- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
Description from the owner
Sleeps 4/6. 2 bedroom stunning luxury apartment with breathtaking views of 'your own private' lake. Equipped with all the facilties you need to have a wonderful holiday. Only 5 mins walk to the enchanting village of Argegno, which has a ferry port to take you all over the lake. Enjoy La Dolce Vita.
This luxury apartment with breathtaking views is located only 400m from the beautiful lakeside village of Argegno with numerous bars, restaurants, shops and a busy passenger ferry port to take you all around the lake. A trip to the local panifico is a must, as is the local home made ice cream from Zoe's in the piazzo. Enjoy a morning espresso...Read more
Stunning property with 180 deg views of Lake Como
Argegno, Lombardy, Italy
Additional Location Information
The property is in a typical Italian house (three floors, each with a self-contained apartment) Ours is on the second floor, to reach it, you have to walk down about 20 steps.
It is located on a private road that is exclusively for the use of the residents in the house which is gated.There is one parking space on this lane for the apartment.
The property is located in the charming ancient fishing village of Argegno, only a 6 minute stroll from the lakeside.
There is a very safe pedestrian path taking you down the village centre through the heart of the village with narrow cobbled lanes and archways, past the local panifico with aromas of Louisa's freshly baked bread and leaving you in the middle of the Piazza where you can get fantastic ice cream made on the premises at Zoë’s.
The village has a small mini market to provide you with all the basics .
There is a bank with international cash machine, a small harbour with marina, fishing tackle shop, cable-car station ,to take you into the mountains to the village of Pigra where you can have the experience of Como from the sky.
The village has it own pebble beach with an adjoining pizzeria where you can hire sun loungers etc. or fish to your hearts content. There is a small food market in Argegno on Monday mornings where you can get fresh meat, fish veg and locally produced cheeses.
There are numerous small bars in the village and a fantastic selection of restaurants and snack bars and in the surrounding area .La Grillia 2km up in the hills overlooking the lake, is one of our favourites with great value, fantastic food and an amazing wine cellar in a beautiful rustic Italian setting.Café Colombo is a tiny beautiful wine bar in the corner of the square with Italian 'tapas' and snacks available all day and a great Happy Hour (Free antipasti )at night. La Piazzetta (website: hidden). serves a wide selection of food from pizza (best in Argegno) to fine dining i.e. fresh tuna tar. Others restaurants we recommend are, Villa Belvedere, (website: hidden) beside the ferry port, Emillio's in the harbour (great fresh fish dishes), Barchetta in the village square-good for pasta and traditional lake food,hotel Argegno-Fantastic pizza and pasta and Crotto dei Platini (website: hidden) (3 mins down the road towards Brienno). These are situated on the Lake with fantastic food in a magical setting. A delightful wine bar Enotica Argegno, run by brothers Alberto and Luca, is only recently opened with a fantastic range of good wines available very cheaply. This also serves free antipasti.
You may want to take the cable car to Pigra. The view from there is amazing. This operates every 30 mins until noon and resumes at 2. There is a small restaurant in Pigra. We have included some information leaflets in the 'Va Bene' folder with regard to places to visit.
The village lies on the main lakeside road and therefore is on the main bus route up and down the lake .It also has a ferry port stop for passenger ferries (both slow ferry and hydrofoil) and these are a great way of seeing the lake which is at its best when viewed from the water. You can get daily rambler tickets so you can hop on and off at your leisure.
Car hire is recommended as you need to explore the lake to optimize your time there.Taxis are available from Cafe Colombo in the village. Public transport is inexpensive, reliable and frequent.
Within a 10 min drive north you have a huge selection of beaches, both sand (man made) and pebble all along the lakeside. Swimming there is very safe as there are no tidal currents to worry about. Recommended is a day out on the lake on a boat which can be hired from two companies on the lake: (website: hidden) and (website: hidden) (Lenno Boat hire is the closest -ask for Igor and tell him we sent you) No experience is necessary as the boats are very simple to operate and there are no hazards like shallows or sandbars (Como is the deepest lake in Europe). There are plenty of places to tie up for lunch or you can simply stop the boat are jump off for a swim in the warm freshwater. There is a fantastic lakeside pool (lido) in Menaggio 15min drive with a on-duty lifeguard. There is a good supermarket in Lenno (10 min drive away, north) or a shopping centre with hypermarket in Como town.
For some retail therapy I would recommend Bellagio with current Milan fashions and some good bargains to be had in Italian designer sunglasses, handbags etc. Como is famous in the region for its silk. There is a huge outlet centre called Foxtown (info on net) just over the border in Switzerland (15 mins from Como) where the Milanese go to do serious shopping. Don't forget to bring your passport.
Italian life around the lake starts very early (the local bakery is usually sold out of most of its bread by nine thirty) and ends quite early with dinner starting at about 7and bars closing around midnight. Also everywhere is very child friendly.
Getting your timing right is very important as most shops close from 12.30 until 3 and most restaurants finish serving lunch at 2 with not another bite to be got until about 5 when they fire up their pizza ovens.
There is a small shop in the village where you can get most of the basics but I suggest you go to in Bennet Shopping Centre in Como Nord where there is a very large supermarket which will cater for all of your needs.
With regard to places to visit, top priority is a slow ferry on the lake to anywhere!
Best places are Bellagio, a must for lunch, Menaggio, and Como lakefront (also great for shopping with a flea market on Thursday mornings and all day Saturday).
You must visit some of the villas with the most popular being Villa Carlotta. This has beautiful gardens and is open to the public.
Villa Balbainello is another beautiful villa to visit. It now has a new next door neighbour – Virgin boss Richard Branson.
For the more energetic Argegno is a great starting point for some of the most spectacular mountain walks in the area. The Monte Generoso trail is a walk, that the memories will stay with you for a very long time. Walking on the ridgeline with one foot in Switzerland and one in Italy while looking down on both Lake Lugano and Lake Como makes the hike very worthwhile.
Of course Switzerland is only 30 mins drive away and Lake Lugano is well worth a visit. A trip to St Moritz (1.5 hrs) will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip. I do hope this is of some help to you and don't hesitate to ask any more questions that you may have.
The most important thing is to enjoy 'La Dolce Vita' with a glass of vino on the balcony.
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Lake nearby, Mountain nearby
Last updated on September 29, 2014
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- Damage deposit | $406
- Cleaning fee | $162 per stay
Additional notes from the owner
Notes on Pricing:
Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros.
Discounts available for stays longer than 2 weeks.
Weekend rates available for winter months.
Booking deposit is non refundable.
Check-in later than 10 pm by prior arrangement with owner.
Heating surcharge applies during Winter months.
Changeover day :
Saturdays during peak season.
Flexible during off season.
Departures by 10am.
Arrivals after 3pm.
Non refundable deposit of 30% at time of booking.
Balance 8 weeks prior to arrival.
A fully refundable security deposit of 250 euros to be paid .
Winter heating fee applies from Nov-Mar.
Special offers on long term lets during winter months.
Please note all prices quoted are as per the prices stated on the reservation form at the time of booking and are not subject to any further discounts which may be applied to the property online .ie. last minute incentives and special offers etc.
Internet available by way of 3g network (Wifi router can accept up to 5 devices). Please note that as Como is a mountainous region with much electrical storm activity therefore signal quality can vary.
Data limits apply: 2gb per week.
Please note that video streaming and other heavy usage is not recommended as this can use up the weekly data allowance very quickly
Additional fees may apply:
- Winter Heating | 50 per week
- Ceiling Fans
- Linens Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Washing Machine
- Central heating
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Mountain Views
- Ocean or water views
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 1250 square feet