Villa Rustica is a beautiful Italian farmhouse with breathtaking views across Lake Mezzola to the mountains, it’s the perfect location for exploring the lakes, waterfront towns and surrounding valleys. Ideally suited to families, groups or for a truly romantic break, the villa has many traditional features such as beamed ceilings, a wood burning fire and terracotta tiled floors. With spectacular balcony views, a terraced garden, private access to Lake Mezzola and a unique and atmospheric cellar dining room, it has all the ingredients you need to ensure a very special holiday. Set in secluded grounds within 5 minutes of the lake and a short distance from Lake Como, take to the water, enjoy cycling and beautiful walking trails or just relax at one of the many superb restaurants and cafés. It’s a short drive to the charming towns of Gera Lario, Sorico and Colico and just a little further to Milan. The ski resorts of Val Malenco, Madesimo, St Moritz are also within easy reach.
Villa near Sorico, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
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About Suzanna Fletcher
Hello, we are a British family and this is very much our home although we are working abroad at the moment and so have decided to rent out the house. We hope you will enjoy and care for it as much as we and our children do. Have fun.
Suzanna Fletcher purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Suzanna Fletcher chose Sorico
We bought the house as a ruin in 2007 having lived in Milan and fallen in love with the northern tip of lake Como. The area is lovely all year round, it is close to the delights of lake Como, the valleys and mountains, but far away enough to have absolute seclusion and peace.
What makes this Villa unique
When we are at the house, which is as much as possible, we ski in the winter, boat on the lake in the summer or just enjoy the seclusion of the woods and the walks from the doorstep.
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We (6 adultes, 3 kids) stayed at Villa Rustica for one week and we just loved it. Beautiful house, scenic view, very friendly owners, very clean rooms, heavenly garden. We really had everything we could have wished for. Just amazing!
A Beautiful house in a stunning location
We stayed in the house in April and were blessed with amazing weather for the entire week. The house itself was perfect for us with everything we could have needed or wanted. Our daughters had a bedroom each and bathroom on the first floor while my wife and I had the top floor all to ourselves. The views from the master bedroom over the lake to the mountains beyond are a delight and something we will both remember. The house has its own waterfront which you access via a steep pathway and we spent many hours playing in the water and on the shore. The area is great with much to do and we particularly enjoyed a day out in Chiavenna, a lovely town about 30 minutes away. There is also a large super market about 15 minutes from the house and numerous restaurants. You will need a 4x4 if you want to get to the front door alternatively there is a parking bay a short walk up the drive, but this is very steep.
We (4 adults, 5 children) loved Villa Rustica. The house is beautiful and very well appointed; we were extremely comfortable. However, the key selling points have to be the stunning view and the tranquil setting. It's a truly lovely location. We greatly enjoyed dining outside on the terrace, amidst trees and overlooking the lake, and relaxing in the grounds.
While the house is secluded, there's lots to do if you're willing to travel a little way by car. We enjoyed Colico and it's nearby attractions; we took the ferry along Lake Como to Bellagio; and the children appreciated a trip to a treetop climbing.
We'd suggest arriving at the house with all necessary supplies (incl washing up liquid / dishwasher tablets) to avoid having to head back out to pick anything else up. It will save you time and you won't have to sacrifice time away from the views.
The house was spotlessly clean, the information provided was accurate and the owners' local representatives were helpful.
Stunning property in a stunning location
My husband and I stayed at Villa Rustica for 1 week in the middle of May.
We spent the entire week enjoying the local area and extensive grounds of the property which included private access to the lake (though this was a little on the steep side, but the end result was worth it). The property is stunning and lives up to it's name. Our early mornings were spent enjoying breakfast under the veranda and evenings sitting out by the lawn with a BBQ smoking away (and large glass of wine or three). We'd return here in a heartbeat (especially now we are used to the access road which was on the narrow side), but other than that it was an absolute delight and highly recommended.
