5 Lakefront Balconies on Lake Como-Waterviews from Every Room!
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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Carate Urio condo description
Vista Lago, formerly Hotel Larius, was originally built early in the last century. Very recently the building has been fully restored, with particular attention paid to the finishings and architectural details of its period. An indoor pool, a fitness area, and secure underground parking have been added to the grounds, as well as direct elevator access to the apartment.
Almost everything in the apartment is new. Beautiful teak and marble tile from Italian quarries cover the floors. All furnishings, appliances, linens, and dinnerware are also new, ready for you to enjoy.
Layout: On the top (fourth) floor of a beautiful gated building, Vista Lago consists of a two-bedroom apartment (sleeping 6) beside a studio apartment (sleeping 2) Both have separate, private entrances. In total, the space is 1,400 square feet or 135+ square meters. These units are connected (and may be rented separately) as there is a door between them, creating a three-bedroom apartment in total. (Studio has a double, pull-out sofa for use as the third bedroom).
The two-bedroom apartment features a large, open gourmet kitchen with a center island, a living area with a double sleep sofa and two balconies, a dining area, a glass table seating eight, two bedrooms (with a queen and double bed), each with waterview balconies, and two marble-tiled, full baths. (Master bedroom has a private bath.) There is a high powered telescope too for lake and lunar viewing! A high chair and crib are available upon request.
The studio apartment features spectacular lake views as well as a balcony from the living/sleeping area, equipped with a double sofa bed, a four-person dining table, kitchen, and full, marble-tiled bath. (Note: Studio apartment does NOT have use of the pool or fitness area if the 2 bedroom apartment is occupied)
2-Bedroom Apartment: Beds:
Master Bedroom: Queen Bed
Bedroom #2: Double Bed
Living room: Double Sleep Sofa
Studio Apartment: Double Sleep Sofa
Bed linens and towels provided!
Crib available (please inquire)
Location: “Vista Lago,” located in the old town, of Carate Urio, on the western shore of the lake, rich in residential villas, sits in a spectacular panoramic position on a beautiful slope facing the lake–one of the most elegant and romantic parts where the sun glistens on the water (often-times reflecting on the ceiling!).
Lake Como is a jewel-like oasis of tranquillity, surrounded by a magical combination of lush Mediterranean foliage and snowy alpine peaks. Enclosed by steep-sided mountains, the blue waters of Lake Como have for centuries attracted visitors, including important statesmen, artists, and glitterati.
The lake remains a playground today not only for the rich and famous but also for those escaping greater Milan and the Po River Valley, less than an hour away. Driving south along the lake from “Vista Lago,” you will find wonderful villas framed by breathtaking scenery.
You will pass Cernobbio, with the amazing Villa d’Este, before arriving in Como, a magical town with bustling markets, cafes and shops, and fine museums.
Traveling north you will find S. Moritz (Switzerland) about 1-1/2 hours drive, Davos (Switzerland) 1-3/4 hours drive, and S. Primo, Bobbio, Artavaggio (Italy) are only about 45 minutes drive. S. Bernardino and Ticino (Switzerland) approximately 1 hours drive. Cervinia (ITA) is 1.30 from there...
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Once arriving in Milan-Malpensa Airport, from the terminal you can travel by bus to Como in 40 minutes (Appx. $12/E11) , then travel by boat or bus again to Carate Urio (E$2/4), where "Vista Lago" is located. A car can be hired/rented from Malpensa Airport. ( appx. E120 )The drive is approximately 40-45 minutes.
“Vista Lago” is perfectly situated for exploring Italy by foot, boat, or car*
George Clooney's Villa, Villa Orleandra (Formerly the Heinz Estate): 1 minute
World’s Best Pizzeria, Orso Bruno: 2 minutes
Lakeside Lido (Swimming Beach): 3 minutes
The Versace Villa & Stings Villa: 5 minutes
World Renowned Villa d’Este: 10 minutes
Switzerland: 15 minutes
Seaplane and Boat Rentals: 15 minutes
World Famous Bellagio: 20 minutes (by boat)
Town of Como: 25 minutes (by boat or car)
Casino Di Campione: 25 minutes
Fantastic Winter Skiing: 35 minutes
Milan: 40 Minutes ~ Florence: 3 hours
Venice: 3 hours ~ Tuscany Region: 3 hours
Monte Carlo: 3 1/2 hours
Pisa: 4 hours ~ Rome: 6 hours
*All travel distances are by car unless otherwise noted.
YOU WILL LOVE THIS MOST BEAUTIFUL AND ROMANTIC SETTING. EXPERIENCE ITALY AT IT'S BEST!
