Boasting direct lake views and being just a stone’s throw away from the ferry port, this modern Varenna holiday retreat provides the perfect base for couples to explore the idyllic ‘golden triangle’ resort towns and attractions!
The apartment is situated in a period property and can be easily reached by lift. Inside the property boasts high ceilings and a modern open plan layout to provide a relaxed and inviting ambience. The living and dining area offers the perfect place for unwinding and entertaining, with a TV with DVD playe, free WIFI and a lake view dining table which sits up to 4. A fully equipped kitchen with an oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher and a fridge freezer allows guests the freedom to cook delicious meals during their stay; with a host of restaurants also conveniently placed on the doorstep. The sofa in the living room can be adapted into a double bed when necessary.
A spacious double bedroom and a modern fitted bathroom with bath tub and over head shower complements the internal layout and guests can enjoy the picturesque lake views from the sunny private balcony as well as the striking hillside views to the back of the property.
Guests are within easy reach of the frequent car and passenger ferry service to Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Menaggio and can fully embrace staying in the ‘Porto Fino of Lake Como.’ The beautiful town of Varenna features a romantic lakefront walkway, which leads to the ancient medieval quarter of the town and provides a timeless world to explore; with stepped cobbled streets leading up past pastel townhouse facades to quaint shop-lined piazzas, historical churches, lake view vistas, and not forgetting the pretty harbour of bobbing boats and scenic cafes and restaurants to enjoy! The famous botanical gardens of Villa Monastero can be easily reached on foot and a morning trek up to Castello di Vezio provides the opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking lake view picnic and to enjoy the medieval castle surroundings, which are home to falconry displays, festivals and medieval re-enactments throughout the summer. The Jungle Raider Theme Park above Varenna offers an adrenaline tree climbing experience and for those looking for a year-round holiday destination, Varenna does not disappoint; with the local ski resort of Piani di Bobbio within easy reach of the town and the Ski resort of Madesimo situated within an hour’s drive away.
Varenna also offers easy access to Milan, via its frequent train service to Lecco; making the fashionable Lombardy capital within easy reach for shopping and sightseeing daytrips. Bellano is also situated just a 2 minute drive from the town and boasts a wide range of modern amenities and a harbour with water sport facilities.
The resort town of Bellagio can be reached by ferry and offers a wealth of boutique shops and lake view cafes to enjoy. Its’ beautiful showcase of elegant attractions including the famed gardens of Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni also make this a must-have destination. An extreme outdoor sports centre offering quad biking, paragliding, caving and horse riding can be found on the hillside also above Bellagio; providing guests with an action packed day out!
The other famous golden triangle town of Menaggio offers a charming lakefront centre with cafe-lined piazzas, boutique shops and delicatessens to enjoy, as well as a picturesque promenade which leads to a fabulous Lido perfect for enjoying in the summertime. The famous Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is just a 5 minute drive from the resort town and the local nearby activities to enjoy along the western shore include sailing, power boat rental, kayaking, tennis and hiking. The Tremezzina shore can also be reached by ferry from Varenna, and from its port of Cadenabbia guests can enjoy a wide range of restaurants and bars, as well as the famous Villa Carlotta attraction.
- Lake View
- Car Not Necessary
- Pets Not Permitted
- Ceiling Fan
- Child Friendly
- Clothes Horse
- Cooker Hob
- DVD Player
- Electric Kettle
- Free Wifi
- Full Kitchen
- In Town
- Iron/Ironing Board
- On Lakeshore
- Suitable for Elderly
- Very Quiet Location
- Very Sunny Position
- Washing Machine
Activities & Attractions
Seasonal Weekly Tariffs
|#||Min stay||Start date||End date||Price|
|4 nights||15 Dec 2018||04 Jan 2019||€890|
|4 nights||05 Jan 2019||26 Apr 2019||€770|
|4 nights||27 Apr 2019||21 Jun 2019||€890|
|4 nights||22 Jun 2019||30 Aug 2019||€1000|
|4 nights||31 Aug 2019||11 Oct 2019||€890|
|4 nights||12 Oct 2019||13 Dec 2019||€770|
|4 nights||14 Dec 2019||03 Jan 2020||€890|
|4 nights||04 Jan 2020||24 Apr 2020||€770|
|4 nights||25 Apr 2020||19 Jun 2020||€896|
|4 nights||20 Jun 2020||28 Aug 2020||€1001|
|4 nights||29 Aug 2020||09 Oct 2020||€896|
|4 nights||10 Oct 2020||18 Dec 2020||€770|
|4 nights||19 Dec 2020||08 Jan 2021||€896|
|Additional Service Charge: €150 (7 days & less) & €150 (7 days plus)|
Varenna Vele is a great apartment with breathtaking views of Lake Como from the Juliet balcony. It is in a superb location , just across the road from the ferry, and is very easy to find thanks to the very precise directions which the Happy Holiday Homes team always provide. We have always stayed in Menaggio before which is a lovely town and has the convenience of a couple of supermarkets and other shops. Now Varenna will be our preferred location. There is only one small shop with limited supplies but it is not a chore to get the ferry over to Menaggio and combine it with lunch at our favourite place Il Grolla. Varenna itself is full of lovely restaurants most with lake views. We enjoyed meals at Il Molo (great bruschetta) and Cafe Varenna but our favourite has to be lunch on the terrace of Hotel du Lac. We arrived after a three hour ferry trip from Como which is a very easy journey from Malpensa Airport to Como Lago by train (change from Malpensa Express at Saronna) and left using the train from Varenna to Milan which was only a ten minute walk to the station. We would definitely stay at Varenna Vele again.
