Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Isella is a magnificently restored 17th century property which boasts a fantastic central location and nestles on a quiet & charming sunny hill side, in the mountains above the small and bustling beautiful town of Menaggio, on Lake Como. From the gardens you overlook the nature reserve of Lake Piano with stunning views of the surrounding majestic mountains and Lake Lugano, which is situated on the Swiss border.
We are proud to offer you our beautiful two bedroom apartment which is ideal for couples or families, split over two floors, sleeping up to six with a full size sofa bed, Located on the side of the property which is set in tranquil parkland grounds includes a swimming pool, your own private parking space and electronic security gates for total privacy.
In the mountains above Menaggio, (approx 7km), an ideal location to explore Lake Como. Lugano in Switzerland can easily be reached within 20 mins and Lake Maggiore is only 45mins away. Great during the summer but also wonderful as a winter retreat, with sking nearby in the popular resorts of Madesimo 1.5 hours away & St Moritz approx 2 hours.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa is nearest, Linate & Bergamo, Nearest railway: Lugano & Como|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
Set in the historic villa, which can be traced back to the 1600's, tastefully modernised to include such luxuries as a swimming pool and a lift to reach the apartment if required. Our newly and comfortably furnished accommodation, situated on the side of the villa, offers high ceilings, traditional Italian terracotta flooring and plenty of natural light, helped by a balcony looking towards Switzerland. Upstairs the log beamed ceilings add character and a natural warmth to the spacious bedrooms and the bathroom. Full central heating and double glazing are ideal for cosy winter evenings.
Choose to relax on the large sofa or in one of the sumptuous leather armchairs after your day exploring the lakes and mountains, whilst enjoying a glass of fine local wine. We have provided books of local interest, with maps and guides to ensure you get to experience the best the Lombardy region has to offer. Alternatively you can settle down in front of the LCD TV & DVD player to enjoy your favourite music (mp3 USB port/CD/tape), or to watch one of the movies we have provided.
Shuttered Venetian doors access the balcony, offering a view of the Lake Lugano valley. With a south-westerly aspect you will enjoy the sun from mid afternoon through to the evening, an excellent opportunity to unwind.
Visit some of the fantastic shops and pick up some of the finest, fresh ingredients, the new fully fitted modern kitchen will offer you every thing needed to prepare and enjoy the local produce.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin. Both tastefully furnished and appointed, oozing character and charm with terracotta flooring and exposed log beamed ceilings
The luxurious and spacious tiled bathroom, includes a shower/bath, toilet, bidet and wash basin.
|Further details outdoors|
Swimming pool & Grounds
Take a cooling dip in the pool which sits in the tranquil gardens and offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains. Relax in the established gardens where you will find, sculptures, stone dining furniture and a traditional Italian barbecue oven for your use - BBQ equipment is provided
Costs are for the full apartment, sleeping up to six. All bed linen, towels (for use in the apartment only, please provide your own towels for use by the pool), hair dryer, iron & board are provided. Swimming pool is open June to end September - please enquire.
Please add £100 to rental rates for final cleaning for up to 4 people. Additional £15 per person thereafter.
All utilities such as water, gas & electric are included in the price April to Oct.
Please add an additional £50 heating charge per week Nov-Mar.
A further £100 as a security deposit is required which will be refunded subject to inspection of the apartment.
The Lombardy region
We know you will be inspired by the beauty and diversity of Italy's Lake District and the Alps that surround Villa Isella which has an incredible central location from which to enjoy the best that the area has to offer. Situated between Lake Como & Lake Lugano Villa Isella is the ideal location to explore both Italian & Swiss lakes.
You can walk a few minutes to Lago di Piano which is a popular conservation area & nature reserve or to the village of Carlazzo to one of the local bars or restaurants.
Menaggio & Porlezza are only a few minutes drive away and both offer wonderful views of the area. Menaggio is the main provincial village on the western side of the lake and its promenade is lined with palms and an abundance of flowers during Summer months.
Piazza Garibaldi is Menaggio's main square which is lined with boutiques, cafe bars, ice cream parlours and is where the locals relax and enjoy the fine Italian food.