Keywords: Condominium, apartments, lakeside, waterview, waterfront, waterside, water views, water front, balcony, balconies, independent, flat, rental, vacation rental
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking Off Street:
- Covered Parking:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Shared indoor pool & fitness center, (pool may not be heated year round, pool and fitness center not available with studio rental-please inquire for details) Secure underground parking, Video-monitored entry security system, telephone ( cell or wall phone) Cable/Satelite TV, high chair, Stereo/CD player, telescope(inquire), 2 full kitchens, microwaves, blender, juicer, toasters, espresso, cappuccino, coffee machines, French press, Washer/Dryer(2 bedroom apartment only), iron & ironing boards, hair dryers, fans (Note, when studio is rented independantly some of the above amenities differ, please inquire!)...moreless
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Broadband Access
Location & View
- Lake View
- Mountain View
- Water View
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Rock Climbing
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Activities (on-site or nearby), fitness room, restaurants and cafes, open air markets and plenty of sightseeing! Explore many spectacular towns along the lake with the water-busGÇôjust a 10-minute walk away, Or take a scenic seaplane ride! Sailboat, paddle boat motorboat and water-ski rentals very close by, Downhill skiing within an hourGÇÖs drive, For those who like to try their hand at gambling, visit Casino di Campione, just 20 minutes away, Do not miss Versaces Villa on the lake just 3 km away!...moreless
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VRBO Bear stayed here:
One of the most beautiful areas in Italy is comprised of Como and its adjoining lake of the same name. Here, you will find clear blue waters, snow-capped alpine peaks and historic walled towns. This relaxing getaway is located in the charming town of Carate-Urio, a small village with narrow, cobblestone streets and meandering pathways. I believe that this is one of the most beautiful, undiscovered vacation destinations in the world.
"Vista Lago" is located in a historic hotel, which has been recently converted into upscale & luxurious apartments. Upon entrance of this third floor apartment you will find a spacious and sunny living room, dining area and kitchen. This home features 5 balconies, all of which have panoramic views of the lake. I was impressed to find details such as a provided cell phone, satellite TV, a CD player with a variety of CD’s, vacation guide books, brochures for the surrounding businesses and a list of recommended restaurants for that area.
Towards the rear of the apartment is the master bedroom which has its own private balcony and views to enjoy as you are waking up in the morning. There is an adjoining master bath which consists of 12' ceilings, tub and shower, large sink basin and marble throughout. The secondary bedroom also has its own balcony and views. There is an adjoining studio apartment, which can be closed off for privacy and rented separately. It includes a kitchen, living area with table for four, sleeper sofa and fully tiled bathroom.
Because the town is in such a quaint, residential area, there are only a few restaurants and small convenient stores within walking distance. We found it easiest to rent a car but there is also a bus stop right in front of the building and a water taxi can also pick you up for excursions around the lake.
This is a perfect vacation spot for those who enjoy and cherish peace and tranquillity away from every day crowds. You are sure to go home refreshed and relaxed.
Signed, VRBO Bear
Wonderful time in the Italian Alps and Lake Como
Wonderful time in the Italian Alps and Lake Como
Barbara's home was a great treat. In a very private building, her unit had everything we could possibly want for a vacation. The area was incredibly spectactular and we had plenty of room and a wonderful time! We hope to visit again soon. We brought our family of 5 and had a great time. It would a beautiful place to go as a couple as well. The views are awesome! I would really recommend a trip to Belaggio while you arestaying there. Many fine cafe's close by and an easy day trip to Switzerland.
- Guest Tom P. (-)
- Date of stay 06/17/12
- Review Submitted 07/28/12
My family and I spent two glorious weeks at Vista Lago this past September. We rented the two bedroom as well as the studio next door, and both accommodations were well suited to our needs. The decor in both units was lovely and comfortable with all the amenities at our disposal. The views were spectacular from every vantage point, and we spent many hours taking in the majesty of it all. There is lots to explore around the lake and although the ferry provides good service, I would highly recommend renting a car. In all, it was a spectacular vacation and our family looks forward to future stays at Vista Lago.
- Guest Rosalind Leibowitz (Bloomfield, CT)
- Date of stay 02/15/10
- Review Submitted 02/15/10
I came to Vista Lago with my husband, two small children and mother-in-law. We were very comfortable in the apartment. The place was beautiful as were the views. The restaurant next door was great, and we could walk to a small grocery store that met our needs. It was peaceful to be there and a great vacation! I can highly recommend the apartment and the area.
- Guest Kirsten Frederiksen (Tucson, Arizona)
- Date of stay 10/05/09
- Review Submitted 10/05/09
We had a wonderful stay at Vista Lago in May 2009. The views of Lake Como are quite breathtaking and the afternoon entertainment with the locals fishiong on the lake is worth sitting for a while. The restaurant next door makes great pizzas.
- Guest Greg Bourke (Brisbane)
- Date of stay 09/24/09
- Review Submitted 09/24/09
Dear Barbara, I had a great time in Italy, thanks to the beautiful studio apartment with the breathtaking view of lake Como, and very easy access through ferry services and trains to all towns around the lake and Milan. Thank you for all accomodations provided, I am looking forward to going back there again. I already recommended the studio to my colleagues and friends. Thank you again. Larisa
- Guest Larisa Alikhanova (Ct, USA)
- Date of stay 09/04/09
- Review Submitted 09/04/09
We spent two weeks in Barbara's apartment. Her descriptions of the villa were true to her word. It was very clean and comfortable. The views were what she had promised. The care package she sends prior to arrival was helpful . We dined at most of the restaurants that she suggested and found them to be wonderful. Silvana was there to greet us and answer any initial questions. A cell phone is made available for your use. I would suggest asking for lots of time due to the fact the house phone has a block. I would also suggest a car rental. The ferries were really the way to travel but the stops in Urio were not as frequent.
