With picturesque views of the passing boats and ferries, this romantic newly-renovated 2 bed retreat with private lake view terrace offers a delightful base in Varenna, for couples and groups of 4. Located just a 2 minute stroll away from Old Town Varenna and a 5 minute stroll away from the main ferry stop and lakeside Lido, this idyllic holiday haven lets guests enjoy a delightful Varenna getaway, whatever the season. Inside, the 2nd floor retreat has been sympathetically renovated; with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and beautiful original tiled flooring enhancing the modernised interior of this lovely timeless holiday home. Guests can easily relax and entertain within the inviting appeal of the open plan living room, which is complemented by a fully-equipped kitchen diner and terrace access. Ideally-suited for enjoying a classic Lake Como holiday, guests can socialise over a lovely home-cooked meal, or over a scenic aperitif moment out on the lake view terrace. The internal layout continues to delight, with 2 spacious lake view double bedrooms (with access to the terrace) and a spacious family bathroom with power shower to hand. Couples and family groups of 4 can choose to while away their day or night against the picturesque lake view backdrop of the holiday home, or enjoy a lovely stroll into the Old Town (2 minutes away). Here a plethora of local cafes, wine bars, authentic restaurants and gift shops can be savoured, throughout the day. The botanical gardens of Villa Monastero are also well worth a visit. From the timeless Old Town, guests can reach the main ferry port, lakeside lido, boat hire and Castello di Vezio attraction, via the ancient cobbled back streets or via the picturesque lakeside walk. The well-connected resort town of Varenna benefits from a train station with a Lecco-Milan service and a frequent car and passenger Central Lake ferry service to Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Menaggio. Situated along the unspoilt eastern shore, guests are just 8 minutes drive away from the well-serviced lake town of Bellano and a 9 minute drive away from the family-friendly feel of Lierna; which is home to a lovely cafe-lined lake beach. Visitor-friendly activities in the local area include hiking, lake swimming, boat and kayak hire, water sports, canyoning and Italian cookery lessons up in Perledo. Further afield, Italian Alp skiing can be enjoyed in Piani di Bobbio (45 minutes’ drive), whilst sailing and wind surfing awaits visitors along the northern shore (reached by road) and extreme outdoor sports and tree-top climbing opportunities await those up on the Bellagio hillside (reached by car ferry from Varenna). Opposite along the central western shore, Menaggio (reached by ferry) offers a lovely picturesque resort appeal; with a fabulous family Lido, tennis and golf opportunities to enjoy up on its hillside, as well as frequent bus and road links to Lugano and the touristic Tremezzina shore. Relaxing Open plan Living space • A charming lake view living space with terrace access, a beamed ceiling and exposed stone wall. Beautifully renovated, the open plan space offers an effortless blend of traditional home comfort, with a touch of 21st century convenience • Furnished with a cosy sitting area with sofa suite and a large flat screen TV and DVD player • Accompanied by a lovely kitchen diner for 4 Eating In Open Plan Kitchen Diner • The charming kitchen is ideal for serving-up tasty meals in • Features a timeless farmhouse-style kitchen with oven, cooker hob and all the necessary cooking utensils and crockery • Accompanied by a lovely country-style dining area for 4 • Outside, a sunny lake view alfresco dining set for 4 can be enjoyed • Complemented by close proximity to the wealth of authentic cafes, restaurants and wine bars on offer in Old Town Varenna Sleeping The sleeping arrangements are perfectly-suited for 2 couples staying together, or work equally well for close family groups of 4. Both boasting lake views, each bedroom offers an idyllic haven in which to relax and enjoy a good night’s rest. Master Double Bedroom • A romantic lake view room with balcony / terrace access • Furnished with a Double bed and wardrobe • Features a lovely beamed ceiling, exposed stone wall and original tiled flooring Double Bedroom 2 • A stylish lake view bedroom with a twin joinable bed and wardrobe • Features a romantic beamed ceiling and original tiled floor Extra Single adult camp beds and infant cots can also be provided (for an extra cost). Bathing Family Bathroom • A spacious modern bathroom fitted with a shower cubicle, wash basin, heated towel rack, WC and bidet Additional The holiday home is equipped with cosy central heating, for wintertime stays. A universal shaver plug, hairdryer and clothes horse for drying clothes are also provided in the property. Outside Serving as a picture-perfect backdrop to your Lake Como stay, the sunny private balcony terrace offers a wonderful peaceful haven for daytime relaxation and evening enjoyment. Guests can savour memorable alfresco meals here at the charming café dining set for 4; whilst enjoying the timeless scenery of passing boats. Parking Public parking is located nearby (charges apply). A car is not necessary for this property, as guests are within easy reach of Varenna town centre (where train, taxi and ferry links can be found). Location Nestled amongst greenery in a picturesque lake view setting, guests are perfectly placed for taking in the timeless romantic quality of Lake Como, as well as for making the most of central Varenna! Guests are just a 2 minutes’ stroll away from the historical well-serviced Old Town and also Villa Monastero, which is famous for its lakeside botanical garden. Alongside the host of local resort amenities and Lecco-Milan train links, guests can also immerse themselves in the beauty and timeless appeal of Old Town Varenna; with its pretty vistas, ancient pastel-coloured fisherman homes and quaint café-lined lakeside, which overlooks bobbing boats and passing sailing ships. Accompanied by authentic Italian restaurants and wine bars, guests can easily make the most of ‘La Dolce Vita’ staying here! Culinary fans can enjoy taking part in the authentic Italian cookery school up in Perledo, whilst lake fans can enjoy soaking up some sun at the lakeside lido and can take to the lake with a power boat, kayak or SUP rental. The nearby beach in Lierna (9 minutes’ drive away) also offers a welcoming setting from which to enjoy a refreshing lake swim. The picturesque resort town of Varenna is also home to the famous Castello di Varzio attraction (perfect for scenic walks, picnics, medieval re-enactments and falconry displays). Perfect for summertime stays on the Central Lake, Varenna is just a ferry ride away from the other famous resort towns of Bellagio (for Villa Melzi, the Jungle Raider Park and Extreme Outdoor Sports club), Menaggio (for its Lido, Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf club and road links to Lugano) and Cadenabbia (for the western shore hiking routes and Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello attractions). The many Central Lake Lidos and water sport activities also let guests relax, unwind and soak up the beauty of this beautiful lake, at their leisure. Out of season, the Central Lake also offers access to skiing opportunities, with the Italian Alp ski resorts of Piani di Bobbio (45 minutes’ drive away) and Madesimo (78 minutes’ drive away) inviting guests’ to enjoy a day out on the slopes. From Varenna, guests are 29 minutes’ drive from Lecco and 74 minutes’ drive from Milan (both reachable too by train). Milan Malpensa is just 85 minutes’ drive away. Perfect for exploring the surrounding lake district region too, Menaggio (reached by ferry from Varenna) offers road and bus links to the fashionable Swiss lake city of Lugano on Lake Lugano, just 44 minutes’ drive away.