Villa Luce

Lake Como, Varenna region

    • Sleeps 11+1 Guests
    • Bedrooms 6 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 3+2 WC Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 750 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Cook
    • Terrace
    • Dog welcome
    • Gym
    • Airport distance:
      Milano Linate 95 km/1 hr 50 min
      Milano Orio al Serio 77 km/1 hr 50 min
      Milano Malpensa 133 km/2 hrs
      Switzerland/Lugano 73 km/1 hr 30 min

    € 4550 - 10200 per week

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    Overview

    A bright and airy villa

    Villa Luce was designed in the middle of the 20th century as a holiday retreat for an important Milanese family. The villa sits on a gated sloped land of 30.000 sqm (7.4 acres) and enjoys a magnificent view of the lake and the mountains beyond. 

    The view, the light and the strong relationship between the house interior and nature are significant attributes of this Bauhaus style villa, following the ideas of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The Bauhaus school of architecture is one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and design. Its ideas are featured here and incorporate simplified forms with large glass panes and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. 

    The wood paneled ceilings, stone floors, clean lines, pure use of color and the extension of space around and beyond the interiors attest to the fact that “Less is More”. Brilliant views greet you when you enter Villa Luce as the lake can be seen from every room in the villa. The decor boasts fine pieces of design furniture that have also been designed for comfort. 

    The house focuses on entertainment, with a large living and dining room that lead outside to a panoramic terrace, the perfect setting for sunset cocktails and outdoor dining. There are ping pong, table football, badminton and volleyball facilities available on site. The hot tub and the pool are at the top of the property so guests can relax in the water looking over the azure waters of Lake Como.

    The estate is completely enclosed and slopes down to the lake where there is a small private beach, whose existence is dependent on the water level. Hardy walkers can follow a trail down to the lake (10-15 minutes walking). This is a par course trail that winds down through the trees (not suitable for people with walking difficulties). It ends with a welcoming hammock at the lake’s edge where the clean lake water beckons for a swim.

     

    Villa Luce´s location is on the northeastern shore of Lake Como, which is wide and expansive. The lake and mountain views are dramatic with the Italian and Swiss Alps figuring majestically right before you. There is a small hamlet within walking distance of the villa, which offers an excellent restaurant. 

    The town of Colico is 7 km north and has a good variety of restaurants and shops, including a shopping center and boat rental shop. Colico is a local transport hub, with ferry service to Como and Lecco, as well as easy train service to Milan. There is also a main highway that runs along this corridor. 

    Thanks to an efficient lake ferry service from Colico you can easily move around the lake. Several boats and hydrofoils travel up the lake from Como to Colico, stopping at most of the towns on the way. The trip between Colico and Como by ferry takes about 90 minutes.

    Varenna is 14 km and you can visit Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi. The car ferry operates from Varenna to Bellagio and Menaggio. 

    The Moto Guzzi Museum is located in Mandello at 25 km.

    A special gem is the nearby abbey of Piona set in a landscape of exceptional beauty on the small Olgiasca peninsula. This is a Cistercian abbey and the natural and homegrown goods produced by the monks are available for purchase. It is also possible to visit the abbey church, which is simple and spiritual. A pleasant country lane leads to the abbey, which can be reached by car in 10 minutes and on foot in about 30 minutes.

    Families love this destination as it is perfect for kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing, thanks to the La Breva breeze. This warm breeze from the north blows freshly down the lake. There is a windsurf and kitesurf school in Colico. There are many possibilities for hiking, tennis and nature trails, as well as horseback riding, mountain biking and golf.

    If you love the Alps, you can reach Madesimo (approx 50 min drive/59 km), on the road to the Swiss Splügen pass (60 km). It is also possible to visit St. Moritz and the Engadina Valley at 75 km, approximately a 1 hour drive. 

    By train in an hour and a half you can reach Milan (93 km) to visit Leonardo's Last Supper fresco or for an exciting shopping tour.

    Guests Reviews

    Our Guests Reviews

    09-08-2017: The location is great and the views were spectacular
    We had a wonderful week! The location is great and the views were spectacular. The kids loved the lawn are for playing soccer. The only complaint we had was the range in the kitchen was very difficult to operate. Other than that we really enjoyed our stay. We hope to return in the near future.
    Carla Usa 

    Amenities

    HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
    • Pool: 4 x 7m
    • Hot Jacuzzi tub
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Satellite TV in each bedroom
    • Fridge with freezer
    • 4 ring gas hob
    • Oven
    • Filter coffee machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Laundry room with washing machine in the basement
    • Small fitness room with tapis roulant and other tools for pilates and yoga
    • Covered terrace
    • Professional and portable barbecue grill
    • Park-garden with different relax and sport areas
    • Ping pong table
    • Table football
    • Parking
    Touring ideas

    Restaurant 400 m
    Grocery shop 500 m
    Colico 7 km
    Varenna/ferry berth 15 km
    Bellaggio ferry 15 min
    Menaggio ferry 15 min
    Lugano 28 km from Menaggio
    Como 36 km from Menaggio
    St. Moritz 95 km
    Milan 86 km

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    Activities

    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: On the premises: swimming, ping pong, table football, badminton, volley ball. Nearby: watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoeing, as well as hiking, tennis, nature trails and winter skying, golf.
    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.
    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.

