Villa Casa Fontana
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Stroll around the ancient village of Carate Urio on the west shore of Lake Como. Narrow stepped pathways and romantic footbridges link the characteristically old lake villas to the shore. Carate Urio is an ancient, small village with a handful of café-bars or restaurants where you are guaranteed a warm welcome, great coffee, quaffable wine and of course fantastic food!
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.
A luxurious holiday hideaway , the home features 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 bunkbeds and its very own porthole window - ideal for children is also available taking the total of guests the home sleeps to 6.
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. The large sitting room has a beautifully restored antique floor and is the perfect party room to get your family or friends together and enjoy some of the games we all enjoy playing when we are on holiday. Cook and eat indoors in the modern dining kitchen or go outdoors. Here there is a barbecue for outdoor cooking and an old stone table for al fresco dining. This all sits underneath a wrought iron gazebo that is covered from spring to autumn with greenery and lilacs – offering welcome shade from the sun.
Carate Urio is ideally situated to explore some of the hot spots of the lake by ferry, like the famous Villa d’este or Harry’s Bar in Cernobbio where you might sip a cocktail in celebrity company. Good road and rail links make art & culture trips to Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Venice fast and easy.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Carate Urio 500 m|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa or Linate Airports 45 km, Nearest railway: Como 9 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Brand new the contemporary kitchen/dining room has everything a family could need. Washing machine, dishwasher, range cooker, combination microwave oven, fridge and freezer. This spacious room has windows which fold back opening onto the private garden and terrace with fantastic views of Lake Como. Six can dine easily (eight cosily). This is the main entrance to the villa and a structural glass balustrade frames beautiful stone steps which lead from it to the CANTINA.
The main bedroom of the house has a lovely original timber floor and is bright and airy. It is painted a glorious 'harbour blue’ and has wonderful views of the lake. There is a wardrobe, dressing mirror, dresser, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a zip and link bed - king size when linked and two generous singles when apart.
The large bathroom has a walk-in oversized shower and modern white tiling to shoulder height with echoes of the lovely colours from the bedroom above the tiles. It has a bidet, sink WC and lots of natural light - for shaving and make-up - from the window over the sink, which looks to the lake.
Staircase - going up
An old timber staircase (with a special secret stair for children’s treats!) leads upstairs, where you arrive in the 'Look Out’.
CANTINA (converted wine cellar)
A staircase leads from the garden level (where the dining kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom are) to the converted wine cellar, which is above ground. It has a vaulted ceiling and a porthole window with views to the lake and the mountains a third "funsize" bedroom is available, this room is decorated and furnished with kids in mind. It will be a fun room (sleeping two) that kids - and big kids – will love. It has a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and bunk beds.
"The Look Out"
With windows all round, which open inwards to let lots of fresh air in, the 'Look Out’ is a great spot to sit quietly and relax with a book or a glass of prosecco and watch the amazing sunsets over the lake. A great spot for meeting for drinks before dinner.
With seating for six guests, and a beautiful original antique floor, this room looks onto the lake and mountains. This is the perfect party room to get your family and friends together and enjoy some of the games we all enjoy playing when we are on holiday. Here there is a sound system (so bring your favourite CD’s) and a flat screen television.
Double or twin bedroom
Double doors lead to this lovely bedroom which is decorated in soft neutral shades, with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, a separate shelved area with dressing mirror and a zip and link bed - king size when linked and two generous singles when apart. There are great views across the gardens to the lake and this room has a private bathroom.
En-suite to the double bedroom on the upper level there is a great size shower, sink, WC and bidet. Although it is the only room in the house without lake views there is a fan shaped window giving lots of natural light.
Plug in "dongle" internet key available (prebooked only) 25 euros per week.
Home can sleep up to 6 guests if requested at time of booking.
All amenities are available in the home to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. We even supply a torch and an umbrella!
|Further details outdoors|
PRIVATE GARDEN & TERRACE
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. Here there is a barbecue for outdoor cooking, an old stone table for al fresco dining. This all sits underneath a 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.
25% non refundable deposit to reserve, 50% 12 weeks prior to stay after which no refunds apply, balance on arrival.
350 euro cash refundable damage bond payable on arrival refunded on day of departure.Please note in the instance of an early check out (prior to 11am) payment with forwarded within 48 hours by recorded delivery.
The Lombardy region
Lake Como is situated within Lombardy home also to Milan the fashion capitol of the world, Bergamo with its majestic squares & medieval churches & Monza for grand prix lovers! However if you are searching for something more serene Lake Como is a haven for tranquility.For years young & old have visited Lake Como and returned home refreshed, ivorigated and bewitched by its unparallelled beauty.
