Dolce Mistero Lake Como - Alaura

Como
Self-catering


Modern comforts combine with antique charm and breathtaking Lake Como views. Heaven for lovers, peace-seekers and (older) families

Bed

2 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

An intriguing approach… You drive up to the top of the village, continue on foot down a steepish path and arrive at a little stone cottage with mesmerising lake views. This is an elegant and heart-warming restoration of part of an old monastery by the interior designer owner. You get the whole of the downstairs: walk straight in to white walls, wooden beams and doors, original stone niches displaying beautiful objects, good sofas topped with wool throws, two vast windows in the living room overlooking the lake  – harmony! Bedrooms (one with lake views from the bed) have embroidered linen, soft pillows and the same combination of pale stone and wood; bathrooms are swish and rustic, the kitchen has all you need to cook up a storm (rather stylishly) and all is unbelievably romantic. You have your own private terrace and plunge pool, and there’s a shared courtyard with the other apartment upstairs. Catch the ferry to Isola Comacina, Bellagio and Varenna, visit St Moritz, hike in the mountains, swim in the lake, stroll into Sala for your morning cappuccino or dinner by the lake. Guests often say they don’t want to go home!

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: We have limited availability in Alaura (2 bedrooms/sleeps 4). Book 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights for the following weeks : w/c Saturday 23rd June w/c Saturday 30th June w/c Saturday 7th July

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Closed
1 November - 2 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 10-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €171
Weekly price
from €1200
Damage deposit
€250
1 Apartment for 4
From €1712 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

A wonderful stay at Alaura; the views are stunning and it was difficult to peel my husband away from the patio. The property is a delight and the welcoming goodies delicious. Highlights - awesome views, long lunches at La Tirlindana in Sala Comacina just watching the world go by; various trips on the Lake to exotic places. Two small issues - we were on a long trip so had quite a lot of luggage and did struggle getting it up/down the hill to/from the car; also, although we both drive abroad fairly frequently, we found the main road a little daunting. Would go again, use the bus and pack light!

Ann-marie, Melbourn, cambridge

My husband and I stayed here in September and made it our home for a week. That was not difficult to do since Karen and Steve's home is beautifully and quaintly decorated . The decor just lovely with top notch amenities, luxurious linens, well appointed kitchen. Just charming! Then there is the view from our private patio with our own plunge pool. Stunning! Thank you Karen for for all the information you provide starting with a very detail description on how to arrive to Dolce Mistero .

Beth, Burlington

Luxury defined, beautifully tasteful with a view to die for. No downsides for this hidden gem. Every corner has gorgeous touches and it really did feel like home. We loved glasses of prosecco and dinner on the patio, watching the sunset over the lake. Perfect honeymoon material. Thank you so much Karen and Steve for all your helpful tips on what to do. All in all, highly recommended!!!

Francesca, Marlborough, wiltshire

We loved Alaura and will return! - Quiet location, clean, well equipped, home from home, amazing views of the lake. Trying to leave the comfort of Alaura (and get the boys out of the pool) to visit the many beautiful places around the lake was quite a chore! Restaurants are a short 10-15 minute walk away we ate at Taverna Bleu & Locanda la Tirlindana, delicious food, friendly service. The best gelato from la fabbrica in Lenno. Walking the greenway is a great way to see various places around the lake, best experience was hiring a boat. In a nutshell, I would book Alaura before someone else does

Rie, Wirral

A wonderful conversion of a beautiful building with spectacular views across the lake. From fluffy towels, comfy outdoor furniture to detailed information pack there is everything you could need. Great location to leave the car behind and walk, take a ferry or just enjoy the view. Lovely restaurants in the village. A truly special place to stay.

