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Villa Vecchia Poncetta - Lak :: Tremezzo


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A stunning apartment in a 200 year old Villa with lake views, period features and large lake facing terrace with pool.

Villa Vecchia Poncetta, a classic Lake Como villa built in the 17th century on the shores of Lake Como and having been previously owned by Countess Emilia Sommariva, the daughter of Villa Carlotta’s (the famous botanical gardens of Lake Como) owner.

The Sommariva family hosted many famous people in Villa Vecchia Poncetta, including the Arch. Sanquirico Alessandro who spent many months there.

Originally the property included the twin villas and beautiful private park where the Grand Hotel Tremezzo stands today since its construction in 1910. Today the villa is divided into just four separate character apartments that share the gardens and swimming pool with its stunning lake vistas. The interiors of the apartments were designed by the Arch. Alessandro Dubini and are a combination of both old and contemporary styles using sympathetic design and building techniques.

Many of the materials are reclaimed from the restoration including stunning stone staircases and iron work. Much of the original woodwork has been revealed to expose the hand painted reliefs and detail. Even the tiles in the bathroom are decorated with gold leaf.

Upon entering the villa through its imposing and original wooden doors, the apartment is situated up a short flight of stone steps. The apartment sits facing the lake with its own side terrace and at the front overlooking the lake is a small vantage point with table and chairs.

Through the main door you are immediately aware of the Villa's history and heritage. The hallway mixes new and old and the gorgeous stone cotto floors and whitewashed walls set the tone for the interior of Villa Vecchia Ponchetta. A blend of modernity, character and classic elegance.

From the hallway you can access the living space, bathroom and bedroom.

Through a frosted glass door you enter the bathroom which is full of character. The unconventional space has a free standing bath with overhead shower. There is a WC, bidet, and sink. The mosaic tiles in the bathroom even contain gold leaf.

Again from the hallway towards the front of the villa, you enter the living space which has two large lake facing windows with views across Lake Como to Bellagio. The living space has wooden floors, whitewashed walls and ceiling beams revealed in the restoration, complete with hand painted reliefs. There is seating for four people, a dining table and a gorgeous white leather sofa. There is a flat screen TV monitor for use with the DVD player provided. Please be advised that the monitor does not receive TV stations.

The day furniture compliments the room and gives it a classic, elegant feel. Also in the living space there is a kitchenette with a washing machine, small hob, microwave oven and storage. Whilst the kitchenette is small it is a well designed facility that is sufficient for preparing dinner on those odd nights in.

The bedroom is well proportioned, with a gorgeous king size bed and classic furnishing. The large English wardrobe and mirrored bedroom furniture work superbly with the old Italian architecture.

From the external entrance to the apartment there is a stone staircase that leads to the rear gardens and swimming pool. The steps that wind their way up to the rear of the villa may be considered steep so care must be taken. They are not suitable for guests with mobility problems and children should be supervised.

Once at the top of the garden there is a large, very private swimming pool with a wood decked terrace. From the pool and terrace there are stunning views across the lake and to the mountains behind.

Today, the neighbouring Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of Lake Como's finest hotels and can be enjoyed by non-residents in its bars, restaurants and day spa.

The apartment is perfect positioned for those travelling without a car but if you are driving then parking is available along the lake shore.

Villa Vecchio Poncetta, sleeping up to two people. Living/dining area with sofa, kitchenette, one bedroom with king size bed, one bathroom with shower and bath, lake front terrace, gardens, swimming pool. Please be aware there is a charge of €70 for final cleaning payable on arrival. Cots can be hired for €30 per week but guests need to provide their own cot linen. Pre-loaded Internet keys can be hired for €35 per week but must be ordered at least one week in advance to ensure availability (not suitable for IPads). Pool opening times usually May to September depending on weather. For larger parties Villa Vechia Poncetta Pietro and Carina can be booked at the same time ensuring greater flexibility and combined outside space.

Out and about:
Being next door to one of the lake's best hotels, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you have an array of non-resident facilities to choose from. Whether its fine dining in the glass fronted restaurant , cocktails in the elegant piano lounge or pampering in the hotel's gorgeous day spa, you have opulence and grandeur just a few metres away!

Walking is both easy and enjoyable around this part of the lake. On your doorstep you be will rewarded with fresh bread and fresh groceries from the gorgeous store by the church in Tremezzo village. Just 20 metres across the road you are by the lake and the local ferry port from which you can travel across the lake to Bellagio, Menaggio or Varenna for example.

The piazzas and streets have wonderful family run cafιs and restaurants that are open most days from dawn till late; locals meet on the way to work for a brioche and espresso or after work for a relaxing glass of Prosecco. There is also a good selection of restaurants such as 'Azalea', 'Helvetia', 'Red & White', and 'El Timon' which are just a short stroll away.

Tremezzo is in the centre of the recently opened 'greenways'; these give you clear routes (denoted by beautiful green granite slabs and steel markers) for some of the best walks around the lake. You are also within walking distance to Villa Balbianello (of James Bond fame) and the stunning gardens of Villa Carlotta.

Being so close to Milan, Lake Como is a fantastic place to visit Expo Milano 2015 from. Open from May 1 to October 31 the Expo will host over 130 participants. Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site (covering one million square meters) is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors who will have the possibility to take a trip around the world, sampling the food and traditions of people from all over the globe. Expo Milano 2015 will be the first exposition in history to be remembered not only for its products but also for its contribution towards education on food and the planet’s precious resources.

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Facilities List
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge with ice box
  • DVD
  • Coffee Machine
  • Cot available
  • Shared swimming pool and sun terrace
  • Lake front swimming pool and Lido nearby
  • Lakeside position
  • DVD collection
  • Gated residence
  • Microwave oven
  • Garden Pergola with lake view
  • Terrace overlooking the lake
Leisure Activities
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Water Sports
  • Wind Surfing
  • Beaches
  • Walking
  • Boat Hire
  • Bike Hire
  • Seaplane Trips
  • Gourmet Eating
  • Beauty Spa nearby
  • Lake front swimming pool and Lido nearby
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Car Recommended
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