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    If rented for 12 people

    Entrance level (2 bedrooms with lake views):
    1 fully equipped modern kitchen
    1 guest half bath (with WC and basin)
    1 single bedroom (bed 80 x 195 cm) with extra pull-out bed 
    1 double bedroom (bed 160 x 195 cm) with en suite bathroom (with shower)
    1 laundry room with washing machine
    1 small fitness room with tapis roulant and other tools for pilates and yoga

    10 steps down:  
    1 dining room with table for 12 people

    6 steps down:
    1 living room with large comfy sofas and wide screen TV, floor to ceiling windows opens the interior to its natural surroundings 

    Upstairs (4 bedrooms each one has TV and great lake views):
    1 double bedroom (bed 160 x 195 cm) with a panoramic terrace and en suite bathroom (with shower)
    1 twin bedroom (beds can be joined / beds 80 x 195 cm each) 
    1 double bedroom (bed 160 x 195 cm)
    1 bathroom (with shower)
    1 double bedroom (bed 160 x 195 cm) with terrace and independent entrance from ouside, en suite toilet (with WC and basin) 

     

    The villa has a multi-level layout. Guests with mobility concerns please note that while there are bedrooms on the entrance level, the dining room is nearly a full flight of stairs (10 steps) lower and the living room is a half flight (6 steps) lower than the entrance level. 

     

    Outside:
    BBQ area with beer fridge and a covered terrace for outdoor dining
    Garden with different relax and sport areas (ping pong, table football)
    Panoramic swimming pool (7 x 4 m) and hot Jacuzzi tub

    Request BookingIf rented for 12 people
    01 Feb 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020 - 16 May 2020
    03 Oct 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    7200 EUR
    11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
    16 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
    9300 EUR
    13 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    10200 EUR

    If rented for 10 people

    One bedroom will be closed.

    Request BookingIf rented for 10 people
    01 Feb 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020 - 16 May 2020
    03 Oct 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    6350 EUR
    11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
    16 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
    8400 EUR
    13 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    9300 EUR

    If rented for 8 people

    Two bedrooms will be closed.

    Request BookingIf rented for 8 people
    01 Feb 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020 - 16 May 2020
    03 Oct 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    5400 EUR
    11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
    16 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
    7550 EUR
    13 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    8450 EUR

    If rented for 6 people

    Three bedrooms will be closed.

    Request BookingIf rented for 6 people
    01 Feb 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020 - 16 May 2020
    03 Oct 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    4550 EUR
    11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
    16 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
    6650 EUR
    13 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    7700 EUR

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    Price reduction for smaller groups!
    Villa Luce 01 Feb 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020 - 16 May 2020
    03 Oct 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
    16 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    05 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020
    13 Jun 2020 - 05 Sep 2020
    Availability
    If rented for 12 people
    11+1 PAX 12
    7200 EUR 9300 EUR 10200 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 12 people
    If rented for 10 people
    10 PAX 10
    6350 EUR 8400 EUR 9300 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 10 people
    If rented for 8 people
    8 PAX 8
    5400 EUR 7550 EUR 8450 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 8 people
    If rented for 6 people
    6 PAX 6
    4550 EUR 6650 EUR 7700 EUR N/A Request BookingIf rented for 6 people

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    RENT INCLUDES

    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday
    • Bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday
    • Pool towels
    • Electricity
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Maid service (3 hours house cleaning only for longer rentals: after 7 nights for stays of 14 nights)
    • Pool cleaning 
    • Garden maintenance
    • Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included.
    • Basic grocery shopping: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals.
    • Special experience: Guided tour to the Forte Montecchio north of Colico (valid only for weekly rentals)

    EXTRAS

    • Heating (if required): EUR 60 per day (from 14th October to 16th April).
    • Final cleaning: EUR 300 to be paid cash or by credit card on site.
    • Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 150 per week
    • Pet allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please send us the completed and signed form Declaration of Accepting Responsibility for Your Pet together with your booking form.

    SECURITY DEPOSIT

    EUR 1500 are due on arrival via credit card (Visa/Mastercard) only.

    SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)

    • Basic grocery shopping: EUR 150 and proportioned according the number of people. The shopping list includes milk, tea, coffee, butter, eggs, water, wine, cheese, bread.
    • Extra cleaning or laundry service: EUR 18 per hour
    • Extra set of bath towels and bed linens: EUR 20 per person

    NOTES

    • Reservations are not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday. Minimum stay 7 nights.
    • Availability only during the above mentioned dates
    • Pool opening dates: April 12th - October 10th
    • For more than 3 children, please enquire.
    • Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7pm and 9pm for an extra fee of EUR 150; otherwise self-check-in is allowed.

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