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Balcone Fiorito Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 12 Menaggio B&B and Inns
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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“Views to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

Fabulous breakfast on a terrace with breathtaking views, tempting home baking, proper good Scottish tea and a wonderful owner who cannot do enough to please her guests. It's a great place if you like hiking or running. The owner gave me some routes which took me further up the mountain and to some spectacular view points. It's a quiet location, so coupled with the mountain air and comfortable beds you are guaranteed a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

My family and I stayed in one of Eleanor's beautiful apartments. From the first time I contacted her she was the perfect hostess, checking what time we would arrive to giving us directions and organising for a pizzeria to make us dinner as we would be arriving late. As we were celebrating a special occasion she even gave us a bottle of wine and silver almonds! We were extremely touched by her warmth and generosity.

The apartment itself was lovely and cosy, slightly on the small size but just about right for 5 of us. In the mornings Eleanor made us breakfast when we wanted, which consisted of homemade breads and jams, cake and Scotch pancakes coupled with English tea (you can't get this usually in Italy!) and juice.

To summarise, I cannot recommend Balcone Fiorito highly enough - we had never stayed in an apartment or B&B before but certainly will be open to this option in the future!

Lago di Como is also stunning and Milan is not far away, however do make sure you have a car and preferably a TomTom / good map to help you navigate!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

When my partner and I arrived, I think Eleanor the hostess, may have been a little tipsy (she is Scottish after all! :o) although to be fair, we arrived a lot later than planned. Consequently, the process of parking our motorbike and being checked into the room was slightly confused. However, I cannot fault Eleanor in terms of friendliness and helpfulness. She gave us all the information we needed, some great advice and generally went over-and-above what I would ever expect from a B&B owner.
The accommodation was a good size and extremely clean. The view from the balcony was immense. We had the good fortune of witnessing an electrical storm across the mountains, and the balcony offered us a terrific view of it. My only niggle is that in the height of summer, perhaps a ceiling fan would have offered a better nights sleep. We ended up sleeping with the huge panoramic windows open.
Personally I think it's a great location - the walk down to Menaggio was easy (ask Eleanor for the quickest off-road route through the hospital), and a taxi back after too many Aperol Spritzers was sub EUR15.
Menaggio itself is a great base, with a beautiful square and the craziest crazy golf course I've ever seen. We went to Bellagio for a couple of nights, but ended up taking a day trip back to Menaggio because it was so beautiful (and we wanted to hire a boat).
If I'm ever lucky enough to return to Lake Como, I would definitely stay here. We stopped by as part of a tour of Europe, and our time at Menaggio and Balcone Fiorito was by far the ultimate highlight of the trip.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jurong, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Good sized rooms, nicely finished and hosts very accomodating. Breakfast is ok and was served on a terrace This location is best for those who have a car and dont mind driving to and from the larger lakeside towns.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

We stayed here whilst attending a wedding.My partner is Coeliac so a gluten free diet is very important for him.Our hostess Eleanor was very accomodating and made fresh gluten free bread and cake daily, which he enjoyed very much.The accomodation was wonderful, spacious and clean.I had a lovely surprise on our first morning there when I opened the shutters (having arrived in the middle of the night) to be faced with the most beautiful view over Lake Como.Breakfastwas on the open terrace every morning,and Eleanor was very helpful and supportive in providing us with information and making us feel very much at home.You need a car to get down to the lakeside at Lago de como but this only take 5 minutes.If you are looking for a quiet few days away in lovely accommodation then this is the place to stay!The overall feeling we got staying with Eleanor was like staying and catching up with a long lost friend....

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Augsburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

We only stayed there one night and enjoyed it very much. We had a nice appartment with balcony and lake view. The B&B is easy to reach by car and parking places are directly next to it. The owners are very nice and easy going and the breakfast on the terrace with view over Menaggio and lake view was good. You need a car to get to lago di como but it only takes you 5 minutes. The B&B is very recomandable.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

This is a truly excellent place to stay.The house was lovely,the food was excellent and the location was brilliant.If you're staying at Lake Como,you should definitely choose to stay here. The hostess in particular was extremely friendly, provided excellent support and made us feel right at home.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Balcone Fiorito Bed & Breakfast
Address: Via Alfredo Wyatt 26, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Menaggio
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Number of rooms: 4
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