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A relaxing waterside holiday retreat - perfect for honeymoons

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Working fireplace, indoor kitchen, one double bedroom, 3 terraces, BBQ

From the road and town it would be easy to miss the villa as it sits alone against the mountain with only a single access gate to hint at what is behind. It is located off the shore road which is not open to through traffic and is therefore peaceful and quiet. Its position is both private and not overlooked with its terraces that enjoy sunshine and stunning, uninterrupted views across Lake Lugano.

The villa is ideal for those wishing to enjoy a relaxing waterside holiday with as much privacy as you could want but also close to the hustle and bustle of towns and the city to satisfy those days when you want to venture out. This property is also perfect for a two-center holiday when combined with a stay in Lake Como - experience the two very different aspects and lifestyles of the lakes.

Out and about: Being just meters from the gorgeous lakeside town of Porlezza you have no need for a car for every day living. There is a nearby marina from which to catch the ferry to the city of Lugano in nearby Switzerland and bus stops to Lugano and Menaggio. From Menaggio you can catch a ferry to Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo and of course Como either with a car or on foot.

Porlezza has many lovely bars, restaurants and a good selection of shops or you can simply sit by the lake and marina and soak up the ambiance, or take a walk through the maze of old Italian streets that twist and turn.

Lugano is located at one end of Lake Lugano, just across the border into Switzerland and no more than an hour from Lake Como by car or bus. The town centre is a sympathetic pastiche of new and old and is beautifully kept with many old cobbled streets playing host to some of the very finest shops in the region.

The property: The villetta is accessed from the shore road through a private wrought iron gate that provides total privacy from the odd passer by. Through the gate you go up a few stone steps onto the panoramic terrace that sits a few metres above the lake.

On the terrace there is more than ample space with table and chairs, sun beds and a hammock for those lazy sunny days and al fresco dining. This inside/outside terrace truly is a haven of intimacy with incredible views of the surrounding shore and lake. From here you can access another terrace housing the outdoor kitchen and BBQ which is directly in front of the door to the apartment itself. The cool stone walls, lapping water and shade will make you feel like you are a million miles from the city.

The property (continued): Into the apartment itself though the thick wooden doors you enter the open living and dining area which is furnished with traditional Italian furniture and modern appliances that ensure you will not want for anything. The entire apartment is dominated by the hewn rock face of the mountain which ensures the villetta stays cool in summer and warm in the winter. There are panoramic lake views from the windows and another small private terrace located just off the kitchen area. The floors are in solid stone and the decor is simple yet contemporary, combining old and new with arm chairs set in front of the working log fire. There is also a dining table and chairs for those evenings when you prefer to dine in.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Polish
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Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

3 Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Quirky stone villa in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 5 day stay - the villa is built out of stone into the cliff face on a quiet road right next to the lake. It was a flexible space and as the weather heated up we were able to use different parts of the terrace with the lake view always dominating. There is a small supermarket a few minutes walk up the main road that has everything you might need, and a lovely bakery nearby. Later in the afternoon after about 4pm the shops open in the small narrow streets of Porlezza with a good butchers, food and gift shops. It is a small quiet area but with a bit of perseverance we found bike hire (Zizzi Autos at Piano after 3pm) and boat hire (Gobbi boats at Cima) and swam in the lake. It was a little tricky without a car but the C12 bus is very cheap, around 4 euros to Lugano, For less than 2 euros you can get the bus to the beautiful wildlife reserve and lake Piano. There were mosquitos in the evening but the main building of the villa has special window and door screens. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful holiday home, perfect for couples.

  • 5 of 5

We can't rate this gorgeous little escape highly enough! The photos, although lovely, didn't quite prepare us for how beautiful the house and location were. Facilities were perfect and we made plenty of use of the outside kitchen and BBQ. The inside of the house was rustic and charming and had all that we needed.

The owner of the house met us on arrival and was more than helpful with any queries we had during the week of our stay. There are plenty of restaurants to try, some within walking distance and others by car or bus. We found the local transport perfect for some of our days out. And it's very easy to hire a boat for a couple of hours to take in the amazing landscape and swim in the beautiful Lake. (Gobbies-boat hire, within walking distance in the next village along towards Lugano).

We would highly recommend staying in this gorgeous little retreat. Perfect for couples or honeymooners....! And thank you Rosalina for all of your advice and time, we really would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Bagia and truly hope to host you again in the future.
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Beautiful, relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to spend a romantic wedding anniversary weekend at one of the italian lakes. We searched for a villa with a lot of character and how excited did we get when we found this villa built against the mountain. We liked the photos on the website but reality exceeded our expectations!

It is hidden in a very quiet location (no traffic or noisy neighbours) but only a two minute walk from cafes, restaurants and shops. We loved having breakfasts at the terrace as the view, overlooking the lake and the beautiful town of Porlezza, is simply breathtaking.

The place was very clean and equipped with all the useful facilities (I always need an iron). The owners were most helpful and attentive, always happy to provide information and tips about places to visit and restaurants- they suggested we should eat in a restaurant on an island a short driving distance away and it was the most amazing experience!

The area has got a lot to offer. We love hiking so, being surrounded by mountains, it was a paradise for us. We also had a go playing golf.

Everything was just perfect- we had a wonderful time and a lovely anniversary, I hope we have a chance to return to Porlezza and stay in the villa again as we are so in love with the place. I can't recommend it highly enough and suggested to my brother he should spend his honeymoon there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Weronika, It has been a pleasure hosting you and your husband and we are delighted that you had such a great time in Porlezza. Thanks for taking the time to post your review, it is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best, Villa Bagia
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Milan at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Italia at 600 Metres Nearest Ferry : Lake Lugano at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Cadenabbia at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lugano at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lugano at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Porlezza at 600 Metres Nearest Ski : St Moritz at 150 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lake Lugano at 3 Metres Car: not necessary

A relaxing waterside holiday retreat - perfect for honeymoons. Sleeping up to three people. Living/dining area with working fire, indoor kitchen, one double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower, three private terraces, outdoor kitchen and BBQ.

The gorgeous and romantic villa lies discreetly on the shores of the lovely lakeside town of Porlezza on the north-eastern section of Lake Lugano on the Italian side. Just 15 minutes from the cosmopolitan Swiss city of Lugano and 20 minutes from the bustling town of Menaggio on Lake Como with its easy access to Bellagio, Tremezzo and Como itself.

Golf: The Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, the second oldest Golf Club in Italy represents British tradition at its best. Overlooking Lake Como, it is a course combining old-world values with a heritage of golfing culture. The elevated position of the course provides splendid views in all directions.

Ski: Bormio, Madesimo, Livigno, St Moritz are a short drive away.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter low
7 Jan 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Spring high
30 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Summer super high
24 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
autumn high
1 Sep 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Low autumn
16 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £173
Cleaning fee £104

A deposit of 50% is payable once we have confirmed your booking.
This can be paid by Visa, MasterCard or bank transfer.
The balance is then payable one month before arrival, by Visa, MasterCard or bank transfer.
A cash deposit to cover breakages will be collected/returned by the owner on arrival/departure. The amount will be confirmed in your arrival pack.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 27-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Cot
  • 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and possibility to accommodate a cot in the dining room.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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