Football in Milan (1 hr drive or available by public transport) AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Switzerland (30 mins to border) home of Fox town for cut price designer fashion, Lake Lugano and San Moritz for memorable drives and skiing!
Whether you take a boat to Bellagio for the famous silk and leather shops, visit Como town and it's gothic cathedrals, take a trip to The Milan fashion houses (1 hr) or just want to relax on the balcony taking in the views Lake Como never fails to deliver!
Lake side walks, long lazy alfresco meals, afternoon strolls around the gardens of historical villas or a brief ferry ride to neighbouring Cernobbio and the famous 5 Star Villa D'este where you can see how the rich and famous live are just some of the activities our friends love about the area and why they return time and again!
Full recommendations given on request or with each booking.
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 café-bar culture that is prevalent here.Unwind over an impossibly long lunch in one of the pretty lakeside trattorias or restaurants serving authentic locally produced food aks 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 icecream, 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 Musuem, the Inventor of the humble battery!
A supermarket available 7 days a week just 10 minutes drive, minimarket in the village plus idyllic cafes to help you unwind and watch the world go by.
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1 Nov 2013
"Stairway to heaven"
After waiting months for our Italian getaway, the villa did not disappoint. From the initial inquiry to Helen, it has been an absolute pleasure. The villa itself is gorgeous with incredible views fr… More
Thanks for a great review, we would love to have you and the family back - sooner the better.
8 Oct 2013
This was our second stay at Villa Casa Fontana, as we had to come back! Having driven from Scotland in our Classic Mini, it was a wonderful bolt hole tucked away in the hillside of Lake Como. The view… More
19 Sep 2013
"Holidaying like a movie star"
We stayed a week at Villa Casa Fontana at the start of September with friends (total 2 couples all of us early 50's). We had a ball. Despite all those steps we found it best to park the car halfw… More
11 Mar 2013
"Chic, tranquil, comfortable and luxurious: not to be missed!"
Conveniently close to the Milan airports, Villa Casa Fontana is really a treat not to be missed and an easily accessible escape from the everyday. Of course the area all around Como is magical and you… More
7 Oct 2012
"Fabulous place, fantastic views."
Loved staying here. Everything needed for a comfortable stay was in place. All the home comforts were there, and it was scrupulously clean. The views from every room were just stunning. Garden/terr… More
Hi It's Helen, my partner George and I are so pleased you enjoyed your time at our home in Italy, and like us grasped the guilt free puddings the 'devils staircase' allowed you. So sorry about your unexpected visitors - the dogs. It turns out they came from three gardens away and managed to squeeze through a gap in our neighbours fence, a section of which has now been replaced and is completely secured. Hope to see you back again some time soon on the lake. Helen
22 Sep 2012
"Refreshing, Relaxing, Recommended - highly"
What a lovely expeerience, the property is tastefully and simply furnished, comfy beds & sofas, quality kitchen and bathrooms where everything works and works well - brilliant showers! Surprisingly sp… More
21 Sep 2012
"Fabulous Casa Fontana"
Utterly charming, authentic Italian villa with views over Lake Como that took our breath away. (The climb was well worth it!) Beautiful house, full of light and space and stylishly kitted out. The vi… More
21 Sep 2012
I was taken to this Villa by friends as a Birthday treat, I was there for a week in april 2012, the weather was fantastic. The Villa was fabulous it had everything you could have wanted; it had an out… More
1 Jul 2012
Amazing views but the 257 steps to access the villa were very tiring at the end of the day.Beautifully renovated. Well furnished with the exception of the sunbeds 3 of the 4 were broken disappointing… More
Andrew and Julie,
Many thanks for the feedback and comments. We have organised new sunbeds now. We rely somewhat on customer feedback as the home is full most weeks at the start of the season.Items are tested and replaced if necessary however with a changeover of guests each weekend it is not always possible to spot any damage quickly. If guests request at the time we will always do our utmost to respond quickly so i would urge you in future to contact us during and not after your stay where we can address any issues asap.
We also have plenty of crockery available in the home. If guests request additional items we are always prepared to listen and organise where relevant. The steps are advertised, of course it takes us around 3 minutes to walk these stairs and we think it is worthwhile for the stunning view! That said we do state clearly on every advert that the home is not suitable elderly, infirm, very young or guests below an average fitness (although there is a longer 10 minute walk mainly on the flat to the home if you do not want to take the steps)
Thanks once more for the reveiw and feedback and thankyou for choosing the home.
1 Jul 2011
"La Dolce Vita"
After driving from our home in Scotland to Lake Como in our old classic mini, we were both sorely in need of some relaxation and comfort. The devil's staircase as it's known leading up to t… More
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