Pianello, Menaggio

Sleeps 12

Luxury villa for 12 with pool overlooking Lake Como

Property summary

Sleeps 12

2 double, 1 twin, 3 twin/double bedrooms, 1 ensuite bathroom with tub and shower, 3 shower rooms, Jacuzzi and sauna

Location: Lake Como

Weekly rentals starting on Saturdays

Surrounding Region

Grocery store, pizzeria, restaurant and bus stop in walking distance
Lakeside water sports facilities: boat rental, sailing, surfing
Scenic trekking routes from the lake; lake transportation from Pianello del Lario 2 km
Golf course and tennis court in Menaggio 10 km
Closest grocery 800 meters, closest restaurant 1 km
Lugano 35 km, Como & nearest train 44 km, Milan 91 km
Airports: Lugano Agno 35 km, Milano Malpensa 80 km

Originally built for the owner's family, this large family villa commands a prime position over lake Como, with extensive views of the lake and mountains beyond the garden and pool. It is high above the shoreline, away from the coast road yet still within easy reach of the main sites. Downstairs the owners have fitted the house out with a sauna and spa, as well as a pizza oven and pool table, and a delightful children's play room. A small village a little higher up the hill has a small grocery store that also does deliveries.

Accommodation

While the fenced property is initially approached through an electric gate and a drive that ends at a wall of garages doors, once the path is followed to the entrance located on the side of the house, it becomes clear that it is all about the lake and the wonderful light which reflects off it. Entry is actually on the mezzanine level on which are located a twin or double bedroom and a double bedroom, which share a shower room and a large double bedroom which has an ensuite bathroom with both tub and separate shower. All of the bedrooms on this level have independent access to the garden. Upstairs there are a further three bedrooms which share a shower room - one twin bedroom and two bedrooms that can be set up as doubles or twins on prior request - and while these guests may not step out into the garden they do have marvellous views of the lake.

Stairways from the mezzanine lead down to the ground floor garden level where guests will gather - perhaps in the large sitting-dining room which spans the width of the house, comfortably furnished with sofas in front of a pink marble fireplace and a dining table for 12, or even for breakfast in the adjacent modern kitchen. Large sliding glass doors in the living area open to a covered patio furnished for meals al fresco and looking on to the nearby pool and the dramatic lake view just beyond.

When night falls or should the weather not draw you out of doors, the basement offers tempting options. One area is equipped with a sauna, a Jacuzzi and an additional bathroom with tub and shower; another gives itself over to games, with a pool table, table football and a corner dedicated to the youngest guests. There is even an open fireplace with a pizza oven - though this needs the hand of a professional pizza maker, who can be booked to cook Pizza for all.

Local area

Lake Como is shaped like an inverted "Y" with the beautiful towns of Como and Lecco situated at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches respectively, and Colico to the north. The small towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna are located at the intersection of the three branches of the lake, with a triangular boat service operating between them. Pianello is situated on the northwest side of the lake, close to Switzerland and Lake Lugano - a popular excursion often taken with its lure of shopping in the chic Swiss shops. Cremia is a charming village on the lake side with bars, restaurants, a small beach and a marina with the opportunity to hire a boat and potter about on the water. The 15th century parish church of San Michele and the 12th Century Church of San Vito are situated close to the harbour. There is a promenade leading to neighbouring Pianello del Lario, a very pleasant walk; Cremia is also an ideal starting point for hiking and mountain bike excursions.

The best way to visit the rest of Lake Como is by boat; there are regular public boat services that take you to many charming lakeside towns and villages including Como's historical centre. There are also private boat services available for hire. Como has been an important silk manufacturing town for many centuries and has a fascinating Silk Museum; to this day Como's silk is still considered to be among the best quality. Another nearby excursion is to Bellagio, the "pearl of the lake", which has often been described as the prettiest village in Europe with its charming historic centre. From here you can also visit the beautiful Villa Melzi with its ornamental gardens, or sail over to Comacina Island - the only island on the lake. From Como you can also take a funicular ride to Brunate, a hill-top town with magnificent views over the city, the lake and its surrounding mountains. On the other side of the lake you can visit Lecco, the town mentioned by Alessandro Manzoni in his famous book "The Betrothed".

Features

Baby bed and high chair
Available on request
Barbecue
Beach or lake access
500 meters to nearest beach
Children's equipment
Toys on site
Coffee Maker
American-style coffee maker
Dishwasher
Extra beds
Available on request for extra fee
Extra cleaning
Available on request
Fireplace
Furnished outdoor areas
Patio furnished for dining
Garage
Hair dryer
Heating
Central heating, Extra on consumption
Internet access
WiFi fast internet
Iron and Ironing board
Jacuzzi
Music
Stereo
Oven
Pets welcome
Permitted with prior notice and additional small fee
Pizza oven
The pizza oven can be only used by a Pizzaiolo, please enquire well in advance for availability and rates
Pool towels
Available on request for an extra cost
Restaurant nearby
In walking distance to beach (500 mt), where there is a pizzeria & fish restaurant
Sauna and Spa facilities
Sauna
Sports facilities on site
Pool table, table football
Swimming pool
Dim: 5 x 11 m., with diving board. Open: 20 April - Sept, depending on weather.
Television
Satellite TV
Tennis court
Nearby, 10 km in Menaggio
Toaster
Washing machine
Water sports
Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing nearby and Surf school in neighboring vilage

Things to note

  • This property requires a security deposit of Euro 1000 on arrival. This amount will be put on VISA or MASTER CARD credit card (only) on arrival.
  • At this house, the final cleaning is not included in the price. Please give the required Euro 250 to cover these costs to the caretaker upon arrival.
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