Wonderful lake views & historical gardens
Bella Dépendance is an independant house and sits atop Lake Como. The house was designed to take advantage of one of the most wonderful views in the world. Made of Moltrasio stone and wood, the house is laid out on two floors. The gardens of Bella Dépandance are set on two levels, and leaning over the garden balustrade you will enjoy amazing views of the lake. The name reveals that it is "only" a dependance, the former guesthouse of a much larger villa, Como Nobile, (also featured in our portfolio) which is located on another spot of the large property. Although the main villa and the guesthouse are located on the same grounds, they are fully detached, but Bella Dependance can only be rented together with the main villa.
The guests of Bella Dépendance are welcome to enjoy the extensive and wonderfully designed Italian gardens of the property. The gardens are considered some of the most historic and beautiful on Lake Como. The large swimming pool of the Como Nobile villa and has unobstructed views of Lake Como. A 12th-century belltower overlooks the pool, and the spectacular pool terrace is filled with lemon and olive trees. There is also beautiful 200 year-old greenhouse on the terrace, as well as a fountain (one of 11 on the property) that can be illuminated at night.
For those who prefer swimming in the lake, the property has its own swimming dock, encased in antique stone and filled with roses, jasmine, and oleander. Two boats are available for rent (a 32' mahoghany hand-crafted boat ideal for long lake cruises, and a 19' boat for water skiing, fishing, and village hopping). Bicycles and tennis rackets are also available.
This historical property was once the residence of a famous Italian composer. The location (3 km north of Cernobbio, between the famous Villa d'Este hotel and the villa owned by actor George Clooney) is within walking distance of a variety of shops and restaurants, therefore it could be suitable if you travel without a car. The closest train station is in Como, just 10 minutes away; you can be in Milan or cross the border to Lugano, Switzerland, in just 30 minutes.
Our Guests Reviews
11-07-2015: D.A. Usa
Our stay at the villa has been spectacular! The accommodations were just perfect for our two families! The layout of the house enabled us to have one entire family on the ground floor and the other on the upper floor so no children had to be separated from their siblings or parents :-). The on-site caretakers made certain that we had our privacy while on the property and yet there always seemed to be someone from the staff around just when we needed assistance or guidance. While the property's caretakers speak little English, they are warm and delightful! The household staff that came in daily to tidy up were lovely and their English was quite good so that we were able to ask for guidance as needed. With 5 active boys in total we wanted to make certain that they had plenty of outdoor space for activities. And they could not have been happier! The pool is not only heated (a rarity there :-) but beautifully maintained. The boys played soccer to their hearts content as there are multiple levels of garden to do so. The cave 'system' under the property is wonderful, not only for hide and seek but for simply navigating from upper property to lower. The tiered grounds/gardens are impeccably maintained and simply stunning! And our special dinner was "perfecto" from beginning to end! The chef's timeliness, preparation and care made for a superb dinner/evening. A wonderful way to celebrate my 50th! Thanks so much! We hope to be back on our next trip to Lake Como. D.A.
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 7 x 14m / shared with the Como Nobile property
- Air conditioning on the upper floor (the ground floor remains cool and fans are available)
- Internet WIFI connection
- Cable TV
- Fridge with freezer and ice maker
- Stove with oven
- American coffee maker
- Washing machine and dryer
- Private garden in front of the house
- Use of the historic Italian gardens
- Use of the private lake access
Restaurant, bar, shops, bus stop 800 m
Cernobbio 3 km
Como 12 km
Tremezzo 21 km
Bellaggio 22 km + 15 min ferry
Menaggio 26 km
Milan 60 km
Many small towns and villages surround Lake Como. They are quaint and beautiful and it’s worthwhile exploring them. If you spend the mornings on the west side and the afternoons on the east side of the lake, you will always stay in the sun.
Steamers, boats, car ferries and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A ferry around the heart of Lake Como (between the key towns of Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia) is a must. The most popular of the stops remains Bellagio.
Bellagio - known as the pearl of the lake is a beautiful little town in a picture-perfect location on the promontory where Lake Como separates into two branches. The town is historic and charming, with a waterfront promenades, stately hotels and two gardens open to the public: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. Bellagio's tourist information offices are by the ferry jetty and in Piazza della Chiesa.
Menaggio is located on the western shore of Lake Como, and has small stretches of shingle beach. From Menaggio you can travel to Lake Lugano or embark on mountain hikes. The town is a useful base for exploring Lake Como; with good bus and ferry connections.
The fishing village of Varenna has picturesque narrow alleyways and streets below a castle and a lakeside walking path. Varenna is a peaceful resort, smaller than Bellagio and also very beautiful. You can admire views from the Castello di Vezio or simply relax by the lakeside.
In Tremezzo visit Villa Carlotta - a villa and botanical garden. The villa is today a museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners.
The walled town of Como is a lively and pleasant town with an appealing historical centre and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como. The impressive cathedral (Duomo), like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another fine sight, as are the tall nine-hundred-year-old gateway, Porta Vittoria, and the Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio. The town's art gallery (Pinacoteca) is also worth a visit. For a short trip out of town, take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views.
