A unique apartment in a classic period Italian villa by the water on Lake Como.
Villa Bertoni is an elegant and stylish period villa on the lake front and this gorgeous two bedroom apartment with panoramic views and a stunning lakeside position by Tremezzo marina on Lake Como can be yours for a dream holiday.
Villa Bertoni sits discreetly on the lake front, separated from the water only by the lake road that curves around the natural bay making up the marina in Tremezzo. Behind the imposing stone walls and grand gardens at the front of the villa is the neo classical design of the villa typical of the 1860’s when it was constructed.
From the lake front road and through the iron gates the driveway sweeps through the gardens to the parking area. Along the driveway there are ancient trees and a classical Italian garden with extensive lawns, fountains and many interesting period features. A theme that is carried through to the gardens at the rear too.
After parking you enter the apartment via one of the sets of French windows at the front of the apartment directly from the gardens of the villa. The gardens at the front of the apartment slope down in front of you giving you uninterrupted views of the marina and lake.
Into the apartment you will immediately be struck by the quality of the conversion - this apartment used to be the original wine cellar for the villa giving it its uniqueness. Throughout the apartment there are high, vaulted ceilings which, along with the walls are stucco whitewashed giving a very light and airy feel throughout the property. The thickness of the walls ensure the apartment remains cool in the heat of summer and warm in the winter months.
You enter through one of the double sets of French windows, which fold right back, and you are now in the spacious kitchen diner with pale yellow units and a dining table with seating for four. The kitchen is well equipped with oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher and is a gorgeous light room in which to sit and eat whilst gazing at the lake views.
Through an archway you are now in the lounge, again with folding French windows giving direct access to the covered terrace from which the apartment takes its name, and which runs the entire length of the front of the apartment for those uninterrupted lake vistas. The lounge is furnished simply but comfortably and has a TV and DVD player should you ever be torn away from the views. A lovely cool place to sit in the heat of the midday sun.
Towards the rear of the apartment you will find the master bedroom area featuring a double bed and plentiful storage. From the master bedroom and through a door you can access the twin bedroom making it ideal for families with young children. Both bedrooms have air-conditioning.
The bathroom is located though a door off the living room and has a shower, WC and bidet in a modern white suite. The compact washing machine is also conveniently located here for your use.
The covered terrace or portico is an ideal place to sit and while away the day. There are sun loungers and a table seating four for dining al fresco. The views from here are panoramic and take in the flawless gardens and breathtaking views across the lake.
In the grounds there are extensive shared gardens and a rear sun terrace, mature trees and well cared for gardens. Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds. For larger parties the apartment directly above and sleeping up to six can be rented at the same time giving you greater flexibility.
Villa Bertoni Portico - lake front, sleeping up to four people. Living room, kitchen/dining room, one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, one bathroom with shower, large terrace with lake view, air conditioning, washing machine, extensive private gardens. 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).
In the village of Cadenabbia on the lakefront is a swimming pool and lido with bar that can be used by Bella Como guests for a small daily charge. Under 12 years go free. There is also a gorgeous lakeside public park with fountains, access to the lake for swimming and a bar/cafe just a minute's walk from Villa Bertoni.
Out and about without a car
Walking is both easy and enjoyable around this part of the lake. Approximately a five-minute walk into either Tremezzo or Mezzegra will reward you with fresh bread from the bakers, a choice of general stores and green grocers who sell local produce that has just been picked or pulled. You are on the lake front facing the marina and the stunning promenade for romantic walks and just five minutes from the local ferry port from which you can travel across the lake to Bellagio for example.
The piazzas and streets have wonderful family run cafés and restaurants that are open most days from dawn till late where 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 within walking distance including 'Al Veluu' , 'Risorgimento' and 'La Darsena' which must be three of the finest eateries on the lake. 'Helvetia', 'Red & White', 'Azalea' and 'El Timon' are also a short walk away for those lake side lunches and evening meals or a cocktail.
Tremezzo and Mezzegra are 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 close to Villa Balbianello (of James Bond fame) and the stunning gardens of Villa Carlotta.