Riva del Lago, Moltrasio

Sleeps 8

A gracious villa and a generous garden at the water's edge

Property summary

Sleeps 8

3 double bedrooms, 1 twin/double bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 1 of which ensuite and with separate shower, 1 shower with separate WC, 1 extra WC.

Location: Lake Como

Saturday to Saturday on a weekly basis

Surrounding Region

Restaurants & shops in walking distance
Cernobbio and Villa d'Este, 3 km
Como 12 km drive or 10 min. by ferry
Villa Carlotta and ferry to Bellagio 20 km
Motorway 2 km, Lugano 25 km
Malpensa airport (Milan) 60 km.

On the 'sophisticated' western leg of Lake Como where Lombard aristocrats built their lakeside villas and orchestrated gardens, this three storey white villa topped with a Captain's tower manages to combine luxury, generous space and an easy welcome to guests who would like their own terrace on the water. With a private dock and boathouse and a dreamlike stretch of furnished garden, this is a place people come to be good to themselves.


The villa entrance off the lake road is into the middle level of the house and leads to a hall with a grand staircase to the upper floor and a 'hidden' staircase to the lower lakeside level. Off the hall are a spacious living room with French doors to a terrace with lake and mountain views. To one side is an adjoining reception room with period furniture, a study and a WC, while on the other a paneled billiard room/conservatory also has access to a furnished lakeside terrace. On the upper floor is the dual aspect master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with separate shower and private terrace with direct lake views. There is also a double bedroom with lake views, a double bedroom with garden view and a bathroom. On the lower garden level is a spacious well-equipped kitchen, a dining room with fireplace and direct garden access and a large fitness area and sauna. Also on this level is a double bedroom with an in-room shower and separate WC, and the laundry room. There are attractive furnishings throughout the villa, which complement the elegance of marble mosaic flooring, the lovely Murano chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and the delicate frescoes that decorate nearly every room.

While the lake road passes close to the back of the villa, it is not a main thoroughfare nor used for truck transit. Happily, all the bedrooms, living room and dining room face the lake, which further minimizes any disturbance. Lakeside, both from the terrace off the living room and from the long furnished garden one can sunbath in complete privacy, snooze in sun loungers placed throughout the garden or gather to dine by candlelight at sunset. Riva del Lago's private dock allows guests easy access for swimming and means they can rent their own boat or call water-taxis when the mood to get away strikes them.

Local area

Naturally, at Riva del Lago the easiest way to move about is by rental boat, water taxi or ferry. These put Bellagio, the 'Pearl of the Lake', and the gardens of Villa Melzi, Menaggio, or Isola Comacina, the Lake's only island, close at hand. Likewise, a ferry or a short drive will bring you to Como, a city famous for the silk factories that still draw top designers. Once in the mood for shopping, a passport and the highway into Switzerland will have you in Mendrisio's famous luxury outlets. On the return, however, do stop over in the Poletti pastry shop on the outskirts of Cernobbio - another reason for believing you have stumbled into paradise.


Air conditioning
A/C, Extra
Arrive and relax package
Basic grocery shopping included and re-heatable arrival dinner provided
Baby bed and high chair
Available on request for a supplementary fee
Available on request
Beach or lake access
Direct access to Lake Como - Private dock on site for boat rental or water taxi
Billiards table
Boat moorage
Available on request
Coffee Maker
American Style and Italian Moka & espresso machine
DVD player
Extra beds
Extra double bedroom is available for 1 or 2 people, at a supplemental cost
Extra cleaning
Available on request
Extra linen change
Mid week bathroom towels changed on Wednesdays
Fitness equipment
Furnished outdoor areas
Furnished gardens and terraces
Central Heating, Extra
Internet access
Laundry service
Available on request
Mid-week cleaning
3 hrs twice a week included. Mid week bath linen change.
CD player and Stereo
Pets welcome
Pets permitted on request for a small fee
Pool towels
Restaurant nearby
In walking distance
Safe deposit box
In the bedrooms
Sauna and Spa facilities
Sports facilities on site
Table-Tennis and Pool table
Staff available
Cook and other staff available. Daily Maid service.
Swimming pool
Dim: 10 x 4 metres - Pool open from 20 April to 26 October.
Telephone use on request, metered
Satellite TV
Transport and tours
Airport shuttle service on request
Washing machine
Water sports
Nearby - Water skiing, jet skis, kayaks, regattas with Cannottieri Montrasio Yacht Club

Things to note

  • At this property you will find basic grocery shopping has been done for you, to include: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice and cereals.
  • The final cleaning is not included in the price of the property. Please give the required € 300 in cash to cover these costs to the caretaker upon arrival. For a two-week rental the cost is € 450
  • This property requires a security deposit of € 1500 on arrival. Please ensure you have the necessary funds to leave with the caretaker.
  • While a € 350 utilities deposit is taken on arrival to cover heating and AC, heating and AC are metered and combined charge reduced by the first € 50.
  • Should extra guests wish to join your group, for a supplemental fee there is an extra double bedroom available for 1 or 2 people.
  • As in all Italian Regions tourist tax is applied to the overnight stays of non-residents in the Municipality. The rates of the tax, being determined by cities governments are also subjects to change. The taxable number of nights varies from place to place as well as the exemptions. (Generally the amount is from 0,50 to 1,50 Euros per night, maximum 5/6 nights, minors up to 14 yrs. free). According to Italian laws the tourist tax should be paid directly by customers to the operator of the facility and cannot be prepaid by a tour operator.
  • The pool has beautiful views of the lake
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