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True Lakefront Property, Beautiful Gardens, 4km Lakefront Path, Restaurants

Overview

Property

Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Holiday Home in San Vito, Nr. Menaggio - Relax Amidst Specimen Gardens, Lakefront Charm and Stunning Panoramic Views

The Dreamer's House (Villa Sognatore, independent on 3 sides) is a true lakefront property located 10km north of Menaggio on the renowned 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 in front of the property, giving the guest access to restaurants, shopping, ferry stops and the lakeside villages of San Vito, Pianello del Lario and charming Musso and its port. A separated guest house with the 3rd bedroom/WC is included. Famous villas, sites, shopping, dining, tourist information, golf and more are a 10-15 min drive to the famed central lake area. Trips to St. Moritz, Lugano, Milan, Verona and even Venice can be done in one day.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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 15+ years experience visiting Lake Como, plus our regional dining guide, excerpts taken from the Michelin Red Guide to Italy.

Speaks English, German, Italian, some Spanish and French understanding

Guestbook comments from the manager

A belated review but I wanted to post my thanks for such a lovely holiday. Every need was met (with the only exception of no air con which is needed during the night). The lake house was comfortable, clean and had every modern convenience you need. The hosts communication was wonderful and friendly and always got back to me quickly.



Upon arrival you can pretty much lock the front door and not open again till you leave. Situated perfectly on the lake shore (in fact the pontoon is situated over the lake), you are able to walk out of the garden, onto the pontoon and then walk the lakeshore. Go right and you can reach a couple of restaurants in less than 5 minutes. You can catch a bus from here into Menaggio. Go left from the house, again follow the shore line and within 15 minutes stroll you have access to more restaurants and shops.



Overall, a dream of a holiday was had. Thank you Tim & Corina.
Oct 2015
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4 Reviews

4.3
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Littleton, Colorado
5

Dreamers House return in '16

  • 5 of 5

Location on the lake is spectacular! Views are without match. The house is well maintained and within walking distance of hotel restaurants and cozy bistros to the north. We cooked a lot and were thankful for a very well equipped kitchen. Even included a crepe pan! Tim and Corina are gracious and caring hosts, even helping us plan travel strategies to local attractions and restaurants. Love this place. We have spent 3 weeks there in the last 2 years and will return in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to read the satisfaction of these returning guests, whom we were ready to help with local suggestions, recommendations and tips based on our 16+ years of visiting Lake Como. The Dreamers' House is our ONLY rental property so we can offer personalized help such as this. Nice to hear about the well-equipped kitchen and there is always something more to provide. You are welcome back anytime !
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5

An amazing house in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything & more! It read well on the website and we were not disappointed. Our only disappointment was we should have stayed longer.!

The owners Tim & Corina could not have been more helpful with very comprehensive information about the house, places to eat, places to shop, places to see, information on activities etc.

The house was very well equipped for our 2 week stay which included a well set up kitchen for some home cooking, comfortable sunbeds for the back yard.

The location is amazing! The lake is basically your backyard where we swam most days. There is a fabulous 4 km boardwalk out the back gate with lots of bars & restaurants. We discovered a great bar/restaurant called the Verandah which was a 10 minute walk towards Pianello. It is great for coffee & croissants in the morning and a great spot for a glass of wine in the evening.

I would recommend having a car do you can take full advantage of the area.

I would happily recommend this house. We will certainly be telling our friends in Australia about it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased to read such great feedback. The 4km lakefront path is truly unique in the area and gorgeous to walk along, firstly to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of Lake Como and its unique landscape, but also to relax in several nice restaurants and cafes. Happy to also read that our 12 years in the business helps us anticipate what our guests need in the house, as well as helps them enjoy the area by taking advantage of our local knowledge.
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ringwood
2

inaccuracies

  • 2 of 5

Firstly we must say that the property does have fine views and a lakefront location as described.

Unfortunately it is also described as a "villa" - it is actually a semi detached apartment with overlooked grounds - there is no privacy. The bedrooms are particularly small, one being more realistically a cupboard under the stairs. The mini casa is like a converted garage with a toilet just separated by a curtain from the bed.

We were 2 persons and I think if the stated maximum of 7 guests were staying in the property they would find it most uncomfortable and crowded.

