Our family of five were staying in Varenna for our wedding which was at another hotel in the town. When we first arrived at Villa Michela we were greeted by the amazingly enthusiastic Michela whom we would have been forgiven for thinking was only in this excitable state when we first arrived, but her drive and passion to ensure that we had a memorable stay went on throughout! The garden is an absolute pleasure and delight! Situated on a downward slope that overlooks Lake Como, there are lanterns, mature Willow tree's, swinging hammocks galore and a random bed in the middle which actually works for lying on and watching the stars. The views are stunning and you have to pinch yourself to be reminded that this is a relatively inexpensive bed and breakfast. Incredible!
Our apartment was quirky, characterful and very comfortable. We had our own breakfast patio area which was set under trees and a joy to come out to each morning. Breakfast each day was varied, plentiful and beautifully presented. If you're planning on staying here, we'd recommend a car. We didn't have one and spent a small fortune on taxi's which are 12-15 euro's each way as it is definitely out of town. The location was fabulous once you were there, but getting to town and back became a pain towards the end of the holiday.
What makes this place above all is Michela. The views, the breakfast and the Villa are all wonderful but she is something else! Within about 15 minutes of being at the Villa we were on hugging terms with Michela like you would with some long lost friend. The children were literally saying 'Bye Michela, love you!' and we were immediately put at ease. Her work ethic is bionic with seemingly no-one else helping her run what is a fairly big operation for one person. Michela threw a party for us upon our return to her Villa which was incredibly generous, if not slightly bizarre at the time. She could not do enough for us and her personality is as much part of the product as her lovely bed and breakfast.
Certainly somewhere we would recommend!
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