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“Superb setting above Lake Como”

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Agriturismo Castello di Vezio
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Beckenham
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“Superb setting above Lake Como”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Stayed in Casa Cristina for 3 nights in June. Accommodation is for 2 but very spacious and superbly fitted out - this is not your usual 2 person "studio" appartment. Site is idyllic with superb views over Varenna to Bellagio, Menagio, and both arms of the lake. Very peaceful. A bit of a journey to get there from Varenna and no local shop so take provisions with you before you arrive! Basic welcome stuff provided though on arrival which was very useful. Staff very helpful. This place was a real find and we would recommend to anyone wishing an out of the way tranquil spot with superb views with a large green area in front and lots of olive trees. In our view the website under-sells the Castello di Vezio site.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cabanas, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I had a big birthday celebration in Varenna in July and 36 of us stayed here, and everyone without exception was blown away by the location, The staff could not have been more helpful in the many months run up to organising this, as well as once we arrived. All of the properties are well equipped, we had all of them, and although views vary, there is not a single one you could be unhappy with. The setting is seriously breathtaking. You don't need a car, but you do need to be prepared to pay 10-15€ a taxi trip to get down into Varenna, not a problem if there are 4 of you.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Bristol
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Agriturismo Castello is a beautiful venue set up in the hills above Varenna. It has a lovely open grassy area from which you have some amazing panoramic views of Lake Como. It has a relaxing feel to the place and it was incredibly peaceful while we were there (early June 2014). On weekdays we often had the shared pool to ourselves or with just one other couple / family (it got slightly busier at the weekend but still quiet enough). Having the pool was great, especially after the walk up the hill from Varenna, as it was fairly hot when we were there. We don't have kids but there were a couple of families with small kids there and it was great for them - if you're in one of the villas near the pool you can roll out of your door and be next to the pool.

We stayed in Selva. Part of a bigger villa. It was cute, a bit like an old cottage. It's got a balcony with some good views of the lake from the balcony, lounge and bedroom. Only 30% / 40% (ish) of the external walls are actually external so it can be a little dark in the kitchen and bathroom (bedroom and lounge are fine)... however this can work to your advantage if it's hot because it remains cool inside. The bathroom has been newly kitted out, to a good spec, there is a good shower (set into the rock, which is great!) and a full sized bath. The kitchen is a "corridor" kitchen though and whilst it is completely clean and has a good selection of utensils you might want to bear this in mind if you are planning on doing a lot of self catering.

The walk down into Varenna is down a cobbled path, it takes about 15 / 20 mins to get into Varenna going downhill and more like 25 / 35 coming back. It's a relatively strenuous walk coming back up the hill but we enjoyed that - it certainly helps your fitness doing it twice a day!

The other thing to mention is the organization and the people. Everything worked like clockwork, AC have clearly put a lot of thought and effort into making the "business" professional in its operation whilst remain boutique-like in its approach. The people at "reception" were great and couldn't do enough for us.

In short, it's a lovely place we will definitely be back... although next time we will hopefully have a small child in tow!! And we would probably try one of the villas near the pool.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We loved our stay at Casa Milena, the last cottage at the bottom of the estate. It is well worth the little hike down and up from the main house and the car parking area. The house and it's grounds are very private and the view resembles a gallery painting. We were very lucky with the weather at the beginning of June 2014 and so were able to sit out on the loungers till well after dark, drinking wine and enjoying the extensive views over the Lake Como, even lightning and thunder one night.

We stayed 4 nights, so decided to go food shopping on the first morning to nearby Bellano to stock up on breakfast and other essentials for the duration of our stay.

The house is very comfortable and cool in the heat, which was welcomed. The kitchen is very well equipped. The outdoor shower is a amazing, what a splendid idea! There is wi-fi connection in the Loft (next to the main house), where there's also a library with books / DVD's / maps, etc.

You can walk down to Varenna either through the olive grove at the bottom of the Casa Milena or through the village of Vezio. The way back up is quite a work out for one's legs and lungs though. You can of course drive or call a taxi too.

Casa Milena is the perfect escape from the daily routine. We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lodz, Poland
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

It was simply perfect. We were in casa Selva and it was really great. So clean and very tastefully decorated. So peaceful !! We had such great times having breakfast or brunch on the terrace with the view on the lake and the cute village of Vezio.

The property itself is WONDERFUL and the views on the lake are breathtaking. As in a dream !!! The service also is truly perfect. They gave us many advices.

The only really minor inconvenient is the location of casa Selva which is at the entrance of the property. You can see people getting in and out.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Casa Milena is just perfect- amazing views over the like, privacy, the house is just wonderful! The grounds themselves are well kept, also very private and scenic. The one thing I would say is that I wish we had gone to the grocery store in advance - there was an amazing kitchen, outdoor seating that we would haved loved to have made more use of. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

The Lake Como lake view and private cottage amenities were the best we have had in 30 years of traveling in Italy. Villa Millena was perched on the side of the mountain with acres of flowering grounds and olive trees, overlooking the small village of Varenna. The cottage, rooms and kitchen were large and beautifully decorated. A private yard looking down to the lake kept us enchanted and stunned at the views each day.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Agriturismo Castello di Vezio
Address: Via del Castellano 16, 23828 Varenna, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Varenna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Varenna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This estate offers one of the most panoramic position on Lake Como, with views over the three branches of the lake . The houses - apartments - cottages are located on a hillside on a huge garden of 60 acres where are also set the Castle of Vezio. The landscape is one of unique beauty. The view from the pools and the garden are breathtaking. The large garden is planted with roses and olive trees. There are also a bocce and tennis court. ... more   less 
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