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Review 4922: Lake Como Homes, Bella Menaggio
3bed/2bath apartment in Menaggio, Lombardy
March 2011, 1 week
Bella Menaggio is an apartment with a wonderful view over Lake Como, and within walking distance to town center, restaurants, shops and the ferry which allowed easy access to all points on Lake Como. The apartment was the "penthouse" of a three story building, and appeared to be the only rental property in the building that housed three or four other apartments. The building had good security - a security gate to get into the driveway that led to a private garage. One space was reserved for renters of Bella Menaggio. We had two cars, so we had to park car car outside the gate, about 100 yards away, which was never a problem.
Walking from Bella Menaggio into town center for coffee, restaurants and groceries was not a problem, although for grocery runs, we often took the car. The apartment sat high up in the village so for those with ambulatory problems, it might be a bit much to go up the road from town to the apartment with bags of groceries.
The building was well maintained, extremely quiet, and being on the highest floor meant there was no noise from apartments above. The apartment had three bedrooms and two baths, although we only used two of the bedrooms, with a queen bed, and the other with king. Being on the highest floors meant a low angled ceiling in one of the bedrooms but we got used to it. The third bedroom was quite large, and had two twin beds. one bath has a bath tub only; the other bath has a stand-up shower.
You can view the property directly Bella Menaggio.
The apartment has a wonderful terrace with a barbecue (we did not use) and a nice table for six along with cushions. The views up and down Lake Como and the surrounding mountains were wonderful, although the one drawback was that when sitting at the table, because the "railing" was stucco the view was somewhat diminished. Standing with a glass of wine or coffee, however, allowed spectacular vistas.
Furniture was fine, although with only one wraparound sofa, it was not ideal for four people, so we just pulled up one of the leather cushioned dining chairs from nearby. The dining area had a nice glass top table with six comfortable chairs overlooking the terrace with the views.
The beds were very comfortable and storage space was ample.
The kitchen was compact but quite usable. We prepared several dinners with goodies from the local market and grocery stores in the kitchen. There were plenty of plates, dishes, etc, although the apartment did lack a bit with glassware and stemware, which meant washing our glasses or running the dishwasher more often than should have been necessary. Pots, pans, utensils and knives were ample.
Problems or Bonuses
Although we were not surprised by this (having read a review on the agency website) there was no elevator. It was not a major problem for us, however if one is not up for stairs, the third floor apartment would not be ideal for some. We felt it was a small price to pay for nice views.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Lake Como Homes (also called Happy Holiday Homes) was great. They were very responsive during booking, and provided good instructions etc before the trip. Once we were there on-site, they were extremely responsive. We asked for extras towels (they initially only provided one bath towel per bed) and they hustled up to the apartment with more.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend the apartment, if three flights of stairs (worthwhile for the views and location) was not an issue.
Things to do in this area
We enjoyed visiting several villas open to the public - Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, with its spectacular gardens was a highlight, as was Villa Balbienello, in Lenno. Our day in Lenno started with their Tuesday market, followed by a small boat ride to the Villa landing. We felt like the rich and famous for sure! Other pastimes were traversing Lake Como via the regular ferries to visit many of the lakeside towns. We took a day trip via train to Bergamo, an hour away, and enjoyed the Citta Alta (old town) and a wonderful lunch at Antica Osteria del Vino Buono. Lake Como was a magical place.
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