About the property
- Condo1450 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
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 is a 3 bedroom apartment which consists of a two-bedroom area (sleeping 6), full kitchen and 2 baths, with an adjoining single bedroom/studio area (sleeping 2) with its own private kitchen, bath and entrance-- perfect for the Au-Pair! In total, the space is 1,400 square feet or 135+ square meters.
The two-bedroom area 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 water view balconies, and two marble-tiled, full baths. (Master bedroom has a private bath.) A high chair and crib are available upon request.
The studio/1 bedroom area 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.
2-Bedroom Area: Beds:
Master Bedroom: Queen Bed
Bedroom #2: Double Bed
Living room: Double Sleep Sofa
1-Bedroom/Studio Area: 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!
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About Barbara Ronchetti
I am so happy that you found my listing. I am currently and alpaca farmer with over 50 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!
Barbara Ronchetti purchased this Condo in 2000
Why Barbara Ronchetti 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.
What makes this Condo unique
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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Perfect for a family reunion
This condo provided the perfect site for a joint celebration of two wedding anniversaries. Our party of 8 was comfortably settled in the main apartment and adjoining studio, although the bathroom of the latter was rather small. The kitchen was well-equipped and the property is very clean and well-maintained.
The location offered several choices by way of local cafes and restaurants although most groceries require a short drive to a well-stocked store in Cernobbio. The walk to the local ferry stop was at least 15 minutes down a very narrow street but we quickly adapted to the need to avoid local cars and buses on this journey. The ferry schedule is rather daunting when you first encounter it but the local agents are most helpful in explaining the options.
The balcony settings offered glorious views of the lake and surrounding environment. Silvana, our greeter and caretaker, provided an excellent introduction to the property and she also served as a knowledgeable guide through Villa del Balbianello during our visit there, which was a highlight of our trip. We also really enjoyed the trip to Pigra, a small mountaintop village above Argegnothat is reached by a small funicular, described as "one of the steepest cablecars in Europe". And the visit to Bellagio, of course, is not to be missed. We particularly enjoyed the tour of Villa Melzi, a short walk from the town center there
Living like a local with incredible lake views!
Vista Lago is a fabulous 2 bedroom apartment with the most incredible Lake Como views. I stayed for 2 weeks, living like a local on the Lake.
The apartment complex was quiet and very comfortable. Gated, underground parking felt very secure. The unit was outfitted with everything you would need to move on in for an extended stay. Comfy beds and a washer dryer in the unit!
Within 24 hours I was zipping around the small windy streets with confidence.
I visited a different city every day both my ferry and car.
Favorite city was Varenna by ferry, very quaint.
Favorite villa was Balbianello, recommend the hike in, lovely!
Favorite bar for a cocktail... the recently remodeled Grand Tremezzo! Very posh and hip!
BEST MEAL EVER just down the street at La Veranda Hotel Postal. GO OFTEN! Try everything!
Did I mention the views from the apartment!!! Morning, day, and nights... so very very lovely!!!
Wonderful Lake Como Experience
Had the BEST week vacation at Barbara's Villa. I am definitely returning with my best friend and 2 daughters!! It was the absolute perfect accommodations for my husband and I and his 5 students as they all attended a conference in the area. We rented the 2 bedroom unit as well as the studio suite. Mornings and evenings were breathtaking on the balcony and it was easy to get into the local spirit. Sylvana was wonderful and a huge help getting settled. Next time in the area I am planning on hiring her husband for tours in the area.
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.
My family and I spent two...
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.
I came to Vista Lago with...
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.
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!