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Villa Casa Fontana

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The lake as viewed from the garden
Dine inside or alfresco. Kitchen windows fold back so you can experience the outdoors indoors!
The ground floor double (or twin if preferred) room
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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Villa
Stroll around the ancient village of Carate Urio on the west shore of Lake Como. Narrow stepped pathways and romantic footbridges link the characteristically old lake villas to the shore. Carate Urio is an ancient, small village with a handful of café-bars or restaurants where you are guaranteed a warm welcome, great coffee, quaffable wine and of course fantastic food! Newly refurbished, this luxurious three * bedroom apartment has been tastefully decorated and is located in one the most desirable residential parts of Lake Como (45 seconds in a fast car to George Clooney's Villa Oleandra in Laglio). At the same time, it's convenient for visiting the popular western branch, from Como's old town to the water-sports centres at the Northern end of the Lake, as well as the popular mid-lake tri...Stroll around the ancient village of Carate Urio on the west shore of Lake Como. Narrow stepped pathways and romantic footbridges link the characteristically old lake villas to the shore. Carate Urio is an ancient, small village with a handful of café-bars or restaurants where you are guaranteed a warm welcome, great coffee, quaffable wine and of course fantastic food! Newly refurbished, this luxurious three * bedroom apartment has been tastefully decorated and is located in one the most desirable residential parts of Lake Como (45 seconds in a fast car to George Clooney's Villa Oleandra in Laglio). At the same time, it's convenient for visiting the popular western branch, from Como's old town to the water-sports centres at the Northern end of the Lake, as well as the popular mid-lake triangle of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna. And for longer day trips, Milan, Lugano and St Moritz are within easy reach. The apartment itself provides wonderful Lake views from all of its rooms. Although it sleeps 4 adults it also has a *fun third bedroom with bunk beds if you have kids making it ideal for families too. A luxurious holiday hideaway, the home features two bathrooms (1 of which is en suite) plus a spacious private garden make this home the perfect Lake Como retreat. The two double or twin bedrooms each have a zip and link bed (king size when linked and two generous singles when apart) The third bedroom was designed with children in mind and is pretty small but with bunk beds and its very own porthole window – its quirky and can sleep tidy adults at a push, taking the total of guests the home sleeps to 6. The sun room or 'look out', situated on the first floor is a quiet spot where you can relax with a book or a glass of prosecute and watch the amazing sunsets over the lake, it's also a great spot for meeting for drinks before dinner. The large sitting room has a beautifully restored antique floor and is the perfect room to get your family or friends together and enjoy some of the games we all enjoy playing when we are on holiday. Cook and eat indoors in the modern dining kitchen or go outdoors. Here there is a barbecue for outdoor cooking and a big table for al fresco dining. This all sits underneath a wrought iron gazebo that is covered from spring to autumn with greenery and lilacs - offering welcome shade from the sun – and fairy lights come on when the sun goes down. Carate Urio is ideally situated to explore some of the hot spots of the lake by ferry, like the famous Villa d'Este or Harry's Bar in Cernobbio where you might sip a cocktail in celebrity company. Good road and rail links make art & culture trips to Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Venice fast and easy. Contact us for more pictures of the home and area. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
No more than 6 people sleeping in the house at any one time - with the exception of a baby. Final numbers must be indicated and agreed in advance. Rubbish is the responsibility of the guest and must be taken away with them. The dishwasher should be emptied and dishes put away. Should any of the above not happen a charge will be made against the bond.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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Meet the host
Cornelia G
Hosting since August 2012
Languages spoken: German, English
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (40)
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GoPlaces24897627224
1 contribution
Wunderschöne Woche am Comer See
Wir haben eine fantastische Ferienwoche in dieser sehr gut ausgestatteten Ferienwohnung verbracht und konnten das italienische Flair in vollen Zügen genießen. Im Haus ist alles vorhanden, was man braucht, um sich wohlfühlen zu können. Die einzelnen Zimmer sind geschmack- und liebevoll eingerichtet und sehr sauber. Der Garten ist sehr schön angelegt, um den Blick auf den Comer See von ganz unterschiedlichen Stellen im Schatten oder in der Sonne genießen zu können. Für unsere sportlich aktiven Kinder (15 und 10 Jahre) war er allerdings ungeeignet, aber das haben die vielen Stufen, um zum Haus oder zu den Lokalitäten zu kommen, wieder kompensiert. Die Mücken sind leider ab den späten Nachmittagsstunden sehr aufdringlich. Der Comer See ist auch kein Badesee, auch wenn besonders unser Sohn das ignoriert hat ;-) Wir haben unser Auto in der Woche nicht genutzt, weil wir doch Panik hatten, keinen Parkplatz mehr zu finden, Dafür kann man den "grünen Punkt" Weg, der direkt am Haus vorbei führt empfehlen und Touren mit der Fähre unternehmen. Der Tante Emma Laden im Dorf ist zu empfehlen. Das einzige Manko war, dass nicht jeder Italiener Englisch spricht und die Verständigung manchmal etwas mühevoll war. Wir erinnern uns da schmunzelnd an unsere Besuche im Restaurant Osteria 20. Wir wußten nie, was wir wohl serviert bekommen ;-) Um die norditalienischen Seen einmal zu erleben, ist Carate Urio ein wirklich schöner Ausgangspunkt und besonders die Casa Fontana! Unsere Ansprechpartnerin vor Ort war sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Die Gutscheine zur Begrüßung von der Vermieterin waren eine gelungene Überraschung.
