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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Argegno, Lake Como, Lombardy

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jonathan...
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4 reviews
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“Spectacular Vacation Villa”
Reviewed 17 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Our family of five (parents and three adult children) stayed for three nights at Villa La Ruga in the middle of a 2 week European trip. The villa and Lake Como were the highlight of the trip for all of us. The setting is gorgeous (and is located near the beautiful village of Argegno. Francesco was extremely accommodating, available by phone to answer any questions we had, and checked in several times to make sure we were enjoying our stay. He helped us arrange a wonderful guided boat tour of the lake and its villas. He also arranged for two dinners to be cooked by Umberto. These were extraordinary and not to be missed -- two of the best dinners we've ever had w/o having to leave your own private deck. We also greatly enjoyed the bocce court, ping pong, swimming in the lake and sunning on the patio. We only wished we'd stayed longer.

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Liked best: Pretty much everything
Liked least: No a/c; narrow driveway
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Kevin F
Newport, United Kingdom
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“The best lakeside villa you will find anywhere”
Reviewed 3 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Villa La Ruga is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places you are ever likely to stay - right on the most beautiful lake in Europe with an unenviable position at a bend in the lake with views you only ever see on a movie set. The lake is deep and the family spent time most days jumping and diving straight off the terrace that overhangs the clear warm water below. Living space, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms are excellent as is the garden where you can sit and watch the wonderful sunsets over a glass of good Italian wine. We used the services of the private chef - it is actually cheaper than a good restaurant meal and is personalised and served in your own private lakeside setting better than any restaurant we visited. Finally Francesco is the ultimate host - just a phone call away to help in any way he can to make your holiday just perfect.

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Liked best: The setting and the views
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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VacationO...
City of Venice, Italy
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“Absolutely Amazing Vacation!”
Reviewed 27 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We had 7 girls here for a fun pre-wedding weekend. Our stay at Villa la Ruga was absolutely amazing. From the moment we walked through the home and out onto the back terrace, we were all blown away by the stunning view! It was so peaceful there & Francesco went above & beyond to make our stay as perfect as possible. He arranged taxis for us, gave us options for private boat tours and even the option to have a chef come to the house and cook for us. He had a nice spread left for us to make breakfast too which was lovely! The town is a 10 minute walk away and it is so cute!! There was a restaurant right in the square and the food was fabulous!! I believe it is the top recommendation on TripAdvisor which I usually don't prefer but this one was actually some of the best food we have had the whole time I lived in Italy. The property has a bocci ball court, its own boat house (definitely go swimming from there!! Such wonderful views and great photo opps), ping pong & a peninsula jutting out over the water where we hung most nights. we did rent a boat one day and it was so peaceful. In 4 hours we only used 3 liters of fuel because we literally just drove to a place and drifted around soaking it all in. Everywhere you looked there was a postcard view. I slept in the master bedroom and the bed was like a cloud - I haven't slept that well in months!! And waking up with the view of the mountains out of my balcony made me wake with a smile each day. I have stayed in a lot of Airbnb homes, some of them have even been ones that American movie stars stay at, Villa la Ruga has been the most memorable experience. It exceeded every expectation and I cannot wait to go back again. the only things I will do differently is 1) rent a boat for the entire trip 2) never leave the house to go into any town except the one 10 minutes away 3) take two thousand photos rather than only one thousand. I cannot brag enough about how absolutely perfect this home was. Thank you Francesco for the most memorable weekend I think I have ever had!!

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Liked best: The host went to great lengths to ensure our trip was perfect
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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lvpoole
North Carolina
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 23 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Villa La Ruga is an incredibly special property...the location is perfect and the view unparalleled. The house is truly charming, and Francesco's welcome and support were much more than we expected. I would recommend this property wholeheartedly. We look forward to returning very soon!

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Kezzalop
Ballymena
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27 reviews
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“Unique lake side villa”
Reviewed 19 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Villa La Ruga is a unique and fantastic lake side property. It is spacious with 4 double bedrooms which suited our needs perfectly. The villa is situated beside lake Como, about a 5 to 10 minute walk into the village of Argegno. It has a boat house which is excellent for swimming in the summer heat.
Francesco was an excellent host, offering private boat hire, a private chef and provided a lovely welcome pack. The boys enjoyed table tennis and petanque.
We would recommend Villa La Ruga for its enviable location and Francesco's attentive service.

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Liked best: On the lake
Liked least: No air con
Travelling group: Extended Family
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MollyLond...
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Outstanding in so many ways”
Reviewed 15 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

A group of six of us stayed for four nights and we could not have been made more welcome by Francesco (the owner). Nothing was to much trouble whilst making our booking and during our stay. He can literally organise anything you need.

The Villa was a joy, breath-taking views, you are literally on the water and as a result we spent as much time as we could enjoying the views. The Villa was really spacious and spotless, it had everything we needed as a group. Our bulldog Molly loved it and also enjoyed the lovely garden.

Its location was excellent and allows you great flexibility to visit the rest of the Lakes many beautiful spots.

Argegno is only a short walk away (I would not necessarily recommend walking as the road is busy at times and a little dangerous on foot). Its a beautiful little place with some nice places to eat and fantastic ice cream bar.

The only down side was having to leave, we will however return. Thanks again Francesco.

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Liked best: Wonderful lake views, you are on the water.
Liked least: We enjoyed every minute.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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lpatel199...
Austin, Texas
1 review
“Unbelievable experience”
Reviewed 24 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We had such an amazing Italian trip all beginning with our stay at Villa La Ruga. We wanted to stay away from the crowds and really get the feel of what Lake Como was all about. The location of the villa is perfect and the views were unforgettable. We were able to take day trips to St. Moritz and partake in wine/cheese tasting tours in Piedmont. In terms of the villa itself, some parts of the interior could use an update. Also while we were there the A/C wasn't working but Francesco did provide us extra fans which turned out fine. Francesco was very kind, helping to organize our boat tour and excursions and gave many suggestions for restaurants, things to do. etc. He was a gracious host and was very attentive to our needs. If you are looking for a place to really experience Lake Como this is it. Overall a wonderful experience!

Travelling group: Extended Family
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