Dolce Mistero Lake Como - Alaura

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


2 beds


2 bedrooms


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!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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


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


We had a delightful stay here... the apartment is just beautiful. Light, airy and peaceful. The views over the mountains and Lake Como are just stunning. The terrace is perfect for al fresco dining and the plunge pool wonderful when you get too hot and need a quick dip to cool off. It is easy to walk out to the lake and good restaurants as well as on to mountain trails. We really didn't want to leave and hope to return again one day.

Gabrielle, Bristol

We stayed at Alaura for a week, we were blown away by the accommodation, it is truely beautiful, tasteful, spacious, luxurious and had everything you could need to make your stay comfortable, getting to the accommodation from the car park with big cases was a little difficult, but the stunning location and views totally made it worth while! We fell in love with Alaura and lake Como and cannot wait to return x

Miriam, Gosport

The most wonderful accommodation with breathtaking view and fantastic facilities. The terrace and plunge pool are worth a particular mention. Very well equipped modern kitchen, brilliant showers and comfortable living space. Fantastic! .

Wendy, Tring

Spent a wonderful week at Dolce Mistero. The house is beautiful, with stunning views and everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The terrace and plunge pool were perfect for the long hot days. The owners, Karen and Steve provided some lovely goodies for our arrival.

Karen, Tunbridge Wells

Alaura was the perfect place to relax and enjoy Lake Como. The house was perfect and the small touches left for us made it extra special. The plunge pool was a wonderful addition.

Kate, London

We all had a wonderful relaxing stay at Alaura. The " cottagio " as we called it was beautiful and has the most amazing views from the patio area. We enjoyed walks in to Lenno and along " the greenway", as well as trips on the lake to Bellagio and beyond. The welcome cakes and prosecco were a lovely touch, Karen is a perfect host and very easy to communicate with. We would definitely recommend Alaura for a relaxing holiday by Lake Como.

Jackie, Lytham St Annes

We booked both apartments (Alaura & Ambra) which was bliss as there was plenty of space for everyone. Wonderful views all through the day. Why would we want to go anywhere else! Enjoyed walking to Lenno for pizza and ice cream and then back to the tranquility of the plunge pool and terrace.

Anne, Abingdon

My husband and I had a wonderful, proper holiday rest here. The views were stunning and having our own private balcony and plunge pool made it very special. We did the whole week without a hire car which is perfectly possible. Getting to the property does require a bit of agility so don't have massive suitcases! We loved self catering and all the delicious fresh produce and regular sorbets in nearby Lenno. The apartment is well furnished and equipped and we had two lazy days there just enjoying the peace and quiet. We were just us even though the apartment takes 4. Worth splashing out!

Sarah, London

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

The lake and the apartment exceeded our expectations.

Helen, Bath

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.


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.


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.


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!


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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....?