Villa Rustica is a beautiful secluded Italian farmhouse, nestled in the trees above Lake Mezzola on the northern tip of Lake Como. With breathtaking views across the lake to the mountain range beyond, it’s the perfect location for exploring the lake and surrounding valleys and mountains.
Surrounded by a private garden and extensive woods with breathtaking views, this sympathetically renovated 4 bedroom villa combines modern technology with traditional materials to create a comfortable, relaxing and beautiful holiday home. There is under floor heating and Broadband WiFi is available throughout the house and on the terrace.
Guests can access the entire house, including the original vaulted cellar with a wood burning stove that makes a stunning dining room. There are two outdoor areas for eating, one covered and one out in the open near the wood fired BBQ. Guests can walk down a steep track to the lake to swim and sunbathe.
Ground floor. The open plan ground floor includes a delightful and fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen, with chestnut work surfaces, oak beams and a wooden table around which you can comfortably seat eight people. At the other end of the room near the wood burning fire, there is a sofa and window seat, television, DVD player and amplifier with a docking station. The kitchen leads into the stairwell which connects all floors of the house, including the cellar.
First floor. A short corridor connects two bedrooms and a bathroom with both a bath and shower. Bedroom 1 has direct access onto a wooden balcony with stunning views over the lake and mountains. It has a double bed, a built in wardrobe, a chest of drawers and space for a cot. Bedroom 2 contains a double bed and a bunk bed and is perfect for a small family or four children. It has a chest of drawers and views of the lake and mountains.
Top floor. Bedroom 3 is a large double room with French windows the whole width of the house, giving spectacular views of the mountains. It also has a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom 4 is a small room with a bunk bed. The spacious bathroom opposite has a large open shower.
Cellar. The original vaulted cellar can be accessed from the stairwell or garden and is lit with an atmospheric combination of floor lighting and candles. Heated by a large wood burning fire, with a handmade rustic 10 seater oak table this is a unique and very special place to enjoy cool dining in the heat of the summer and cosy warmth in the depths of winter.
Garden. The peaceful garden is terraced, with surrounding stone walls and extends into the woods and all around the house. There outdoor seating and a covered paved area with a table to seat 12 looking out over a grass lawn on two levels. The lower level has a beautiful antique stone table, which easily seats 8 people. There is a traditional stone BBQ and a children’s climbing frame with swing, slide and playhouse. The lake is just 5 minutes walk away and is accessed via a path on private land. The path is rather steep and difficult in some places so do take care.
Interaction with guests
The house will be yours as we do not live there when guests are staying, so you have complete peace and privacy. We are available on e-mail and the phone to provide and arrange for help, as is our local property manager who lives a short distance away.
Other things to note
Pricing may vary due to the limitations of AirBnB settings. For low and mid season bookings, there is a minimum stay of 4 nights and for peak season a minimum stay of 7 nights. Parking and access to this wonderful villa at Lake Como. There is plenty of room at the house for parking, but as the photo of the drive illustrates, it is steep and rough, so access all the way to the house is by 4 x 4 vehicle only. There is however parking at the top of the drive and it’s just a 2 minute walk down to the house. Upon arrival and departure we will arrange for transport of your luggage between your car and the house at no extra cost.
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