Soak up a lavish stay on the Central Lake, with this picturesque Lenno villa!
Boasting a serene and magical setting on the Lenno hillside, this modernised 5 bed period villa (ID 497) offers the ultimate holiday oasis. Offering close proximity to the famous Lake Como sites and leisure activities too, the scene is set for an unforgettable lake escape.
Set amongst tranquil private garden surroundings and featuring pretty shutters, ornate balconies and an alpine-style gable, the 18th century villa has been lovingly restored to its original elegance. Internally, the three storey villa has been sympathetically modernised and enhanced throughout, to create a sumptuous and inviting family home.
The welcoming layout of the villa enables guests to relax and entertain in all seasons. Direct access leads out to the lush private garden for an effortless flow here in the summertime, whilst ambient fireplaces provide a spot of ambient bliss here in the wintertime.
Within the stylish home comfort of the ground floor living room, guests can enjoy a tranquil coffee moment together. The bright room features a crisp white fabric sofa suite and original marble flooring and beautiful antique pieces, which are complemented by a flat screen SAT TV, DVD player and paid WIFI access. Guests can enjoy taking in the idyllic garden views from here, or the warmth of an ambient fire.
Close to the living room, a spacious family kitchen is to hand. Providing a real 'heart of the home' appeal, the beautiful kitchen offers a mix of the luxury and the rustic.
Hints of antique brass and an open fireplace feature alongside modern appliances and solid marble worktops. Perfect for carefree self-catering stays, guest will be able to rustle up delicious meals with the aid of the large range oven, gas hob, microwave, toaster, electric kettle and fridge. A dishwasher and charming breakfast table with garden views are also to hand. Upon request, a private Italian chef can also be hired.
From the bright and spacious kitchen, an open archway leads to a sunny well-lit dining area for 6. Offering a serene garden-view backdrop, guests can easily savour a memorable dinner party here. A set of French doors also leads out to a sunny alfresco dining terrace, ideal for summertime entertaining.
A cloakroom WC and a utility room with washer dryer facilities also conveniently feature to the ground floor.
The inviting villa interior continues to the upper floors above. The first floor provides a timeless ambience in which to relish a guilt-free holiday slumber, whilst the upper second floor provides a romantic appeal with its ambient sloping beamed ceilings. Lovely views across the gardens and towards the lake also make these floors a pure delight in all seasons.
The couple-friendly first floor comprises a double bedroom with private terrace and en-suite shower room, a second double bedroom with lake views and a pretty private balcony and a shared modern bathroom equipped with a bath tub and overhead shower.
Upstairs, the second floor offers added flexibility, with a spacious twin bedroom with Juliette balcony featuring alongside a shared modern shower room and a spacious room with double sofa bed, a Juliette balcony and breathtaking lake views to take in.
Providing the perfect solution for accommodating extra guests, teenagers or nannies, a detached 1 bed cottage can be found set back from the villa, within the serenity of the private garden. Internally, a spacious double bedroom and bathroom with bath tub are complemented by a fully-equipped stylish kitchen and a lovely sitting room with TV and a fireplace. A sunny alfresco terrace also features next to the cottage, making it ideal for enjoying secluded moments with a book or an alfresco meal.
The villa's mature private garden offers a beautiful haven for guests, with the lovely landscaping and partial lake view vista towards the Bay of Lenno to take in. As well as the sunny, idyllic dining areas, the garden offers a useful double private garage, for guests own use. The villa's main entrance can easily be reached by 15 stone steps. These lead from the garage and parking area next to the front gate.
* Please note that guests should expect some road noise from the villa's convenient roadside location*
From its picturesque and convenient hillside setting, the main road offers direct access to the centre of Lenno within minutes. Here, the historical allure and well-known tourist appeal of Lenno can be enjoyed. The pretty lakeside village dates back to Roman times, when Lake Como's beauty was held in great reverence. Notable Romans resided and holidayed here, including Pliny the Elder who had a villa along the Bellagio lakeshore. This great reverence has been upheld ever since; serving as the inspiration for many notable poets, novelists, artists and music composers.
Additional features and facilities at the property include:
Car Not Necessary, Child Friendly, Garage, Full Kitchen, Outside Dining Area, Private Garden, Private Parking Space, Single Villa, Sun Loungers and Very Sunny Position.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lenno 1.5 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milan - Malpensa 82 km, Nearest railway: Como - San Giovanni 28 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 11, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Italian Lakes are a little slice of paradise. Elegant ribbons of blue water stretch out ahead, folded into the sun-baked foothills, with a spectacular back drop of the snow-capped Alps.
Lake Como offers hidden treasures just waiting for the visitor to discover them: charming corners forgotten by time, lakeside villages where nothing seems to have changed for centuries.
It is steeped in history with an immense collection of churches, architectural masterpieces and works of art covering the centuries. The lake is situated in a basin surrounded by wooded mountains, and offers an extremely varied landscape, with its' shores featuring a succession of pastures, and woods as well as harsh and impressive rock formations.
All this alongside elegant, lakeside villas with sub-tropical gardens, which provide a haven of peace and tranquility and chic resorts such as Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio and Como itself.
