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Romantic Lake Como Cottage with Breathtaking 180-degree Lake View

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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About the property

Independent, lovely garden, in quaint historic village, central

This cottage was built from scratch just a few years ago, repurposing original stone from the ruins of a pre-existing Roman building. Views are stunning.

The garden on the ground floor is ideal for rest and relaxation. Two long chairs with padded cushions are provided.

The first floor, with stone tile flooring and exposed wood beams, has a living area with a cushioned bench (which can double as a bed for 1 person), a full kitchen with 4 knobs, an oven, an a stainless steel counter, and a large terrace. An outdoor table can be set up on the terrace for al-fresco dining.

The second floor has hard-wood flooring, slanted wood-beamed cathedral ceiling, and a large French window opening onto a cute little terrace. There is one bedroom with an Italian "matrimoniale" bed (in between queen and king size, 163 cm/64"), and a bathroom with a bidet and shower.

There is no private parking at the property, but the little town has plenty of free public parking throughout. Depending on the time of day you may find one very close to the house, or a short walk away, at most a few hundred yards.

Regarding food / dining, Brienno is a lovely place, but it is a very small town - it only has a great pizzeria and a gorgeous upscale restaurant. However, in the town next door, Argegno (3 km) there is a lovely bakery, a small fruit/vegetable store, and a small salumeria (salami, prosciutto, copa, etc). In terms of large supermarkets, we recommend the Bennet supermarket (in Como, near Cernobbio - about a 10-15 minute drive from Brienno), which carries both local and regional Italian ingredients - great quality and prices. There is also a large covered market in the center of Como ( as well as many other specialized vendors nearby (butchers, cheesemongers, wine stores, etc) if you want the fully 'authentic' experience. It's about 20-25 minutes away.

On the opposite direction, there is another good mid-sized supermarket in Lenno, about 7 minutes away.

We have compiled a thorough list with many restaurant recommendations in the area, feel free to ask if you are interested.

The Milan airports are both 40 min away. It is very close to Laglio (George Clooney's Villa) and to Cernobbio, with their fine restaurants.

Boat-tours stop at the world-famous villas and their botanical gardens.

Day trips to Como and Milan with their art and culture, restaurants, and shopping (designer outlets, silk scarves and ties) are a must.

Feel free to ask us about many fun, exciting activities in the area.

Carmen is a licensed tour guide for Lake Como, she will be happy to share ideas with you.

Please note that our prices already include 24% tax. No extra fees.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Carmen

Hi, welcome to our beloved Chalet Lilia!

I am Lilia, the owner. I now live in Manhattan, but I was born and raised in beautiful , romantic Como.

I want you to know that cottage was a labor of love. My Mom found the property while hiking on the Lake, and it was just a ruin, with the single most magnificent view she had ever seen. My Dad and I, an couple of years later, designed every inch of a dream cottage we had in mind. Within a year, it was built. We followed the process day and night throughout. For several years we spent week-ends and holidays there. I actually lived there full time for one full year in 2003. Then I married a handsome Canadian man, and I moved to America; my beloved Dad passed away, and my Mom continues to keep the cottage alive by sharing it with visitors from all over the world.

Carmen purchased this house in 1996

Why Carmen chose Brienno

You will love every minute of your vacation here. Very few other places offer you a stand-alone mini-villa, perfect for a couple, not within a larger complex or apartment building. It was conceived to be used as our own holiday home, not a rental property - we put love and care into every little detail.

The spectacular views speak for themselves - you will never want to leave.

It is a perfect starting point or base for hikes, shopping trips, and many many unforgettable adventures on the lake

What makes this house unique

The views are by far the best asset of this little gem.

The garden is priceless.

Being able to sip you morning coffee of read a book on one of the two terraces is priceless.

If you are into cooking, you have a full kitchen at your disposal.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house at Brienno at Province of Como

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, toilet, bidet and sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen-sized bed. A cushioned bench on the first floor can double as a bed for 1 person. A cot for a child can be arranged.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Outside: The garden is an ideal place for sunbathing and relaxing, there are wood folding chairs provided, 1 sunbed/lounger with thick padded cushioning and 2 tree-trunk outdoor benches. We also provide: - Two cushioned lounge chairs to relax in the garden. - A wood outdoor table for dinner on the terrace or in the garden. - 3 cushioned wood folding chairs to go with the outdoor table - 2 wood armchairs for the upstairs balcony - A bench for the main terrace or the garden Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed every week.


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Romantic Lake Como Cottage with Breathtaking 180-degree Lake View
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Excellent holiday

  • 5 of 5

Overall, our 2 week stay at Chalet Lilia was excellent. Carmen went out of her way to help us after our late arrival, and this was very much appreciated. The chalet was very clean and matched it's description to a T. The 82 steps deserve a mention and are not for the faint hearted. Not having a designated parking place was a worry beforehand but this along with the steps proved not to be a problem for 2 relatively fit fifty somethings. The views from the chalet, and the lake and its surrounding quaint villages are stunning, best viewed on foot or from the water. We enjoyed Tremezzo, Varenna, Bellagio and Como itself. Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbinello are worth a visit, and a boat trip on the lake is a must. Day trips by train from Como to Milan and Bergamo were undertaken and enjoyed. This was fairly easy to organize and the prices very reasonable, with ALL trains clean, air conditioned and on time. We used the car to tour the lakeside and the surrounding mountainous areas - a coffee and stroll along the front at Porlezza, and the views of lake Lugano from Lanzo d'Intelvi were worth the effort. Downside - no village shop and the mozzies - but the mosquitoes have to be expected next to a lake. However, in saying this, the peace, tranquility, weather, views and friendly neighbours more than made up for any shortcomings. Diolch yn fawr (Molto grazie) Carmen!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding views, comfortable accommodation

