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Lake Como Homes

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Bella Varenna - Reside along the picturesque Varenna waterfront!

1 Review
People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Varenna - Bella Varenna,

1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 in Varenna close to local amenities

Situated in a prominent and pretty Liberty-style Italian Townhouse on the sunny waterfront of central Varenna, one of the most romantic and beautiful of all Lake Como towns, this property (ID 346) enjoys an envious and highly accessible location.

Guests enter the building through a beautiful ornate doorway and can reach the apartment easily by lift/elevator or communal stairwell.

The property is very bright, modern and tastefully decorated with high ceilings throughout, with an Open Plan layout which features a practical Kitchenette with gas hob and sink, and a Dining table which sits 4 guests comfortably. The Living area is comfortable and offers a Sofa which can be adapted into a double bed sofa bed for additional guests, and a working fireplace makes a pretty feature for a romantic evening in.

French doors lead out onto a beautiful iron balcony which is perfect for enjoying a cup of morning coffee or a glass of wine with company in the evenings. The Lake views from here are uninterrupted, panoramic and are truly breathtaking!

The Master Bedroom is spacious and bright with a Double Bed, modern furnishings and lake views from the window.

The apartment also features a modern tiled Shower room, all the desired sanitary ware as well as a washing machine.

Outside the property guests can pleasantly reach the many amenities and Lakeside attractions on foot.

Varenna:

Varenna is the place to get away from it all, but also be in touch with the rest of the Lake. For the romantics, the historians or for those who love peace, tranquility and a history that goes back thousands of years this is the place.Varenna is an ancient fishing village with close to 1000 residents spread along a steep hillside overlooking Lake Como.

Varenna, built on a rock at the foot of a mountain is a boat stop from Bellagio on the east side of the lake and though popular it escapes the throngs in Bellagio (undeniably lovely, but like many other undeniably lovely places the crowds, higher prices and ‘tourist trap’ experiences can be very trying). Varenna dates from the 5th century - you can still see in places the original Roman layout of the town: a geometric design which allows wonderful views of the lake.

The reds, terracottas and yellows of its houses, its mild climate and the olive and cypress trees make you wonder whether you aren’t 200km further south. After the nearby island of Comancina was destroyed the population increased and flourished. The warring factions, as with much of Lombardy saw Varenna at odds with Como on many occasions and the rule of Varenna pass in typical Italian family tradition from the Visconti family to the Sfondrati's. Today Varenna is a lovely spot to chill out, although be aware that shops and even restaurants have been known to shut for lunch, so expect the better things in life to take longer.

Varenna is one of the most beautiful towns on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. In the evenings, the village is serene and picturesque. Truly a perfect place for relaxing. This is an understatement! The warmth of the locals combined with the perfect setting of the place, would melt the coldest hearts of the most demanding travellers.

Looking down on Varenna is the ancient Castle of Vezio; where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Today, you can enjoy Falconry displays, the tower which is accessible, thanks to a drawbridge and the underground passages dating back to the First World War. The panoramic views are fabulous from the castle & there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy local cuisine. There are also numerous well marked hiking paths around Castello Vezio.

This old fishing village has several very interesting shops; from local butchers to craft shops and bars, as well as many restaurants ranging from simple but fabulous pizzerias and trattorias, to elegant dining experiences with lake views. Varenna offers excellent rail links to Milan & Venice! Plus there are ferry links to all the gorgeous villages & towns along Lake Como's shores; it makes a great base for exploring the area.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Lake Como Homes (Property Manager)
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a lovely stay. Everything was wonderful. We left this morning and put the keys back in the keybox.
Sep 2015
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Bella Varenna - Reside along the picturesque Varenna waterfront!
average rating of 3.0 based on 11 reviews
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  • 3 of 5

I had mixed feelings about this apartment. It was a great location with a spectacular view. The apartment was very large but very cheaply furnished. The posted pictures look much better than the actual furnishings. In the kitchen/ dining area and the TV room there are only overhead lights which were very harsh. The bathroom, while clean, could use re-calking in the shower which was moldy. I had to call the office the next day to get the password for the Wi-Fi. It should have been posted in the apartment. The directions for the tv were incorrect and we spent a long time to get tv reception. The light in the stairwell was burned out so it was very dark at night. And this was the most expensive place I stayed on this trip. I felt for the price it should have been furnished with a higher quality of furniture. I would recommend for the location but be aware that its not a great value.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Milan - Malpensa 123km and Bergamo
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Varenna
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Varenna
Nearest Golf
8.5 Kilometres
Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Varenna - Esino
Nearest Motorway
62 Kilometres
Autostrada E35
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Varenna
Nearest Ski
66 Kilometres
Madesimo
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Bellano - Beautiful beach with clean sand
Car: not necessary

Further Sport & Adventure Activities: Bike Rentals, Boat Rentals/Charters, Canoeing/Kayaking, Float Plane/Helicopter, Funicular Railway, Park, Public Transportation, Public Villas & Gardens and Rowing Boats.