Claire, Cumbria

We had such a special week staying at Dolce Mistero. It's a beautiful property, exquisitely furnished, and we arrived to a bottle of prosecco in the fridge and a huge panetonne which was a wonderful treat! The views over Lake Como are stunning. Karen couldn't have been more helpful before our arrival, making sure that we had all the information we needed. We didn't have a car but managed fine with walking, buses and ferries everywhere. Would absolutely recommend staying here, we genuinely didn't want to leave and will be going back when we can

Patrick, York

This was the 3rd time we've stayed, once in Ambra, where we developed terrace envy, so last two times have been at Alaura. On all three occasions it's formed the perfect antidote to the maelstrom that is Milano. Visiting pre Easter can have it's drawbacks; not everywhere has woken from the winter slumber, and the temperature can plummet at night, but these minor niggles are massively outweighed by the benefits; the roads are much quieter (although still terrifying) the mozzies are still asleep, and the excellent lakeside restaurant in the village (Tirlindana) is a walk-up. Tutti bene!

Michael, Newcastle-upon-tyne

There are 3 key elements to every successful holiday, 1) the anticipation and excitement before arrival, 2) the joy of the holiday itself and 3) the lovely memories you are left with. Karen and Dolce Mistero deliver fabulously on every level. We stayed in Alaura for a week in Sep't and enjoyed every moment and can only endorse the comments made by others. Karen was especially helpful before our arrival booking a specific event for us and everything about the accommodation/area is a delight. Local restaurants are great inc the butcher -such lovely Veal! Don't hesitate to book, you'll love it.

Stephen

My family had a wonderful stay, the property itself is beautiful, clean, well cared for, extremely comfortable and definitely the best self catering property we've stayed in. It's a real home from home. The views from the property are breath taking and the village is unspoilt and has some great restaurants. We throughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly be keen to visit again.

Liz

We had a wonderful time at Dolce Mistero in the Alaura apartment. The views were to die for and the apartment was beautiful. It was the most well equipped self catering apartment we have ever stayed in and we have been holidaying this way for many years. It was a very good base for visiting other places on the lake. We especially liked the plunge pool which was very welcome after a hot day out and about. The owners have made this a special place to stay and there were many lovely welcoming touches which helped to make our holiday extra special.

Sue

We had a wonderful holiday in Alaura. It is a beautifully renovated property with gorgeous views of the lake, in particular from outside seating area. The plunge pool is a very welcome addition and much appreciated. We took lots of advice from Karen's info pack - walked to top of alpe di sala, walked the Greenway, boat trip to other lake villages, cable car to Pigra and lovely walk back to name a few. We didn't leave Sala for eating out in evenings, plenty of choice there. Would agree with others that getting about locally very steep but good not to use car. Aircon downstairs would be great!

Clare

We have just come back from staying for 5 days in Alaura and feel as though we have had at least a 2 week holiday. From the moment we arrived we felt both the house and the area were truly special. The Greenway just outside the house gives easy access to peaceful walks above the lake and the olive groves below the terrace leading out to the view of the beautiful lake enhances the feeling of seclusion yet Sala Comacina is just a 10 minute stroll with a good choice of places to eat. A great place to relax and unwind - we will definitely be coming back

Olivia

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Karen White

  • Top of the list ...... well it has to be the delicious italian food ! Local dishes cooked to perfection.... pizza, pasta...and not forgetting ice cream. Just a stone's throw from Dolce Mistero.
  • Take an evening stroll down to the port at Sala Comacina and watch the sun go down......a romantic meal on the lake shore would finish the night off perfectly !
  • Feeling energetic? The mountains behind Dolce Mistero have walking paths galore..... walk to the Rifugo at the top of the mountain and try some locally produced meats and cheeses. A fitting reward for all your hard work!
  • Lose yourself in the magic of Italy......historic churches, ancient ruins, manicured Italian gardens, restored frescoes, art, music festivals......all the things we love about Italy!
  • How could we not mention the Lake ! It provides the perfect setting at Dolce Mistero......hire a boat and see all the beautiful lakeside villas......we have many famous neighbours! Spend the day at the lido and swim in the lake....
  • Shop till you drop in the chic boutiques in Como! Take the ferry and arrive in style at the port ...there's always a crowd watching the boats come in. The narrow streets are filled with the latest fashions from Milan.... need I say more....?