We have spent 4 great days in this beautiful villa and highly recommend it to anyone traveling to this region.
The list of good reasons to come here is long, some of the many highlights are:
1) Location and the views: simply amazing! One can't get enough of looking at the beautiful lake Como. You can watch the fish swim from the garden terrace.
2) The garden: lots of space to lounge and play, boccia court that can be lit at night, many well taken care of plants and trees that make this place uniquely charming.
3) The host: Francesco is extremely pleasant, friendly, punctual and ready to help with whatever we asked for. A really charming Italian who knows the area very well and will give you honest and precise information about places, restaurants and things to do and see.
4) Boathouse and the boat: don't miss the chance to see the lake Como by boat, it is the best way to see places and get around. Bellagio, Varenna, Temezzo, Isola Comacina, Villa Balbianello and many other great places to see and visit are all within an easy reach by boat directly from the house.
The house is spacious and well appointed. With 5 adults and two children, we all had plenty of space and privacy. Only one thing is difficult in the Villa la Ruga: do you stay at home to eat or do you go to one of the many praised restaurants in the area. At home (either the kitchen or the barbecue in the garden will do), it will be hard to find a location that will match the charm of the al fresco dinning in the villa overlooking the lake. If you are up for eating out, head out to the restaurant Crotto dei Platani close to the house, it’s great. For any further ideas and up-to-date advice on restaurants, ask Francesco, you can rely on his recommendations.
This is an idyllic spot on Lake Como! Close enough to walk to Argegno and easily accessible to other towns; yet a very private setting. The views of Lake Como are beautiful with lots of outdoor space to enjoy. Our family had a wonderful time!
Never have I ever been so privileged to see such stunning sunrises every day from the comfort of a bed. Villa La Ruga is honestly the most breathtaking villa I have ever been to in my 10 years of travelling. No two sunrises are the same, the sky, mountains and their beauty mirrored by the lake will steal your heart every day. It is the jewel of Lake Como and there is nowhere like it in the world. The Villa was my wedding reception venue of choice, we ate dinner on the terrace at sunset and got to watch the milky white full moon rise and illuminate the lake. It sparkled like nothing I've ever seen before, as it's gentle waves kissed the edges of the villa. We were serenaded by majestic fireworks and danced the night away until the candles burnt all of their wicks. Villa La Ruga, will steal your heart, enchant your spirit and dance with your soul. It is a place that you will forever leave you longing to return, to witness the birth of each new Dawn with every season. Owned by the handsome Francesco, you will adore him and his love for this villa, as much as the villa itself. Go, you will not be disappointed.
There are no words for how we felt upon walking into Villa La Ruga. But it started even before that. For months I asked questions of Francesco and with kindness and patience he answered every one. When he greeted us at the ferry dock I felt like I was meeting a friend. He generously supplied us with fabulous breakfast foods and goodies and walked us thru each room of the villa. It's was mind blowing. The view was breath taking. We enjoyed the home, the boat, the bocce, our chef Graziano that Francesco arranged for us. It was all in this surreal atmosphere. The beauty of Villa La Ruga and Lake Como made for the most fabulous vacation we have taken. I would do anything to be sitting out on the patio with my family and friends and enjoying a glass of prosecco watching what we called "The Show". The view from the house changes as the lighting of the day changes and it was mesmerizing. We enjoyed every evening's show and each one was different. Do yourself a favor--- book your vacation at Villa La Ruga. You will never regret it It was amazing.
This is our 2nd stay at the villa and we love ❤️ this property so much we booked for 2 weeks. The location is divine and also an easy walking distance to Argegno piazza and the ferry. Of course we chose to use the boat which is available for rental in the boat house at the villa and Francesco is always available to chauffeur us around the lake. We had a day trip to Portofino which was arranged for us and so many beautiful ristorante referrals. Truly the most unique waterfront villa on the lake.
We stayed at Villa La Ruga for 3 nights and wish it could have been longer! The setting along the lakefront is gorgeous and really very private. So you can relax and unwind in a peaceful place and then go explore when you want some activity. Francesco is a great host and can help with recommendations or activities. We had Chef Umberto cook a dinner for us one night and it was delightful. The Villa itself is of very solid construction and has more room than it initially appears.
When we visited, it was unusually hot outside. The Villa is not air-conditioned at the moment. But breezes off the lake help and there are fans. Things cooled off nicely as the sun set.
Francesco had a nice selection of breakfast foods waiting focus when we arrived, which was considerate. We cooked some meals and also dinned out. Try the Theatro Cafe in Como and order the branzino in sea salt. Perfect!
We'd highly recommend Villa La Ruga and hope to return!
We had a wonderful week at Villa La Ruga. We were 7 people, 2 generations of a family, all adults. The villa is spacious, well equipped and beautiful, both in its location and its presence. The terrace overlooking the lake is magnificent. Francesco, the owner, is available for every need, and offers assistance with a smile. I would not change a thing.