This 18th-century house is made up of two residences and an annexe, each with its own outside area, so families or groups of friends will be able to come together for sociable meals yet retreat to their space when they want. All has been restored with wonderful attention to detail; original features have been retained and modern comforts incorporated.
Lap up the fabulous lake views, discover plunge pools and a landscaped garden with olive trees, roses, a table large enough for 14 and a vegetable plot – help yourself to salad, tomatoes, courgettes and herbs. There’s a basement with a pool table and TV room too, and you’ll find a chilling bottle of prosecco as well as tins of cake and biscuits.
Mezzegra, a five-minute drive down the hill, has a bakery, a good lakeside restaurant and small supermarket. Book a private tour on a boat; walk to Lenno in 15 minutes for restaurants or the ferry to Como, Bellagio and Varenna; visit the famous botanical garden and museum at Villa Carlotta.