We stayed here for four nights in June 2010, and unfortunately, Mara had suffered an injury, which meant that breakfasts had to be taken in an hotel 100m away. We can't comment on Mara's breafasts, which previous reviews would suggest are wonderful.
Orange house is fantastic value for the area at €73 per night for a double room including breakfast. Orange House only has two rooms, so it is worth booking early. Orange House is actually an apartment with two bedrooms and a communal living space, but unlike what British people might expect of Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Mara and Piero do not live on site. They meet their guests on arrival and departure, and come over every morning to prepare breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast is quite hard to find, but when we arrived, Piero was waiting for us, with some chilled water and was most welcoming and hospitable. He provided a good deal of useful information about the local sights and restaurants, and free parking at the Orange House is a boon in this busy little village.
Orange House is in an apartment block up quite a few steps, which would not suit the immobile. But Varenna would be difficult for those with mobility problems anyway.
We stayed in the top floor en suite bedroom. The bedroom on the lower floor has a bathroom on the same floor but it is not en suite. The room was spacious, and the bathroom was fully functionning. The room was adequately furnished, the fixtures and fittings being (surprise surprise) predominantly orange. There was no air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi was a great perk of the Orange House.
We definitely recommend this as excellent budget accommodation. This is not luxurious, but it is clean, well positioned, the housekeeping is good, and the welcome is both warm and genuine. We liked Varenna, the people and the village were charming, and Piero himself helped us to feel at home.
The centre of Varenna is a 10 minute walk away, as are the railway station and the ferry terminal.
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- Also Known As:
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