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Review of Villa Casa Fontana

The look out is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view.
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The look out is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view.
The lake as viewed from the garden Dine inside or alfresco. Kitchen windows fold back so you can experience the outdoors indoors!
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The look out is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view.
The lake as viewed from the garden
Dine inside or alfresco. Kitchen windows fold back so you can experience the outdoors indoors!
The ground floor double (or twin if preferred) room
An alternative view first floor living room
The first floor living room has been beautifully appointed
The home is beautifully appointed throughout.
The lake as viewed from your private garden at dusk!
The main bedrooms feature zippable bedding to make twin or double beds
Wake up to glorious lake views
The lake as viewed from your home
Both main bedrooms feature ample wardrobe space
2 bathrooms with showers ( 1 en suite)
Two immaculately presented bathrooms
The stylish kitchen features all mod cons.
Third children's bunk bedroom
Relax in your private garden
Dine alfresco in your private garden.
The villa gardens in bloom!
By George! Somebody famous owns this Laglio lakeside villa.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Carate Urio, Lake Como, Lombardy

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shrna
Orinda, CA
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A relaxing, comfortable stay with great views of Lake Como”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We just returned from a week at Villa Casa Fontana and couldn't have had a better experience. The town of Carate Urio is small but friendly - the people at Cafe Aurora were helpful and the coffee and sandwiches were great. We especially loved Regina 131 - the food was very good and the service professional and friendly.

Helen was great with the details surrounding our stay, and Chiara was very helpful meeting us there and getting us settled. We got some staples at the mini-mart in Urio and some at the neighborhood shop in Laglio, with our big shopping done at Bennet's in Chernobbio.

We spent most evenings having pre-dinner cocktails in the Lookout or on the patio---both with great views of the lake. Stairs a little daunting at first, but we got used to them -- definitely not for the timid.

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Liked best: Location, views, comfortable property
Liked least: The stairs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
16 Jun 2014
Hi there thank you so much for sharing your experience at our Italian holiday home. It is a great wee village. I justify my pasta/prosecco habit with the stairs! Thanks again
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Dougspec
Glasgow
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic Accommodation. Great views. Stunning scenery.”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Despite the indifferent spring weather we experienced, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Villa Casa Fontana in Carate Urio. This was our second stay here in this stylish accommodation which has in the intervening years since our last visit remained fresh, comfortable and well maintained. It is an ideal base for touring the stunning Lake Como countryside, of which the views from Villa Casa Fontana itself are truly beautiful.

Carate Urio is very well provided with very good restaurants all within walking distance from Villa Casa Fontana. Regina 131 was a particular favourite, along with Aquadolce which was a fine dining experience right by the lakeside. Ristorante Fioroni also situated by the lake is also worth a visit, supervised by the very friendly if somewhat eccentric Giuseppe.

Villa Casa Fontana though has every facility you need if you want to dine in and whatever you do your evening will I’m sure end in the Lookout room, to take in your last view of the lake before retiring to the very comfortable beds.

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Liked best: Cleanliness and freshness of the accommodation.
Liked least: No issues.Some may find the steps challenging, but that's how you get the views.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Sep 2015
Thank you for your lovely words
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Veronica...
Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stairway to heaven”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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After waiting months for our Italian getaway, the villa did not disappoint. From the initial inquiry to Helen, it has been an absolute pleasure. The villa itself is gorgeous with incredible views from every room. The kitchen is well equipped, the beds are comfortable, the bathrooms are modern and clean, and the whole villa is well furnished. It was always nice to come back to the villa after exploring the surrounding areas all day. We had dinner outside underneath the pergola, champagne in the look out room, and tea outside on the lounge chairs overlooking lake como. While out and about we took the ferry into the town of como, got fresh meats and cheeses from their market on Saturdays. Took the funicular to Brunate,, took the long route to Bellagio, hiked the greenway from Lenno, and ate really well. A must is definetly The Grand Hotel Tremezzo for a champagne toast on the terrace. It really feels like you stepped into a different era and worth the splurge. Thank you again Helen for all your hospitality. I would very much recommend this to friends and family and can't wait to visit again soon!!