  • 5 of 5

It really is as good as it looks! After a two week stay with mixed weather we enjoyed lounging in shade in the garden, eating on the balcony and gazing at the ferries, sea planes, stars and the ever changing view. Lots to do nearby and Switzerland only a zip across an interesting hill road! Carmen was a delightful and most helpful host. Internet access most useful. Truly relaxing but renting a boat, swimming in the lake, exploring in the hills above Pigra the area offers endless possibilities and Chalet Lilia offers a most comfortable, thoughtfully designed base. We intend to return.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we are waiting for you dear Alison and husband! I deeply appreciated your kindness and enthusiasm. It is a joy for us to have such nice guests! Come back as soon as possible. I spoke to my daughter describing how pleasant persons you two are and she was really happy in hearing how much you enjoyed your stay. So dear, receive a big huh from Carmen an Lilia
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Lovely peaceful place with amazing view

  • 4 of 5

The house is cute and cozy but the best about it is the view from the balcony and garden. We had a wonderful stay due to the peaceful atmosphere (not crowded with tourists but rather inhabited by elderly taking care of their buitiful gardens and balconies). We cycled around and enjoyed a drink or bite in Bellagio, Memaggio and some of the other places at the lake. The host Carmen was very accommodating and nice. The place was clean and everything was as described. It might not be the most fancy place in terms of equipment and furniture but that's not what we came for anyway. The BBQ worked fine and we enjoyed the evenings when we could see the colours of the lake and villages change during sun set. We really recommend lake Como and this house in particular for all that like to have a peaceful place in a beautiful setting of the lake surrounded by old authentic villages.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La dolce Vita!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old chalet in the heart of old Brienno. You have to climb a lot of stairs to get to the chalet, but once you're there, the view is awesome! It is very well located in relation to other Villas and Bellagio is just 10 minutes with the ferry from another village close by. Host was very helpful and gave us a loy of information on the village. Overall a pleasant stay. Will rent again. Many thanks

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sehr romantisch und ruhig gelegen!

  • 5 of 5

Genau das, was ich mir vorgestellt habe. Ganz ruhig gelegen, toller Ausblick, sehr klein und niedlich und extrem gemütlich. Ein Wanderweg beginnt direkt neben dem Haus. Allerdings nichts für Schwache! Etliche Stufen führen den Berg hinauf. Nicht zu empfehlen für Paare die abendlich ihr Fernsehprogramm genießen wollen ;-).

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Owners went above and beyond

  • 5 of 5

This was a sweet little getaway with a wonderful view, and the owners are lovely.

The apartment itself is on two stories. It is quite compact - on the bottom, a little kitchen, table and sitting bench behind the table, which doubles as somewhere to sleep. On the top is a airy bedroom and the bathroom. Outside is a balcony and there is a garden below. The views are fantastic. As a note for anyone with small children - you will have to keep an eye on them outside as the railings have gaps that kiddies could easily pass through. It felt very private and quiet (except for the standard church bells).

The apartment is up a large set of stairs from the street, so be prepared to lift your luggage. There is generally parking in the village below - there was only one time we could not find parking during a week's stay (Saturday night). The location is convenient - a pretty short drive to the bigger towns that have more of the attractions. Wifi is extra.

The owners were great. We left a wallet behind and they made a heroic effort to try to return it to us - eventually mailing some contents to North America!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Milan Malepensa
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Carmen, the property manager, is a licensed tour guide for the Lake Como area. She will be glad to provide you with insider tips on what to visit when she checks you in, or at any time.

Also, if you want to hire her, she is available for custom tours tailored to your needs and interests. Special discounted price for our guests.


The lovely lake beach is 100 metres away.

Also, there is a brand new award-winning new public large sunbathing deck with direct access to the lake for swimming 200 m away.


Both Malpensa and Linate are conveniently located.

After you land, the easiest option to get to Brienno is always to rent a car at the airport. For both airports, it will be

approximately 40 minutes on the motorway, and then after the "Como Nord" exit, only 20 minutes on a very picturesque road alongside Lake Como.

You will also find that having a car is very convenient for

day trips.


The cottage in the heart of the village of Brienno. It is 100 metres away just because it is high up, and you have to walk down the steps. But the village will be right at you feet.

Further Details:

Within a 2 km drive you can reach the village of Argegno with stores, shops, restaurants, ferry, bank and pharmacy.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house at Brienno, Como - Lecco

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 1
2 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
France Special
14 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2
16 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 3 - 2018
8 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £43.7

Our rates already include taxes (24%)

The owner does not require a damage deposit as the majority of guests treat the property respectfully. The Guests shall be liable for all damages caused during their occupancy. Reasonable and documented cost of repairs and/or replacement, as well as extra cleaning, and any attorney's fees and costs, if incurred in the collection will be reimbursed by the Guest. An invoice will be sent, to be settled within a maximum of 30 days.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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