About this listing
My 'home from home' is comfortable, welcoming & well-equipped. Free parking , restaurants, grocery, bakery & bar nearby. Situated in a friendly village 5 minutes' drive from Bellagio. Small balcony, mountain views. Wifi & Sky TV. Come & relax!
The apartment is in an ideal location for exploring both the lake and surrounding mountains. Guests love experiencing life in a real village with essential amenities close to hand. The locals are friendly! Free public off-street parking is available a few steps away. The flat stays cool in summer and the balcony lets in the breeze. High ceilings and thick walls mean there is no need for air conditioning but a portable fan is available. Satellite TV means you can keep in touch with news at home or watch a movie or documentary in English. There is also a varied library of DVDs and books and a computer for your use. I have been living here until recently and left plenty of home comforts behind for you to feel at home in my home. I am delighted that all my guests have commented how homely the apartment is!
Home comforts and attention to detail abound. Good lighting, plentiful mirrors and abundant wardrobe space. It is cool in summer and cosy in winter with a wood-burning stove in the living/dining room, in addition to the central heating. Take a seat on the balcony and sip an ‘aperitivo’ before dinner watching the sun set on the Grigne mountains. There are 3 restaurants/ pizzerias within easy walking distance. Self-catering is no problem as the kitchen is perfectly equipped and there is a well-stocked grocery a few steps away. Enjoy breakfast Italian style with tempting pastries and brioches from the bakery on the piazza and an espresso from your own coffee machine - or maybe pop over to the local café for a cappuccino.
A car gives you access to restaurants in the mountains behind Bellagio where cuisine is very authentic and the prices lower. There are many walking trails in the hills and countryside away from the lake. Milan can be reached by train from Varenna or Lecco for a day of culture and shopping.
Lecco and Como are both worth visiting for slightly larger towns. Lenno has a weekly market and is accessible by ferry as are all the villages around the lake.
Magnificent gardens are available in Bellagio (Villa Melzi) and nearby Tremezzo (Villa Carlotta). Villa Balbianello at Lenno has been used in recent movies (Star Wars and Casino Royale). There is a wide range of guide books and local information provided in the apartment.
Bedroom 1: King size bed, 3 tall double wardrobes. Full length mirrored cupboard.
Bedroom 2: Single or double bed as required. This room has ample storage and shelving space as well as computer, internet, fax and printer/ scanner. Travel cot & baby seat which attaches to table are available.
Bathrooms: Bathroom: bath/shower, WC, bidet, sink, mirrored cabinet, towel rails, scales, stool, safety handle. Utility room has a sink unit with 3 way wall mirror & overhead lights a magnifying make-up- ideal for hair & make-up. The washer/ dryer is in here.
Kitchen: Electric oven, 4 ring gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, automatic coffee machine,electric citrus juicer, hand blender, electric whisk, wok, griddle pan and all essential cooking equipment, cookery books, spices etc.
Living Rooms: Living/dining room has quality 3 seater sofa bed, leather recliner, footstools, Sky TV, sound system, DVD, large range of films, storage unit, dining table & seating for 4, candelabra on dimmer switch, various side lights, large range of books, candles etc
Cleaning/towels/linen/maid service: Linen, towels, toilet paper & soap are provided! End of stay cleaning is included. Cleaning can be arranged during stay at an extra cost.
Tiled floors throughout so don't forget your slippers! Rugs in lounge + at bedsides. Extra linens provided for stays of over 7 nights or on request.
Amenities: gas hob/ electric oven, fridge/freezer microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron/ironing board, satellite tv, internet access, central heating, room fan.
Other: Iron and ironing board. 2 fold up outdoor chairs, 2 beach mats for use at the lakeside beach.
"What a fabulous apartment - we have been travelling from week-rental to week-rental for the past couple of months, staying in some great places, but I think I can confidently say that this is head and shoulders above the rest!
We are totally thrilled to be staying here!
David and Quynh-Nhu , Australia
You have full and private use of the apartment.
The village car park is free and just a few steps away.
Interaction with Guests
Full directions are provided for driving. I help you work out how to best arrive by public transport and can arrange taxi service from the local ferry if needed. Once your booking is in place there is no need to worry about the details or logistics. I will happily help you work out the details.