- Guest john b. (raleigh nc)
- Date of stay 08/06/09
- Review Submitted 08/06/09
I rented the studio at Vista Lago in June 2009. The location, right on Lake Como, could not be better. Also, I had a car and the underground parking was great. Studio has a great view over the lake, clean and reasonably well supplied. There were a couple of items lacking which I mentioned to Barbara, and I am sure she go right on them. Her staff person, Silvana, was excellent. Overall, a splendid experience. I happily recommend the studio for people who like independent living. I got to shop locally, made breakfast in every day and then took off from this amazing location.
- Guest Paul Brocchini (Carmel, CA)
- Date of stay 06/14/09
- Review Submitted 06/14/09
Barbara, thank you so much for a fabulous time. We loved the studio apt., it was perfect, very comfy. We really liked the area. We would get on the bus or boat and just go all over. What a relaxing time....We would love to go again...Thanks.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 11/01/07
- Review Submitted 11/09/07
My husband and I and two other couples spent two weeks in May at Vista Lago. Carate Urio is an enchanting little village and the apartment is wonderful. The views are incredible and the location is perfect for traveling around the Lake. We enjoyed the ferry rides to the quaint villages, and the beautiful mountain scenery along the way. We ate most of our meals at the restaurant next door but did venture to Albergo Fiorini and Orso Bruno, both a short walk from the apartment. Both are excellent restaurants with friendly proprietors. We highly recommend a visit to Villa D'Este and Villa Balbianello and as many of the small villages as possible. As we drove around the Lake from Vista Lago, heading back to the airport for departure, we all knew we would return.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/01/07
- Review Submitted 08/28/07
We just returned from an amazing week at Vista Lago! Silvana was great and could not have been nicer or more helpful! She was so professional and her tour of Villa Balbienello was one of the highlights of our week. We agree with the other guests about the apartment's location- it was perfect for our day trips. And, the views were absolutely incredible! Thanks again Barbara and Silvana for a memorable week and we hope to return someday soon!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/01/07
- Review Submitted 07/16/07
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Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: I am so happy that you found my listing. I am currently and alpaca farmer with over 70 alpaca on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.I would be very happy to help you with your holiday, as I travel to Italy often. You will be astounded with the beauty of this particular point of this small village along the coast, and I am happy to share with you. Please email me, and I can send along more photos and information regarding my apartment on the lakes edge. I look forward to hearing from you!
Why the Owner Chose Carate Urio:
I have had close exposure to this lovely location with a friend many years ago, and truly was astounded by the areas beauty. I had done quite a bit of research on the area to know that this was a place that I would love down the line for a wonderful retirement, or simply to spend time at during my holiday periods. I was thrilled to find this location, and was the first to choose the apartments, having full selection of the apartments that had the very best lake position and views.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
The apartments are bright and sunny, and you will often see the reflection of the water on the ceilings. You may often feel that you are on a boat, as when you look outside, you see only water! You are only a short walk to a boat stop, that can take you anywhere on the lake, and just outside you can catch a bus into town, or the train station, just a 15 minutes away! There is a swimming pool, a beautiful patio, overlooking the lake that you can enjoy, and numerous restaurants with outdoor cafes on the waters edge, within a short distance.
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Fabulous views from one of five lake-front facing balconies - magical!
Fab top-floor location, w/multiple balconies/views. Water sparkles on ceilings!
Eat-in kitchen @ bar w/separate dining- Balcony waterviews from every position!
Open living area. New Flat-screen TV, Herringbone hardwood flooring (Iroko)
Master Bedroom w/private bath & balcony overlooking the lake. Stupendous views!
Sink in the master bathroom. Designer fixtures and quality materials throughout.
Luxurious swimming pool-with lake view- lake breezes, w/access to Fitness Center
Position of building on lakeside. Walk to town, restaurants, & lakeside cafes!
Large patio area with view for you and your guests, with access to pool.
Private Fitness Center w/private showers & lockers. just steps away from flat!
Entrance gate to underground/secure parking. Private remote control activated.
Floor plan: 2-BR on the right, studio on left w/added bed. Double/privacy doors
View of building from dock. (Large boat slip available.) View north to mountain.
Living w/sleep sofa & loveseat, 2 balconies, new, large flat-screen TV not shown
Dining area, seats 8. Water view. Watch the boats go by and seaplanes land.
Gourmet kitchen w/cherry cabinets, gas cooking, all amenities / dishwasher
Studio apartment w/balcony- magnificent views. Private kitchen & bath. Queen bed
Pool w/views to patio, & lake beyond. Floor to ceiling glass & current generator
Close up view of building. 5 balconies on the top floor overlooking the lake!
Private patio just outside swimming pool. Chaise lounges chairs & amazing views!
Pool, patio & garden area. Umbrella's & chaise lounge lounge chairs available.
Street view from building entrance.
View of apartment from north (from just south of Clooney's villa) At waters edge
View of Bellagio, just a 20 minute boat ride.
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