Visited July 2020
Written July 20, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mandy G
Mandy G
1 contribution
Wonderfully situated villa with fantastic views
Had a wonderful stay at this villa. The photos on this site completely lived up to expectations.Stunning views!!!!!!! Lake Como villages / towns were very friendly. We didn't have a car but managed to get about easily on the boats and buses. A lot of time we just walked to nearby restaurants and local shop. In fact it was nice to not have hassle of driving and to be able to enjoy our prosecco! Helen and Chiara (lady that caretakes in Italy) were both incredibly helpful in answering any of our questions and making this such an enjoyable stay. The steps aren't for the faint hearted (!) but not half as bad as we had thought and they became second nature after a day or so. Also kept us fit and helped work off some of that pasta, pizza and prosecco! The mozzies were a bit vicious was the only blip on a perfect stay. Highly recommend.☺☺☺
Visited June 2018
Written June 29, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
What a lovely review Mandy thank you.
Written July 1, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lee f
lee f
Rancho Mirage, CA37 contributions
Wonderful Villa in the Hills of Urio
We just concluded a 10 day stay at the villa and loved every minute of it. The stairs from the low road are a bit daunting when you arrive with 150lbs of luggage! Yes I’m married. The villa itself is very up to date and the views from every window are fantastic. The table outside is just perfect. The wisteria on the trellis bloomed during our stay, which enhanced the beauty of this already idyllic spot. During our stay we bought a 6 day ferry pass for traveling the entire lake. It was perfect for visiting a different village for lunch or exploration every day. You just need to be prepared to start your day around 10:00am so that you can enjoy a leisurely day on the boats. The only small suggestions we could make is for the bathrooms to have washcloths and hand towels and the kitchen to be better stocked with spices. There was only salt, balsamic and olive oil. The pepper mill was empty. Thank you Helen and Chiara for a wonderful holiday, and we hope to return someday with the rest of our family. Ciao!
Visited April 2018
Written April 29, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Lee thank you for your lovely kind words. I will add some spices and I am so sorry about the pepper mill! I am here just now getting the last of the wisteria ... it does look great. Helen
Written May 2, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ewen A
Ewen A
25 contributions
Lovely villa with beautiful views
Situated in the village of Carate Urio this villa has beautiful views across Lake Como from both bedrooms and the main living area. The accommodation was perfect for two couples sharing although the main stairs to reach the villa are not recommended for those who are in any way unhealthy or unfit. Walking in this area is challenging as pavements are very limited but traffic does seem to take account of pedestrians. There is an hourly bus service into Como town and to other villages with a nearby boat service for trips further up the Lake.
Visited September 2017
Written September 13, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed our villa.
Written September 17, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Regnier C
Regnier C
1 contribution
Vue magnifique
Villa très agréable. La terrasse offre une vue magnifique . Un réel plaisir d y prendre les repas. Environnement très calme. L architecture et les jardins de carate urio sont splendides. Attention : moustiques si fortes chaleurs et 202 marches pour accéder à la villa. Pour info tous les villages autour du lac ont de nombreux escaliers.
Visited August 2017
Written August 29, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Hi Catherine Thank you for the lovely review - as you know I make sure all our guests know about the stairs and the alternative routes. But yes you're right the houses with the best views on the lake do have stairs. I am so happy you enjoyed eating on the terrace under the fairy lights just as we do. Thank you
Written August 29, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gail G
Gail G
5 contributions
Modern villa with fantastic views of lake
We loved staying at this villa, enjoyed its location which was in an area that wasn't too busy but had everything you needed not too far away. The views of the lake make it such a pretty spot and there was a good choice of restaurants close by. After spending time on the Amalfi coast the stairs were no deterrent to us, once you get your luggage up, it is not an issue. The villa was well equipped and check in was easy. There was a small issue with one of the bathrooms and the owner got the matter fixed promptly which was appreciated. I would recommend Villa Fontana and would love to stay again in the future.