From Menaggio you can visit many of the palatial villas open to the public, set in fantastic gardens. An excellent way to view the villas is by boat which will transport you around Lake Como, also enabling you to visit the many villages and towns including infamous Varenna, Bellagio, and the town of Como at the South of the lake, which should not be missed for it’s beauty, café culture and shopping.
Everything you need is here in Menaggio from banks, supermarkets to the main passenger & car ferry stop which allows you to access and enjoy everything the lake has to offer.
People choose Menaggio for it's undeniable beauty and temperate climate, spring begins in April and the warmest months are July & August ( 35C). Temperatures are warm from April to late October and sunshine continues through November although the days are shorter during the winter period.
The cosmopolitan Swiss town of Lugano is only 20 minutes drive and offers an array of shops, bars restaurants a casino and an abundance of tourist attractions. Lugano is where Swiss civilisation meets Italian and offers palm trees, picturesque boulevards, stunning views of the lake and the Alps, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities.
Things to do
Menaggio’s tourist office is situated in the main square, Piazza Garibaldi, and offers a great deal of information detailing what’s on in the lakes, sightseeing, history and sporting activities. For further information visit www.discovermenaggio.com
Menaggio has its own boat terminals for various trips around the lake which is ideal for travel to many of the other lakeside towns and places of interest. Buses run regularly to Lugano, Como & St Moritz from Piazza Garibaldi on the main waterfront if you wish to travel further afield.
During the summer the area boasts fantastic opportunities for many activities including mountain biking, cycling, horse riding , walking, fishing, tennis and many water sports including kite surfing & speedboat hire. And for golf lovers the historic Mennagio & Cadenabbia Golf Club www.menaggio.it less than 5km away.
Lake Piano - just 5 minutes from Villa Isella is a delightful small lake in a wetland nature reserve, surrounded by tree-clad slopes with views of distant mountain peaks. There is an abundance of wildlife ranging from deer, foxes, badgers plus an array of wildbirds. The vistors centre provides guided tours around the reserves nature trails 4k & 5.3 K long plus mountain bikes and boats can be hired for a small fee. Horseback riding tours are also available for those who wish.
Lake Piano provides opportunities for fishing, swimming, walking, birdwatching, boat hire, horseback riding & paddling your own canoe! On the lake shores there is a recommended bar / restaurant where you can relax inside or outside in fantastic scenery and watch the world go by.
Porlezza - just 5-10 minutes from Villa Isella is situated at the end of Lake Lugano and is an up and coming holiday/spa area which should not be missed as it offers many lakeside activities. On Saturdays a wonderful street market lines the shore of Lake Lugano selling a range of silks, linens, local produce and clothes. For further information visit www.discoverporlezza.com.
During July & August a wonderful local craft market lines the shores from early evening until midnight. If you don't wish to shop there are many open air lakeside cafe/bars to relax & just enjoy the warm summer evenings.
Lugano just 15-20 mins drive hosts two musical events in the summertime: the Jazz Festival in June and the Blues to Bop Festival in July and August. The first weekend in October Lugano bids farewell to summer at its annual Autumn Festival. Local merchants line the streets with their market stalls selling local produce, beer, clothing and gifts plus artists & street musicians perform throughout the city.
Most popular for sightseeing are the two funiculars, Monte Brè to the northeast and San Salvatore to the south both give spectacular views over to the snow-capped Alps. For more information on what to see & do visit www.lugano-tourism.ch/en/36/what_to_do.aspx
Lake Maggiore - Luino is just 20 minutes drive from Lugano and offers a fantastic large town market each Wednesdays.
Winter in the Lakes
Clear blue skies and snow capped mountains make for exceptional scenery. Many of the activities are suitable in the winter months too, as long you are wrapped up. Walking/Skating on Lake Piano is a popular festive activity for both locals and visitors to the area. The area is also very convenient for skiing in either Italy or Switzerland. We are happy to offer the apartment over Christmas and New Year periods if you wish to escape and find tranquillity in winter wonderland surroundings.
