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Al-Marnich
Localita Marnico, 8 | Como Lake, 22020 Schignano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Schignano B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Just fabulous! Fabulous authentic Lombardic food, incredible hospitality, comfortable rooms (better that the photos suggest), great value, amazing atmosphere, killer location just 15 minutes drive from the lake. Fabulous...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My wife and I travelled extensively whilst living in Europe but there is one place that still leaves us pining for more – Al Marnich! We stayed there over Christmas one year and it wasn’t just the fireplace that warmed our hearts. This place is truly magical! Perched high above sea level you are guaranteed of white Christmas. On one side lies Italy and on the other is Switzerland. The Italians call this holiday farm resort an ‘agriturismo’ and it’s uniquely situated as an Alpine Paradise. The dining room was a representation of a bygone era expertly balanced with stone and antique handcrafted furniture. We thought we had been transported back to the Middle Ages.

We were served a dazzling specialty at dinner time as an appetizer. It was a platter of different cheeses, freshly sliced pear with walnuts and a crucible of local honey. How rustic is that? White wine helped us set the tone for the rest of the evening and dinner was a baked delight superbly offered with home grown vegetables and fresh salad. The rooms must be seen to be believed and it was all worth writing home about! Can't wait to visit again. Salvino

Room Tip: The rooms with an open fire are a must for couples.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Heidelberg, Germany
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51 hotel reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This review is after our second visit to Al Marnich. The first was a few years ago and happened to be our first time at an agriturismo. The drive up the mountain winding around roads with great views of Lake Como is an experience in and of it's self. Just put in the coordinates from their website into your GPS and get driving.......towards the end it seems like you are going to end up in the middle of nowhere....but keep going and you will end up in paradise. We always arrive later in the evening as we are driving from Germany. This most recent time, upon our arrival the owner and his wife, welcomed us and our dogs. We sat in the common room and they provided us with light snacks and wine. A wonderful gesture after the long drive. This visit was right before Christmas so there was snow on the ground which added to the ambience. We had requested a room with a fireplace which was perfect for this time of year. The rooms are rustic and simple yet comfortable. You can't come to a place like this an expect the Hilton. The views from the windows are beautiful with houses dotting the mountain landscape. Breakfast is typical Italian with meats, cheeses, breads and jams. However, in this case, it is all homemade/local products. The dinners are phenomenal. It is truly a family affair with the wife of the owner and their son cooking and waiting on guests. The menu actually offers several choices. There is a fireplace in the dining room as well to add to the coziness factor. The food is delicioso...as is the vino. If you want a true Italiano Agriturismo experience around Lago di Como.....pick this place and you will not be disappointed!!!

Room Tip: If winter time...request fireplace!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This little farm house tucked way in the mountain side is an absolute gem. It may be a little hard to find, but, once you get there, wow is it worth the effort. It's simple basic pleasures, no tv and no phones, a beatiful getaway from it all in stunning surroundings.They make their own salami and bread which is also a delight. The hosts are very welcoming, and their home made food in the restaurant is also stunning. My only regret is, we only had 3 nights here. Having breakfast and hot Italian coffee on the veranda each morning with a view to die for, is a memory I shall keep with me for ever.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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yorkshire england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We have just had 6 nights in this place and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The room was very rustic and basic but perfectly adequate. We were plenty warm enough despite outside temperatures being around freezing. The bed was comfy and warm and the shower wonderful.
Breakfast was fine, lots of choice, all homemade and kept us going most of the day.
We had dinner the first night, perfectly ok if a little uninspired.
The view was amazing especially as we had six inches of snow the day after we arrived. A walk up the mountain is essential to appreciate the sheer peace and quiet of the place in contrast to other mountain areas around lake Como.
We found our way easily the first day, it is well signposted from the main road although the distance indicators are variable. We often arrived from days out visiting relatives late at night and nobody seemed to mind and we saw lots of wildlife on the drive up the mountain to boot.
Would definitely recommend. We had a wonderful week. Owners and staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Room Tip: We had room 10, could only have been improved with a fireplace. wonderful balcony instead.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

What a find is the Al-Marnich, once you find it. The hotel is located in the hills surrounding Lake Como it is certainly worth the drive. We kept thinking we were lost so made several calls to the owner who very patiently continued to give us directions until we made. We arrived about 9pm but that didn't bother the owner who warmly greeted us in the parking lot, showed us to our room and even brought wine. The rooms are small -- cozy small, not claustrophobic small -- and the bathrooms are big. Each room was in its own small enclave on the property, was very private yet you could feel life around you. We did not have a TV but would never have used it anyway. If you like animals you will be in heaven here. You can see donkeys, goats, cats, dogs, horses. The breakfast room is very quaint. The food is fresh but not a large selection. We did not try the restaurant for dinner but hear that its fantastic. At breakfast we met a local couple who was staying at the Al Marnich for four weeks while their house was being finished. To me, this says it all. We loved our stay here and have recommended to friends.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We returned back after 3 years.Forgot how up-and away the drive to it was .Very happy with our accomodation.Evan though we booked an apartment for our Daughter.And we had an empty double bedroom and an extra bed in our room.We managed to make the resturant in the evening as we had missed it the last time looking where we were to go!!Great meal ,Great view and we were well looked after.Parking is easy .A bit bumpy getting the cases to the appartment.Make sure you have flat shoes.Lots of animals. The breakfast was really good and we had a pot of the home made rasberry Jam to take with us.It is a very unusual place with a charm of its own.

Room Tip: Allow a bigger room as you get a balcony,and bigger wash-room.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Localita Marnico, 8 | Como Lake, 22020 Schignano, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Schignano
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Schignano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Al-Marnich Guest House was born 18 years ago, in a very ancient original farm (1798 D.C.), That Mr Emanuele Bonfiglio (The Owner) has recovered and transformed in a nice and rural accommodation, in a strategical position, because really very near Como Lake (8 Km only). Al-Marnich is an accommodation (Farm Holidays Como Lake - Italy) near Como City (Schignano's Village - 21 Km from Como City). This is where you will taste authentic dishes and food specialty (Biorganic Food & Home Made Pasta - Vegan & Vegetarian Food Specialty). Availables B&B and Half Board accommodation includes double and family rooms, with some, boasting an original fireplace and/or a panoramic terrace or balcony. The property is surrounded by lush greenery, with a relaxing hiking trail and a small gym. To about 1 hour from Milan (Rho Fiera Expo), to 45 minutes from Lugano (Switzerland), to 25 minutes from Villa Balbianello (Lenno - Como Lake Beach) and to 15 minutes from the romantic lake Como (Argegno - Ferry's Station). More Info...: Free Parking, ADSL Service in the rooms on demand (Free), Free Wi-Fi in the shared area also, hair dryer on demand, laundry service on demand (15.00 Euro) and pets welcome (06.00 Euro x nigth). ... more   less 
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Al-Marnich Schignano, Italy - Lake Como

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