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Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
4 Nov 2013
Thanks for a great review, we would love to have you and the family back - sooner the better.
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turincoop...
Dunblane, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastico!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in July 2013

This was our second stay at Villa Casa Fontana, as we had to come back! Having driven from Scotland in our Classic Mini, it was a wonderful bolt hole tucked away in the hillside of Lake Como. The views from the "Lookout" are simply jawdropping, and there is a lovely restaurant within a 5 min walk from the house. Spotlessly clean, it was a joy to go back to, and we cannot recommend this Villa highly enough. Helen is fantastic to deal with, and thanks again for allowing us the use of your beautiful house!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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CMOTDibbl...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Holidaying like a movie star”
Reviewed 19 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We stayed a week at Villa Casa Fontana at the start of September with friends (total 2 couples all of us early 50's). We had a ball. Despite all those steps we found it best to park the car halfway down the hill and walk one of the many pedestrian walkways that follow the contour. Of course when catching a lake ferry then you must traverse the steps - there are a lot (250 aprox) so you need to be reasonably fit. That aside, the villa had everything we needed; a well appointed kitchen incl' dishwasher. A clothes washer (but no heating cycle, but that's what a string line is for). We ate outside when home (take some bug spray), but the kitchen table will seat 6 at a pinch if conditions force you inside. There are some really nice restaurants within walking distance too. Banana lounges (x4) on the lower terrace allow for relaxing and reading on a small astro-turfed area. A BBQ on the upper terrace is available for guest use with an easy to light heat tray, along with a large solid table - remember the insect repellent.
The bathrooms are also clean and modern, and the water is hot too. The upstairs bathroom is accessed through the upper bedroom so is private, but the downstairs bathroom requires a quick 2 step dash from bedroom to bathroom in full view of those sitting at the kitchen table (pack a bath robe). We'd recommend the lower bedroom for the early risers and the upper bedroom for sleepyheads. There is no air-conditioning, but all windows are double glazed and have shutters, and insect screens.
We had a thoroughly AbFab time at Casa Fontana exploring Como, and villages in the other direction. Highly recommend staying here.

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Liked best: Looking out across the lake - morning, noon and evening, day and night.
Liked least: After a lot of thinking, maybe mosquitoes.
Travelling group: Friends
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Veronica...
1 review
“Chic, tranquil, comfortable and luxurious: not to be missed!”
Reviewed 11 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Conveniently close to the Milan airports, Villa Casa Fontana is really a treat not to be missed and an easily accessible escape from the everyday. Of course the area all around Como is magical and you don't need me to encourage you to visit to savour the splendour of the scenery, food and wine, but this property is a perfect blend of new and traditional which I urge you not to miss. The owner has taken care to provide everything you could need while staying at the property, which is elegant and stylish as well as being comfortable, The beds were fantastically comfortable with beautiful linens and the shared spaces were large, varied and attractive. As others have said, the Lookout is spectacular: I can't imagine a more perfect way to unwind than to gaze at the magnificent view with a glass or 3 of something lovely to hand. The only minus? We didn't bump into George (Clooney), which is some feat as he literally lives 3 minutes walk away!! I'll be back....often.

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Liked best: luxurious tranquility
Liked least: The steps, but honestly, once you know about them, you just get on with it.
Travelling group: Friends
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DKI_12
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fabulous place, fantastic views.”
Reviewed 7 October 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Loved staying here. Everything needed for a comfortable stay was in place. All the home comforts were there, and it was scrupulously clean. The views from every room were just stunning. Garden/terrace was charming, and a lovely spot for early morning coffee, meals, lounging in the sun, etc. There were two early morning visits by rather nosy neighbourhood dogs, but the gardeners helped sort out the problem. The only slight downside were the 250 steps and no designated parking space. Although the steps did make the decision of whether or not to have a pudding when dining out much easier, as the excercise needed to get back home negated the extra calories!

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Liked best: The fabulous views, and very comfortable accomodation
Liked least: Too many steps, no parking place, nosy neighbourhood dogs
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
5 Nov 2012
Hi It's Helen, my partner George and I are so pleased you enjoyed your time at our home in Italy, and like us grasped the guilt free puddings the 'devils staircase' allowed you. So sorry about your unexpected visitors - the dogs. It turns out they came from three gardens away and managed to squeeze through a gap in our neighbours fence, a section of which has now been replaced and is completely secured. Hope to see you back again some time soon on the lake. Helen
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