Il Ronco is a charming family home set in an idyllic garden on top of a hill and surrounded by chestnut and pine tree forests. On the hill there are 5 more villas, all belonging to the same family and all quite far from each other. We have the best view! over the Parco del Ticino, a protected forest, all the way to the Monte Rosa, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. The land has been in the family for 5 generations and used to be a hunting reserve with a hunting lodge. The reason why the current owners' parents decided to live there is that it is a very easy commute to Milan where they worked but also to Como where the kids went to school and ideal for great family day trips on the lake. The Swiss border is only about 15 minutes drive from the house and a visit to Lugano is always fun if you are there. There are golf courses, designers clothes outlets, fun water parks and tree top walks to entertain the whole family but we find that we often end up just going to the pool for a swim and a game of tennis or table tennis, hang out in the conservatory in the garden or on the veranda and perhaps go out to one of the fantastic local restaurants for a proper meal or just a nice pizza. The best time of the day is always the Martini cocktail on the veranda at sunset. Different every night, beautiful every night.
Villa in Oltrona S Mamette, Como, Lombardy, Italy - Peaceful Location - free wifi - Close To Milan And Lake Como
- english, french, spanish, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 28 Nov 2018
About Francesca Nelson-Smith
I am Italian and grew up in this house. i now live in London with my husband and 3 children and we use the house for family holidays. We all love it because it is comfortable, close to Milan for shopping (and culture :)) and to the lake for fantastic days out but it's also always quiet in the evenings when we come back and have a drink in front of the fire or out on the veranda, depending on the season.
Francesca Nelson-Smith purchased this Villa in 1960
Why Francesca Nelson-Smith chose Oltrona di San Mamette
The house was built by my dad, who was an architect, for his family, on a hill that belongs to my mother's family. He designed 3 different houses and she chose the one that was built. They then decorated it together and as we grew up, we added bits too, so it really feels like a home, not just a house. It is on top of a hill, with magnificent views of the Parco del Ticino (a beautiful forest) all the way to the Alps, with not a single house to be seen in between. It has a 25 mt pool and a tennis court on the other side of the hill which we share with the family. If I had not inherited it and i saw it I would definitely dream of buying it.
What makes this Villa unique
The great thing about il Ronco is that it is so well located for getting to and from Malpensa airport (40 minutes drive), shopping and sightseeing in Milan (30 minutes), lake Como (20 minutes), 4 golf courses (all within 30 minutes drive), riding in the village next door, swimming and tennis within the property and at the same time you are guaranteed complete peace if you just want to sit in the garden and read a book or have a drink whilst watching the sun go down behind the Alps. the only interruption would be the sound of a cuckoo bird or a squirrel running from one tree to the next.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Peaceful and relaxing and very comfortable
The villa is clearly a much loved home. Surrounded by lawns and trees, it is a peaceful place to unwind and enjoy cooking or being cooked for (thank you to Marco). There is a short walk to the pool under chestnut trees. We swam in the huge pool and played tennis. Easy access to Como and the lake and also not far from Milan and it’s airport. Thank you Francesca and family.
we are delighted you had a good time and we look forward to welcoming you back any time!
We really enjoyed the villa. Everything was beautiful and spacious. Plenty of room to spread your wings or just curl up with a good book. Quiet and serene. Would definitely go back. Thanks to Francesca and Juan for making this a magical vacation
Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you had a good time and hope to hear from you again in the future.
The most magical family vacation
Even though we just arrived at home, I had to write a review of how simply fantastic this house and amenities were.
The owners could not be more gracious. The house staff person was discreet and helpful. The house is gorgeous and full of wonderful antiques and rugs, the beds are made with antique linens and the kitchen is stocked full of everything you could possibly need for the preparation and serving of meals to a crowd. We were ten adults with two small children and everyone loved their accommodations.