The general standard of fixtures and fittings is fairly poor - electrical sockets loose on the wall, cracked basin, detached toilet seat and kitchen rather tired.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review allows us to restate our transparent approach with all prospective guests, exactly to avoid any “inaccuracies,” a charge we firmly reject: We send all prospective guests our rental terms and conditions which clearly state "The house shares a common wall and is immediately adjacent to another vacation house . . . " Included is a map of the exterior of the property clearly showing property lines, gardens, neighboring gardens etc. Why this guest chose to ignore this information and our pictures on Owners Direct and our own website (please see link) is beyond us. Guests can enjoy PRIVACY from two large, covered terraces facing the lake and mountains, or relax on sun loungers on the grassy, protected lakefront yard (again, please see pictures). We have three main bedrooms and a FOURTH small room which contains the 7th bed, a crib, and windows – please see website description. We NEVER call that a bedroom. It is an extra room used only for a 7th person and/or an infant. The Minicasa is steps from the lake and has the largest of the 3 bedrooms. The bedroom is separated from the bathroom with a WALL, and a small curtain across the door (please see pictures). We have hosted over 1,500 guests in 10+ years of successful renting, all on Owners Direct, where we specialize in hosting LARGE 4+ person groups. The house fixtures and fittings are all detailed in our pictures and the kitchen features new ceramic cook surface, refrigerator and a well-equipped eat-in island. We respect the opinion of all guests who stay in our house, but we do not accept false statements in unverified reviews. Our guest book (see own website) is filled with years of great living, memories and emotions, and it is these wonderful moments that we invite you to experience at the Dreamers’ House !
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Waterbury Center, VT
5

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dreamer's House. The location was perfect for us and the 50 steps were NO deterrent, even for my wife with her bad knee and newish hip. There were 6 of us and it was a bit inconvenient to have one couple have to walk through one of the two double bedrooms for access to the house from the stand alone bedroom/bathroom. Since I had specified that we would be 2 couples and 2 singles, we were surprised that the three double rooms were made up and that the single room was not, but we rearranged the bedding and all went well. The house is great and we would certainly return. The water was great, cool but really great swimming, even in mid-Sept.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Willie, so glad to hear that you and your party really enjoyed the Dreamers' House. The 50 steps are a lot, but are also the thing that provides good separation of the house and the lakefront garden from the local road well above the property, which makes for all the peace and tranquility at the house and on our lakefront. Great that you were able to swim in mid-September ! Actually, there are two ways to reach the house from the minicasa (the stand alone bedroom/bathroom) without going through one of the bedrooms: one is by going through the cantina, and the other is by walking along a passage between the house and the minicasa. Both will take you to the rock garden and a stairway to the main door of the house. Thanks for the 5 stars and hope to see you again soon at the Dreamers' House !
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Location