Dear Harold & Team members
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our week in Varenna Vele - the location of the flat was ideal, handy for the ferries, railway station, local restaurants and shops. We had dinner a couple of times at Al Prato (excellent food), and many morning cappuccinos and afternoon aperitifs at Caffe Varenna (free Wi-Fi)! We found everyone to be friendly and helpful and was glad we'd chosen Varenna as a base. We enjoyed trips to Villa Monasterro, Bellagio, Como, Villa Balbianellop (outstanding location and garden) and a day at Expo Milano. Lake Como is a wonderful area and one that we'd like to visit again.
Our only complaint with the apt. was the bathroom (new grouting and shower curtain would be nice) and washing machine (Richard helped us out with the latter).
We will definitely contact Happy Holiday Homes if we decide to visit Italy again.
Margaret & Alan Taylor Vancouver, BC Canada
We are enjoying our week in Varenna and will be sad to leave on Saturday. We have found the apt. very comfortable and well located. Our only glitch has been the washing machine, but after a visit from Richard we managed to complete a load of laundry!
We have enjoyed exploring Varenna, have visited Bellagio, Expo Milano, Villa Balbianello, and tomorrow we hope to go to Como.
The bottle of Prosecco, sweet rolls and milk were most appreciated on Saturday after we arrived from Rome.
And someone left a bottle of Frizzante vino outside our door today - could it be from you? If so, mille grazie!
We like this area very much and hope to come again in the future.
Arriverderci, Alan & Margaret Taylor (Vancouver, Canada)
We stayed at Varenna Vele in September of 2014 for 11 days. Varenna Vele is a well equipped, lovely apartment with gorgeous views of the lake. It is very comfortable (including the bed) and had all the items we needed for our stay. I liked that due to the location of the apartment we could either walk along the main upper road to the piazza and markets or walk along the promenade to most of the restaurants. That way we did not have to climb the impossible steps that connect the upper part and lower part of the town. Having a washing machine was a definite plus.
While we were staying there the owners stopped by to check that the internet was working. Having the internet was a nice plus. The owners graciously brought several bottles of local wines for us, and although they spoke very little Engish we were able to explain how pleased we were with the apartment.
We loved exploring Varenna. We ate dinner several nights at "Il Molo" (which turned out to be our favorite restaurant), shopped for food and wine in the two small markets up near the church, and just loved meandering along the promenade. Il Monastero was absolutely beautiful and since we were there for 11 days I visited the gardens more than once. I am a watercolor painter and went out sketching and painting every day. I thought that Varenna was the most scenic of all the towns we visited. We did visit Belaggio, Menaggio, Tremezzo, Lecco, and Como...but Verenna was my favorite spot! The people of the town were very friendly and we felt at home there.
We did have a problem when we arrived because we were given the wrong code for the key box and had to contact the office in order to get in and since we did not have a phone that was not easy to do. The code should have been checked prior to our arrival. Two sets of keys should be provided. My husband and I sometimes did things solo and having only one set of keys made things difficult at times.
All in all it was a wonderful apartment in which to enjoy the best of Lake Como.
No complaints about anything.Varenna and Varenna Vele exceeded expectations.We enjoyed eveything, although Bellagio was too busy and too commercialized.The property at Varenna has the advantage of the traghetto as well as the other ferrys and also the railway station and Menaggio just across the lake for buses.Would be good to have an extended stay in Varenna and use it as a base for going to a lot of places.
Just wanted to write you to tell you how great a time we had at your place. The location was perfect. Quiet and very comfortable. Apartment had an incredible view of Lake Como. Groceries were available so we ate in the apartment most of the time. Pizza one night at Sole…it was OK but fresh ingredients cooked at home was better. Don’t miss the cemetery & fiumelatte. We ferried to Menaggio, Bellagio & Como. Great way to see the lake. Varenna may be a little quiet for some but when trying to sleep, it is well appreciated.
We arrived & left by train & visited Milan one day to see The Last Supper, Duomo, Sforza Castle & La Scala. Easily done.
We were glad to have found your place & would stay there again.
It's been a while since we got back from Varenna, but things have been really busy at home and work, so I'm only just getting round to providing feedback.
We thought your property was absolutely lovely. The location was ideal, especially as it was just opposite the ferry terminal. We didn't use the car we had hired at all during our stay - there was no need.
Your directions to the apartment were really accurate and we loved the pictures to help us get it right! You might want to include an explanation of the parking situation for future guests - we were lucky to find one of the free parking bays and left the car there for the duration of our stay, but others may not be as fortunate and I wouldn't want them to be fined for parking in the wrong place.
Everything in the property worked, including the all-important air conditioning. I don't think there was anything that was missing to make our stay comfortable. We felt as though we were living like locals and even stocked up on groceries using the ferry to Menaggio. That was something else we thought would be an improvement, particularly for those with families who, perhaps, wouldn't want to eat out in local restaurants the whole time - you should tell them that the nearest supermarket is about an hour's drive or a 25 minute boat ride.
Each day we had our breakfast at one of the cafes right at the side of the lake (not sure what it was called, but it had tiny tables and chairs right along the terrace). It was excellent and good value for money.
I've not yet sorted out the photos that we took, but if I find anything suitable I will send it to you. Kind regards and thanks for a wonderful base for our trip.
Thank you to all of you for your organisation and information. The descriptions were very good and the place was easy to find.
We enjoyed our stay at the property. it was well equipped and perfect for our needs. The view over the lake and the harbourside was an additional bonus. Would I recommend you and the property- most definitely.
Many thanks to you all