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Stone Villa Set In Lovely Gardens On Hillside Above Lake Como With Stunning View

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Parking


About the property

Villa on lake hillside between Varenna and Bellano, Lake Como, Italy - 5 Mins By Car From Villages With Restaurants, Shops, Ferry, Station Etc

Set in terraced gardens with balcony, terrace with BBQ, orchard and wood. Perfect for mountain walking and exploring Lake Como or just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful views. Nearest airports Milan Linate or Bergamo, both 1.5 hours away by car. Train stations in both Varenna and Bellano. House not suitable for those with stair climbing difficulties as it is reached by an uphill path and steps. Not suitable for very young children as garden is terraced. The lake ferries are a great way to explore. For walkers there is an old silk route pathway on hillside above the house running all along the lake.

Kate Merriweather
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2017

About Kate Merriweather

We are now retired, so together with family and friends are able to stay at the house several times during the year. I think we have now been there at every season of the year and each has it own pleasures.

It's been fun trying to learn Italian and although I'll never be fluent the local people seem to appreciate our efforts. My latest howler was to ask our local hardware shop for condoms instead of varnish for the walls of our summer house! Of course all young Italians speak excellent English.

Kate Merriweather purchased this house in 2002

Why Kate Merriweather chose Province of Lecco

Nine years ago I was able to realise my dream of buying a little house among the mountains and lakes of Italy. Since then it has given huge pleasure to family, friends and guests renting it for holiday. For us it is an idea spot as we sail, ski and mountain walk. It has good access to 3 airports: Milan Orio di Serio 70k (best I think), Milan Linate 80K and Milan Malpensa 80k. There is also a railway station in Bellano and ferry stops. There is also a good superstrada from Milan, tunneling through the mountains.

What makes this house unique

We have wonderful views over the lake and lots of outside relaxing space to enjoy the views: a BBQ terrace with dining space, a balcony form the sitting room looking on to the lake and a kitchen terrace for eating breakfast and facing westward for sunset gazing. I love my garden here and enjoy pottering around. We have about 12 terraces of garden and woodland climbing up the mountainside. The mountain pathway system (sentieri) can be approached from a path near the side of the house. We walk for miles along these pathways, finding villages, restaurants, old churches. Two years ago a new open air swimming pool and jacuzzi opened on the lakeside in Bellano.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Can be supplied on request.

Last year we had honeymooners who were ecsatic about Casa Kate, as well as happy returning guests and satisfied newcomers.
Mar 2008
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Milan Bergamo
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bellan,. Gittano, Varenna
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Above Bellano through mountains
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Basio, Madesimo,
Nearest Beach
5 minutes walk at Gittana

Special interest holidays:

A local restaurant in the village up the hill behind the house runs cookery courses and we can put you in touch. Previous guests have really enjoyed this.


Small beach with good swimming 6 mins walk away (free). Newly opened lido with beach, pool and jacuzzi, bar, swimming platform etc 5 mins by car. (chargable). on lakeside in Bellano. Free lakeside beaches in Dervio (next village) and Lierna. Lovely lakeside walks in Bellano and Varenna.


Nearest airport Milan Linate and Bergamo. 1.5 hours drive away. Car hire recommended. It is also possible to arrive by train, but you would need to get a taxi (luggage) from the station 2km away. Both airports run a link bus to Milan central station.

A car is recommended for easy access to villages and , mountains and ferry.


Varenna 4km. Bellano 2km. Many places of interest eg Bellagio, Menaggio, Como, Lecco, Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianella - all reached by local ferry. Great walking in mountains, good trails marked.

Excellent skiing at Madesimo, and Barsio

Further Details:

Fantastic area from which to visit famous gardens of the area. Villa Balbienella, Villa Carlotta, Monesterio in Varenna.

Two supermarkets and 2 banks in Bellano. Ferry stop. Beneath the house, along side the lake road, there is a single track railway line and a station in Bellano, so it is easy to get to Milan.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Province of Lecco in Lombardy

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • beach
  • lake
  • mountain
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with WC and washbasin En suite with shower in bedroom 2 Bathroom with shower, bidet, washbasin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms with double beds (One room can be made into 2 single beds). En suite see below
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Not suitable for young children. No pets allowed. Wood burning stove. Electric heaters in all rooms. We have a new garage that guests can use. There is also additional parking in lay- by on lakeside road. Very beautiful position of house with wide views of mountains and lake. Outside: Lovely gardens overlooking lake with trees, shrubs, an orchard, terraced woods, lawn with sun loungers and a large terrace with BBQ and seating for eating out. Large summer house on top lawn Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and changed weekly. Property cleaned after each let. £50 charge for cleaning and laundering bed linen and towels, payable with final amount for house rental. Swimming towels not provided.


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Stone Villa Set In Lovely Gardens On Hillside Above Lake Como With Stunning View
average rating of 3.5 based on 3 reviews

Lovely base for exploring area

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Well-equipped holiday house on three separate levels, right next to Lake Como and with easy access to lovely hillside walks to Bellano in one direction and Verena in the other. Close to lakeside beach with small beach bar and safe swimming. Bellano is 5 minute drive (property has own garage) for morning cappuccino, delicious bakery, weekly market and evening lakeside stroll. Lake ferries run regularly from Bellano to Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzo etc. This is a great base to explore a beautiful area, full of history, wonderful walks and delicious food.

You don't step out of your car into the house, though, it's around 20 rustic steps up to the house from the road. We had beautiful views of snow-capped mountains across the lake from the terrace and balcony. You can hear the trains coming past - it's less than 1 hour into central Milan - but don't let that put you off. It's a great spot!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Casa Kate

  • 3 of 5

A stunning location overlooking Lake Como. The views from the balcony and terrace are wonderful and can be enjoyed in complete privacy. The house is well equipped and there is loads of space for two. We were surprised to find that the bedroom could only be accessed via an external staircase. Not so good in the rain and rather inconvenient having to lock the house up downstairs before retiring for the night. The garage along the road was brilliant for keeping the car safe and secure. The walk to the ferry takes about 30 minutes but there is no pavement for much of the way and there is a tunnel to negotiate.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Province of Lecco, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £52.17 + Tax

Booking Notes:
Contact us for a booking form. £200 due with booking. Remainder of payment to reach us 8 weeks prior to holiday. Keys and information/instructions will then be despatched by recorded delivery. Keys must be posted back immediately after the holiday also by recorded delivery.

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday but sometimes we can be more flexible.
Arrival after 3pm, Departure by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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