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Croce Amore - A perfect and luxurious romantic retreat!

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Dec-2016
2 Bedroom townhouse to sleep 4 in Menaggio with private jacuzzi & lake views

Nestled on the Menaggio hillside a beautiful two storey Villa is situated in a peaceful and elevated position.

This townhouse (ID 304) appeals to either an older family, couples travelling together or for an intimate holiday alone with a love one.

From reaching the Villa by a steep road and some stone steps a beautiful alpine rockery themed garden greets you, with a sunny and spacious Terrace with Dining table and chairs, and a stone BBQ. From the terrace you enter the property where a spacious luxurious granite top Kitchen awaits, with all the desired facilities such as a double refrigerator, fabulous hob with oven, flat screen TV, breakfast bar and more.

For those of you who need to keep in touch, wireless internet is offered in the property as well.

Leading from the kitchen a convenient and ultra-modern toilet is situated and also not forgetting one of the highlights of the property which is a light and luxuriously modern lake view living room, comprising 2 large leather cream sofas and equipped with a remote control operated fireplace, large wall mounted flat screen TV and DVD player. The atmosphere is effortlessly chic with a warm and inviting feel which makes the ideal place to relax and unwind with guests!

Sliding doors with electric blinds lead off from the living room to a breathtaking lake view garden with covered terrace which offers a very comfortable paved sofa area and a sunken Jacuzzi in the lawn which overlooks Bellagio and is the most fun way to spend a lazy summer’s day or even a romantic way to spend an evening with a glass of Prosecco!

An outdoors shower is also situated here to allow you to refresh whilst the Italian sun is out.

From the living area granite laid steps lead to a light and modern first floor which comprises the sleeping accommodation. The Villa provides 2 very private double bedroom suites, the master bedroom is very spacious and offers a large double bed, dressing area and a very contemporary en-suite bathroom with toilet, wash basin and a Sauna with steam shower to try!

Leading from the master bedroom a sunny lake balcony is situated where you can lay on one of the deckchairs to enjoy a good book as well as the romantic lake views which are truly breathtaking.

The second suite is situated on the same floor and offers a large double bed, a sunny lake view balcony with table and chairs to enjoy a morning coffee, and a beautiful en-suite wet room with all the desired additional sanitary ware.

Surrounding the Villa on one side is the alpine rockery garden which, after a short exploration up the winding path leads to a romantic lake view seating area.

There is a car parking area next to the Villa and a short drive down takes you to the world famous Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club and the lakeside town centre of Menaggio, which offers all the desired amenities and services.

By booking this holiday home you will get free acces to the lido di Menaggio. The Lido di Menaggio has swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar/discotheque, a kids club, boat rentals, a sandy beach, kite surfing and various sportive activities to do.

Menaggio is about half way up the western side of Lago Como, an attractive and thriving town in the summer months and little more quiet in the winter! Accessible by car from Como at the south end of the lake, or Lugano in Switzerland, across the pass via Porlezza (340) above Menaggio but also by ferry from Bellagio and Varenna (where there is a train from Milan). The heart of the 'old' town gathered around Piazza Garibaldi close to Menaggio's harbour features mostly 19th century buildings in the Italian alpine style painted in muted tones. The higher part of the town has a more medieval aspect featuring narrow alleys, steep stairs and stone buildings. The old and 'new', the shops, restaurants, cafes, public squares and alleyways, the tree shaded lakeshore promenades bordered by flowers, and the well-kept villas form a wonderful and serene place to holiday.

Historically Significant: Historically this area was originally settled during the Bronze Age by the Gauls, but subsequently conquered by the Romans who established a defensive fort and colony where Menaggio now sits. The town was linked to by a major Roman highway, the Via Regina, to other parts of the Empire over the Alps and the Southern territories.

Because of Menaggios' strategic location on the Via Regina, during medieval times, Menaggio was surrounded by walls (remnants of which still exist),towers, castles and various other fortifications, which historians visit this region of Lake Como to explore.

Centuries later citizens of Menaggio were actively involved in a process (the Risorgimento) a process that in 1805 culminated in the annexation of the region of Lombardia by the Kingdom of Sardegna.

Menaggio - Activities: Crazy Golf in Menaggio, 7 km. Fitness trail in Loveno. Alpine mountain climbing is possible up to 3000m. In Chiavenna, a 30 minute drive away, you can hire a mountain guide. Skiing from cross-country to slalom is possible in 1700 m high St. Moritz. In Menaggio you can hire kayaks, motor boats, water skis and bicycles. There's also a swimming pool and tennis courts. Menaggio is a pleasant, lively town, with idyllic lanes, a bright piazza and outdoor cafes, a beautiful lakeside promenade lined by villas. It's an attraction for many at Lake Como. Culture: on the west shore of the lake around Tremezzo Villas, churches, monasteries, museums, castles and interesting monuments are waiting for you to be admired.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We really enjoyed seeing the Lake Como area.



