants. The kitchen is well equipped except that there was little room to store bought groceries and the refrigerator is definitely “mini”.
These comments are included for completeness but we are definitely not complaining. We enjoyed our stay and if would be happy to stay there again.
The loveliest little villa
We had an amazing time at Casa Mara! 4 adults stayed very comfortably for 5 nights. We enjoyed the proximity to the town, the the view from the relax area, and the amenities provided by Paolo & Mara. Marco was available via the Home Away app + whatsapp to answer all of our questions both before and during our stay. The villa was quaint, clean & quiet, and had everything necessary to enjoy our stay in Varenna. Its recent restorations juxtaposed with the original Italian charm made it so lovely and enjoyable. Paolo was very enthusiastic and proud to show us his Casa and share it with us. We appreciated everything he & Mara provided for us, from the toiletries to the candies & Prosecco. This villa is the perfect holiday getaway! We highly recommend it, and hope to return someday!
Slice of Lake Como Heaven
The pictures in this listing are exactly what you’ll find in this beautiful, light and personally decorated Varenna apartment, and the location couldn’t be better! We arrived with many dining recommendations from a local Italian friend, and found they’re all just steps away from this centrally located apartment. My family of five (three kids) loved staying here, and we appreciated the extra bathroom upstairs to spread out, as well as the outdoor drying rack to dry wet clothes and towels.
The apartment boasts a beautiful lake view and was thoughtfully designed to enjoy it. The upstairs chairs are so comfortable – combined with a glass of wine and the water/mountain view, and it’s a little slice of Heaven! The apartment is right in the center of town, about halfway up the lower stairs. Come prepared to walk on cobblestones and steps, which are plentiful! While the temp was hot and the apartment has air conditioning, we never felt the need to turn it on. It stayed cool enough while we were our exploring during the days, and cooled right down with the cross breeze from open windows, which we left open all night. Despite the open windows, we were not bothered by bugs or noise, and somehow every window is open but private.
The apartment is clean and spacious with plenty of towels, dishes, and more incidentals than we could have expected. A lovely touch of hospitality, when Mara and Paolo checked us in, they presented a large chilled water, milk and Prosecco, as well as cookies. This was our 3rd VRBO in Italy, and outshined all with these wonderful extra touches!
We ate out, rather than cook while on vacation, and had fabulous meal after fabulous meal: Al Prato, Osteria Quattro Pass, Cavatappi to name a few. We walked many miles/day during our 4-night visit, and found this apartment to be an amazing place to “come home” to.
Check in and out was easy. We arrived in the middle of a huge storm, and Mara met us at the parking garage with umbrellas. We didn’t see the car again until we left. Everything we wanted to see was just steps (literally and figuratively) from this spot. There is so much so see all around Varenna (Castello di Vezia is a must for the hike and the view), and by ferry around the lake. Bellagio and other destinations on the lake are a short boat ride away.
We loved our stay in this gem of an apartment and would happily both recommend and stay here again. Thank you to Marco and family for your hospitality!
We loved our stay at this Varenna apartment. Marco and his dad Paolo were excellent hosts.
Thank you Stephanie for the review. We would be happy to host you again for your next holiday in Varenna!
A wonderful 3 week stay
Great location, great facilities. More like a home than an apartment.. Quiet and comfortably cool. Host met us at the train station and guided us to Casa Mara and made sure we were set before he left. Great place that we highly recommend. Very, very comfortable. Will stay there again on our next trip. Did not need a vehicle due to its location.
Thank you James for your review. We hope to have you as our guests again!
Great Place to Stay in Varenna
Casa Mara is a great property and we highly recommend! When we arrived, the owner Paolo met us at the train station and escorted us to the property which is about a 10-minute walk from the train station. Paolo and his wife were very welcoming and explained everything in great detail. Marco also checked in with us (Whatsapp) to make sure everything was going well, which we appreciated. The home is beautiful with a blend of old building and a modern updated feel. The loft is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the view of the lake as the picture in the ad accurately portrays. There is also a small but nice balcony sitting area off the kitchen. This is the perfect place for 1 to 2 couples’ or a family. The bedrooms and bedding were very comfortable. The kitchen is very nice, functional and well equipped. It was also very sweet that Paolo and his wife offered a bottle of Prosecco, milk, cookies, teas and coffee. We made breakfast every morning and one dinner; it was great. The washing machine was great and allowed us to catch up on some laundry. We hung our clothes out to dry on the clothes line but there is a nearby laundromat if you need a clothes dryer. The WIFI was the best we experienced of any place we stayed as it was fast and had excellent connectivity. The smart TV was also nice to access YouTube to catch up on what was going on in the states. The location is great, again 10 minutes to the Train, 5 minutes to the ferry, and 2 minutes to groceries and the square. Not a complaint, but 2 sets of keys would be nice for those times when guest want to split up and do different things. Again, this is an awesome flat and we would not hesitate to rent this property again.
Thank you Jack for the very nice words. We look forward to hosting you again for your next holiday in Varenna!
Varenna is a municipality on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 km north of Milan and about 20 km northwest of Lecco.
The municipality of Varenna contains the subdivision Fiumelatte, home to Italy’s shortest river.
Varenna is also known as “The pearl of the Como Lake“, because of its amazing lake-view, its beautiful landscapes, and the coexistence of both lake and mountain.
HOW TO REACH VARENNA:
- From airports BY TRAIN:
- From Malpensa International Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Malpensa Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).
- From Linate Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Starfly Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).
- From Orio al Serio Airport take a shuttle bus (this is one of the many bus companies: Orio Shuttle) to “Milano Centrale” (Central Milan railway station). Then follow the advices below (From Milan Central Railway Station).
- From airports BY ROAD (we recommend using Google Maps or a satellite navigator):
- From Malpensa International Airport take the A336 to the A8, take the Milan direction then take A4 (direction Venice). Take the SP5 exit and head toward Lecco on the SS36. Turn off this autostrada to Varenna and Mandello. Distance is approximately 107Km.
- From Linate Airport, take the A1 toward Monza, then the A4, West, then join the SS26 and follow the same directions as above, but distance is approx. 80km.
- From Orio al Serio Airport, take the SS342, North West toward Lecco, then join the SS36 and turn off this autostrada to Varenna and Mandello. Distance is approximately 55Km.
- From “MILAN CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION“:
Take the train to Tirano. Get off at ”Varenna - Esino” railway station. No stopover, the train is direct (stops are: Monza, Lecco, Varenna-Esino).
The trip takes 1:03 hours.
You can book tickets on Trenitalia website.