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Charming independent stone house on Lake Como



Updated: 19-May-2016
Romantic getaway in Menaggio, Lake Como - Beautiful Terrace with Lake Views

A charming and irresistible independent and typical stone house, perfectly renovated, preserving tradition, located in Loveno, on Menaggio’s hills, just 1.5 km from the lake. A quiet and private position, with a little garden and a marvellous terrace overlooking the lake and the wood, where you can enjoy romantic dinners and lazy days in the sun. Come here to forget about the rest of the world! Relax and discover the beauty of Lake Como and its mountains. If you like to walk and hike, from the house you can start different trails, from easy to difficult. In the centre of Menaggio, that you can easily reach with a short drive or a 15 minutes walk, you can find all the facilities you need: shops, supermarkets, restaurants, coffee bars, internet points, banks, post office, public beach with swimming pool, lake promenade, ferry boat, bus station and many others. And if you need to connect with the rest of the world, use our free wi-fi internet.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

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6 Reviews

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Lovely cottage, lovely views, lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

What everyone else said! It's a lovely house, nicely decorated and clean. It's in a good location especially if you like walking as there is a 'starting point' for many trails nearby.

People mentioned the steep road to the cottage; it is steep and narrow, but to give a sense of proportion we managed to get a Mercedes E class up it, but had to do a '3 point turn' on one bend and there was not much room either side. As a large 50 year old I also needed a couple of stops on the walk back from Menaggio itself but there are seats all along the way and a water fountain in one small square so it was fine and I did it 4 times in the week. I'd say it took 25 mins to walk down, and 45 up with stops, but I'm overweight and unfit.

Deborah was very helpful, pleasant and speaks really good English. If like me you Google Earth destinations, there is now a house being built in the field next door by Deborah, but it is not overlooking the property and you still feel peaceful and away from it all.

We will be back in a couple of years when we're ready to return to the area. The views were stunning, garden pretty and facilities just what you need for a holiday for two.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I look forward to host you again at our cottage on Lake Como :-)
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Simple cottage with lovely views of Lake Como

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was up quite a steep hill but well worth it because the view over the lake was amazing. Everything we needed was there and the property was modern inside and extremely clean and tidy. The owner was very friendly and helpful and easy to contact. We walked to 2 restaurants nearby which were good and also the Osteria in the town which was excellent. We spent a very enjoyable and relaxing 2 weeks in this location, exploring the lake and villas around it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! I am happy you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and Menaggio! Hopefully see you again! Ciao, Deborah
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Excellent Lake Como Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb week in Italy by Lake Como. The cottage is as described and the owner, Deborah, is extremely helpful. I'd never booked through the internet before and the fact I was planning twelve days abroad made it all a bit daunting but everything went smoothly. Lago di Como itself is gorgeous, and the cottage is situated in Loveno above Menaggio. We walked every day down into Menaggio (it is steep but the views are worth it) and we found lots to do: hiking in the hills (the Refugio at Monte di Braglia is particularly recommended); ferry trip over to Varenna and Bellagio; just wandering around Menaggio (there's an historic walk that's worthwhile); and painting - the scenery is picture postcard worthy.

There is a local trattoria just a few minutes from the cottage - Vecchia Magnolia - that does good food, and everybody is friendly.

We will definitely be returning. Thanks Deborah.

(Alan and Lesley)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alan, dear Lesley, it was a pleasure to host you at my cottage! I hope to see you again next year! Ciao, Deborah
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Winchester, Hampshire

Menaggio Cottage overlooking Lake Como

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was quite spacious, perfect size for a couple, with a great view overlooking Lago di Como. The terrace was large enough to enjoy the fantastic weather comfortably and the parking arrangements gave us easy access into Menaggio. The walk into Menaggio was a very steep descent but great for a bit of a work out (and to counterbalance the fabulous gelato from the gelateries in Menaggio!). The drive immediately to and from the cottage was surprisingly steep but no problem once we got used to it.