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22 Jul 2013
After a tricky time trying to find the villa in complete darkness ( it was well after midnight) we shuffled in exhausted and found the apartment wonderfully inviting, spotlessly clean and beautiful. The following morning we went downstairs for a stroll around the grounds. Well - everyday here had the same effect on me. The views and gardens are breathtaking. Remember in the 'Wizard of Oz' when everything changed to colour. Wow.. That's how you feel when you walk around the grounds of Villa Isella. Its the perfect spot to enjoy this magical corner of Italy and Switzerland. With all the majesty and charm of Como only a 10 min drive away, Switzerland 15, the excellent 'La Rotonda' ristorante ( don't miss this) 5 mins on foot you really feel as if you have struck gold. Kathy, the owner of our apt, was extremely helpful in sending us so much information, and Fritz from downstairs - we nicknamed him 'The Oracle' for all his advice! Look no further for a fabulous holiday!
15 Jul 2013
An exceptionally well kept appartment with all the comforts of home, set in lovely grounds with pool. Very clean with tasteful furnishing and a really well equiped kitchen for anyone wanting to self … More
21 May 2013
"Nice accommodation in stunning surroundings."
Coming out of the road tunnel from Como was incredible. Lake Como is just stunning and the view literally took my breath away. This feeling didn't leave me all the way to the Villa, just beauty o… More
10 May 2013
"Tranquillity close to Lake Como & Lake Lugano"
Villa Isella is located on the slopes above Lake Como & Lake Lugano in Northern Italy with easy access to the Milan Airports, the lakes and the numerous hiking paths in the area. The road up to the Villa is quite steep, but can be navigated by even bigger cars with experienced drivers. Once you are at the Villa you can enjoy the tranquillity of the hills above the lakes and the friendly atmosphere in the Villa and the surrounding villages, including a local Pizzeria popular with the Italians in the area.
10 May 2013
"Great Value for money and amazing views"
Before we decided to book this Villa for our 3 days' vacation, I did a pretty long and detailed research on many places from different cities around both lakes, Como and Lecco :)The decision was … More
7 Oct 2012
"Home from home in a stunning region"
We have just returned from the beautifully situated Villa Isella. Our aim was to take in a few sights but mainly to relax and Villa Isella certainly provided everything that allowed us to accomplish this.
The apartment feels like a home from home. Spread over two floors, it was relaxingly comfortable, stylish and extremely well kitted out with plenty of wardrobes and storage.
It's location, in a charming setting perched mid-level on the mountainside, allowed quick access to Lake Como and Lugano but is far enough away from the main road to be free of any traffic noise and the hurly burly of this popular region. However, I was glad we had a small car as I wouldn't like to attempt the local roads with anything larger. It is just a short drive to three supermarkets, a launderette and all the amenities that the tourist lakeside towns of Porlezza and Menaggio have to offer as well as being within easy reach of the major attractions and transport connections of Lakes Como & Lugano.
The manicured large grounds offer stunning views both east and west and overlook the tranquil Lago di Piano, they also contain a decent sized clean swimming pool, BBQ and amble parking. Being gated the complex felt thoroughly secure and its permanent residents were friendly making us feel very welcome.
On the few inclement days we enjoyed the extensive range of DVD's and games. And on those evenings we didn't feel like cooking, a short wander down the lane took us to a popular hilltop restaurant where we watched the sun set over Lugano. All the locals were very friendly and none more so than the staff there, as well as offering delightful food, they gave us a warm welcome on all our returning visits.
To sum up, we thoroughly enjoyed the region, apartment and I look forward to my next visit.
8 Sep 2012
"Lovely apartment in a stunning location, with breathtaking views!"
We stayed here on a mini road trip across parts of Europe and the place was perfect to relax for a week. The apartment was clean on arrival and the chilled bottle of Prosecco went down a treat! Our daughter loved spending time in the pool while we enjoyed sunbathing and enjoying the views in the beautiful gardens. Supermarket was within 5 min drive and nearest town on Lake Como was 10 min drive away. Cathy, the owner was extremely helpful with info before we booked and arrived at the apartment. We also found the residents who lived permanently at the Villa very accommodating during our stay.
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