Musso
"very charming small port"
Iperal
Pizzeria Lumin
"much more than a pizzeria, very casual, great position and views, parking garage, very frien..."
Veranda Beach Cafe
"Great happy hour on roof garden with a view"
Panificio Livraghi Bruno
"Behind the main bar in pianello, delicious, local bakery with artisian breads"
Conad City
Menaggio
"Upscale resort village with connections via ferry, bus, taxi and boat to the entire central ..."
Cafe' Del Pess
"Centrally located, great drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, snacks, friendly service, ..."
Macelleria Gandola (S.N.C.)
"wonderful spot to put together the perfect gourmet plate of cheeses, sliced meats, olives, I..."
Decio Enrico
"Elegant home interior goods"
Ristorante La Baia
"Regional dining institution, wonderful atmosphere, great wine list, a consistent favorite of..."
Il Gatto Nero
"one of the nicest, most upscale restaurants on Lake Como"
Osteria Del Gallo
"simply the best, local restaurant, with continuous hours all day, also great wine, friendly ..."
Il Portovino
"Arguably the best wine store (for on or off premise consumption) on Lake Como, which also of..."
Gravedona
"fairly large town in northern lake area with a nice lungo lago to walk along or eat along !"
Mistral
"the only Michelin star restaurant on Lake Como"
Pizzeria Lugano Ristorante - Bar
"Sit down or takeaway long-standing pizzeria in Menaggio"
Lugano
"Elegant, upscale southern Swiss city with an elegant old city center "
Lenno
"Jewel of a small old fishing village right on the lake shore"
Varenna
"Another jewel on the lake front across from Menaggio"
Tremezzo
"Jewel of a town with lots to explore and discover"
Greenway del Lago
"A 10-km walkway along the lake for the most part, but not always. Prepare to also climb hil..."
Trattoria Baita Belvedere
"Not at all easy to find (located at the end of a pot-hole filled farmers road through the wo..."
Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta
"highly rated, also by the Michelin Guide (one knife/fork), with a wonderful terrace, wine li..."
Cadenabbia di Griante
"Nice Lido with pool on the lakefront. some pizzerias. Great ferry service to Bellagio in su..."
Nobiallo
"smaller town next to Menaggio, good port for boating, and a few budget hotels. There is a wa..."
Enoteca Castiglioni
"Best delicatessen in Como Citta Muratta. Small restaurant with delicious little dishes white..."
FoxTown Factory Stores
"Do not buy your luxury goods in regular stores before visiting this 200+ outlet mall, very m..."
Gandria
"This is the ancient hideaway of the "pirates" of Lake Lugano, now transformed into a quaint ..."
Silvaplana
"Known more for skiing, but an absolutely beautifully preserved natural area before St. Morit..."
Plaun da Lej
"very nice place for a view with a great fish restaurant, right before St. Moritz on a beauti..."
Ticino and Lake Lugano
"Wonderful. The sunny side of Switzerland."
Bellinzona
Milan
"An often overlooked city of Italy, but filled with wonderful culture, design, food and fun. ..."
Rifugio Menaggio
"Unforgettable views. Additional trails up or around Mt. Grona. One can drive all the way up ..."
Ristorante La Baia
"Regional dining institution, wonderful atmosphere, great wine list, a consistent favorite of..."
Lido Menaggio
"Recently renovated, this complex offers swimming either in a pool or in the lake, and now in..."
Lake Como
"Unique and wonderful corner of the world, where tourists have been coming for over 2,000 yea..."

From the Owner

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).

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan Malpensa at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : San Vito at 400 Metres Nearest Ferry : Menaggio at 10 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Menaggio & Cadenabbia at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Varenna at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Baia - San Vito at 400 Metres Nearest Ski : Madesimo at 60 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Front Yard or San Vito at 0.1 Metres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We provide each guest with a "regional dining guide" based on the Michelin Red Guide and translated into English, to enable a "gourmet" experience in and around the Lake.

Coast/Beach:

Lake Como is an extension of the front yard. Public and private beaches/lido's, including swimming pools, are in every village around the lake. Closest ones are in Menaggio, Cadenabbia and Lenno. Boat buoy available in front of house - ask for rental details.

Travel:

Car hire is strongly recommended. Bergamo Airport (Ryan Air) is 2 hours by car. Milano Malpensa or Linate are both approximately 90km/1.5 hr. by car.

Distances:

By Car: Villa Carlotta-Tremezzo 20 minutes, Varenna and Bellagio 30 minutes via ferry, Colico 45 minutes, Como 1 hr, Lugano 1 hr, Milan city center 1.5 hr, Milan Malpensa/Linate airports 1.5 hrs, Bergamo 2 hrs, Saint Moritz 2 hrs, Verona 3 hrs, Venice 3.5 hrs, and Florence 4 hrs. The nearest transportation hub is Menaggio, a fashionable resort in the central lake, with boat & bus connections throughout the region.

Further Details:

There are three restaurants within walking distance of the house: La Baia (casual restaurant) and Lumin (pizzeria and fresh bread in the morning). Both are located on the waters edge in San Vito, and can be reached by a short walk along a new footpath on the lakefront. It is possible to walk to Pianello along the lake road, where within 15 mins. you can find a decent small grocery store and the best family run bakery around. There is also a 3rd dining option Veranda Beach Cafe on the beach in Pianello. There is a full Spa and Fitness facility (exercise equipment, treadmills, aerobics, steppers, steam sauna, heat sauna, jet shower, tanning bed, facial/body/exclusive treatments, massages, pedicures/manicures etc.) in nearby Bellagio that includes a tennis and squash court. Please contact us for more details.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season Fall
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£542
for 3 nights
From
£147
£1,026
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£740
for 4 nights
From
£160
£1,110
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Off Season
4 Jan 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£542
for 3 nights
From
£147
£1,026
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Spring
25 Feb 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£631
for 3 nights
From
£177
£1,152
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Full Bloom
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£643
for 3 nights
From
£181
£1,194
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Pre-Peak
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,362
for 7 nights
£1,362
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,774
for 7 nights
£1,774
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Perfect September
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,362
for 7 nights
£1,362
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£643
for 3 nights
From
£181
£1,194
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Off Season
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£542
for 3 nights
From
£147
£1,026
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£900
for 5 nights
From
£160
£1,110
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£656
for 3 nights
From
£185
£1,278
 