Warming, inspriing and graced with natural beauty, the lakes are still a place to draw breath and wonder. Lake Como, oriented north-south, ringed by characterful old villages often wedged onto narrow beaches between rugged cliffs and water. Those classic lake images of flower strewn balconies, Baroque gardens and splendid waterside villas can be found here in abundance. Dotted around and between the lakes are some of Italy's finest art cities, such as Milan, Verona & Bergamo.
The most romantic and picturesque villages on the lake are Santa Maria Rezzonico, Varenna (15 min by ferry) & Bellagio (8 min by ferry), Lenno (visit Villa Balbianello, location for 007's Casino Royale as well as Villa Gaeta, right here in Menaggio) & Laglio (where George Clooney owns Villa Oleandra).
Lenno is home today to a lovely ancient 11th century baptistry and a 12th century crypt. The lakeside village also serves as a well-serviced setting for holiday stays; with an array of supermarkets, restaurants and cafes to hand as well as public transport links. Visitors can easily explore the lake from here, with the frequent bus service to Menaggio and Como and a local passenger ferry with crossings to Bellagio.
Visitors are also well-placed for enjoying the fashionable Lido di Lenno, with its sandy lake beach and romantic evening allure. The village also offers easy access via water taxi from the Lido or by foot, to the famous Villa Balbianello attraction, located up on the peninsular of Lenno. The equally enchanting Villa Carlotta with its spectacular botanical gardens can also be reached easily, just 5 minutes drive away.
The surrounding villages and resort towns of Lake Como offer a wealth of leisure pursuits to enjoy, including boat rental, tennis, water sports, Lidos, lake swimming spots, the hiking trails of the Greenway del Lago, the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio and San Martino and the prestigious Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club (the oldest in Italy!). As well as the many central lake highlights, authentic dining opportunities and useful amenities, Lenno is placed within easy reach of Como and Lugano (40-49 minutes drive) and the fashionable Lombardy capital of Milan, and its Malpensa Airport (70 minutes drive away). For winter breaks, Lenno also offers close proximity to the Pianni di Bobbio and Madesimo resorts in the Italian Alps.
Additional Sport & Adventure Activities include:
Bicycling, Bike Rentals, Boat Rentals/Charters, Canoeing/Kayaking, Float Plane/Helicopter, Funicular Railway, Golf, Hiking/Trails, Park, Public Transportation, Public Villas & Gardens, Sailing, Snow Skiing, Tennis Courts and Rowing Boats, Water Skiing and Wind Surfing
There are Golf clubs around Lake Como: The Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is Italy's oldest golf course. Established in 1907 with 18 holes Par 70, it is located above Menaggio near Croce, in Grandola ed Uniti, approx. 20 min. by car. Green Fees: Weekdays €55, Weekends and Holidays €70 Euros; Golf Cart Rental €36.
Restaurant Golf at the club serves fantastic food and is well recommended.. Guests are always welcome, please call beforehand to check course rules. Golf Club Menaggio: (Menaggio Como).
This beautiful lake region of Italy is not the best for skiing as you may imagine, despite its scenery, crisp air and near perfect visibilty and mountains capped in winter snow. It does however have Skiing opportunities at local resorts for a day out.
There is a small ski area on Mt. Lema, not more than 10 km from Lugano, but you have to be lucky to have enough snow for skiing. In Ticino, the local Swiss Canton, the best places to ski are probably either San Bernardino (south of the pass of the same name) or Airolo (south of Gotthard pass). Both are reachable in about 1 hour by car across the Swiss border.
There are direct trains to Airolo as well from Lugano and hence from Italian Stations. To S. Bernardino there is only a bus connection. For more snow try Andermatt (on the north side of Gotthard pass) which has normally good snow conditions and a good choice of runs.
The closest major ski resorts are St. Moritz and Madesimo toward the Splugen Pass which is approx.100km.
Lenno has a history dating back to the Romans. Pliny had a villa on the shore of the lake. The baptistry in the village square is of the eleventh century. The crypt of the church dates from the twelveth century. The boat which tours the lake stops in Lenno. A short ride brings you to Bellagio. Lenno is situated between Como and Menaggio.
Menaggio at 6 km is a lovely charming village with narrow streets, shops, restaurants, and beautiful boulevard for a leisurely stroll in the evening. The golf course, 18 holes, is the oldest in Italy, founded in 1912 and is situated on a high plateau from where a spectacular view. Villa D'Este is 18 km south from Lenno. The classic Villa Balbianello (from the movie ' a month by the lake) is located on the peninsula overlooking the village.
Lenno is a small pleasant town in a good location and only 10 minutes southwest of Menaggio, from where you can take the car ferry over to Bellagio & Varenna. The town of Lenno dates back to Roman times. The baptistry in the village square is from the eleventh century and the crypt of the church dates from the twelveth century.
For exploring Lake Como the peaceful little town of Lenno is an excellent choice as, having its own ferry point, it makes getting around by boat an easy and pleasurable experience. It is situated between the probably better known lakeside towns of Moltrasio and Tremezzo.