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Wonderfull stone made chalet in a chesnut forest with fatastic Lake view. - 'Le Tartarughe' Appartment

Montemezzo, Como, Italy
  • Chalet1054 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Stone House with 3 indipendent Apartments


I ‘Rustici di Cher’ are a lovingly restored old farmhouse nestled into the chestnut forest of Montemezzo above Gera Lario and boast an unforgettable panoramic view of Lake Como.

Kids can play in a safe environment in the green in front of the house.

This wonderful view can be enjoyed from all three apartments: Le PAPERE , Le TARTARUGHE and Le CAMPANELLE.

Le PAPERE has a large panoramic terrace facing the lake, LE TARTARUGHE and Le CAMPANELLE have a porch and private garden with panoramic view.

All terrace and porch are well furnished with wooden dining tables and chairs and relax chairs that beg you to spend the whole day outdoor, simply soaking up the view. All apartments have their private barbeque for the practice of your culinary skills.

In the forest of Cher only 300 meters from the house there is 'Il torrente Sorico' a nice small and wild river with nice pools of refrashing water where you can relax.

ECO BUILDING: I Rustici di Cher has been realized with special attention to the rational use of energy and environmental sustainability. In 2010 they have been certified by CESTEC as class B (the ranking goes from class G to class A being class A the best one). CESTEC is the regional energy agency of Lombardia.


It has taken the owner three years to complete the lovely restoration of I Rustici di Cher with the strict building regulation being consulted every step on the way. The result is quite stunning, the apartments are a real gem, full of charm., They are bright and with a fantastic view on the valley.The house has been furnished by an architect from Milan with special details to be comfortable and charming. There is high quality wood and stone work throughout, exposed ceiling beams. Overall the test full design and color schemes makes you fell at home. The house is eco friendly with solar heated hot water system, central gas heating and independent wood heating as well.

It a small private paradise, not only for hikers and mountain bikers, but also for those looking for a peaceful escape and a chance to explore the culture of Alto Lario and its very well known gastronomic attractions.

The owner lives in Monza, but also uses the vacation home himself and consequently it is particularly well thought out and lovely maintained.


This is a very safe area and you can park in the garden at the back of the house (1 car per apartment) or in the road at the beginning of via Cher, (the 130 m path that leads you up to the house that has been recently restructured), or in a bigger parking near S. Martino Church (200 metres from via Cher)

Via Cher ends at I Rustici di Cher and they are almost a car free pedestrian zone that make the place more peacefull.

If you drive e 4*4 you can park in garden at the back of the house.

If you are a good hiker you can make a NO CAR CHOICE and walk down to Gera Lario (2 km of an ancient footpath) were you can find a supermarket, a bakery, cafés, restaurant, a big swimming pool and many other sport facility in the area of the harbor.


Paolo Zaza

Member Since 2011
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english, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 29, 2018
About Paolo Zaza

I was born in Milan and live in Monza from 2001. I'm a engineer and, after working many years with multinational companies, in 2009 I founded SC, a company specialized in management training services. I love Nature and I like to play outdoor sports (sailing, trekking, canoeing, skiing, biking, water rescuing with dogs,...).

Paolo Zaza purchased this Chalet in 1999

Why Paolo Zaza chose Montemezzo

The house has been restored to obtain three indipendent apartments. Papere, Tartarughe e Campanelle.

What makes this Chalet unique

It is a small Paradise because of the peace, view and the beauty of the Nature.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Very nice view
      • Bedroom 2
        4 twin/ single, Bunk beds
      • Bedroom nr. 1
        Large wooden bed and two closets Bedroom nr. 2: 2 bunk beds In the livingroom thers is a sofa with double bed


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
      • It is all new.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Fireplace
                      Big chimney with air ventilation
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      There is a wife equoed with mobile connection. You can also buy a chargeable internet key in the electronic shopping center of Colico 12 km from the house
                    • Linens Provided
                      A set of sheets for each guest
                    • Living Room
                      Big table for 8
                    • Firewood
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      The car can be parked in garden (1 car per apt)
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Towels Provided
                      A small towel per person
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      The lady who takes care of the apartment can wah and hire at compettive prices
                    • Washing Machine
                      The lady who takes care of the apartment can wash and hire at compettive prices


