August Availability €795 per week ********
On the edge of the village of Argegno this lovely apartment has loads of character and a view to die for, it has a shared garden with access to the lake and its own pontoon for swimming! 1 bedroom Lake -Front Apartment with views to die for.
The welcoming living room is enhanced with 2 French doors leading you to a balcony that rewards you with glorious views of both the lake and the surrounding mountains. The large dining table will accommodate all of your family for your meals, which will be prepared in a fully equipped kitchen and the views from the dining table will provide the perfect backdrop to lazy lunches and long after dinner conversations late into the night.
There is a TV with English channels and a DVD player as well as a log fire for those cosy nights in with a bottle of wine and a movie. Extra guests can be accommodated on the sofa bed in this room.
When night falls you can retire to the most comfortable beds with crisp white bed linen that will easy all of your worries away. The bedroom has been luxuriously appointed with all that you need for a peaceful night sleep, leaving you refreshed and ready each beautiful morning in this, the most stunning of lakes.
Refreshed and ready for the day you can choose from a wide variety of activities. For the more energetic there are a number of choices from challenging bike rides and mountain walks to a wide range of water sports. Como will keep you exhausted and happy.
If you want a more leisurely holiday you can drink in the vistas while soaking up the sun on the swim deck.
The garden is the ideal place where you can have a late night drink soaking up the lights as they dance across the water or quiet early morning coffee so that you can plan your day’s excursion.
This stunning 1 bedroom apartment is situated directly on the lake and only a 2-minute stroll to the charming town of Argegno. It is located about a 2 minute stroll away from the village centre with narrow cobbled lanes and archways and ending in the middle of the Piazza where you can get fantastic ice cream made on the premises at Zoë’s. The village has a small mini market to provide you with all the basics. There is a bank with international cash machine, a small harbour with marina, fishing tackle shop, cable-car station, to take you into the mountains to the village of Pigra where you can have the experience of Como from the sky (cable cars run every half hour with a break from 12- 2).The village has its own pebble beach with an adjoining pizzeria where you can hire sun loungers etc. or fish to your heart’s content. There is a small food market in Argegno on Monday mornings where you can get fresh meat, fish veg and locally produced cheeses. There are numerous small bars in the village and a fantastic selection of restaurants and snack bars and in the surrounding areas (La Grillia 2km up the road that the property is on, is one of our favourites with great value in a beautiful rustic Italian setting). Café Colombo is a tiny beautiful wine bar in the corner of the square with Italian 'tapas' and snacks available all day and a great Happy Hour (Free antipasti )at night. There is a new restaurant, recently opened in the village piazzo beside the fountain, called La Piazzetta, which serves a wide selection of food from pizza (best in Argegno) to fine dining i.e. fresh tuna tar. The owner Christian is very nice and will try to cater for all your dining needs. Others restaurants we recommend are, Villa Belvedere, beside the ferry port and Crotto dei Platini (3 mins down the road towards Brienno). These are situated on the Lake with fantastic food in a magical setting. A delightful new wine bar Enotica Argegno is only recently opened with a fantastic range of good wines available very cheaply. This also serves free antipasti in the evening.
The village lies on the main lakeside road and therefore is on the main bus route up and down the lake .It also has a ferry port stop for passenger ferries (both slow ferry and hydrofoil) and these are a great way of seeing the lake, which is at its best when viewed from the water. You can get daily rambler tickets so you can hop on and off at your leisure. Bellagio is one town not to miss. Taxis are available from La Piazzetta restaurant in the village Public transport is both inexpensive and reliable and runs very frequently. Car hire is recommended as you need to explore the lake to optimize your time there although we prefer to laze on the balcony with a bottle of locally produced Prosecco and just watch the world pass by.
With regard to place to visit top priority is a slow ferry on the lake to anywhere!
For some retail therapy I would recommend Bellagio with current Milan fashions and some good bargains to be had in Italian designer sunglasses, handbags etc. Como is famous in the region for its silk. There is a huge outlet centre called Foxtown (info on net) just over the border in Switzerland (15 mins from Como) where the Milanese go to do serious shopping. Don't forget to bring your passport.
Italian life around the lake starts very early (the local bakery is usually sold out of most of its bread by nine thirty) and ends quite early with dinner starting at about 7and bars closing around midnight. Also everywhere is very child friendly. Getting your timing right is very important as most shops close from 12.30 until 3 and most restaurants finish serving lunch at 2 with not another bite to be got until about 5 when they fire up their pizza ovens. There is a small shop in the village where you can get most of the basics but I suggest you go to in Bennet Shopping Centre in Como Nord where there is a very large supermarket, which will cater for all of your needs.
Best places are Bellagio (a must for lunch), Menaggio, and Como lakefront (also great for shopping with a flea market on Thursday mornings and all day Saturday).
You must visit some of the villas with the most popular being Villa Carlotta; this has beautiful gardens and is open to the public.
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