The cottage is beautifully built and has a feel of old Italian charm with a modern twist. Deborah was really helpful and friendly, as was everyone we came across in Menaggio. There is loads to do in the area (we particularly enjoyed taking the ferry across the lake to other villages) but we spent quite a bit of time just relaxing at the cottage, cooking wonderful Italian food and gazing at the fabulous views from the terrace! It was absolutely perfect for our honeymoon and we would go back again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Craig! I hope to see you and Katie for your first wedding anniversary! ;-) CIAO! Deborah
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Lovely cottage, Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to the Italian Lakes and we could not have chosen a better place to stay. The description of the cottage is very accurate and the photos give a very good idea of what it looks like inside. But what the photos cannot do is show how truly wonderful the setting is and the wonderful view from the balcony. You can see the lake, the ferries criss crossing, the mountains, the little towns on the otherside and the woods all around. It's beautiful!

The balcony is large and sunny, plenty of room for sunbathing and outdoor meals, and simply enjoying the view with a glass of wine in hand.

The walk into Menaggio is about 20 mins down the hill past some lovely villas and houses. We did the walk several times in the evening, but always got a taxi back up the hill. This was no problem even for us who speak no Italian at all. There are lots of good restaurants in the town, we had several great meals in restaurants overlooking the lake. Menaggio also has plenty of shops, and a small but efficient supermarket.

It was an easy drive from Milan airport. The directions given were clear and concise. The welcome we got from Deborah was very friendly.

There is lots to do in the area. We hired a boat and whizzed about the lake for a couple of hours, visited some amazing villas and caught the regular ferries to and fro across the lake.

2 weeks really was not enough and we hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Helen for your accurate review, both for my cottage and Lake Como. It was a pleasure to host you! Hopefully see you again! Ciao from Menaggio!
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Lovely house, Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed here for a week having never visited lago di como. It was an easy drive 1.5 hour drive from Milano Malpensa and when we arrived we were made very welcome and given keys to a spectacular house in the hills, it's a 20 minute walk to the Menaggio square which is lovely. Many places to eat and drink plus a great little atmosphere of an evening. From the house there is plenty to do and we travelled around the lake, and also from Menaggio there are ferries and buses to all over the lake. The nearest beach or place to dry off after a swim is about 10-15 minute drive north of the lake towards Gravedona.

Highly recommend

Lovely owner

Beautiful house

Amazing place!


  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lara! It was lovely to host you and I hope to see you again! Ciao!
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Activity and Interests


Lake is 1.5 km away. In Menaggio and surrounding area there are different beaches, also a public beach with sand, one large swimming pool and a small one for kids.


Milan Malpensa Airport 80 km, Milan Linate Airport 90km, Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport 1 and a half hour drive, Lugano Agno Airport 45 minutes drive. Ferry and other public boats as well as busses in Menaggio's centre. Train station in Como or in Varenna, on the other side of the lake.


Como 35km.

Lugano (Switzerland) 25km.

Milan 80km.

Bellagio and Varenna 10-15 minutes by public boat.

Village centre 15 minutes walk downhill, a bit more going back!

Further Details:

Just few steps from the cottage there is the start point of many walk trails in the wood or along the river Senagra or going up towards the mountains.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £222
Service charge £89
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday, especially during high season. Please ask for different days.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros.
All prices include oil and electricity.
100 euro service charge to be paid locally upon arrival: it includes final cleaning, bed linen, bath towels and also tourist tax (Menaggio's municipality). Beach towels are not supplied.
250 euro refundable security deposit payable upon arrival.

A deposit of 30% of the rental fee is required to secure the booking, payable by bank transfer.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with toilet, sink and large shower.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Loft with wooden ceiling (maximum height 170cm!) with a king size bed. Possibility of a third bed (futon).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Parking: available just outside the house. The last 200 metres to reach the house are on a small road, with a couple of difficult curves: you need to be a bit experienced. If you prefer it is also possible to leave the car in another parking space, 200 metres from the house. Outside: South facing large terrace with garden furniture (table with chairs), allowing you to dine as the Italians do, 'alfresco'. Also available 2 sun beds to relax in the sun. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens and bath towels provided. The apartment is cleaned with each guest change (charged separately). Other: Extra large room (tavern) equipped with washing machine.

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