                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Well equipped
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                          Big freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Very well equipped
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              With big fire place
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Touristic bookes
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Balcony
                                      With wooden table and chairs
                                    • Boat
                                      Can be rented in Gera Lario (5km)
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Can be rented in Gera Lario (5km)
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      2000 sq m with fruit tres
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Stone barbecue
                                    • Tennis
                                      In Gera there is a tennis field
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • museums
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • forests
                                            • marina
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • The price are for standard nr. of 6 persons. Any additional person will pay extra 30€/week Pets (dogs and cats) are charged an extra 50 € / week.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              A fantastic house with a fantastic view

                                                              Francesca F.

                                                              I rented this brand new house in Montemezzo in August 2010 and it turned out to be far bejond my expectations. The hosue was clean, well furnished and with all necessary appiances for a confortable stay, very different from the average holiday house you can rent in this area. It's located up on the hill, 5-minute walk from the main road. It's an ideal place for families with children, but also for those peole who love to be in the nature. It's only five/ten minutes by car from to the lake shore where all sports facilities can be found. The owner is friendly and available to supply all information about the surroundings that he knows very, very well. I found very useful the "welcome package" with all information about the area prepared by the owner for his guests. I reccommend this place to all my friends and what's more the price/qualty ratio is excellent. Francesca

                                                              mooi gelegen

                                                              Jeroen d.

                                                              Het is een mooi gesitueerd huis met prachtig zicht over het como meer. Voor ons een prima uitvalsbasis om dagjes uit te gaan of gewoon lekker in gera lario te gaan zwemmen of te eten. Gera lario leent zich heel goed voor watersporters. Het appartement is ruim maar simpel ingericht. Prima voor gezinnen met kleine kinderen. Daar moet je ook rekening mee houden als je buren krijgt!

                                                              Wat ons tegenviel was het niet aanwezig zijn van internet en een wasmachine . Deze zouden wel aanwezig zijn volgens de boeking.

                                                              We kunnen prima zonder. Heerlijke vakantie gehad.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Translation of GUEST reference:

                                                              It is a beautifully situated house with beautiful views over the como lake. For us, a great base for day trips or just swimming in the bar or swimming. Do lario lends itself very well to water sportsmen. The apartment is spacious but simple. Great for families with small children. You must also take this into account when your neighbors get!

                                                              What struck us was the absence of internet and a washing machine. These would be present according to the booking.

                                                              We can fine without. Have a great holiday.

                                                              OWNER ANSWER:

                                                              Dear Mrs. De Bunt, I am glad you had a great holiday. I am a surprised of your low rating (the average rating is over 4,5) because in the home-away site it was explained that there is NO WASHIING MACHINE machine but the local support can wash and hire at very low cost for the guests. Gests normally are very happy with this high quality service.

                                                              Referring to Wi-Fi in the home-away site it is declared that there is NO WIFI because the house is surrounded by nature in a forest and there is no fixed line from any telecom operators. For data IT communication the guest use their own mobile as a router (the quality of 4G mobile signal is good). I am trying to find Wi-Fi mobile solutions but it will not be for this year.

                                                              My best regards

                                                              Paolo Zaza

                                                              sehr schönes Haus, gepflegt in traumhafter Lage.

                                                              Carola B.

                                                              sehr schönes Haus, gepflegt in traumhafter Lage. Schön eingerichtet.

                                                              Schönes Ferienhaus in traumhafter Lage

                                                              Claudia K.

                                                              Schönes, gut ausgestattetes Ferienhaus in ruhiger Lage mit traumhaftem Blick auf den Comer See. Bestens ausgestattet, netter Vermieter, sehr zu empfehlen.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Claudia,

                                                              thank you for your very kind comments. It has been a real pleasure to guest you.