The lawn is huge and perfect for ultimate frisbee or soccer games. My family did on and off road biking and it is easy to get bikes delivered to the house. Altho the pool is a ten minute walk or drive, it is huge and we mostly had it all to ourselves- it was immaculate and the water was perfect. We brought a picnic lunch there and there is also tennis and volleyball or badminton. In the mornings we walked down the hill to the village where there is an old fashioned bakery that made incredible baked goods. The grocery store is a five minute drive too. It took thirty minutes for us to get there from the Milan airport and Lake Lugano and Lake Como are both an easy twenty five minute drive. There is so much to do in the area. On the one rainy day we had we went bowling in the town nearby.
I can only say that our family will never forget what a wonderful time at Il Ronco.
We are so delighted you enjoyed your stay and that everything worked well for you. It will be a pleasure to welcome you back in the future and possibly meet you too this time!
Thank you for your review too, it is very helpful to know how our guests feel about their stay.
A perfect retreat
We so thouroughly enjoyed our stay, we were a large and lively group and the house was perfect, beautiful and authentic. Each corner of the house is more cozy and inviting than the next. It is in a wonderful location for siteseeing, enjoying the magnificent views and taking in the culture of the region.
thank you very much! delighted you enjoyed your holiday and seem to love the house as much as we do. :)
We loved this beautiful, cozy house and everything about it! From the fully stocked kitchen to the lovely pool we enjoyed the whole experience very much. We would highly recommend, easy access from Milan airport, a short drive from lake como and a really fun and romantic atmosphere. Franchesca is lovely and accomodating. Book and enjoy!
thank you very much! it sounds like your whole group really loved the house, which is fantastic as we really love it too and we are delighted when people seem to appreciate it for the same things as we do. We hope to welcome you back there soon.
Succesful choice for holidays!
We came Oltrona village and Il Ronco 22nd of Dec to spend our Christmas holidays there. The house and the whole area were just perfect for our big group (11 persons). The facilities were really good for us, enough bedrooms, bathrooms, big kitchen to cook all christmas foods etc.
The location was very good, only some 40 km from Malpensa airport, La Como lake quite near. I really can recommend this place!
Timo Hanninen from Finland
Milan Malpensa Airport, 41 Km, about 30 minutes drive.
Milan Linate Airport 60 Km, about 50 minutes drive.
The caretaker can pick up a maximum of 4 people from the airport upon request.
If you have more people you will need to hire a car, if not the caretaker can also take you to the nearest station to go to Milan, which is 8 km away or to the bus stop in the village for the bus to Como.
The village is only a few minutes’ walk at the bottom of the hill and has a bar, a bakery, a vegetable shop, a post office, a restaurant and a general store.
The nearest bigger village Appiano Gentile - where Inter Milan train! - is 3 Km away, and has various supermarkets, restaurants etc.
The nearest town is Como, 17 Km away.
One of the must do for your holiday is to go and have a drink at the Villa d'Este hotel in Cernobbio. It is a 20 minutes drive from home and the most expensive cocktail you'll ever have, probably, but the Villa is fabulous, the lake view breathtaking and the delicious and generous snacks they bring you with your always perfect drink mean that you won't need any dinner.
In Como you can hop on a modern small ferry or in an old wheel ferry and do a tour of the lake. There are dozens of amazing villas to see, mostly you will be told about George Clooney's property or Gucci's, but ask your driver to show you the villa of Pliny the Younger, the oldest on the shores, and the beautiful villa del Balbianello.
In Milan, go to Brera, there is the most beautiful Mantegna painting of the deposed Christ, among lots of other paintings, and then walk along Via Brera until you get to Piazza della Scala and through the Galleria into Piazza del Duomo. It is a lovely walk and you will see some of the best bits of Milan. In Brera there is a Bar called Bar Giamaica which used to be the artists' meeting place. It's still a fun place to go to, quite scruffily unitalian and fun.
For families with children, there are a number of Theme parks in the area, from tree climbing and walking to the famous California Water Park, just across the border in Chiasso (20 min drive) to name just a couple.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: 30% deposit required at time of booking. Full payment must be received 2 weeks prior to occupancy. A deposit of £600 will be required and refunded if no breakages have occurred. Changeover Day: Changeover days are flexible, preferred day is Friday. The caretaker generally is off from 2 pm on Saturday to Monday morning, but can be flexible too.