Outside the property guests can pleasantly reach the many amenities and Lakeside attractions on foot.

The early Victorian part of Varenna where the apartment is situated, provides a choice of lake view Cafes, many fine Villas and the famous and historical Castello di Vezio, which is situated on the Varenna hillside and which features frequent Falconry displays and medieval re-enactments during the Summer-Autumn time. The Ferry also operates from here, providing guests with an enjoyable and care-free way of exploring Bellagio, Menaggio and other Lake Como towns.

A picturesque lakeside promenade takes guests along to the romantic medieval quarter of Varenna, which features medieval passageways, cobbled Piazzas and ancient Churches. There are many delightful restaurants and wine bars to enjoy as well as boutique craft shops to enjoy.

As well as the fast and reliable Car and Passenger Ferry service, Varenna also boasts a frequent Train service to cities such as Lecco and Milan- making it an ideal base to explore Lake Como and more of Lombardy!

Golf:

There are Golf clubs around Lake Como: The Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is Italy's oldest golf course. Established in 1907 with 18 holes Par 70, it is located above Menaggio near Croce, in Grandola ed Uniti, approx. 20 min. by car. Tel: +39 344 321 03. Green Fees: Weekdays €55, Weekends and Holidays €70 Euros; Golf Cart Rental €36.

Restaurant Golf at the club serves fantastic food and is well recommended.. Guests are always welcome, please call beforehand to check course rules. Golf Club Menaggio: (Menaggio Como).

Skiing:

This beautiful lake region of Italy is not the best for skiing as you may imagine, despite its scenery, crisp air and near perfect visibilty and mountains capped in winter snow. It does however have Skiing opportunities at local resorts for a day out.

There is a small ski area on Mt. Lema, not more than 10 km from Lugano, but you have to be lucky to have enough snow for skiing. In Ticino, the local Swiss Canton, the best places to ski are probably either San Bernardino (south of the pass of the same name) or Airolo (south of Gotthard pass). Both are reachable in about 1 hour by car across the Swiss border.

There are direct trains to Airolo as well from Lugano and hence from Italian Stations. To S. Bernardino there is only a bus connection. For more snow try Andermatt (on the north side of Gotthard pass) which has normally good snow conditions and a good choice of runs.

The closest major ski resorts are St. Moritz and Madesimo toward the Splugen Pass which is approx.100km.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Varenna, Lake Como

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
25 Jun 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
2 night minimum stay
£166
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£166
£831
 
 
27 Aug 2016 - 14 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
£149
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£149
£747
 
 
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£132
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£132
£662
 
 
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
£149
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£149
£747
 
 
7 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£132
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£132
£662
 
 
29 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£149
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£149
£747
 
 
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
£166
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£166
£831
 
 
26 Aug 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£149
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£149
£747
 
 
14 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£132
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£132
£662
 
 
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£149
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£747
 

Notes

  • Service Charge:
    Our one & two weekly service charges are inclusive of final cleaning, bed linen, towels, heating, utilities & air-conditioning (if installed in the holiday property). Tea towels & beach towels are not supplied. If your booking is for more than one week, clean linen & towels will be provided on a weekly basis.
    Additional Service Charge: €110 (7 days & less) & €140 (7 days plus)

    Short Breaks:
    3 night break - 40% off weekly tariff / 4 night break - 30% off weekly tariff / 5 night break - 20% off weekly tariff / 6 night break - 10% off weekly tariff.
  • Additional Facilities:
    We offer a range of extra facilities, which are available for hire through our office 'Happy Holiday Homes' in Menaggio: Cot Hire - EU 20 per week, High Chair - EU 15 per week, Push Chair - EU 25 per week, Camp Bed – EU 85 per week, Wi-Fi or USB Internet Stick - EU 35 per week (includes EU 10 consumable credit). Please note that signal and connectivity is not guaranteed and may depend on the strength of the signal in your rental property.
  • Making a Booking:
    To make a confirmed booking, you will be asked to fill in our online booking form and pay a 30% deposit by wire transfer or credit card. The remaining holiday balance will then be due 6 weeks before arrival.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Varenna in Lake Como

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Lift
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The apartment also features a modern tiled Shower room, all the desired sanitary ware as well as a washing machine.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , A double sofa bed is situated in the living room
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Additional features & facilities at the property include: Car Not Necessary, Child Friendly, Directly in Town, Wi-Fi Available, Lake & mountain views, Laundry Facilities, Lift/Elevator and Suitable for Elderly. French doors lead out onto a beautiful iron balcony which is perfect for enjoying a cup of morning coffee or a glass of wine with company in the evenings. The Lake views from here are uninterrupted, panoramic and are truly breathtaking! Guests can easily reach the many amenities and lakeside attractions on foot.

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