Lake Como and the region is a shopper’s paradise. Around Como there are many small shops and boutiques, and in the larger towns you will find a great range of boutiques, designer stores and department stores. Wherever you are you are never far from great shopping.
Como is an interesting place to shop because of its local flavor. There are very elegant stores in Como that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Some of the world’s greatest designers are found in Como. Perhaps the nicest discount silk store (Mantero VIII) is found on the outskirts of Como.
Como is only a few minutes' drive from the Swiss border and from Lake Lugano. Cross the border into Switzerland and visit Foxtown Factory Stores, a temple of luxury and elegance with 3 km of shop windows, where 160 stores. The world famous mall that has every imaginable brand name store (Armani, Gucci, Prada, Loro Piano, Yves St. Laurent, Ferragamo, Versace, Missoni, Bally, Bruno Magli, Dolce and Gabbana, Cerrutti……to literally name only a few) at discounted prices. The mall sells last year’s fashions at prices that seem a third of what can be found in Milan.
Then of course there is Milan. Milan is a short train-ride away for those in search of some city life. Milan has been crowned the fashion capital of the world thanks to designers such as Versace, Prada and Armani. Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga with its designer showrooms and boutiques are two of the most elegant, if expensive, shopping streets in Europe. Milan also has sections of town dedicated to antiques, art and house supplies.
In Milan is to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In the heart of Milan is the rose-colored marble Gothic Duomo. Not far from the Duomo is the world’s most famous opera house - La Scala. Throughout the city are symbols of Milan’s illustrious past including the 16 Corinthian-style columns from early Roman settlements. These are placed just outside the 4th century Basilica di San Lorenzo. Also impressive is the Sforza Castle and Museum of Ancient Art. St. Ambrose’s Basilica and Museum is interesting as the Basilica was founded in the 4th century by the Bishop Ambrose who baptized St. Augustine here.
Lake Como boasts some of the very finest Italian cuisine, and is home to a number of world-class restaurants. Check out the back streets and old lakeside towns to find some of the less well known but excellent restaurants.
Lake Como boat hire is possibly the finest way to experience the Lake in its full splendour. One has not seen Lake Como if it hasn’t been experienced from the water. There are numerous touring companies that can take large or small groups for tours of the lake which can include a refreshing swim in the lake. A wonderful day is to take the morning to explore the lake by boat. Stop for a long lunch at the Locanda dell’ Isola Comacina and return to the Villa by late afternoon.
Outdoor Activities: biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, paragliding and windsurfing.
There are numerous hikes and walking trails in and around Lake Como. Around the lake, through the woodlands and up through the hills and mountains offer an enormous variety of hiking possibilities, from easy walks for families to the more difficult for skilled hikers.
For water sports lovers it is possible to spend entire days sailing or kayaking, windsurfing and motor boating, water skiing and canoeing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. In Como there is even a hydroplane piloting school.
Experience regattas with the Cannottieri Moltrasio Yacht Club.
Lake Como can also be dicovered by bicycle. Scenic roads, and alternative routes to those followed by the main traffic and some real cycle paths offer the visitor an alternative way of visiting various parts of the lake.
Lake Como has also several golf courses which can be easily reached by car. 8 Golf courses are within 50 km from the villa: Golf Club Carimate, Golf Club Menaggio & Cadenabbia, Golf Club Lanzo, Golf Club Ponticello, La Pinetina Golf Club, Golf Club le Robinie, Golf Club Villa d'Este, Green Club Lainate.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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The house is decorated with antiques and elegant Italian designer furniture. The kitchen is large, modern and airy with every imaginable amenity. The kitchen units are an elegant stainless steel and in the center is an antique Tuscan eating table. The house has two beautiful fireplaces: one is in the living room which looks out over the lake and the other is in one of the bedroom suites. The living room has gorgeous lake views. Elevated from the living room is the lovely dining room which also enjoys beautiful views of the lake, it has a table that seats 10 comfortably and has direct access to the kitchen. The house is laid out on two floors, both floors have garden access. It has air conditioning on the main floor, which is the upper floor. The ground floor remains cool and fans are available. The house sleeps 8, it features 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Upper floor equipped with air conditioning:
Sleeps 4 people / 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 guest bathroom
- Living room with fireplace
- Dining room
- 1 master suite with twin or double bed with en suite bathroom (with separate bathtub and shower)
- 1 twin or double bedroom with private bathroom (with shower only)
- On this floor there is another small bedroom with 2 beds (twin or double) for staff use only.
- 1 guest bathroom
Ground floor equipped with fans:
Sleeps 4 people / 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
- 1 twin or double bedroom with en suite bathroom (with bathtub and handheld shower)
- 1 twin or double bedroom with bathroom (with shower only)
- 1 studio with sofa bed
- 1 laundry room
Weekly rates in €
|Bella Dépendance||01 Mar 2019 - 03 May 2019
06 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
|03 May 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
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PLEASE NOTE: Bella Dependance is only available to those who rent the main villa, Como Nobile, also featured in our portfolio.
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