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The village of Plesio sits high above the beautiful waters of Lake Como in the Italian Alps. It is easy to understand why it is called the Pearl between the mountains and the lake:The hamlets that make up the territory still hold the old traditions; none more than Ligomena, where you find Casa Belinda, situated in the Historic Old Town area, on the side of Mount Grona, 1600 feet above Lake Como.
Casa Belinda shares the life of the Old Town, but has all the modern conveniences...Internet, Satelite TV, garage and a view of the lake.
Here the modern meets the ancient, in small walkways leading back to the house, each building retaining the grace and beauty of the old building materials, slate and stone architecture dating to the 1300s, still retaining the cobblestone pathways and staircases of a small Italian village; houses set comfortably close together, yet each passageway revealing beautiful glimpses of the lake below and the mountains above.
From here you can wander the mountains to find historical churches or challenges on Mount Grona, or drive the 10 minutes down to Menaggio on the Lake, or on to Como, the city at the end of the main arm of the 2 pronged lake, 40 minutes by car. Beautiful Bellagio is a short ferry ride away across the water, and everywhere you look is scenery that has bedazzled tourists and travelers for centuries. Lake Como and its surrounding mountains has been the top destination for Europe’s elite for hundreds of years and now it can be yours too. In Menaggio there is a wonderful Swim club, cafes and dining, the famous promenade, resplendent in flowers and palm trees, shopping and markets, and a fine golf is available in Croce, minutes up the mountain towards Lake Lugano. The house is positioned for easy access to all these things, as well as hiking, mountain climbing, biking and trips around the Lake and into Switzerland. The major “Interstate” highway is minutes away.
A day on Lake Como by excursion boat is one of the highlights of your vacation! The accommodations at Casa Belinda are sure to please. The house is set midway down a cobbled pathway close by the village church. Here you find a comfortable fully equipped modern kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator, sink and appliances nestled close to a wood burning fireplace, with seating for 6 to 8 at the long kitchen table with its corner sitting bench. Bring your laptop for easy dial-up connection from the house or DSL just down the hill. There is conventional heat available throughout the home, and in the master bedroom with its queen bed and ample closets. The bathroom features a shower, toilet, bidet and sink with cabinets. Your linens and towels are supplied, and there is a washing machine/drier conveniently located in a separate room below the entrance patio. The loft area is accessed by floating stairs where two comfortable chairs can be converted to twin beds.
From here you can step up to the second floor balcony which overlooks the Lake and the town of Bellano on the far shore. The view is wonderful, night and day, with ever changing clouds and patterns of shadows playing over the mountains and the tiled roofs of the houses nearby. The house comfortably accommodates 4 people, parents with children or two couples. Everything you need is here to make your stay memorable and convenient. There is even a private garage for your car, just steps from the church. The town boasts the Chiarella Mineral Water factory, so you know the water is sweet and pure. From this location, with its summer breezes and mountain air, you can easily reach Lugano in ½ hours drive, San Moritz in an hour, Milan in about an hour and a half, and tour among the quaint and lovely towns that line the lake north and south of you. Hike in the mountains, lounge in the beautiful piazzas of Menaggio, or take the ferry down the lake, stopping at villages along the way..
A place where you can stroll amid palm trees and blooming rhododendrons while admiring snow-capped mountains has got to be magical, right? Blessed with a superb microclimate, Lake Como in Northern Italy is the kind of place that leaves you searching for fancy words to capture its exquisiteness—but a simple “bellisima” (beautiful) is a start. Get on the water by hiring a vintage Riva speedboat to take you on a tour of the lake’s villas and villages. Where to stay: Overlooking the Lake: www.HomeAway.com/320771 Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lake Como Guide
The Master bedroom and bathroom are on the first floor. There is a loft area that is a sitting room with two convertible chairs that convert to 2 twin beds for adults or children. There is also an area for a child's inflatable bed and an area near the parent's room for a baby's porta crib. Off the loft area is an elevated terrace overlooking Lake Como.
Private GARAGE included for your car!...moreless
European style bathroom with toilet, bidet, shower and mirrored unit with a basin and drawers....moreless
Maintenance free, small 2 bedroom home in the old historic district of Ligomena ( Plesio) above Menaggio. Live the Italian life in the modern comfort of this lovely home. Local friendly people, close to stores, fruit/wine merchant sells his wares in the church parking area just steps from your door several times per week. Deli/coffee bar 5 minutes walking distance. Weekend farmer's markets, local festivals. Old churches and ancient attractions in town and nearby mountain areas. Relax on your terrace overlooking the lake, or go down into Menaggio for a ferry ride to Belaggio and points north and south. Lake Lugango is just 20 minutes away. Discover hidden walkways in the historic old town, with houses dating back to the 1500s. From here you are close to everything Italy has to offer, and all things Swiss.... so much to see, so conveniently located. ...moreless
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cleaning$58 + tax
Now available with rental- a new additional mini suite with bedroom, bath and kitchenette included in the rental for an additional couple if desired. Garage for the automobile is also included in the fee.
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Area: Ligomena is the historic old hamlet of Plesio. It sits 1600 feet above Lake Como. The buildings are typical of the granite and red tile roof construction of the 16 through 1800s. Casa Belinda has been completely renovated and modernized for your convenience, but still retains the charm and compatibility of the Old Town.Visit St. Moritz, go sailing on Lake Como, walk to nearby Mountain retreats, historic churches, take the ferry and air boat travel to Bellagio and other tourist attractions along the lake: Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo, Como.
Other Activities: visit the many villages on Lake Como- traveling Switzerland
Golf: Visit the hundreds of historic churches and sites of interest dating to 1000 AD. Shop in modern and traditional stores that feature Italian and Swiss products: silks, fine jewelry, food to die for! Or just stay at “home” and sit on the terrace and gaze at the marvelous view of the lake below. Everything is here for you to explore and enjoy. The sunshine and beauty of Lake Como shine on all of us alike. Spend a memorable week or so among friendly and hospitable people living life as it should be lived; with gusto and grace and surrounded by ever changing yet constant Beauty.
Location: Plesio ( Ligomena)
House with loft and large terrace patio with table and chairs
Bedrooms: one Matrimonial ( Double), Second Bedroom/sitting room:two twins with accommodations for child's bed and baby crib.
Kitchen: Stove, microwave, toaster, coffee ( Italian and American)pots, refrigerator.
Ski: Living area: large kitchen table with chairs and sitting bench for 6 to 8
Loft: lounge area or twin bed sleeping area
Terrace off the second floor with patio set
Bathroom: shower, wash basin with closets, Toilet and bidet
Washroom beneath patio with Washer/Drier combo
Accessories: TV (Satellite) Dial-Up Internet, Laundry
Heating during cold season: 15 Euros per day ($18 US)