Additional pricing information

Final Housekeeping £101
Refundable Damage Deposit £294

Booking Notes:
50% of rental amount (euros or $) is due via bank transfer to confirm reservation and block calendar dates. The other 50% is due no later than 45 days prior to arrival. Full refund if cancellation is 45 or more days prior to arrival. No refund if cancellation is within the 45 days. A 350 Euro refundable security deposit is required and returned one week after departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays in Peak Season. Otherwise, flexible except on Sundays and Italian holidays. Departure time is 10:00am and key pickup time is between 3-7pm Mon-Fri with escort (after 7 without escort) and between 3-6pm Sat with escort (no escort after 6).

Notes on prices:
Prices shown in euros and include utilities, linens and starter kit. All rentals require 350 euros refundable security deposit. Please add 120 euros for final house keeping and 20 euros/night/extra person above 4 if applicable. One and two person groups please inquire about selective seasonal discounts. Optional 100 euro/week use of boat buoy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Savour the joys of lakefront living surrounded by beautiful gardens and 6 terraces to take in the wonderful and ever-changing scenery. Swim or boat from in front of your house. Walk to 1 great restaurant and 1 good pizzeria/trattoria in nearby San Vito. A third restaurant/cafe is located a short walk north on the beach in Pianello. Use the Dreamers' House as your base to explore the beautiful area. 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.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 120 m²

Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Double vanity and large shower, bidet, windows
  • MiniCasa WC - Toilet, Sink (cold water only), Mirror, toilet, window
  • Guest Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Mosaic bathroom, large shower, toilet, sink, towel warmer
  • Main bath with shower, wc, bidet and double vanity on bedroom floor. 2nd modern designer bathroom on top floor has large mosaic shower and towel warmer. 3rd bathroom is a wc only with sink (cold water only),toilet and vanity in Minicasa guest house.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • MiniCasa Guesthouse - 2 Single Bed, The two single beds can either be put together or separated
  • Master Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, The two single beds are together
  • Guest Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, The two single beds are together and form one bed
  • Small Room with Windows - 1 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, This is a small room that can sleep one adult and an infant
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bdrms + 4th room with 7th bed & crib) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have two single beds put together. The 4th "small room" is not a bedroom, but has a single bed for adult or child, a baby crib, an end table and lamp and windows.

Outside

  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The properties on the left and right (shared wall) of the house are vacation houses NOT rented by their owners. Therefore, the owner kindly requests that common courtesy is observed when these neighbours are present. Outside: Many Lake Como rental properties state it, but the Dreamers' House really IS right on the lakefront. In addition, you can actually swim or boat in the lake directly from the property, by using the private stairs leading directly from the lakefront garden into the lake. There are 300sqm of mature gardens with palm and specimen trees and flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals. The neighbours gardens are immediately adjoining these gardens, so the effect is a botanical paradise surrounding the property. Outdoor furniture, including a set of 6 sun chaise lounges, tables and stone picnic benches and chairs are located throughout the property. The property is entered through an electronic gate and includes a single, covered car parking space in the new carport. A buoy for boats floats 25 yards in front of the house on the lake and can be rented for an additional 100 euros/week. Boats can be rented from one of several services around the lake (please inquire). Utility Room: There is a storage room/floor with washing machine, dryer, ironing equipment and room to store guests own equipment, eg. bikes, boating equip., etc.. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and all bed linens included, one change per week provided. House is cleaned with each guest change, but can be hired for additional cleaning at 15 euro/hour. Other: New outdoor dining table and chairs on terrace for 6 person and sun loungers (4).

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