It would be hard not to fall in love with Bellagio. It is easy to see why the town is known as the 'pearl of Lake Como'. It has a charm and an atmosphere all of its own: from its cobbled streets with beautiful shops to its gardens and breathtaking vistas. Photographer's paradise, writer's retreat, traveller's oasis...Bellagio will seduce you!
Slow boats, fast hydrofoils and car ferries all operate regularly on the lake taking you to any of the other towns or villages around the lake. The rail service goes to Como town, Lecco or Varenna from where you can take either a boat or bus. There is a local bus service between Visgnola (where the apartment is) and Bellagio. I can arrange taxis for you as well. Once you are here I recommend walking to explore all the little streets that are a part of Bellagio's charm.
Other Things to Note
If at first you are hesitant that the apartment is not in Bellagio itself let me assure you that my guests love the authentic village location. This way you get the best of both worlds : world famous Bellagio and the almost rustic charm of Visgnola. You're bound to meet some of the friendly villagers too - join them for coffee or an aperitivo at the local bar.
My aim is that you should find this a 'home away from home' therefore I only ask that you treat it with the respect you would your own home. Smoking is permitted on the balcony but not inside the apartment. Please note that check out time is actually 10.30 and check in time is 2.30 pm. I couldn't put these times into the system here. I stay as flexible as possible as long as I have no guests arriving as you leave.
A wonderful flat full of books, equipment, DVDs, information, wifi etc. - everything you would want. Great views of the mountains and the little square below in delightful village just above Bellagio, within 10 minutes walk. Sally provided loads of useful advice, instructions and even a bottle of wine! Thank you....
Our stay was great! Sally is so prepared, offering a ton of good information about traveling in the area. She gave us detailed instructions and ideas all along the way.
It is about a mile from bellagio, a great walk if you are walkers. Highly recommended.
We had a lovely stay in Sally's homely apartment. It is really well equipped and located in a gorgeous little village which has everything you could need. The walk into Bellagio isn't too bad, although we were glad to have a car! It was quite hot whilst we were there and although the apartment isn't air conditioned a fan is provided which was great!
There were only two of us but the apartment is easily big enough for more, would definitely recommend!!
Thanks Sally :)
communication excellente, explications claires, bouteille de vin d'accueil très appréciée, endroit typique dans petit village
The apartment is very nice and clean and fuly equiped! The host left plenty of nice clean towels, bath robes for two, slipeers and a nice chiled botle of wine for us. although we never met her, the instructin she left for us was clear and very helpful! we loved this place.
Lägenheten är helt underbar. Perfekt placerad med gångavstånd till vackra Bellagio. Balkong med fantastisk utsikt. Området är underbart.
We had a lovely stay in this sweet small Italian community high in the hills surrounding the Lake Como away from the typical touristy towns. Loved the clean fesh air and the long walks.
Sally's place is close to a bakery with tasty pastries, a small pub and a small deli down the road. A word of warning, make sure you do your shopping in the morning the businesses close in the afternoon for several hours and open again at 7pm.
Communication with Sally was quick and easy and we would love to return here for another holiday someday. Thank you Sally.
Thank YOU, Margie. I am glad you loved my home and my village. I truly hope you do come back some day. Just to clarify for anyone who may read Margie's comment about the shops...the shops close aorund 1 till 4pm then reopen UNTIL 7pm. All opening hours for supermarkets etc. are in my info book you'll find waiting for you. Thanks again, Margie.
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About the Host, Sally
Hi, I am English, grew up in North Wales and have been living in Italy for 12 years. I lived first in Bellagio, Lake Como then bought my present home, in the countryside close to Rome, a couple of years ago. I loved Bellagio and maintain that it is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Italy.
For work reasons I needed to be nearer to Rome. Here in the Sabina I enjoy having the best of both worlds: Rome close at hand when I want it but the peace and quiet of the countryside most of the time. I have olive trees in the garden and having my own olive oil makes me feel like a local! I love the fact that the sky is almost always blue here and the ever-changing views from my terrace. The area is gorgeous and relatively untracked in terms of tourism.
I have always worked in the travel industry and enjoy exploring Italy. This country is so varied and so beautiful that it never ceases to amaze me. There is always something new to discover and the wish list just gets longer not shorter!
I am happy to help with your travel plans and will give full assistance with public transport or driving directions.