Beautiful villa at Lake Como, Italy, overlooking Lake Mezzola and the snowy mountain tips of the prealps.
Villa Rustica is a beautiful Italian farmhouse, nestled in the trees above Lake Mezzola on the northern tip of Lake Como. With breathtaking views across the lake to the mountain range beyond, it's the perfect location for exploring the spectacular lakes and many enchanting waterfront towns and villages of this exquisite and stylish corner of Italy.
Ideally suited to families, groups or for a truly romantic break, this 150 year old, self catering Lake Como villa has many traditional features such as beamed ceilings, wood burning fires and terracotta tiled floors. With spectacular balcony views, a terraced garden, private access to Lake Mezzola and a unique and atmospheric cellar dining room, it has all the ingredients you need to ensure a delightful and very special holiday.
A haven of tranquility, it's also fully equipped with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing including under floor heating and Broadband WiFi that comes free of charge.
Summer breaks at Lake Como – tranquillity, outstanding beauty, outdoor pursuits and Italian culture.
Set in secluded grounds within 5 minutes of the lake and a short distance from Lake Como, from the villa it's easy to explore and enjoy all the delights that life on the lakes has to offer. Take to the water with gentle water sports, enjoy great cycling and beautiful walking trails or just relax and indulge yourself at one of the many superb restaurants and cafés. It's a short drive to the charming towns of Gera Lario, Sorico and Colico and just a little further to the wonderful and cosmopolitan city of Milan.
Ideal Lake Como villa for winter holidays.
The ski resorts of Val Malenco, Madesimo and St Moritz are also within easy reach and the beautiful views and cosy fires of the villa make this a really wonderful place to return to after a day skiing or exploring the mountains.
Our Lake Como villa facilities.
Surrounded by a private garden and extensive woods with breathtaking views, this sympathetically renovated villa combines modern technology with traditional materials to create a comfortable, relaxing and beautiful holiday home. There is under floor heating and Broadband WiFi is available throughout the house and on the terrace.
Ground floor. The open plan ground floor includes a delightful and fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen, with chestnut work surfaces, oak beams and a wooden table around which you can comfortably seat eight people. At the other end of the room near the wood burning fire, there is a sofa and window seat, television, DVD player and amplifier with a docking station. The kitchen leads into the stairwell which connects all floors of the house, including the cellar.
First floor. A short corridor connects two bedrooms and a bathroom with both a bath and shower. Bedroom 1 has direct access onto a wooden balcony with stunning views over the lake and mountains. It has a double bed, a built in wardrobe, a chest of drawers and space for a cot. Bedroom 2 contains a double bed and a bunk bed and is perfect for a small family or four children. It has a chest of drawers and views of the lake and mountains.
Top floor. Bedroom 3 is a large double room with French windows the whole width of the house, giving spectacular views of the mountains. It also has a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom 4 is a small room with a bunk bed. The spacious bathroom opposite has a large open shower.
Cellar. The original vaulted cellar can be accessed from the stairwell or garden and is lit with an atmospheric combination of floor lighting and candles. Heated by a large wood burning fire, with a handmade rustic 10 seater oak table this is a unique and very special place to enjoy cool dining in the heat of the summer and cosy warmth in the depths of winter.
Garden. The peaceful garden is terraced, with surrounding stone walls and extends into the woods and all around the house. There is a paved area outside the house with seating and a grass lawn on two levels. The lower level has a beautiful antique stone table, which easily seats 8 people. There is a traditional stone BBQ and a children's climbing frame with swing, slide and playhouse. The lake is just 5 minutes walk away and is accessed via a path on private land. The path is rather steep and difficult in some places so do take care.
Parking and access to this wonderful villa at Lake Como. There is plenty of room at the house for parking, but as the photo of the drive illustrates, it is steep and rough, so access all the way to the house is by 4 x 4 vehicle only. There is however parking at the top of the drive and it's just a 2 minute walk down to the house. Upon arrival and departure we can arrange for transport of your luggage between your car and the house at no extra cost.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milan (Linate LIN, Malpensa MXP, Bergamo/Orio al S 60 km, Nearest railway: Colico 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Villa Rustica is set in a secluded location a short walk to Lake Mezzola on the northern tip of Lake Como. The Villa sits between the villages of Albonico and Dascio, close to Sorico and the valleys of Valtellina and Valchiavenna. As well as enjoying the outstanding natural beauty and countryside at our Lake Como villa, there is lots to see and do in the surrounding area, from enjoying the delights of the local Italian cuisine to cycling, sailing, walking and winter sports.
As well as enjoying the outstanding natural beauty and countryside at our Lake Como villa, there is lots to see and do in the surrounding area, from enjoying the delights of the local Italian cuisine to cycling, sailing, walking and winter sports.
Cycling Routes in and around Lake Como:
Enjoy mountain biking from the doorstep of Villa Rustica or road biking from the top of the track, a short walk from the villa. The surrounding area is ideal and popular with cyclists, with numerous tracks and routes.For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
Walking from our villa at Lake Como:
You can enjoy some fantastic walks from the villa, either by following a well marked path (Sentiero) or by exploring the hills above Albonico. A short drive to Verceia (the village on the other side of the lake opposite the house) and you can explore Valle dei Ratti or continue up Valchiavenna or Valtellina. For more information about walking in this beautiful corner of Italy visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
The wildlife of Lake Mezzola and the surrounding area:
Lago Di Mezzola sits in the Pian Di Spagna nature reserve offering a haven of natural wildlife along the southern edge of the lake and the River Mera that connects Lago di Mezzola and Lago di Como. There are several other nature reserves in Valtellina a short drive away from Villa Rustica. For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
Follow Valchiavenna and be on the ski slopes of Madesimo within a couple of hours. It's a 30 mile (50 km) drive or for a unique experience, leave the car at Campodolcino and take the funicular railway to the slopes. Alternatively, St Moritz is just 50 miles (80 km) away. Both resorts offer great downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tobogganing and skidoos. For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
Lago di Mezzola has power boat speed restrictions and therefore is the ideal place to enjoy quieter water sports. Hire a boat and explore, walk twenty minutes along the roman path to Dascio and hire a canoe or take the day trip boat to San Fedelino for a great day out.
Alternatively, head down to the town of Gera Lario which is a twenty minute drive (or a short trip down the River Mera) and you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wake-boarding and water-ski lessons. For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
Gardens & villas of Lake Como, Italy:
By car or ferry, you can visit some of the famous villas and gardens of Lake Como. Take the ferry to Tremezzo and explore the gardens of Villa Carlotta on your way to lunch on the only island on Lake Como, Comacina. For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
From our villa at Lake Como there is a great variety of places to eat, drink and soak up the local Italian atmosphere. The Enoteca Portovino on the edge of the old marina in Colico is a real treat in both summer and winter. Eating at a local Agriturismo, where they tend to serve a local set menu, is an inexpensive way to try local cuisine or why not just walk from the house to Trattoria Nives in Albonico or the restaurants of Dascio. For more information visit the Villa Rustica Lake Como website.
There are numerous places to buy food in the area, all within a short drive. These include weekly markets, local bakeries, supermarkets and a shopping mall. There are also many boutiques, clothes and sports shops.