Visited July 2017
Written July 12, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Thank you for such a nice review and also for being so understanding about the 2nd 'loo'. Come back soon. Helen and Chiara
Written July 16, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Zara S
Zara S
Staffordshire, United Kingdom25 contributions
Just a great holiday
We stayed in this villa in the village of carate urio, it was just fabulous. The villa was so quaint, from the look out, views and the garden, just such a lovely spot. The steps could be a slow one at times, the weather was incredible so was very war, this made the climb up to the villa some days a little hard. The local village was just perfect, the local shop, the lady was delightful, the lovely people in cafe aurora, the ice cream was amazing......only a short walk to get the boat to como, to bellagio was such fun....Helen you have a great holiday home, thank you for sharing it with us .
Visited June 2017
Written July 4, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Thank you so much. What a nice review. We look forward to welcomng you back.
Written July 5, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark G
Mark G
Ullesthorpe, United Kingdom22 contributions
A little piece of heaven
We enjoyed a fabulous stay at Villa Casa Fontana. A great house with fantastic views over the lake from most rooms and the garden. Chiara was a great help and was at the end of the phone if we had any queries - and arranged help with luggage on arrival (as I was recovering from a cycling accident!) Yes - there are steps (166 from the road - we counted!) but they are well worth the climb and it is a good introduction to village life in Carate Urio (there are lots of steps!) Also there are alternative routes in from different levels. We didn't hire a car - there are regular buses that go through the village and they stick fairly close to the timetable(!) - and the Arriva ASF app was really useful. Whilst pick up is outside of Bar Aurora - most times coming back to Carate Urio - the bus arrived at the top on the Via Regina Nouvo - but it is downhill back to the house (the map in the house book was very useful in planning best routes through the pathways) Ferries to como are a 20 minute walk away in Urio (opposite a fab cafe for light snacks at the Piccolo Hotel) Carate Urio is quiet at night with a couple of places to eat - so It is not a place for lovers of lots of night life - it is a place to experience Italian village life among friendly people. A home from home in a beautiful country, with fantastic views. A real gem.
Visited June 2017
Written June 19, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Thank you Mark, so happy you enjoyed.it just the way we do and got a taste of Italian village life. Look forward to seeing you again one day. Helen and Chiara
Written June 22, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nelikus
Nelikus
Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
We loved this villa
A fabulous property in fabulous Lake Como. We just loved this place. The rooms are clean, bright and so comfortable. The villa is kept to an excellent standard. The kitchen has every appliance, cooking utensil and equipment you can't think of. The cantina downstairs is lovely and very unique. The Look- out is the jewel in this villa with spectacular views over the lake in all weathers and all times of day. Actually all of the rooms have a beautiful lakeside view! In my opinion the stairs to this villa added to the uniqueness of my stay here and allowed me to indulge in additional treats without too much guilt! There is also an entrance to the villa with no stairs. The hosts were superb to deal with. We will certainly be booking again.
Visited November 2016 Traveled with friends
Written December 11, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Thank you for your lovely review, it's a lovely time of year to visit. We hope to see you back some other time of year. Many thanks Helen
Written December 12, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

paddy h
paddy h
Reigate, United Kingdom5 contributions
romantic wonderful beautiful
this is real find for us. stayed in August and fell in love with Lake Como and especially Villa Fontana so returned for my Wife's Birthday. loved it even more this time. we miis it already and look forward to next year Paddy and Ursula
Visited November 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written November 10, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay383527
Stay383527
Hi Paddy Thank you for your lovely words. Look forward to seeing you both back soon. Helen
Written November 11, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Central Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Patio
  • Private Yard
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
  • Cycling Trips
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
The ancient village of Carate Urio on the west shore of Lake Como in a real haven for tranquility. Ideal for an afternoon meander through the narrow cobbled stepped pathways or to revel in the café-bar culture that is prevalent here.Unwind over an impossibly long lunch in one of the pretty lakeside trattorias or restaurants serving authentic locally produced food aks culinary perfection! Explore the neighbouring villages and lazy lakeside living such as Laglio, where George Clooney spends his summer holidays hauled up at his lakeside villa! Or meander through the cobbled streets of Cernobbio for an icecream, the perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon or a spot of shopping in one of the exclusive boutiques.Relax with a touch of sunbathing on the shingle beaches around the local area or hop on the ferry and explore the lakeside city par excellence of Como with its pretty piazzas, cafe culture, 14th Century gothic churches and famous Alessandra Volta Musuem, the Inventor of the humble batterA supermarket available 7 days a week just 10 minutes drive, minimarket in the village plus idyllic cafes to help you unwind and watch the world go by.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate both 45 minutes from the home or Bergamo 1 hour 15 minutes. Car hire recommended but not essential. Bus and ferry available to village.
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyThere Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins DriveWatersports Nearby
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  • 100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Villa Casa Fontana is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

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