                                                              My best regards


                                                              Schön gelgen aber umständlich zu erreichen

                                                              Thaddäus H.

                                                              Wir waren im Le Tartarughe. Die Wohnung liegt schön, allerdings ist das einchecken etwas umständlich, da es vom Parkplatz auf einer Schotterstraße mit schlechtem Belag ca. 100 m Bergauf geht. Die Prozedur dauert damit sicher 2 h (je nach Personenanzahl).

                                                              Die ruhige Lage ist sehr positiv, allerdings wäre es empfehlenswert die Bäume vor dem Haus, welche die Sicht auf den See komplett versperren zu fällen. So muss man aus dem Haus heraus um etwas vom Comer See zu sehen.

                                                              Negativ aufgefallen ist vor allem auch, dass außer einer Grundreinigung wohl nicht viel vor unserer Ankunft gemacht wurde (Spinnweben etc. in Ecken und auf der Fensterbank im Bad). Eine Waschmaschine, wie auf FeWo-direkt angegeben findet sich nicht. Das ist eine Frechheit! Wir hatten zum Glück schon damit gerechnet, weil Sie auf der kurz vorher zugestellten Inventarliste fehlte und uns nicht darauf eingestellt. Die Badewanne verliert Wasser, wenn das Überlaufventil gebraucht wird. Sie ist auch sehr klein!

                                                              Die Töpfe in der Küche waren auch nicht sehr komfortabel, der Kühlschrank dafür so gut wie neu und sehr gut, mit recht großem Gefrierfach.

                                                              Die junge Frau die das einchecken vor Ort erledigt war freundlich kann aber so gut wie kein Englisch, noch sonst eine Fremdsprache!

                                                              Der Besitzer hingegen spricht gut Englisch und war auch sehr freundlich, als wir ihm per SMS mitteilten, dass wir einen Tag früher abreisen, weil unserer Tochter schlecht schlief, hat er extra zurückgerufen und sich erkundigt, ob es etwas schlimmes sei. Leider war er im vorfeld und per Telefon nicht gut erreichbar.

                                                              Insgesamt war die Einrichtung dem Preis wohl ungefähr angemessen, auf die schlechte Zufahrt wurde hingewiesen, daher geht das auch in Ordnung. Ein Shuttleservice mit Allrad würde hie sehr positiv wirken!

                                                              Aufgrund der fehlenden Waschmaschine und der Spinnweben, sowie der Badewanne, des alten Mobilars und der Töpfe, sowie der relativ leicht zu verbessernden Aussicht gebe Ich jedoch nicht mehr als 2 Sterne.

                                                              A perfect stay

                                                              We had perfect stay in La Tartarughe. The house is aprox. 4k driving above the lake but you are away from the touristic traffic. The last 150m you have to climb a steap climb (witch is a bit an issue but the owner is very helpfull with his 4x4 to carry you lugage when you arrive). The house is perfect : spacious, massive walls so easy to keep cool, well equiped kitchen, nice and clean bathroom, etc. We (2 adult and 2 kids :5 & 7 years old) enjoyed the magnificant view over the Como-lake, the nice walks in the woods above, diving and swimming in the lake, visits to touristic places in the area, etc. We would recommand it to everyone who likes water, walks, pizza :) ... in the non touristic area of the Como lake! Thanx to Paolo for the nice time!!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much for you kindness! Paolo


                                                              Montemezzo, Como, Italy

                                                              It is a romantic holiday spot to discover and rediscover every season: - spectacualr scenery, surrounded by lake, rivers and mountains. It is fantastic for famlies with kids and very good for outdoor sport practitioners: - charming villages: Colico, Domaso, Gravedona - excellent gatronomy

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $0 - $18
                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              COSTI D'AFFITTO I costi indicati in tabella sono per 6 persone. Ogni persona aggiuntiva ha un extra di 50€/setimana. ARRIVI/PARTENZE Check in sabato dalle ore 15.00 alle ore 20.00 Check out sabato successivo entro le ore 10.00 Periodo minimo 4 giorni

                                                              11 Reviews
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