Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Menaggio - The Dreamers' House
6 terraces, gardens, front yard next to the lake, 180-degree ever-changing views
Dreamers' House (Villa Sognatore) is a lakefront property located 10km north of Menaggio on the northwest shore of Lake Como. The house positions its guests right on the lake with private access to the water, which is the best place to acquaint oneself with the beauty and tranquility that make Lake Como so unforgettable. The setting is a botanical paradise as well since the property is surrounded by well-maintained, terracing gardens with mature specimen plants, palm trees and perennials. The property includes 4 stone patios at different heights and 2 large terraces off the bedrooms and living room facing the lake, all affording breathtaking views of the water and Alps. A new scenic walkway on the lake passes near - but not in front of - the property, giving the guest access to restaurants and the lakeside village of San Vito. A separated guest house with the 3rd bedroom/ WC is included. Famous villas, gardens, sites, restaurants, shopping, golf and more are a 10-15 min drive.
From May through October, Milan is staging the Universal Exposition 2015. This large exhibition filled with hundreds of specially-built cultural pavilions will be hosted by the city of Milan, which has undertaken a multi-year development project in preparation for the moment. The theme of the Expo 2015 is 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life' and is expected to draw 29 million visitors over the six month period. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions, creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The site is located northwest of the city, in the direction of Lake Como. According to Google Maps, the Expo site is 1 hour and 21 minutes, 81 km (51 miles) from the Dreamers' House, making it an easy day trip. Prices for a day pass are currently listed for €32 per adult. This will be the largest, most heralded event in Italy in 2015.
Golfing: Italy's oldest golf course, established in 1907 (celebrating 100 years in 2007) with 18 holes Par 70, is located above Menaggio in near Croce, in Grandola ed Uniti, approx. 15 min. by car. The clubhouse/restaurant was the location of a recent party for well-known celebrities. Tel: 0344/32103. Green Fees: Weekdays 50 Euros, Weekends and Holidays 65 Euros; Golf Cart Rental 36 Euros. Contact us for their very good website, including pictures and hole design.
Skiing: The closest major ski resort is Madesimo toward the Splugen Pass, which is approx. 1 hour by car. St. Moritz in Switz. is only 89 km from the house (1hr 45min drive). Other ski resorts are located in the Valtellina near Morbegno. The lake is beautiful to relax next to all year long - the scenery in the winter is some of the most striking, as the air is crisp and the visibility near perfect.
Boating Info - Buoy Available & Other Pictures : Motorboats can be easily rented at various places around the lake, where you can enjoy boating without a license if you rent a boat with an engine that is 40HP or less. Rents are done by the hour, half day or week. Sail boats (with and w/o captain) can be rented and sailing lessons are given at a number of different sailing schools around the lake. A buoy in front of the house on the lake can be rented for an additional 100 euros per week.
Please contact us for a web-based slide show of over 80 digital photos of the property. You can also contact us for a web site address for a Lake view web cam located 300m south of the house where there is also some of the best windsurfing on the lake.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
We first visited and then purchased property on Lake Como in 2000 and have been frequently visiting the area each year ever since. The Dreamers' House is our only rental property. Every party making a booking receives our valuable Useful Information document, a compilation of 10+ years experience visiting Lake Como, plus our regional dining guide, excerpts taken from the Michelin Red Guide to Italy.
Corina purchased this house in 2003
Why Corina chose Menaggio
Reasons for buying on Lake Como: Refined Italian elegance. Combination of the deepest lake in Italy with the pre-Alps and Alps (water sports and hiking). Superb landscape and panoramic views. Exquisite, stately villas with specimen gardens 150+ years old. Immersion in a botanical paradise. Friendly people who know how to enjoy life. Central location in Central Europe. Temperate climate all year long (moderated by the deep water of the lake). Charming lakeside villages away from modern-day stress and kitchy blase tourism. Food, markets, wine, restaurants, bars. Shopping in Como, Milan or Mendrisio (CH).
What makes this house unique
Savour the joys of lakefront living surrounded by beautiful gardens and 6 terraces to take in the wonderful and ever-changing scenery of a world-class, historic area. Many guests simply stay in the house and look out at the uninterrupted 2.5km+ view across the lake and all the activity of boats and wildlife. Walk to 1 great restaurant and 1 good pizzeria/trattoria in nearby San Vito, or a 3rd option on the beach in Pianello. Use the Dreamers' House as your base to explore the beautiful area from. Only 10 minutes scenic drive from the famed central lake area, villas, gardens, and authentic small Italian villages. Perfectly situated for diversions afar to Switzerland (Lugano, St. Moritz), Milan, Verona, Bergamo, Lake Maggiore & Orta.
Guestbook comments from the manager
Es war eine tolle Woche in diesem schönen Haus am "magischen" Comer See! Direkt am See kann man unten auf der kleinen Wiese auf Liegestühlen liegen und dem Treiben auf dem See zuschauen, einfach relaxen, lesen, was auch immer. Auch die beiden Balkone sind direkt mit traumhaftem Seeblick. Die exotischen Pflanzen und das warme Sommerwetter kreieren eine wundersame, sehr südländische Atmosphäre. Auf dem See kann man Motorbootfahrten unternehmen, d.h. ein recht schnelles Motorboot selber ausleihen, ganz ohne Führerschein (das ist in Italien wohl erlaubt). Auch die Orte am See, allen voran Menaggio, und die Umgebung sind wunderschön. Ein mondänes Flair wechselt sich ab mit einfachen, schlichten Momenten, und die Einwohner - auch in den Cafés, Supermärkten, eigentlich überall - sind sehr freundlich; so herrscht überall eine durchweg positive Atmosphäre. Sehr empfehlenswert, mind. einmal im Leben hier Urlaub zu machen. Und dieses Haus ist dafür bestens geeignet, mit all der Freiheit, die eine solche Unterkunft einem lässt (und die man in Hotels immer nicht so recht hat).