The house Croce Amore was excellent, exactly as it had been described and perfect for us. It was very comfortable and well equipped; we like to cook on holiday, which is perhaps unusual, but it was great to have a really well equipped kitchen.



In particular the location was even better than we had anticipated, we loved being high up above the lake and the views from the garden and the bedroom terraces are fantastic. Although the house has neighbours it felt very private and we were not disturbed whatsoever.



We did all the obvious things! We rented a motorboat on the lake (twice!) which we really liked; there was little “traffic” on the lake and it was very relaxing to tour around and look at all the villas and the other sights from the water. We took the ferry across the lake and walked round Varenna and Bellagio which are both very pretty and enjoyable to visit. We visited Como, although most of the town is modern and not interesting, the old part of the town and the duomo are really worth seeing and we took the funicular up to Brunate which is also really worthwhile. We visited Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta – we thought that in both cases, although they are very different, both the villa itself and the gardens are fantastic and must be seen.



Our highlights were:

We hired racing bikes from Bici2000 in Lenno, they were great and we rode about 50km each day, up into the hills behind Menaggio, round the Val d’Intelvi, etc. Very strenuous (keen cyclists only), but extremely beautiful, and away from the lakeshore and the main routes, the roads are quiet and good to cycle.



Our best meal was at Trattoria de Bracconieri at Brunate, just below the funicular station, we chose it because it had a terrace with awesome views over Como, but then the food was excellent as well.



We discovered the Trombetta Express, the road train which runs all day between Menaggio and Lenno with numerous stops. It is by far the best way to travel along that stretch of lakeshore and visit Balbianello and Carlotta, you don’t have the stress of driving or parking and you can look at the scenery. You can get a day ticket and just hop on and off it really easily.



We enjoyed dealing with Happy Holiday Homes, including the staff in Menaggio, who were very helpful and friendly when we had questions. We would certainly use your company again.
Aug 2015
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan - Malpensa at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Menaggio at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Menaggio at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Varenna - Esino at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Autostrada E35 - 35km and Autostrada SS36 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Menaggio at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Splugen, Am Bach (Avers), Clusone (All Approx) at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Menaggio at 0.5 Kilometres Car: recommended

Menaggio is about half way up the western side of Lago Como, an attractive and thriving town in the summer months and little more quiet in the winter! Accessible by car from Como at the south end of the lake, or Lugano in Switzerland, across the pass via Porlezza (340) above Menaggio but also by ferry from Bellagio and Varenna (where there is a train from Milan). The heart of the 'old' town gathered around Piazza Garibaldi close to Menaggio's harbour features mostly 19th century buildings in the Italian alpine style painted in muted tones. The higher part of the town has a more medieval aspect featuring narrow alleys, steep stairs and stone buildings. The old and 'new', the shops, restaurants, cafes, public squares and alleyways, the tree shaded lakeshore promenades bordered by flowers, and the well-kept villas form a wonderful and serene place to holiday.

Other Activities: Boat Rentals/Charters, Canoeing/Kayaking, Float Plane/Helicopter, Public Villas & Gardens

Golf: There are Golf clubs around Lake Como: The Cadenabbia & Menaggio Golf Club and 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).

Ski: 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

Availability

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: €130 (7 days & less) & €160 (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.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • 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
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, En-suite with Sauna & Steam shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, En-suite Wet Room
  • En-suite Bathroom with toilet, wash basin and a Sauna with Steam shower to try! and a beautiful En-suite Wet room with all the desired additional sanitary ware.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The Villa provides 2 very private double bedroom suites, the master bedroom is very spacious and offers a large double bed, dressing area and a very contemporary en-suite bathroom with toilet, wash basin and a Sauna with steam shower to try! Leading from the master bedroom a sunny lake balcony is situated where you can lay on one of the deckchairs to enjoy a good book as well as the romantic lake views which are truly breathtaking. The second suite is situated on the same floor and offers a large double bed, a sunny lake view balcony with table and chairs to enjoy a morning coffee, and a beautiful en-suite wet room with all the desired additional sanitary ware.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Surrounding the Villa on one side is the alpine rockery garden which, after a short exploration up the winding path leads to a romantic lake view seating area. By booking this holiday home you will get free acces to the lido di Menaggio. The Lido di Menaggio has swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar/discotheque, a kids club, boat rentals, a sandy beach, kite surfing and various sportive activities to do.

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