We had the most wonderful holiday in this perfectly delightful house overlooking Lake Mezzola. From our very first correspondence with Suzanna and Alexis (the owners), we found them exceptionally helpful in every respect. Their team on the ground were also fantastic. the house is beautifully appointed, with everything there that one needed. you need to be fairly fit in order to enjoy the steep wooded path down to the lake, but we loved this, and felt as if we were characters in "Swallows and Amazons" . The views from the house are sensational, bbqs in the evenings overlooking the lake fabulous and just struggled to take in the beauty of it all. We would really recommend it.
Stayed in this beautifully situated house with ten people in late August. It is quite an adventure to get there on very narrow and steep roads. The on-the-ground support by Gianluca and Silvia - guiding us the last kilometers to the location and helping to transport our luggage - was very helpful. We recommend to come well prepared with food supplies so you don't have to leave too often. The house is beautifully restored and tastefully decorated. Even with ten people including children there is enough space and things to do. The kitchen is really fully equipped, also with all the things you need if you come with children. There is also an outdoor fireplace for large barbecues.
You can relax and take in the beautiful views. The terrace is ideally placed so you have sun in the morning and shade during the hottest hours. The playground for the kids is well shaded all day, so they can play whenever they want. The little 'beach' is very nice as well but you need proper shoes to get there, as the „path“ is very steep and rugged. Because of the children we were a little uncomfortable with the scorpions and centipedes but you get kind of used to it.
Alice, we are so glad you and the children enjoyed yourselves and made the most of the house and surroundings. Do come again.
A car is essential. The easiest way to reach Villa Rustica is to fly to one of the three Milan airports (Malpensa, Linate, Bergamo) and hire a car. Depending on traffic, the three airports are between a 1 ½ hr and 2 ½ hr drive from the villa, Bergamo usually being the quickest.
Bringing or hiring a Sat Nav is a good idea. You can stock up on supplies on the way at the Iperal supermarket in Piantedo.
Alternatively you can combine trains and ferries via Milan, Saronno and Como.
Albonico and Dascio are each a 20 minute walk and provide restaurants.
Shopping is a short drive away to Sorico, Gera Lario and Nuovo Olonio, all within 10km.
As well as enjoying the outstanding natural beauty and countryside there is lots to see and do in the surrounding area, from enjoying the delights of the local Italian cuisine to cycling, sailing, walking and winter sports.
Enjoy mountain biking from the doorstep or road biking from the top of the track, a short walk from the villa. The surrounding area is popular with cyclists, with numerous tracks and routes.
You can enjoy some fantastic walks from the villa, either by following a well marked path (Sentiero) or by exploring the hills above Albonico. A short drive and you can explore Valle dei Ratti or continue up Valchiavenna or Valtellina.
Lago Di Mezzola sits in the Pian Di Spagna nature reserve offering a haven of natural wildlife along the southern edge of the lake and the River Mera that connects Lago di Mezzola and Lago di Como. There are several other nature reserves in Valtellina a short drive away from Villa Rustica.
Lago di Mezzola has power boat speed restrictions and therefore is the ideal place to enjoy quieter water sports. Hire a boat and explore, walk twenty minutes along the roman path to Dascio and hire a canoe or take the day trip boat for a great day out.
Alternatively, head down to the town of Gera Lario which is a twenty minute drive and you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wake-boarding and water-ski lessons.
By car or ferry, you can visit some of the famous villas and gardens of Lake Como including Villa Carlotta on your way to lunch on the only island on Lake Como, Comacina.
There is a great variety of places to eat, drink and soak up the local Italian atmosphere. The Enoteca Portovino on the edge of the old marina in Colico is a real treat in both summer and winter. Eating at a local Agriturismo, where they tend to serve a local set menu, is an inexpensive way to try local cuisine or why not just walk from the house to Trattoria Nives in Albonico or the restaurants of Dascio.